Friday, December 7, 2012

Five Question Friday

1. How many times have you moved and do you have any tips?
Just a few - when I was four (I'm guessing I wasn't a lot of help with this one), when I was 18 (got married and therefore had very few possessions of my own to move), when I was 19 (moved out of state but from one apartment to another, still not many possesssions), once when I was 20 (bought our house). I have no advice on this subject, alas.

Anyone else have advice on how to sell a too small house in this {muttering darkly} economy?

2. Do you have a budget for the holidays, or just keep sliding the credit card and have a heart attack in Jan?
Budget - complete with Excel spreadsheet.  We keep a certain amount of money set aside in savings all year long for this, after all, Christmas comes EVERY year on December 25. It does not qualify as an emergency.

Then towards the end of November we look at our spreadsheet, add the new babies who have come along, and refine a bit. We are as flexible as we can be (no weeping and wailing if we go over a dollar or two) and as strict as we can be (no, "But she would really love an iPod")

3. What is the one medical thing you avoid like the plague?
The dentist. I am very good about going to the OB/GYN. I see my regular doctor on a fairly regular basis to keep my problematic lungs functional. I see the Eye Doctor every year, so she'll let me buy more contacts. I never go to the dentist. I can't remember the last time I did and I am not exaggerating. We're planning to go next year, after we get the three older girls done (we take one child every three months, rotating, and with Polly going every other time since she has such extreme dental issues). I dread it like nothing else. Maybe I should try one of those new sedation dentists?

4. What your least favorite Christmas song?
Oh, honey, do I have a list for you: Top 10 Worst Christmas Songs.

I'm also kind of a Christmas song stickler: some versions of certain songs are The Best And Shall Never Be Improved and so other people should stop covering them. Some examples:
  • The Christmas Song. You only need the Nat 'King' Cole version of this. It's definitive. You are not Nat 'King' Cole, therefore, you ought not to cover it. Write your own song.
  • Blue Christmas. Only Elvis has the right balance of happy / sad in this song. Everyone else makes me think this song is why suicides supposedly go up at Christmas time.
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. This song belongs to Judy Garland and I have the movie to prove it (Meet Me in St. Louis). Some newer versions are OK, but they're not dynamite.
I'll have to think about and make a more definitive list another time. Any song you love that you hate to see "covered" by some caterwauling singer of today?

5. This Christmas are you spending more, less or about the same? Why?
About the same but slightly more because God has blessed our family with several new members.

In further news, you will be glad to hear that the snowman mugs are now out and in use, the wreath is on the front door and the girls are encouraged by these signs. Still no tree yet, but soon is looking sooner than it did earlier in the week.

How about you? Budget or fly by the seat of your credit card? Least favorite Christmas song? Encouraging words about going to the dentist (surely not)? Do tell!
And, because it wouldn't do to forget: Happy Birthday to my sister Lulu! I hope it's a fabulous day and you enjoy your massage. Take it as easy as you know how.
This post is linked to Five Question Friday at My Little Life.


Lisa said...

Thank you for the birthday wishes! I'm also with you on the dentist issue. I do go at least every year, but I'd much rather go to the gyno or eye doctor. For some reason I just hate going to the dentist.

Kris said...

Must be a family thing, because I'm not a fan of the dentist either! Somehow with putting our house on the market, selling it, moving to an apartment, building a house and moving here, the Christmas budget didn't happen this year so we are kind of out of control here. The kids won't be getting the big gifts like ipods and laptops, but somehow I think I will find a way to please them!

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