Dec 30, 2012

The Final Countdown

Give
Time's up tomorrow on the $ match for Quincy.  Thanks to you that have pooled more than a thousand dollars to upgrade his cochlear implants.   His mom, Steph, said she can't believe people she doesn't know are helping her son.

Save
Doing the opposite of the masses often works out well.  Black Friday's a bore, the best day to shop is the morning after Christmas.  Caffeinated with a black Brazilian in hand, I headed out to reap the sales at 7:00 a.m. on Dec. 26.  Nary a soul in sight, I filled a bucket with Bath and Body Works smelly junk as gifts for next year.  A long receipt spat a total of $175.  She clicked the red discount key, the damage shriveled down to $61.


I'm a live Christmas tree kind of guy, but the extra hassle of cutting a Fir in the snow means we only put up greens every couple years.  Pigtails pleads for a tree each year, so I decided a cruddy artificial will make it easier to consistently do it each season.  After the Bath&B bounty, I cut cookies in the mall lot, then sought a plasti-tree at Home Depot.  Their Christmas stock was picked clean, but parked over in the corner was a tidy 7 footer pre-lit with soft-glow LEDs and stubby Fraser needles.

The tag listed $260, marked down to $130 to clear the stock.  Sign said display model only, so I asked the Depot dude if he'd drop the price for the floor model.  He said no, I told him "thanks, goodbye."  As I swiveled to depart, he said he'd check with the manager.  The pointy-haired boss offered "$100 is the best we can do."  Sold.

I finished the sales with a reload on Old Navy $6 fleece hoodies, $17 work khakis and a couple next year surprises for Curls.

Try the day after, stores push 75% off to empty their leftovers.

The List
You probably don't give a rat's behind, but I'll share my 2013 list anyway.

- Capture two seconds of video of every day in '13, then meld them into a year in review
- Read the New Testament aloud with Pigtails
- Meet with Pigtails' mom and tell her "I forgive you"
- Write a short eBook for Amazon and pocket $23.50
- Open up to love and being loved again
- Take Quincy sledding, he never has before
- Learn how to roast coffee at home
- Teach the kid how to shave her legs
- Do one random act of kindness for a stranger every week
- Be thankful
- Choose a positive attitude
- Have the courage to blog about topics that need tended to
- Defend the defenseless...do they allow men to help at pregnancy centers?
- Run a marathon
- Boost Roth IRA and stock investments
- Travel someplace new
- Learn the ropes on homemade French onion soup, sushi, flour tortillas and fried chicken

The Best
Thanks for hanging with B&P this year.  Your comments and feedback make me smile, and the occasional surprises in the mail from Blackbird and others gets Pigtails jumping around.  Email me if you'd like like to write a guest post sometime.  Just about anything goes for topics around here.

Make the new year count.
Don't squander it.
Go make a difference.
We will.

I always liked this one, the kids sing it during school Mass:

  We are the salt in the earth, called to let the people see
  The love of God in you and me
  We are the light of the world, not to be hidden, but be seen
  Go make a difference in the world

  We are the hands of Christ, reaching out to those in need
  The face of God for all to see
  We are the spirit of hope, we are the voice of peace
  Go make a difference in the world

  Go make a difference, we can make a difference
  Go make a difference in the world
  Go make a difference we can make a difference
  Go make a difference in the world



-Beard

43 comments:

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    1. Thanks BB, you too! Still need to ship your spices, will do this week.

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  2. Good luck with teaching Pigtails how to shave her legs. Knees are the hardest.

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    1. I used to race bikes, therefore I shaved. She will be impressed with my Schick knee mowing skills.

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  3. Anonymous12/30/2012

    happy new year!
    PS don't teach her to shave, wax is better! (and more likley to put her off it for a while)

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    1. Nair or Nads? And how did the name Nads make it through the marketing team?

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    2. Neither Nair nor Nads is wax, fyi. It's good to learn to shave safely, although I'll bet it will lose it's exotic lure soon enough. Waxing seems pretty aggressive for a little sprite like Pigtails--might want to put that on the "someday, if you really want to" list.

      I'm impressed with your 2013 list! Thanks for sharing, as always.

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    3. C'mon, everyone knows you can do Nads wax strips.

      The brat will be less enthused about this shaving bit on that first bloddy knee nick.

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    4. I was really impressed with this post. I love your list, thoughtful & genuine. So, I came to say that, but now since this comment re:Nad's I feel I have to weigh in. It's an Australian company, it started as a housewife doing little 'infomercial' spots on morning television, and she grew it into the business it is today. Nadine is her eldest daughter & was used as her model and is whom she came up with the hair removal stuff for in the first place, from things she had in her kitchen. So Nad's is an homage, to the daughter, or her pet name for Nadine. I assume since she started the business, the marketing team originally consisted of her & her family, so they probably thought it a great name! For @JennyExplainsItAll They have a full range of hair removal products, wax, creme, gel & liquids. Finally, I've always found the back of the ankle the danger zone! Enjoy the rollover into 2013, see you soon.

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    5. I've added a Razor/Nad's/Wax/El Natural poll to the top.

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  4. Always a blessing, Happy New Year!

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    1. Blessings to you in 2013!

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  5. Happy New Year and God Bless to you, Pigtails and Curls! Hope we can hear more from Curls in the new year!

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    1. I bet Curls would do a Pinterest post on B&P, she's an addict.

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    2. I'd look foward to that..Love Pinterest.

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    3. Now we're talkin'. I've tried to explain to Beard the "power" in pinning. The best day was when I told him to follow me on Pinterest. Priceless face. As if! But truth be told, I keep track of a lot of handy info out on Pinterest and refer to it quite often. Novel site - love it!

