It’s Friday! Sure, it’s Friday the Thirteenth, but it’s still Friday! I thought today would never get here. But then again, it did seem to get here fast.  I guess that would be an oxymoron.  I get to play along with Mrs. 4444’s and the gang for Friday Fragments – I missed playing along last week, but my fragmented mind wasn’t cooperating.

Fortunately it’s cooperating this week, so here I am.  It’s nice when your brain cooperates.  If your brain is cooperating, you should consider joining in the fun.  It’s always nice to have an excuse to pool your fragmented thoughts into one post, and Mrs. 4444’s is a wonderful host for the pool.  Come on in, the water’s fine!


DST is kicking my butt.  Instead of getting extra sleep with that extra hour, I keep ending up staying up too late.  Staying up too late is not conducive to reacting in a positive manner when the alarm rudely wakes me up the next morning.  I missed the snooze button and accidentally turned off the alarm Wednesday morning instead of getting up and slamming a cup of coffee waking PN up for school.

I woke up about 15 minutes after the bus had already come and gone. It was a flurry of activity getting her up and dressed and hubby kindly offered to drop her off and sign her in at the office so I didn’t have to go in my wild-woman ‘just woke up’ state.  I might have scared some people.  I know I scared the mirror.


Yesterday I realized that had no birthday paper wrap.  Plenty of Christmas wrap that will probably last me for a century couple of years, but birthday wrap?  Nada.  I had to run out and get birthday paper to wrap Princess Naggers presents yesterday – I forgot that she’s off school today for a Teacher Inservice day, which conveniently gives her a 3-day weekend for her birthday.  I figured I better make sure her gifts were wrapped before she came home from school yesterday, because when she’s home she’s an excellent stealthy shadow and she’d end up watching me wrap the presents.  Which would defeat the purpose of wrapping them to begin with.

When I got back in my vehicle after buying much more than just wrapping paper exactly what I needed, I thought I must have spent way more time looking at unique kitchen wares and other cool stuff that somehow managed to work their way into my cart, though I was unsuccessful trying to hunt down dinosaur wrapping paper.  I started to freak when I saw that the clock said it was already 2:06.  Was I really in Target for over 2 hours?

Sure, there’s something mesmerizing about that place, since I obviously didn’t just get the one or two things I had intended to get.  I was at least a half hour from home, and had wanted to surprise PN with a Happy Meal for when she got home.  No way would I have time to go through the drive-thru and get home and have enough time to quickly wrap her gifts before she got home.  Then I remembered.  I hadn’t driven my vehicle since before the time change.  I scored an extra hour to get everything done.


When Princess Nagger got off the bus on Tuesday, she was beaming with pride and carrying this:

In case you’re wondering, it’s a turkey.  She made it in Art Class – she exclaimed that she loves Art Class.  She was a little bummed when she literally flattened its head as she tried to put one of the googly eyes back on after it fell off when she was messing with it after she got home from school.  I was laughing so hard that it was difficult to ‘fix’ it just right, so when I was done she said:  “But the head used to be perfectly round!”  I told her now it just has extra character.


Speaking of turkeys, Princess Nagger expressed great concern about whether or not I had already picked up a turkey for Thanksgiving.  She was worried that there would be no turkeys left, and Thanksgiving would be ruined without one.  Little did she know I had one stashed in our basement freezer, patiently waiting for Thanksgiving to arrive.
When I mentioned that I already did have one, she was then worried about the expiration date.  She’s big on checking the expiration dates on everything.  I had to appease her angst by going downstairs with her hot on my trail to double check and make sure it didn’t expire before Thanksgiving.  Even though it was frozen.  She was quite relieved to see that it wouldn’t expire until June 2010.  Thanksgiving was saved.


Princess Nagger Conversation of the Week:

PN (Wednesday night):  “You need to have something waiting for me when I get home tomorrow.”

Me (laughing):  “Oh really?  Whatever for?”

