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This tftd will be the last for 2008. tftd will return on or about January 5, 2009. The message above is Noel.
Thought for Monday, Dec 22, 2008
Some Assembly Required
'Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house I searched for the tools to hand to my spouse.
Instructions were studied and we were inspired, in hopes we could manage "Some Assembly Required."
The children were quiet (not asleep) in their beds, while Dad and I faced the evening with dread:
a kitchen, two bikes, Barbie's town house to boot! And, thanks to Grandpa, a train with a toot!
We opened the boxes, my heart skipped a beat.... let no parts be missing or parts incomplete!
Too late for last-minute returns or replacement; if we can't get it right, it goes in the basement!
When what to my worrying eyes should appear, but 50 sheets of directions, concise, but not clear,
with each part numbered and every slot named, so if we failed, only we could be blamed.
More rapid than eagles the parts then fell out, all over the carpet they were scattered about.
"Now bolt it! Now twist it! Attach it right there! Slide on the seats, and staple the stair!
Hammer the shelves, and nail to the stand." "Honey," said hubby, "you just glued my hand."
And then in a twinkling, I knew for a fact that all the toy dealers had indeed made a pact
to keep parents busy all Christmas Eve night with "assembly required" till morning's first light.
We spoke not a word, but kept bent at our work, till our eyes, they went bleary; our fingers all hurt.
The coffee went cold and the night, it wore thin before we attached the last rod and last pin.
Then laying the tools away in the chest, we fell into bed for a well-deserved rest.
But I said to my husband just before I passed out, "This will be the best Christmas, without any doubt.
Tomorrow we'll cheer, let the holiday ring, and not have to run to the store for a thing!
We did it! We did it! The toys are all set for the perfect, most perfect, Christmas, I bet!"
Then off to dreamland and sweet repose I gratefully went, though I suppose there's something to say for those self-deluded... I'd forgotten that BATTERIES are never included!
-Puns of the Day 20081219
Thought for Friday, Dec 19, 2008
* 'Twas the nocturnal segment of the diurnal period preceding the annual Yuletide celebration, And throughout our place of residence, Kinetic activity was not in evidence among the possessors of this potential, including that species of domestic rodent known as Mus musculus. Hosiery was meticulously suspended from the forward edge of the woodburning caloric apparatus, Pursuant to our anticipatory pleasure regarding an imminent visitation from an eccentric philanthropist among whose folkloric appelations is the honorific title of St. Nicklaus ...
Thought for Thursday, Dec 18, 2008
A man went for breakfast at his regular restaurant one morning. He ordered eggs Benedict. The order was served on a bright, shiny upside down hubcap. He asked the waiter why the unusual serving plate. The waiter replied "There's no plate like chrome for the Hollandaise."
-Paul Harvey Puns for the Day
Thought for Wednesday, Dec 17, 2008
* Before Xerox, five carbons were the maximum extension of anybody's ego.
Thought for Tuesday, Dec 16, 2008
Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year and you'll always be welcome.
-Joey Adams Puns of the Day
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* Now and then an innocent person is sent to the legislature.
Thought for Thursday, Dec 4, 2008
* Pure drivel tends to drive ordinary drivel off of the TV screen.
Thought for Wednesday, Dec 3, 2008
* Behold the warranty ... the bold print giveth and the fine print taketh away.
Thought for Tuesday, Dec 2, 2008
A penny saved is obviously the result of a government oversight.
-Gentle Lessons of Life From the Internet
Thought for Monday, Dec 1, 2008
Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to? Be thankful when you don't know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow. Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement. Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons. Be thankful when you're tired and weary, because it means you've made a difference.
It's easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks. Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, and they can become your blessings.
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