Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Slapping Xmas together at the last minute, as usual .....
Here at MBIAJ (Moonbeams in a Jar) we are, as usual, slapping Christmas together at the last minute. All Departments are running behind and are at risk for a complete meltdown. The Cookie Baking Dept has, as usual,cheated and resorted to refrigerated cookie dough --- and trying to hide the evidence (note cookie dough wrapper in the garbage can --- for Pete sake, at least do a better job of hiding the wrapper!) .... and the Cookie Baking Dept almost burned those cookies because they were also trying to get that stack of *#@*!# paperwork finished by tomorrow and not paying attention to the timer.
Then there's the Gingerbread House Assembly Dept. (Evan is the head of this dept.) -- we've had a few cave ins , but nothing that can't be fixed by another few blobs of icing. The thing is, this house has been under construction for about 2 weeks now, with countless kids "working" on it -- I think it's probably a hotbed of bacteria by now ...... hmmmmm..... I'm thinking this will just be for show and not for human consumption!!
Next is the report from the Tree Decorating Dept : box of 3 scraggly "Charlie Brown" type trees purchased yesterday at JoAnn's -- felt a tree or 2 was needed in the foyer and a small table top tree was needed in the little dining room (aka known as the "useless room" by husband and kids -- it's supposed to be a dining room, but it's pretty tiny, so I have it set up as a little sitting room). Anyway, progress report on the 3 scraggly trees: trees taken out of box and assembled ..... that's it so far.
Progress report on main tree in the living room: 98% decorated (amen to that!)
Now we'll hear from the "Stockings Hung by the Chimney with Care Dept". Progress report: haven't found the #!&*@# stockings yet .... they must be in one of those boxes still sitting in the living room. Can we PLEASE get those #!%*@ boxes OUT of the living room ?!?!!!!!!
Last, but certainly not least is the report from the "Outside Lights and Other Outside Decorations Dept". Progress report: ummmmmm........ we currently have 3 leftover Halloween pumpkins frozen solid to the floor of the side porch. Plan: chip the frozen pumpkins off of the porch, throw to squirrels and other wild life in the back yard, and string some fake garland up. We are proud to report that the Fall wreaths were actually put away 3 days ago and the Christmas wreaths were put up ......however, the entire "Outdoor Lighting Committee" seems to be missing in action ...... we'll just have to bask in the glow of the lights from the guy across the street and the guy next door......
OK, people, back to work .... but ya know what? ...... just like the Grinch found out from the Who's down in Whoville....whether I'm ready or not, Christmas will come no matter what !.......so, with that thought in mind, I think I'll just go get my jammies on and go to bed !!
Mary Anne (aka Mare)