PN:  “Because Mrs. S is going to be celebrating my birthday tomorrow, so we can just go ahead and do something for my birthday early.”

Me:  “You’re still trying to finagle me into letting you open one of your presents early, aren’t you?”

PN:  “Well, if you can’t find something to surprise me with, then I suppose that I could just open one of my presents early.”

Me:  “But wait, since your birthday isn’t until Sunday, that’s interesting that they’re doing your birthday thing tomorrow instead of on Monday.”

PN:  “Apparently they always do the birthday thing early instead of late.”

Me:  “So does that mean you don’t want to make cupcakes this weekend for you to take in on Monday?”

PN:  “No, I’ll just do it next year.”

Me:  “Seriously?  You’d rather wait until next year to bring cupcakes for your birthday?”

PN:  “Well…..maybe I could bring cupcakes on Monday.  I’m sure everyone would like them.”

Me:  “Of course they’ll like them – who doesn’t like cupcakes?”

PN:  “We have to make sure we don’t put peanut butter on them, though, because A is allergic to it.”

Me:  “No problem, I usually don’t put peanut butter on cupcakes.  We’ll get the funfetti cake mix and do fun frosting instead.”

PN:  “Ohhhh! Can we write on them with pen?”

Me:  “Uh, no, that’s not a good idea.”

PN:  “No, silly, not a real pen, a frosting pen!”

Me:  “We’ll see – I have cake decorating stuff, so we can use that to decorate if you want, or we can pick up something on Friday when we get the ingredients to make the cupcakes.” 

PN:  “Do I get to decorate the cupcakes?”

Me:  “Absolutely – you can decorate them however you want.  I’m sure everyone will love them.”

PN:  “OK, cupcakes it is, then.”

Note:  I sent a note in to the teacher on Thursday morning to find out how many students are actually in the class so we make sure we make enough cupcakes, and to make sure there weren’t any other allergy issues with any of the other kids aside from nut/peanut ones.  

Because of the note, the teacher decided to postpone the originally planned ‘celebration’ for PN until Monday…ooops!  PN didn’t seem to mind, though, since I picked up some party favors for her to give out to her classmates on Monday.


And now, time for Happy Hour!

  • I’m happy that Princess Nagger is at the age where she really gets excited for things like birthdays and Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I get to experience the child-like magic all over again!
  • I’m happy that there’s an honest-to-god Dinosaur Museum in driving distance so we can make Princess Nagger’s Birthday extra special this year – she still insists she’s going to be a paleontologist when she grows up.
  • I’m happy that I get to meet some bloggy friends in real life at the Dinosaur Museum – Martha is finally feeling better from being hit with the plague and I look forward to being able to add some fun to her Daily Grind as well as benefit from her mad photography skills this weekend.  And Andrea sounds like a hilariously fun person – she’s following her Punkin’ Chunkin’ weekend with a Dinosaur excursion.  Luckily I don’t think any dinosaurs will be launched on this excursion.  Of course you just never know.  Princess Nagger is looking forward to meeting and playing with the kids.
  • I’m happy that even though still have not yet put up my indoor Thanksgiving/Fall decorations, Princess Nagger has contributed some fall themed items she made in school.  I might just forgo putting up all the decorations this year – that will mean less work on Thanksgiving weekend when I’d have to take them all down to put up Christmas Decorations.  Less work always makes me happy.


If you’re just hanging out at home on Friday night (and blogging), feel free to join in on Ann’s Virtual Girl’s Night Out (boys are welcome, too!)


Don’t forget to visit Mrs. 4444 at Half Past Kissin’ Time for fun Friday Fragments, Otin’s and RxBambi’s respective blogs for Happy Hour Friday, and Ann Again and Again for VGNO.


