Naughty and Nice Stuff From all Over

Oh my gosh, I’m so happy it’s Friday I can barely see straight. I’m in the middle of the madness that is the end of the year and I’m desperately trying to not suck at Christmas even though I kind of just want to crawl in bed and hide until it’s over.

Last weekend I finished our outside decorations and even did a special surprise for my brother in the form of wrapping our ENORMOUS pine tree in colored lights (he loves em, I hate em. White lights all the way. I don’t care if that makes me an elitist snob).

Today the garland over the entry is dangling by one hook and only one single strand along the very bottom of the pine tree is lit up. This girl can’t win.

But some people can and that is how we have today’s edition of Stuff From All Over – the weekly list of things that don’t merit their own post, as well as the fun things I’ve found on the interwebs.


I can understand the elf on a shelf idea in theory but at the same time I hope to goodness that it’s not a popular thing to do when I have kids. The idea of moving it every night and threatening my children to behave because the elf is watching is just a little bit too much for me.  This woman has summarized my thoughts on elf on a shelf in a hilarious and glorious fashion. The comments are also awesome, especially the woman who wants her elf to set up his own Dexter-style kill room with plastic sheeting and a dismembered barbie. If I was still in college I would get the elf just to pull stunts like that. I think my college roommates would have been all over that too.


I really appreciated Allie’s post on how to photograph your Christmas tree. I’ve been trying to get pretty pictures of mine all month and since we have three this year I really want to make sure I capture them.


If you enjoyed Jimmy Kimmel’s halloween candy prank, he and his viewers made a Christmas gift version. I particularly like the girl who tells her mom she likes her cooking when she makes dinners “like hot pockets.”


One of the great things about the blog world is how people pull together to help one another. Amy is looking for people to write letters as part of the More Love Letters campaign. You have until December 21st if you’d like to participate!

The rest of my links don’t really follow the theme. I suppose they all go under the “nice” category if we’re being picky.

How to Survive  Holiday Shopping without Getting Arrested 

Nicole’s template for 2012 Goal Setting Awesomeness has me dying to go home and make charts and graphs and spreadsheets and tackle 2012 like it’s my job.

And finally, these Star Wars candle sticks are pretty much the best thing I’ve seen so far today.

On to my random thoughts:

– Thanks to Dr. Google I have diagnosed myself with 3 different kinds of cancer this week. BUT I did find out some actual, reliable information as well that has been very helpful. I also have an appointment with an actual doctor to get real medical advice that might, in fact, be useful and actionable. Imagine that.

– Speaking of making the appointment with that doctor, it was far more difficult than I’d imagined to get an appointment. Apparently she only does full physical exams on certain days of the week and only sees new patients at certain times of day. Someone please remind me why I didn’t go to medical school like I was supposed to so I could make up my own bs rules like that??? I’d love to be able to tell my clients “Oh, I only discuss that program on Wednesdays.” Or better “I only set up accounts on every fifth Friday of the month,” and then I would take those days off whenever they happened which is bound to be like, once or twice a year. Buahaha.

– Between the sad Christmas songs, the messages coming home from deployed soldiers, the animal rescue commercials, and the St. Jude commercials, the radio is no longer safe to use while driving. I’m not sure the TV is safe at home either.

Well, I hope you all are set with some awesome weekend plans that involve staying far away from shopping centers and malls and a lot of doing very little and just being relaxed in general. I hope that’s what my weekend looks like, anyway. Haha.


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    December 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I like the twinkly lights blog post – thanks for that! Now I just need one on “how to take pictures of things that are short (like dogs, babies, etc) and your Christmas tree at the same time without just seeing the trunk. Ha. I didn’t like the Jimmy Kimmel thing but I did enjoy that little girl and her brother who wanted to eat her sandwich for her. 🙂
    Merry Christmas!
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      December 18, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      Merry Christmas, Jill! I also would love a guide to photographing smaller people/animals in front of the tree. It’s hard to get even adults in front of the tree without having it be kind of awkward so maybe we just need a full lesson on Christmas tree pictures, haha.

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    Sarah S.
    December 18, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    That doctor sounds like a PITA! My PCP responds to e-mail and he called me himself when he got the message that I was pregnant. Too bad he doesn’t happen to have an equally awesome and hot brother in NoVA!
    I loved that Jimmy Kimmel video and the Elf on the Shelf link. I’m tempted to get an Elf on the Shelf and make it reenact awful movies (the Twilight birth scene perhaps?). My weekend involves a lot of sugar, because someone made my nice list this week! Sugar is fun because then the baby starts moving like crazy!
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      December 18, 2011 at 9:38 pm

      I keep hoping I can find an elf on the shelf for really cheap somewhere. I don’t want to buy the actual box set with the book and all cause I just want to have it to make inappropriate things with. Also, I’m glad you got your cookies!!

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