Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Side Effects of a Great Birthday/Christmas

1. Every time you hear a song, you think about how the notes would look in Band Hero.

2. Your back aches from hula-hooping Wii Fit.

3. You glare resentfully at your kids as they read all day long and you have to work, while all your new books mock you.

4. Your teeth hurt from all the peppermint (and non-peppermint!) candy and baked goods you’ve been nibbling for two weeks.

5. You spend long stretches of free time in fits of indecision, with games and books and gadgets and toys calling you.

6. Your living room/bedroom/workroom/storage room is overflowing with boxes you can’t throw away, just in case—and they’re sitting on top of five years’ accumulation of similar boxes.

7. If your kid admits they know the real Santa deal, you can consolidate all the Santa wrapping paper and the non-Santa wrapping paper, and discover the storage area would overflow with that…if it wasn’t already stuffed to the rafters with boxes.

8. Christmas is over, so you unconsciously stopped watering the tree, giving it permission to go to the light and leave all its needles behind.  On the floor.

9. At any given moment, you are dealing with a manic cat hopped up on the new catnip toys, followed by…

10. …desperately whining cats whose catnip toys have disappeared under the furniture.


Those are my side effects. What are yours?


Cindy Procter-King said...


Glad you had a great birthday.

I'm sick now. Hack, hack.

MySpace question. I've looked and looked and can't find a way to import my blog into MySpace. If you know how to do it, two carrots for writing up a post for me.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Oh, Cindy, I'm sorry you're exhausted and sick! I hope you get better quickly!

Unfortunately, I don't think there's one that works. Even when I use Windows Live Writer, I have to copy/paste to MySpace. :( Sorry.

Susan Kelley said...

Natalie, Natalie, get over the box thing. Send them to the recycle and live guilt free. I never used different paper when my kids believed in Santa. Great idea but my kids must have been too excited on Christmas to notice.
I know what you mean about deciding what to do next. Good luck with that.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Oh, I exaggerated the box thing. :) We only had half a dozen or so. LOL My trunk is chock full of corrugated, though, for the recycler. The ones I'm talking about can't go in with that--not sure if they qualify as mixed paper for the pickup. I don't think so.

I'm very relieved to be done with Santa, though. :)

Victoria said...

We're done with Santa, too. It's happy and sad. We always did 'santa' paper, too, but I was never very good at hiding it afterwards. I used to tell them that Santa left it for us to use the next year. lol
8 and 9 are very close to what my house is like. Not to mention the dog being crazed over the laser pointer.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Santa et al definitely force us to be creative! I've had epidemics of tooth loss to explain why the tooth fairy didn't come, and my kids always left a letter for Santa with questions about stuff. Frankly, I'm surprised they didn't both figure it out when they were five. LOL

Shannon Stacey said...

We got a Wii for Christmas, but I haven't gotten Wii Fit yet. I'm going to, though.

I've heard it can be a little brutal at first. Considering how Wii Sports boxing kicks my butt, I'm not surprised.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

It doesn't have to be brutal, Shannon. You totally dictate what you do and how much. When you do get it, get the Plus. If I understand correctly, it has all the same stuff as the regular Wii Fit, plus a new section of training games that are very fun! :)

Shannon Stacey said...

I think the Wii Fit Plus with balance board is only $99 at Walmart, so I'm going to grab it soon!

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Yep, that's what we paid for it. I never found it for less anywhere.