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    7 Quick Takes Friday

    December 27, 2013 by Brandy Vencel
    — 1 —

    This is my first time doing 7 Quick Takes. At least, I think it is. I’ve been considering incorporating it for a while. I, like most people, have at least seven random thoughts this week that I think about sharing, but find they do not merit a whole post on their own. This is a great catch-all, right?

    — 2 —

    Did you know that Afterthoughts turns eight next week? Eight whole years of thinking about thoughts other people thunk first. It has been a great ride and I’ve grown quite attached to you all over the years.

    — 3 —

    In honor of my eighth anniversary, I’m going to do a blog survey. You can watch for it. It might post as early as tomorrow, if all goes as planned {which it usually doesn’t, but here’s hoping!}. I asked some sweet blogging friends of mine for advice on what to ask in my survey, and Mystie says she already posted one and I can just go look at hers.

    Show off.

    If only I were an INTJ instead of an INTP, this would have been done last week!

    Anyhow, like I said, I’m working on a survey. I don’t plan to post very much until 2014, so that leaves plenty of time for you all to fill. it. out. {Hint hint!}

    — 4 —

    I’m also working on my New Year’s resolutions. My new plan is to try and complete them all by next week {except for “eat more chocolate” — I will try and drag that one out for the full year} so that I can be a slacker by February. Who’s with me?

    I’m cleaning out the garage tomorrow, so I’m halfway there already. Anyone want a dusty, recalled carseat?


    — 5 —

    Today is the third day of Christmas. How many of you celebrate for the full twelve days? I don’t mean necessarily every day feeling like Christmas because, frankly, that might kill a person. But I mean things like keeping up the decorations and still enjoying the music, and generally maintaining a spirit of festivity?

    I am trying to talk my husband into a Twelfth Night bonfire. Last year we made s’mores in our backyard over our tiny firepit thingie; this year I’d like to invite some friends and make merry on a slightly larger scale.

    This coincides with my “eat more chocolate” resolution, if you couldn’t tell.

    — 6 —

    Did you ever noticed the Twelve Days of Christmas in A Christmas Carol? This year was the first year I noticed it. When the ghost of Christmas present takes Scrooge on his wild tour of the festivities, the ghost grows older as time goes on. Scrooge questions him about growing old in such a short period of time. In prior years, I always read this as growing old in approximately 24 hours, but I no longer think this is the case! I was so excited when I noticed this:

    It was a long night, if it were only a night; but Scrooge had his doubts of this, because the Christmas Holidays appeared to be condensed into the space of time they passed together. It was strange, too, that while Scrooge remained unaltered in his outward form, the Ghost grew older, clearly older. Scrooge had observed this change, but never spoke of it, until they left a children’s Twelfth Night party, when, looking at the Spirit as they stood together in an open place, he noticed that its hair was grey.

    Isn’t that interesting?

    — 7 —

    Why, oh why, are skinny pants in style? How I hate them, Sam I am. I don’t know why, but I feel positively claustrophobic with denim wrapped that tightly around my ankles. If, statistically speaking, panic attacks are on the rise, I. blame. fashion.

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  • Reply Kelly January 1, 2014 at 2:31 am

    We do the twelve days. This year we’re having an open house for 12th Night. We had a bonfire for St Crispin’s Day — it was a lot of fun — but it’s too cold in Virginia for a bonfire this time of year. Sounds like a wonderful idea for y’all though.

    When I was thin enough and young enough to wear skinny jeans that’s all I wore. In fact I started wearing them back in the early 80s when they first came in, before you could even buy them in stores — you had to sew up the inseam yourself. We called it pegging them. I loved it because the thing I hate most in the world is having pants flop around my ankles. Well, more than that I hate having sleeves flop around my wrists, so I usually wear long sleeves pushed up, or buy 3/4 sleeves, unless I can find a sleeve that’s skin tight and comes almost all the way down to my knuckles. But anyway, after skinny jeans went out and wide-legged pants came in I didn’t wear pants for over a decade. Just in the last couple of years I’ve discovered flared pants that are so long you have to wear them with heels or platforms and I like those, so now I have two pairs of pants I wear on occasion. Oh, and crops. I’d forgotten about them. I have a couple of those I wear sometimes too.

