Wednesday, December 16, 2015

It's Stressful To... (Holiday Version)


Shop for people who don't need (or declare they don't want) anything
 
Trim the tree and find out some of the lights will not work

Remove shards of glass from all the food that was heating in the oven when the Pyrex dish exploded 10 minutes before Christmas dinner was to be served

Expect to use your hair dryer but forget you'll trip a breaker from all of your outdoor lights

Sit down to finally wrap presents and realize you have no tape

Smile when a sister-in-law refuses to eat anything you cook (aka the entire meal)

Forget cellophane bakery bags can catch fire in the microwave

Unstop the overflowing upstairs toilet with a house full of guests

Lose the quarter-sized turtle Santa has for your child and not find him until 3 a.m. Christmas morning -- under the stove



These are all true holiday happenings!

Share one of yours!


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38 comments:

  1. Oh my! Hopefully that wasn't all in the same year. ;)

    My parents were visiting me once & I was making a rib roast when my oven decided to die. Thankfully I had a VERY large toaster oven at the time & managed to finish it in that!

    This Thanksgiving I had the sweet potatoes & stuffing warming in a crockpot, when my husband pointed out almost before serving it wasn't plugged in.

    Someone must have pulled the plug inadvertently at some point, because it was warm, but I stuck it in the oven for a bit anyway.

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    1. Ovens can be so cantankerous during holidays! I've done the unplugged crockpot thing more times than I'd like to admit. Nobody's fault but my own.

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  2. Hah! We had our kitchen sink clog one Thanksgiving when we had a houseful of guests. Hopefully these are things you are smiling about now - except maybe the shards of glass> yikes!

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    1. Oh yes, they are definitely worth a chuckle now. I'm actually come to expect some kind of drama. It wouldn't be Christmas without it.

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  3. I thought Pyrex was supposed to withstand high heat! Yikes! What if my lasagna dish did that? No main dish for you...

    It gets pretty stressful this time of year!

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    1. Old Pyrex does withstand heat! The company was sold in the 90s and the glass formula was changed. I didn't know this until my dish exploded. There are tons of stories like mine on in the internet. Live and learn. I don't use "new" Pyrex now.

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  4. Yikes, this does all sounds super stressful! I'm horrible with gifts but I'm trying to get better at it and hopefully that will be less stressful :)

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    1. I have not wrapped anything yet. That's my plan for this weekend.

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  5. LOL, love this! Your talents in writing seriously impress me! You should consider compiling your blog poems and maybe putting them into an ebook and selling it on Amazon:) Okay, if you can't tell I am totally business minded right now, and I can't help it with other things in my life. But I am serious, you are very talented!!

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  6. LOL. MY MIL hardly ever eats what I cook. I try to ignore her.

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    1. What point are these people trying to make? It's ridiculous.

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  7. OMG this totally made me laugh. What a great post! I can't even IMAGINE having to try to pick out glass shards from all that food. Oh boy. And the no tape situation is the story of my life. EVERY time I go to wrap something we seem to have no tape.

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    1. I think the glass explosion was the most stressful thing. The microwave fire was the same year too!

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  8. LOL cute post!!!!!!! We are having a very quiet Christmas this year, just us. No more stress needed than we already are enduring!

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    1. A quiet Christmas sounds divine. I think we will only have 10 people for dinner this year.

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  9. Oh my gosh I hope these were not all in one Christmas! I chuckled at the tape - I do it all the time!

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    1. The oven explosion, the microwave fire, and the overflowing toilet were all on the same day. Memories...

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  10. Ha I can so relate to the no tape!!! There is nothing more aggravating than not having tape!!! It's not like you can do without it either. One year, apparently it happened to me the year before I bought like 10 rolls, no lie! I was not going to run out of tape this year!!!

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    1. I've resorted to all types of alternate tape -- electrical, painters, duct. Nothing works as well!

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  11. Oh! I felt the stress of each one. The turtle!!!

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    1. The turtle was an unbelievable nightmare. We were so shocked and happy to finally find the little sucker.

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  12. Really? Why does such a joyous time have to be so stressful! It seems to be getting better as the years go by but I am always so anxious for it to just be the day...just be Christmas so we can enjoy family fun and celebrating and not have all the prep hanging over our heads! Enjoy the season!

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    1. We've learned to just accept anything that happens - because it usually does. It makes for a good story! "Remember that year when..."

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  13. On Thanksgiving (ages ago) my younger brother, who was about 1 year old at the time, maybe less, climbed out of his walker and INTO THE OVEN while my mom had the turkey out to check. Dad grabbed him immediately and rushed him to the hospital. He was totally fine, just some minor burns on his hands, but my goodness did that add some holiday stress!

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    1. Oh my gosh! I bet your parents were very stressed that Christmas. One of mine put his hands on top of the grill lid my husband had taken off just momentarily. Those things can happen so quick!

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  14. I despise shopping for ppl who refuse to tell you what they want but then always seem unhappy about their gifts! So frustrating! I love your acronym!!

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    1. Shopping is hard enough already for me. I've got to have a good idea before I go. I can't stand that aimless walking and looking.

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  15. There's so much cheerfulness, but a lot of stress at this time of year, too. Here's hoping you have a stress-free Christmas this year!

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    1. I think I'm due for a stress free holiday. I'm going to do my best to make it happen.

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  16. This is a great way to share those holiday stresses. Are you able to laugh at any of them yet?

    Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Absolutely. I laughed at the time as well. If you don't, you'll break down and cry. That doesn't fix the toilet!

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  17. This made me laugh :) It is always something...

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    1. We refer to ourselves as The Griswolds for a reason. If it can happen, it will happen. I'm waiting for Cousin Eddie to ring the doorbell any minute now.

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  18. Love this! It ain't Christmas at my house unless I set a potholder on fire! Lord help us!

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    1. Oh, yes. Funny how those things catch on fire so easily when their purpose is too keep you from getting burned.

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  19. Your list is hysterical and I can certainly relate to holiday calamities. Shopping is probably the hardest task for me since no one I buy for needs anything. I think next year we will all try to be more organized and give suggestions of these we would like. Happy new Year!

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    1. Shopping (or in my case on-line ordering) is simple if you only know what the person wants or needs. That is truly the hardest part.

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