We’re on the home stretch to Christmas – only 5 days left.  I’m in my last minute frantic mode (aren’t we all?) so I’m going to make this a quickie today.  And I apologize for my lack of hostessing attention, I promise after the holidays you’ll not be able to get rid of me skulking about on your blogs.  That’s either a threat or a promise, however you want to look at it.  Let the random begin!

Saturday we had the rescheduled-rescheduled birthday party for Princess Nagger at Chuck E. Cheese.  Originally we were going to do an Angry Birds party, but she decided that she wanted to do Chuck E. Cheese this year, and Angry Birds next year instead, since so many of her Angry Birds enthusiastic friends weren’t able to attend this close to Christmas.  Run DMT‘s daughters were so awesome sending Princess Nagger Angry Birds decor that they drew themselves – she’s got them stashed in a very safe place to take center stage next year.  This year, it was all about Chuck:

I booked the party at 9:30 Saturday morning – which was awesome, because there were hardly any other people there so the kids had full run of the place.  It was a bit odd, though, eating pizza at 10:30 in the morning, but the kids didn’t seem to mind.  Princes Nagger and I had to do our traditional sketch portrait:

More pictures of the fun tomorrow (hopefully).

As I’ve been shopping for Princess Nagger, I’ve noticed that all dinosaur related items are geared towards boys.  Why is that, I wonder?  Girl Paleontologists rock, so they really should be inclusive in my opinion.  The reason I mention it is because Princess Nagger recently was teased about her Velociraptor shoes at school by a boy, making fun of the fact that she’s wearing boy shoes.  It’s just not right, and I don’t want some ignorant boy to squelch her passion for dinosaurs and her dream of becoming a Paleontologist some day.

Hubby has a conundrum – he likes to do his Christmas shopping on the 23rd and/or the 24th…Last Minute Joe.  Since we’ll be driving to Iowa on the 23rd, and finishing the drive on the 24th, he’s up a creek since there won’t be time to shop, depending on what time we get to my sister’s house on the 24th.  So he’s having to shop ‘early’.  I buy all the gifts for everyone, my little contribution from my individual income since he pays all the bills from his.  But he likes to buy gifts for me and get a little something extra for the kids each year (so he’s not the only one saying ‘What did we get you?’ as the presents are being unwrapped).  He’s been having to join the fray earlier is all.  My sister joked that he should just wait until the last gas station stop on our way to her house.  Good thing he’s not that kind of shopper.

I know what Santa is getting me though, since I make sure that there are some for both the hubby and I on Christmas morning.  It’s all in the name of keeping the magic alive, or at least showing Princess Nagger that we were good boys and girls too.  One year I forgot to get Santa gifts in the rush that always happens (like now), and didn’t do Santa gifts for me or the hubby.  She was very perturbed that we apparently were bad that year.  She’s brought it up more than once since.

That’s it for this week – thanks for keeping the Random Rebellion alive and kicking.  Here’s hoping you all have a Very Merry Christmas – and Happy Hanukkah to my friends who celebrate.  Feel free to get your random on and link up if you dare. Rebel on!

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  1. My husband tends to do it all last minute too but this year, he bought a ton of things at the end of November. I have this fear, however, that once he starts wrapping, he’ll realize he doesn’t have enough. And it will be too late! Happy Tuesday.
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  2. Kids are good about remembering things like Santa not leaving you and your hubs presents. That’s good stuff! I never thought about including us in the Santa gift bringing thing. I wish I had, though. What fun that would’ve been!

    Yikes, your hubs is likes to be in the last minute Christmas push! Is he brave or has he lost a few marbles? lol I have never been able to wrap my brain around that idea. I HATE crowds and totally freak out. Hmmm, maybe it’s me who has lost a few marbles. Oh well, to each his/her own, right?

    The simple thing to do is keep encouraging PN on her dreams to become a Paleontologist and to stand her ground, if she learns to not back down from her peers then she’ll be successful in life on many levels.

    I’m holding you to your threat…I mean promise that you’ll actively stalk each of our blogs after the holidays. =D Really, no worries on this score. We all are in the 9th hour of desperation to pull our Christmas preparations into total perfection, right?

    Merry Christmas!

  3. What a mean little boy to say such a thing to Princess Nagger! Harumph.

    I had absolutely NO motivation to shop this year, especially since we are going to be by our lonesomes this Christmas (The Young One is going to Texas to visit the paterfamilias, so we’re not really flying any of the other kids up for the holidays). I finally bought Beloved a couple of things he’s been asking for (our grown children are all getting money and I’ve already given TYO his gifts), but he was still asking me “WHAT do you want??” two days ago, so we’ll see. What I want is a Vitamix but I think $400 is a little steep for a blender. Oh, well.
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  4. The portrait is so beautiful. Too much interesting stuff is geared toward boys. When Someone I Love’s elementary school had an advanced math group for some third graders, Someone I Love was the only girl. When I told the teacher that the boys were working together so they’d get done faster and leave SIL in the dust, she said, Some students just get their work done faster than others. HA! Last laugh on our side. SIL will soon finish her Ph.D. in math, and she didn’t have to cheat to get it. She gave her high school valedictory on the need for women to stay strong and stick with the the more advanced math and science classes, or women will never earn as much as men. So, please tell Princess Nagger from SIL and me that she should decide what her passion is and GO FOR IT!

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  5. Hi Random Coolest Chick!
    I am so loving that picture of the 2 cool chicks (random cool chick and chickette?). Be sure to holla down I80 when you are passing through Ill. 🙂
    Happy Shoppin’!

    Thanks for keeping the randomness rolling too.
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  6. Girl Paleontologists DO rock!! Keep it up, Princess!

    We have the same issue in the different direction…11yo son would love to wear pink, sparkly jewelry, but he gets teased for being “different” enough as it is. He knows it would be socially detrimental (and that’s an understatement) to wear the kind of stuff he’d like too. As hard as it is for girls who like traditionally “male” things, it’s even tougher the other way around.
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  7. Relieved to know that you and the hubs have been good this year. I will graciously accept my lump of coal! I expect big things since you have an extra year to perfect that angry bird cake now!
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  8. Christmas is really something that keeps everyone busy. It maybe a holiday but it doesn’t mean that you can just sit all day or sleep or just watch tv. It needs a lot of preparation.

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