  1. We got our extra hour back in August so i'm ready to give it back now. I thought Princess Nagger made a really cool looking bird. I thought it was a robin – but still cool. 😉

  2. I love PN's turkey. I think that would have a place in my heart forever!

    I hope you guys have a wonderful trip to the dinosaur museum for her birthday! Wish her a happy b-day for me, would ya?

  3. I don't think that anyone puts more work into a post than you do!

    I loved the turkey!

    I think that PN has a good habit checking the expiration dates. I am very OCD about that!

    I am happy for anyone who is getting over this flu thing that is going around!

  4. Omgosh, I love the turkey!!! She did a great job!

    Happy birthday to PN – your OWN hilarious little girl. Gotta love 'em!

  5. The turkey is gorgeous!

    I did the thing with the alarm last Friday and completely failed to take my daughter to dance practice before school, she was supposed to be there at 7:45am, I woke up at 7:50am.

    Happy birthday to Princess Nagger for Sunday!

    Happy FF 🙂

  6. i love the turkey! so colorful. we help out in art on fridays at the school…always look forward to it…kids are so creative!

  7. I LOVE the turkey. the colors are fabulous. I swear I would keep it forever.

    Speaking of which I should buy a turkey so I don't get stuck with the 4 pounder or the 45 pounder.

  8. Wow Stacey – how busy have you been? And yet you still find time to blog your heart out? Great stuff! Love the PN conversation – how old is she going to be? She sounds like a bossy teenager already hehe.
    Oh and I adore her little Turkey she made – can she make them to order?! 🙂

  9. That turkey is absolutely darling!! I sure hope PN has an amazing birthday!

    I'm having some trouble with the time change, too.

    Have a fantastic weekend, my friend!

  10. The turkey was cute, but I love her reasoning for opening the present early.
    on your award

  11. Add me to the "I Hate DST" Club! Even worse, we didn't deal with DST here in Indy for the longest time and then it was decided we needed it and now we have to change our clocks twice a year like everyone else and by the time your body finally adjusts completely to the time change, it is time to change back and start adjusting all over again and as bad as it is for me, it's 1000 times worse for my kids.


    Happy FF!

  12. That little turkey is adorable and I have to say I laughed out loud about your wrapping paper. I never have the right paper on hand but enough Christmas wrap to do me out!!

  13. One hates that it gets so dark so early now. It always seems like it is 10 o'clock at night.

  14. Tell PN that is the most unique and beautiful turkey I've ever seen. If REAL turkeys looked like that, no one would ever eat them because they'd all be pets. And then she'd have to eat meatloaf on Thanksgiving.

  15. Aw, her Turkey is too cute, although I thought it was a bird at first.

    So, what did you get her for her b-day? Besides a really cool trip to the dinosaur museum?

    Are these conversations verbatim, or just as best as your memory serves? LOL

    Justine 😮 )

  16. I've never admitted this before but … the one thing that motivates me to get up in the morning on time is knowing that I will have to walk into the kids' school if they're late. Vanity, vanity…yes, it's my middle name.

  17. OMG DST has been kicking our arses royally in my house! Can't wait to be caught up…….caught up? That never happens!

    And that was one mighty colorful turkey! I loved it though 🙂

    Happy Friday!

  18. I find myself dozing off at 7pm these days….
    That turkey PN made is so very adorable- keep it forever!

  19. Th kids (and me too) are so excited for the weekend. Thor reminded me this morning to make sure we were going. Chick did a general roar thing which I am pretty sure meant she was excited.

    I've removed my brain today so it will be in tip top shape for Sunday. SO of course that means I just got home from blowing $50 at Kohls for tights and shirts and $30at Target for something I can't even remember.

    Eh whatever! I love the craft, that's really cute 🙂

  20. These are the "Kodak" moments… I am so happy for you that you realize it in the here and now.. I appreciated too many things after the bus left..