  • Reply Julia December 31, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I love your 7 quick takes! We don’t really celebrate the 12 days of Christmas but our tree always stays up until after New Years because I am too lazy to take it down. One year, when I was still single, I left the tree up until Easter and then made it into an Easter tree. Obviously, I have never had a real tree.

    Skinny jeans. I have always intensely disliked them not because of the ankles but because of my other parts. But I recently had to buy new jeans and I could not find any other jeans but skinny jeans so I caved. To my utter astonishment, I really like them. They are my most comfortable jeans. They fit me so well aka. my rolls of fat stay inside the jean and don’t roll out in all directions. I wear long sweaters or shirts so you can’t see the other parts. So I am now a skinny jeans convert who is too lazy to take down her Christmas tree until after New Years.

  • Reply christalee December 30, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Haha, I loved this post! I’m all for quick takes. I laughed out loud about the skinny jeans. I HATE them. On me that is. So do we celebrate the 12 days of Christmas if we don’t bother putting away our Christmas decorations until after New Year’s and when it is convenient? Of if we just show up to your bonfire and yell Merry Christmas? Can you tell I haven’t read much about this 12 days of Christmas business?

    • Reply Brandy Vencel December 31, 2013 at 12:23 am

      You make me laugh. The line between laziness-I-don’t-want-to-clean-up-Christmas-stuff and we-celebrate-12-days is admittedly a fine one. 😉

  • Reply COMama December 28, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Skinny jeans.… Let’s just say it’s not my ankles I have a problem with. 🙂

    This is our first year celebrating 12 days of Christmas. It’s kind of fun. It’s nice not to have a harsh cut off the day after Christmas where everything just disappears.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel December 28, 2013 at 10:36 pm

      Isn’t it fun? 12 Days, I mean. 🙂

      I hear you on the skinny jeans. The thing is, even IF I had the body type for them {and I don’t}, the ankle claustrophobia would still make them an impossibility for me. 🙂

  • Reply Sarah Mackenzie December 28, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I’m with you on the resolutions! And the skinny jeans! And the chocolate!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel December 28, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      Well, you are easy to please today. 🙂

  • Reply Lisa A December 28, 2013 at 11:42 am

    We keep our tree up right through the twelve days. It helps that we didn’t put it up until Christmas Eve. The kids are all in bed and DH and I put it up together. The excitement of seeing them wake up to a beautifully lit tree on Christmas morning is such fun!

    Skinny jeans have not entered this house yet… although I have to admit I’m thinking about it. I just got a couple nice pairs of boots that would look great with them. We shall see…

    • Reply Brandy Vencel December 28, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      I have always thought it would be fun to wait until Christmas Eve for the tree, but my husband likes the tradition of having the children put up the ornaments, which means it needs to be done earlier. I bet it feels like magic to wake up to the tree being there like that!

  • Reply The girl who painted trees December 28, 2013 at 4:19 am

    A Twelfth Night bonfire sounds like a lot of fun. I am just about to post my survey. Looking forward to filling yours out.

  • Reply Queen of Carrots December 28, 2013 at 12:56 am

    I do like to leave up the decorations through the twelve days of Christmas. (It works better if you don’t start getting them all out the day after Thanksgiving). But yesterday a Small Child Who Shall Remain Nameless knocked the Christmas tree over right after it had been watered, soaking the carpet and any gifts that had not been put away promptly. I couldn’t face dragging out all the ornament boxes, so I just propped it back up again, but I didn’t dare add water. So it will be a fire hazard long before Twelfth Night.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel December 28, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      Do you know that it wasn’t until reading your comment that I realized this is the first year in possibly EVER that our tree did not fall over? I am so excited! Of course, we still have a few days left, but it has always happened before this, so I think it’s a good sign.

      I miss buying a real tree {though not paying for it ahem}, but one benefit is that they handle staying up for the long haul. 🙂

  • Reply Mystie December 27, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    I still have no skinny jeans. I did just break down and try leggings with boots and a dress, but then I feel like I’m trying to fit in with my 16-year-old sister. 🙂

    Yay for surveys! 🙂 I love your idea to get all your resolutions done before 2014 actually arrives. That’s awesome.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel December 28, 2013 at 12:36 am

      I almost tried the dress and leggings thing today when I was at Old Navy. And then? Well, I just didn’t. It just didn’t feel like me…even though I think it is cute on other people!

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