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    4. Yes please! Write that post Curls! I will follow you, I've already searched 'Curls' in the pinners group but couldn't settle on anyone that I thought might be you. I used to grab pics for inspiration from the WWW and email them to myself, now I just pin away, happy as Larry.(whoever Larry is, but I hear he is really pleased with himself! HA) You should get Beard to set up a B&P(&C) board, so you can keep your existing boards personal.

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  6. Up here (Canada), the day after Christmas is kind of like Black Friday for us. There are tons of awesome sales and the stores are CRAZY!! Thanks for sharing yourself with us this year!

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    1. Off topic, but your note reminded me of a favorite joke from a co-worker born across the pond:

      What do they call Independence Day in England?
      Thanksgiving.

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  7. Beard, this is such an inspiring post! Thanks for sharing and motivating me to make 2013 count. Cheers to you, Curls and Pigtails!

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  8. Love your blog...one of few I keep up with these days. You have reminded me and inspired me with your 2013 list. Thanks!

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    1. Phew, just made the cut, a bunch more comin' in '13.

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  9. Anonymous12/31/2012

    Happy New Year, Beard and Pigtails!


    J. (philippines)

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    1. Your calendar already shows Jan. 1 in the Philippines, so HNY!

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  10. Rachael12/31/2012

    The item on the list that touches me the most? Meet with Pigtails' mom and tell her "I forgive you." I think it will relieve you of a heavy burden you've been carrying around and it will mean the world to a woman who doesn't have much time left to make amends. What a kind and generous gift for you to give.

    I wish everyone a safe, peaceful and Happy New Year.

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    1. That is one if the simplest and hardest items to cross off the list.

      Peace to you!

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  11. Happy New Year . I enjoyed your post about Burlington. My father who was the youngest of 11 was from Burlington. Several summers we drove from Maryland to Iowa so Dad could meet up with his family and show us kids the "fabulous" sights of Burlington Iowa.

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    1. Did you like b-town? If you return, eat at Napoli's pizza and hike through Starr's Cave.

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  12. Call me practical, or old fashioned, but the kid needs to hone the razor skills before she moves on to the new-fangled (and expensive) waxing nonsense. And my advice is simple: consider turning this task over to Curls. She's a little more familiar with the anatomy, and let's face it - you've already invested in next year's Christmas presents, so you obviously imagine her being a part of your lives for a while longer......

    Happy New Year! May you and Pigtails (and Curls!) be blessed in many ways.

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    1. I'm old fashioned too, we'll do a razor. The battery acid or whatever it is in Nair that eats the hair off your flesh frightens me.

      When I asked daughter a few days ago who she'd like to teach her to shave, she thought for a minute, than said, "I'd like Curls to take me out to buy a razor, I want you dad to teach me how, and I'll show mom to make sure I'm doing it right."

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    2. I'm with Karin and Beard on this. Old school rules! A traditional razor is the way to go. I'll happily mentor Pigtails through this. Or, according to her, take her shopping and watch Beard demo with a pink lady Schick. Ha!

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  13. Yes, call your local crisis prego center. There are lots of dads out there who would do well to have another man (or their first) to look up to. Lots are there only to 'prove' their love to their girlfriend, but when they meet a friend, someone who really cares and who is cool, funny, makes money, etc., it wins them over. We all want to be like somebody else and you can be the face of Christ to those young dads. Besides...it makes being pro-life cool. Lots of these crisis centers offer classes...a chance for the parents to earn points that can be used to purchase baby supplies. They also offer 'parenting peers' - people who answer their questions, give pointers, etc. By the nature of life for most families, many of these volunteers are women. The dads need real heroes to emulate. Please call. If the first place says no, offer suggestions for how you can help or call another place. It may be a 'Women's Center' or an adoption place. Don't give up. The need is there, so search it out or create a solution for these unmet needs. Soon enough, your daughter can be there helping as well. What a great lesson for her!

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    1. That's encouraging to hear preggo centers may take me on. I'll call today, thanks for the info, Christina!

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    2. Anonymous1/01/2013

      You're awesome, B. But please stop referring to them as "preggo centers." Pretty please?

      I'm sure you wouldn't actually do this, but I'd hate to hear the response to your inquiry:"HI! I'm a single dad looking to volunteer at your preggo center!"
      Lisa G. in CT

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  14. Happy New Year! I think your list for 2013 is very introspective, mixed with fun stuff. I'm sure a pregnancy resource center would love to have you volunteer!

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  15. Anonymous1/02/2013

    Ummm ... I hesitate to comment. But is there, perhaps, any reason you should ask Pigtail's Mom to forgive you also? Young, confused, mixed up. None of us is perfect. Asking for forgiveness might make the forgiving a little easier.

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    1. Yes, that is part of the package.

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  16. Love your list Beard! I'm a big fan of the forgiveness conversation because it hits close to home for me. We all have a need to be forgiven and to forgive others, so I love that you are working towards that closure with Pigtails' mom. It will be healing for both of you!

    I admire that you came up with such a long list! I would like to say that I have a list that long, but then I would need to go to reconciliation! However, you have inspired me to work on my own "bucket list" for 2013! Thanks much!

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    1. Thanks Mom of Boys, I'll see you Sunday.

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  17. DSMama1/03/2013

    Thanks for sharing your lives with us, Beard, Curls & Pigtails! I have been a blog follower since day 1 and I became addicted quickly. Your warm spirit and incredible thoughtfulness for those closest to you help to balance out your deep frugalness :) J/k!!!

    Let's try to find a time that we can get our daughters together in 2013!! It sounds like Pigtails would love to chase around a soon-to-be 3 year old and I think it would be fun for us to watch. Holler if you're interested.

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    1. She'd love a playdate sometime, let's do it!

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Thanks for the note, check back for my response!