  21. That bird is amazing! I loved art class when I was in school and you know, nothing ever looked like it was supposed to and I think that is the best art ever. I can not wait for my kids to come home from school with their pictures and crafts. I'm the type of person who enjoys handmade better than store bought. My mom threw everything of ours away a few weeks after it was brought home, I'm sure I'll have a special room filled to the ceiling with stuff from the kids, LoL. I think your princess sounds like an awesome kiddo 🙂 I'm addicted to checking expiration dates too LoL. I'm soo following you now! I love your blog!! Thank you for your comment on mine by the way 🙂 The play doh rocks, haha. Oh and the microwave incident? It was chicken and rice casserole. It was gross this morning. How I forgot that it was in the microwave is beyond me…

  22. ahhhh Target… who doesn't love that place???Oh man! I can get lost there for hours 9and do!)
    AWESOME that you ended up with more time too! YIPPEE!

    LOVE PN's turkey! Very cool & creative!

  23. I've had those 2 hour Target shopping trips myself. I can totally relate.

    I like her turkey 🙂

  24. Haha! Reading the converstation made me feel like you're talking to an adult…Haha. Princess Nagger is so cool!

  25. I too had so much hope for DST, and was in fact giddy when it arrived. Did it really make a difference? Nope.

    So glad PN is loving the art classes!!! That is my kids fave part of schooling; today I taught their history whilst they did Thanksgiving themed art projects…

    She would totally be my BBF regarding her concerns for expiration dates and Thanksgiving foods running out. I am VERY well aware that I best get my butt out there for the fresh cranberries before it's too late!

    Hope she has a fantastic bday, sounds like her negotiating skillz are developing quite nicely! 😉

  26. I hear you on the DST thing. I just haven't felt right since then. Oh, and I have the 'staying up too late' problem all the time!

    Going to check out your "random thoughts on tv" blog b/c if it's anything about the entertainment world, I'll love it. I do a weekly blog post called "Media Chatter Mondays" where I sound off on entertainment topics. I've talked about the Gosselins and Suri Cruise's public tantrum recently.


  27. I think they put something in the A/C unit in Target that mesmorizes us. It is kind of like the casinos pumping extra O2 into the casino so you will stay awake and gamble.

    Oh and PN is just too cute! Trying to trick Mom into giving her presents early 😉

    Happy VGNO!

  28. Aww, happy birthday PN! Now it's an extended party since she gets one at school on Monday.

    I'm so horrible about overspending at Target. Lucky for me, I usually have my antsy kids with me so they rush things along.

  29. I think if we wake up late enough that we can't catch the bus? I'll have to declare it a freebee day and let the kids skip school. Our school is 5 miles away and I am NOT driving them in my jammies and slippers. Or maybe I'll just let them go late so I can shower first. LOL

  30. The Princess is just too funny, I love the conversation about the cupcakes and the colorful turkey is just so cute! DST is kicking my butt too, seams it was way worse for me than the kids this year!
    Happy Weekend to you!

  31. woo hoo, one more day! i'm so excited to be getting out of this house, but of course even more excited to getting to me you and the family! Dinosaurs rule!

  32. I still can't get over that you haven't driven your car in almost two weeks. I can spend two hours in Target just in the stationery department!

    Love PN's turkey. You could sell those on Etsy 🙂

    You said something terribly funny in the comments of someone elses blog. I wanted to say something about that, but I've forgotten who's blog and what the comment was all about. LOL

    Kristin – The Goat

  33. How is school going for PN?? Did she get adjusted to the new teacher? We need an update. Is the teacher teaching her lots of new material?

  34. Glad your brain finally cooperated with you and that you found an extra hour for birthday planning 🙂

    That turkey is absolutely adorable-I love it! Enjoy those years of belief in Santa-They're precious and can be gone before you know it.

    You are such a great mom. Cupcakes sound really yummy right now, too…

  35. Feliz Cumpleaños, PN! And I love that Turkey. I'm not just saying it either. I think that Turkey rocks and I love that she did not let her imagination be limited by reality.

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