Thursday, August 30, 2007

Prizes - Duck and Cover Edition

This will be short since I have a houseful of extras today and a wedding to help get ready for. I'm also inventorying my crockery since it is a family affair. However, I promised myself I will let the bride make the first toss. The most sophisticated of prognosticators have determined that she will most likely to lob several large platters tomorrow. Seriously, mazel tov to the bride and groom. They've overcome a lot to get to this point and I am so happy for them.

Best Target of an Angry Flame-Throwing Pixie Mob goes to Sue's harasser. Sue, I really hope this sorts itself out quickly for you.

The Award of Free Time Three cheers to all the pixies whose little wildcats are now the responsibility of schools for a least a few hours a day. A round of peace and quiet for the busy mamas who have survived the Heatwaves and Monsoons that made up Summer 2007. Y'all, don't be like me and then volunteer for every freaking PTA committee because all that free time starts to feel scary, okay?

Style and Elegance Award Brava to Yankee T for her elegant "A Whiny Poem About the Heat." I've long admired your ability to not just string words together coherently, a feat in itself for me most days, but you can do it verse. A beautiful, old-fashioned silk fan for you so you can cool off the Scarlet O'Hara way.

Baby, Get Out Her Belly Award. Jenevieve, I hope your baby arrives soon. Sending you speedy labor vibes to help get things started.

Serendipity Award to Jenny F. Scientist for finding some expensive antibodies when cleaning out her defrosted samples. A pair of permacold freezers for you.

Before the Brigadoon disappears into the horizon, let's give a lifetime supply of crockery for Mykal, Turtlebella, Queen of West Procrastination, Phantom Scribbler, DevilMacDawg, and all the other pixies with toxic relatives or impossible officemates.

Thanks for playing along and I'll leave the comments open for any impromptu awards from the floor. Until next week, when Madeleine will helm the Brigadoon. Have a great week everyone!


Jenny F. Scientist said...

I'd like to award Margalit for Best Yom Kippur Alternative plan!! So tempting to also make camping plans.

(As an aside, one freezer up and died, and the other popped open in the night. Just bad luck.) Thanks for the award- sure beats the time I found a kilo of frozen rat kidneys embedded in the ice...

kathy a. said...

lovely awards, miranda! best to the bride and groom.

jenny, glad the freezer emergencies are resolved.

Miranda said...

Jenny, you almost make me not miss my scientific aspirations with that comment about rat kidneys.

Thanks, Kathy A. I'm off to help set up the hall with them right now.

Sue said...

Great awards ceremony Miranda! Well done.

Thanks for the nod. I'm hoping the lawyers get busy and get rid of this nonsense very quickly.

kathy a. said...

yes, rat kidneys. two kilos! /faint/

sometimes i wonder what interesting stories would come up, if there were periodic random questions posed to the pixies. "what's the worst thing you've found in the freezer?" or, "potty training: should you bother, or just wait and see if they grow out of diapers before high school?" i have a perverse curiosity about the mundane.

esperanza said...

I'd like to award sara a Mullet award for: Retrospectoscope of Forgotten Parenting Events. Really just for the retrospectoscope, because that word is just so handy, even if it isn't real.

kathy a. said...

yes, retrospectroscope is a wonderful word!

Jenevieve said...

Thanks for the award! I told him that you all want to award him "in person", so he needs to get here soon.

Mostly, I'm glad there's a whining forum so I don't have to unload on my poor husband all day, every day.

turtlebella said...

Hee hee. I always want to take people marrying into our family (including my husband) and say, "really, we're CRAZY, are you sure you want to do this? You can get out now, I'll drive you to the airport if you want." If only it were so easy to extricate myself. Then again, they aren't really that horrible- I mean we've had no murders or anything truly illegal. Aside from drugs. Oh, okay, never mind. They do love large. And that's a good thing. I think.

Anyhoo-- what I meant to say, is mazel tov to the bride and groom!

And thanks for the award and I thank my co-winners, making me feel not alone?

turtlebella said...

And jenny, oooh, I hear you on the rat kidneys! Once upon a time (for one semester) I was a lab scientist and even though I used a fraction of a -80 I had to always defrost the fireplacing thing. 'cos I had to get things out on a daily basis whereas the other users used it for...long term storage of salamander toes and bits of ground up tissue, and toxic, birth-defect-causing stuff. Whatever. I got myself back in the field toot sweet (dontcha like my French?). Give me chigger bites any day (any excuse to scratch my butt in public!).

Okay, how come I can write for ages in comments but can think of nothing to say on mine own blog???

Miranda said...

I am so glad I'm not the only one who does that, Turtlebella. Are you sure we aren't like second cousins or something? ;)