Monday, December 19, 2005

Merry $&%#-ing Christmas!

I just remembered today why I hate the holidays. Pictured above are the gingerbread cookies we made. I'll go ahead and blame the kids for how unfortunate they turned out, but if we're being honest here... I couldn't have done much better myself. So I just turn them loose and let them have fun. Then I let them eat as many as they want... what else will I do, put them in a cookie tin and give it to the neighbors?

But I'm actually feeling Holiday-inadequate today, because Christmas is five days away and I don't have my cards in the mail. The reason for the delay is I thought it would be a good idea to do our family Christmas photo ourselves at home. It wasn't.

Out of about twenty-five pictures, only one was relatively decent. And I'm not kidding about the "relatively" part. It turns out that my 4-year-old thought it would be fun to have a "mad face" in the pictures, unbeknownst to us until we were finished. After being annoyed briefly my husband and I admitted that it was kind of funny, and it was also typical of his personality.

So I cropped and red-eyed and glowed until it was just about perfect (aside from what appears to be my extra chin), saved it on a disc and took it to the store to print twenty-eight copies. I was quickly inserting them into my Christmas cards (hoping to get them in the mail today) when I noticed that the top of my husband's head is missing from the printed version.

So what am I doing to remedy the situation? Blogging. And eating potato chips. I'm also planning to cry just as soon as I can get hold of my husband or mother (it's no fun to cry alone). But I won't say "Bah Humbug" just yet. I'll save that for later in the week when we're travelling for ten hours by car and by plane... Posted by Picasa


Christine D. said...

Oh the dreaded Christmas photo! I, too, decided it was better to take the pictures at home, and, in doing so, took about 200 pictures, from which I managed to extract one good photo (just try to make a one year old sit still under the Christmas tree, smile, AND look at the camera -- I have about 199 lovely pictures of the top, back, and sides of her adorable head). But, somehow, I managed to get my cards out and resolved to start earlier next year, and maybe even to leave the job to a professional. (Sigh...)

keema said...

Those cookies look fine to me! And even if they're too tough or kid-spit laden to eat, I'm sure that Santa will appreciate them. Or a starving parent at 3 am Christmas morning. Whichever.

And poo on people who find your Christmas picture anything less than fabulous. Surely we can infer that your husband has a whole head, since he isn't in the ICU?

Merry Christmas!

Anjali said...

Oh, Staci, this gave me such a laugh. We have ALL been there. Best of luck next year.