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BOMBS, MOONS, HOLIDAY CROONS
December is like a ticking time bomb, with giant 7-segment alarm-clock red numbers counting down faster than I can even find wire cutters for, much less figure out whether to snip the red one or the green one before everything goes BANG!

The moon was full yesterday: it was hanging out well above the horizon yesterday morning, huge and shining white against the dawning sky, about 3 times as big as normal. If I had only left for work about half an hour earlier, I bet it would have filled my vision until I fainted from the lack of space in the sky. I remember once, driving from Chicago to the Michigan Dunes with one of my college girlfriends in the car. We were going to stay at her then boyfriend's place near the dunes, and we turned off the highway and up the exit ramp and over a hill and just as we crested the hill, there was the moon right in front of us. It was HUGE. It was like a joke: a cosmic HA! GOT YA! We gaped at it. It was so large it felt like we could just drive right up onto it. It filled everything; there were no peripherals left.

The calendar is full, too. I know, I know...it's the same old holiday song. It's full of fun things: Christmas lunches and Christmas dinners and Christmas parties and Lucia concerts. Birthdays and Christmas markets and glögg and pepperkakor. I have about half my shopping done, at least, but Christmas cards? Christmas letter? Tree chopping & decorating? I haven't even started the Christmas cookie baking for US. O! The humanity! Ah well, I'll bet you I get it all done. 4 dollar no holla. And what I don't get done? Eh. Whatever. I love to say this: it's not the end of the world. It's not! Keep your pants on! (I love to say that, too). World continues: pants remain.

Something else I love to say: Use your head for something else besides a hat rack. My dad used to say that all the freaking time. Martin remarked on its frequency to me today after it came out of my mouth yet again. Hee! Sorry kid! What goes around comes around, or the fruit doesn't fall very far from the tree. I'll bet you he and Karin will be saying it to THEIR kids someday, only probably in Swedish: Använder huvudet till annat än perukstock!* HAHAHA! Not nearly as melodious.

What do you love saying? Is it something your mom or dad always said to you?

Really Great Writing Out There Right Now: Things to say before you go

An Awesome Hat for Sam to Make!: Snowman Hat!

Can't Decide if I'm Coveting This for Karin or...Myself: R2-D2 Hoodie

*Perukstock = wig stand...there's no word for hat rack in Swedish. Anders could only come up with hat hylla which is a hat SHELF.
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My father's choice phrases were all word-related (Norwegian-English, born 1912, no wonder). The two I remember most were, "You're not too good to do any kind of work as long as it's not illegal or immoral" and "If you take their money, give them 110%".

It's funny how you find yourself saying things your parents always said (and that you often swore you would NEVER say)!

(Anonymous)
From Megsie

My grandmother says, "Gosh all fish hooks" but I have never been able to get that into my own mouth. What I have been saying lately: "You get what you get and you don't throw a fit." My dad's phrase that I continually rolled my eyes at: "Money doesn't grow on trees" I still wish it did!

I read "Things to say before you go" and it broke my heart. What is the story there?

Re: From Megsie

We got the money on trees one, too. And "no such thing as a free lunch"!

Not sure what the story is...he doesn't post very often, and is often quite cryptic.

Re: From Megsie

I went back and read a little of this guy's archives. "Card Shark' which I think was in August 09 was SO FUNNY. Cracked me right up. Sore throat and all. Thanks for the link Liz. "Things To Say... " made me cry.

(Anonymous)

That snowman hat is INSANE. I like the unicorn hat, though, I really do!

Something my dad always says...funny, I am reading "American Wife" right now and the main character's dad says something so old fashioned: "Fool's names and fool's faces often appear in public places." It's just odd to me. I guess it's a thing about not making too much of yourself, which is nearly a foreign concept these days.

I can't think of what I say! I'll have to pay attention and report back.

:) Sam

Aren't those hats great? I loved all her little knitted animals, too :)

(Anonymous)

"Don't throw your weight around!" my mom would shout to my sister and I when we were challenging her, to put it mildly. We would then silently toss ourselves about madly in our bedroom stifling giggles, arms flaying. Needless to say, I don't repeat that to my boys. =)

(and you're right, I haven't left forever. I left a message on my comments for you)

~ sherry

Did you ever get "Don't use that tone of voice with ME, young lady?" aaaa...good times!

"I'm your Father, and what I say goes."
I think he got that from his dad. And he was seldom very convincing when he said it. Needless to say, I've never said,"I'm your Father, and what I say goes." (I didn't remember this until reading the tone of voice thing..)

But I'm not sure what I do say. I too will have to watch myself and report back.

(Anonymous)

hah! You must have had the same mother!

~ sherry

My dad's favorite (which I still can't stand for being so dismissive): "This too shall pass."
My grandfather (imagine in a West Texas accent): "Guuuuuuud naht!" ("Good night!" as in "Oh my gosh!")
Me: "Whoa Nellie!"

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