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An Extra-Special Christmas Tongue-Twister

My niece Danielle got one of those ‘knot-yourself-a-quilt’ kits for Christmas. She’s quite crafty (and an amazing crocheter), so she got it out of the box yesterday evening and started to work on it next to me at the dining room table. (I was drinking Irish cream liqueur and knitting.) Once she got two squares together, she put it down and complained that it looked bad and wasn’t working. I took a look at it, and realized she needed to make two square knots, not one, in order to get the pieces to stay together.  My mind was moving faster than my mouth, and instead of telling her she needs to knot it twice, out of my mouth came, “You need to twot it.” And I’m leaving the spelling just like that, but it sure sounded like there was an “a” in there instead of an “o”, thanks to the Chicago-esque vowel-flattening I inherited from my dad. And I looked across the table at James, and to my right, at Momma Linda, and all three of us burst into laughter, so then our niece started laughing (she’s 10) and said, “TWOT! ha ha!”…. much to my mortification. We immediately told her not to say it, and that what Auntie Jen MEANT was two knots, but somehow by the next day, the large bottle of  St. Brendan’s Irish Cream Liqueur had been renamed “Twot Juice”.

What can I say? I like to make the holidays special, however I can.

Funniest Thanksgiving Moment

My brother-in-law and my husband have a similar sense of humor. (From what I understand, there was a period in their lives where they watched Beavis & Butthead together and laughed until their abdomens felt like the old metal toothpaste tubes, over-bent and ready to bust.) Needless to say, they both are funny people. Steve (my BIL) had his iPhone with him, and as we all sat around the big table, he delivered some impromptu hilarity: dramatic readings of other family members’ Facebook application status updates.
Not the status updates you type in yourself, mind you. Just the ones you allow your games to publish to your wall – and they happen to be all the things I tend to click ‘hide’ when they show up on my page. There’s no way I can capture in written form how drop-dead funny this was, but my husband and I were gasping for air we were laughing so hard (who knew Farmville could be so funny?) and our cheeks and jaws hurt by the time he wound down the readings. I don’t think I’ll see those things the same way from now on.
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving – I was in charge of salad, and it was the breakaway hit of the meal, if you can believe that! I’ll put the recipe up this week; it’s super simple, delicious, and we ate it three days in a row!

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