31 December 2011

I couldn't end 2011 with a post about the stupid door-to-door Kirby vacuum cleaner salesman...

It's New Year's Eve.

I'm hitting the hard stuff...

 ...and it's only 8 o'clock.

I rarely drink soda...especially not caffeinated soda, so I really am livin' large tonight. 

My husband just left for the party to sing in the New Year. Everyone is to bring a song that will represent their 2012. I told him to pick "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred. Instead, he chose "If I Were a Rich Man" from Fiddler on the Roof...but he changed the title to "When I AM a Rich Man" and rewrote the lyrics to reflect what he wants to have in his life. Clever man, he. 

I do kind of wish I were going, but someone has to hold down the fort. So instead I'm sneakily sucking down Dr. Pepper in a dark corner in the kitchen while watching movies with my older three kids. We are having a slumber party in the family room...they are so excited. 

I know they look glazed over...a screen'll do that to a body...
but they really are excited.

Before he left, my husband made stuffed mushrooms as his potluck contribution to the singing party...and he pulled out a Granny's Gadget for their preparation :) Unfortunately, I was not around for the initial usage, but Baby X and I staged a re-enactment for your viewing pleasure...my camera work is not as professional as my husband's...and it was very challenging to ad-lib the narrative and wield the camera and direct the action all at the same time :P

Nonetheless, I give you...



Forgot...it's been a long while so I'm cutting myself some slack...

Had to tack this on...my Granny's Gadgets video policy is 
so no do-over to get the big thumbs up in there at the end.

And on that note...

I am giving this year...this two thousand eleven...this year of super cool happenings and then some...

two big thumbs up :)

Wishing each and every one of you all the wonderment and joy life has to offer in 2012.


  1. LOVE THE LIVING ROOM SLEEPOVER!! Enjoy your DP and happy new year!

  2. All the wonderment and joy life has to offer... What a perfect wish. Right back at you! Hope the slumber party was sweet. Loved Baby X's cameo role in tonight's Granny's Gadgets -- well done. FWIW, I was once advised by a chef never to immerse a mushroom in water, only to scrub its surface with a damp paper towel or -- if you are lucky enough to own one -- a mushroom brush...

  3. I am so glad my kids hate mushrooms. MORE for me!

  4. Sounds like a lovely evening! Happy New Year!

  5. That looks like so much fun!!!! I loath having to feel like I have to stay up really late, my friends think I'm lame..

  6. Happy New Year! I'm sure the sleepover was a big hit. My kids LOVE to do that.

  7. we celebrated east coast new years and were in bed before midnight! Yes, we are crazy over here!

    Happy new year to you!

  8. We may have to do a family campout in the living room one of these weekends. Last night we were at a friend's family-friendly (as in a zillion kids running around) party until WAY too late. Slowly getting up and around and starting the five loads of laundry to be done.

  9. I always wondered what the best way to clean mushrooms was (I'm serious, I love cooking!). Now I just need to find one so we can all eat a little less dirt :-).

    The sleepover looks like fun! Enjoy them while they are young.

  10. Yikes. Having to come up with and then sing a song that represents the past year would be enough for me to volunteer to stay home and hold down the fort.

  11. happy 2012, you're NYE was way wilder than mine. I was OUT by 8pm!! lol
    and no hard stuff either

    now i have to go and read every single Granny's Gadgets. LOVE

  12. A new year's sleepover, what fun! I'm going to have to do that with my kids this year. Hope the camp out went well!

  13. I LOVE Dr. Pepper! It's my weakness, so I'm not so sure how my stop drinking soda by the end of 2012 goal is going to go. We'll see.

    Happy New Year to you and your family!

  14. WoW!! She is ready to be on QVC selling those brushes!!!! I am sad that we don't have a Jimmy Neutron plate in our collection (that the 11 and 14 year old won't let me pack away)!

  15. You rebel you, with your hidden Dr. Pepper ;) Happy 2012 my friend!!!

  16. Living room sleep over trumps going out any night!
    Happy New Year M!

  17. BLECH! I hate eating fungus but cool way to clean them.

    Love how you covered Jimmy's eyes with them. Heh.

  18. We also had a sleep over! Can't think of a better way to ring in the New Year. Won't be long until they are out at their own parties. Happy New Year.

  19. Loving the living room sleepover! We have a ten month old, so we do what anyone would do in our situation. Fell asleep on the couch around 9 pm. Happy New Year! Hopping over from LoveLinks!

  20. I love Dr. Pepper and rarely have it! Glad you enjoyed your can. :)

  21. I was so torn between wanting to do what your kids did and going out. But like you 2 thumbs up for 2011, and lots more caffeinated soda (ok maybe in moderation:)) and more time with friends combined with wishes for lots of joy, laughter and stuff mushrooms in 2012!

  22. I love the idea of everyone singing a song that represents their year at the party. The Right Said Fred song sounded great! Also love the slumber party idea - I'll do that next year!

  23. Ooh living room slumber party, I like! Happy New Year!

  24. Kids ALWAYS love a living room slumber party! My kids did, and I did before them. As a grown up, I can't quite remember why it was so exciting.

  25. Living room slumber party and surreptitiously sipped soda sounds like a pretty good New Year's to me!

    Can I add that I had door-to-door salesmen?


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