Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)
Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Quiz

1. How long would your average shower be? Honestly.
2. Will you be putting up a tree this year?
3. Best thing about Christmas
4. Worst thing about Christmas
5. This NYE I'll probably..

This is the 2nd last quiz of 2010. Stay tuned for next weeks' mega end of year super quiz!


Ben McLaughlin said...

1. How long would your average shower be? Honestly.
2. Will you be putting up a tree this year?
3. Best thing about Christmas
4. Worst thing about Christmas
5. This NYE I'll probably..

Crazyjedidiah said...

1. 20-25 mins
2. Probably
3. Jesus
4. Commercialisation
5. go to the party at my church.

Amy said...

1. 20mins +
2. Already done
3. Apart from the obvious? The look on people's faces when you've picked the perfect present for them.
4. Exhaustion. Too much socialising for this introvert.
5. Have no life.

Karen said...

1. 15 minutes
2. Done.
3. Definitely Jesus, but also spending time with family. Lying around doing nothing on Christmas afternoon after the morning rush hour.
4. Going into shopping centres. Trying to find parking spots.
5. Be having a joint birthday celebration with my little boy (we share the same NYE birthday...) and enjoying watching fireworks from our front deck. It's kind of cool pretending the fireworks are especially for us!?

Anonymous said...

1. 12-15 minutes.
2. Done, but not by me.
3. I enjoy preparing and eating lunch with my family, we haven't had Christmas with our wider families for thirteen years now.
4. Well, I've got to go to work on Boxing Day..., but I'm happy doing it.
5. Sitting up with my kids.

Nathan said...

1. 11 minutes.
2. It's been up since mid-November. My wife is a Christmas junkie.
3. I enjoy Christmas shopping, and food.
4. Carols on rotation in shopping centres.
5. Watch some fireworks. The kiddy ones. And go to bed.

Ruth said...

1. 15 mins
2. great debate in our household - I hate real trees - bugs, smell, pine needles...AB dislikes fake probably no, no tree in our household this year.
3. Jesus
4. standing in queues and trying to find parking spots
5. .....stay at home with the kids, AB will be away. :-(

KIM said...

1. Longer than Australians think is appropriately environmentally conscious.

2. No :(

3. in Australia -- pretty summer dresses for parties!

4. in Australia -- that it falls smack dab in the middle of bikini season! how can you eat?!

5. go to the fireworks!!!!!!! yay!!!! :)

goldy said...

1. 10 mins
2. I don't own one
3. holiday near the beach and eating seafood
4. buying presents
5. drinking champagne with my parents the night before i fly back to sydney

Wendy said...

1. Um, longer in Japan than Australia, and I've never really made the 3 min limit...
2. Already done. Hard to avoid when you have three boys hanging out for it.
3. Connecting with family, whether or not you can physically be with them.
4. It is never as good as it was when I was a kid - being a responsible grown-up stinks sometimes.
5. Hang out with some other missionaries here in Tokyo and watch my kids try to stay away as long as they can.

maso said...

1. 6 or 7 minutes
2. nope. bar humbug
3. family, beach, and the food
4. trying to get a car park at Noosa
5. catch up with some friends somewhere

Pedro said...

1. 2-3 mins tops.
2. yes!
3. Family and down time...
4. Shopping centre chaos
5. Changing nappies.(smile)

Georgina said...

1. 3-5 minutes? Never actually timed it but 3 minute showers at the pool are usually long enough.
2. Hope so - got to move first! I'm moving to my OWN place (well, still rented, but by MYSELF!!)
3. Best thing about Christmas: JESUS of course duh.
4. Worst thing about Christmas - endless expenditure for no purpose.
5. This NYE I'll probably have some friends over maybe to my place... or not. Doesn't matter - I'm going to have my OWN place. Did I mention that?

onlinesoph said...

1. 3-5min. Living for three years in a place with a little hot water tank will shorten your shower time. I'm fast and efficient!
2. No
3. yes, Jesus...but also christmas carols and family
4. driving around sydney from one event to the other.
5. Be at Macmasters beach with my husband, baby and two really good friends, drinking wine on the deck and listening to the water on the sand.

Simone R. said...

1. 15 minutes.
2. Already have. (Andrew and the boys did, anyway.)
3. Lots of socialising.
4. So many...
-Pressure to buy gifts that people will actually like.
-Feeling that I'm just buying a whole lot of junk.
-Boring blogdom.
- terrible christmas tv.
5. Wish I had something too do.

Laetitia :-) said...

1. How long would your average shower be? Honestly. Dare I admit at least 15 mins?
2. Will you be putting up a tree this year? No. Hubby doesn't believe in putting up pagan symbols. (Have you paid attention to the lyrics of "O Christmas Tree"? It's worship of a tree!)
3. Best thing about Christmas - the fact that even though it gets busier at work, for some reason we (or at least I) seem less stressed.
4. Worst thing about Christmas - poorly done carols; any carols about Santa; well, Santa really.
5. This NYE I'll probably.. be going to bed (relatively) early - friends are marrying the next day.

Aimee said...

1. I would say 10-15 minutes. Shorter if I'm at home with awake daughters. Longer if hubby is looking after them or they are sleeping.
2. No. Our removalists come three days before Christmas.
3. Seeing our 3 year old really start to understand the story of Jesus' birth
4. Dealing with extended family (and my) expectations of what Christmas really should be like.
5. be doing something at the Grand Canyon!

Laetitia :-) said...

Actually, based on this morning's effort, I must take less than 15 mins as I'm out of the bathroom dressed in that time.

Ben McLaughlin said...

Crazyjedidiah-25 mins. Epic.

Amy- I like watching people's reactions too when I give a prez. It's satisfying.

Karen-Wow, two NYE bdays in one family! Hope it's a good night.

Gary- How old were your kids when they first stayed up for 12 o'clock on a nye?

Nathan-I don't get why people don't like carols. I love them. I've been bumpin' my Beach Boys and Carpenters chrissy albums for a couple of weeks. It's good gear.

Ruth-I'd love to have a real tree (I like bugs!) but I'd feel too sad for the tree, who would be slowing dying indoors..

Kim- Don't worry, there's been plenty of rain, so you should be good for a long, guilt-free shower.

Goldy-Your number 3 is just what I'm looking forward to too.

Ben McLaughlin said...

Wendy-I know, I wish I could still enjoy Chritmas day with the carefree attitude and excitement of childhood. Now it's always kinda stressy, and I'm thinking about how long till we have to go here and there, and what we need to cook and take tec etc. I just wanna sit in a corner and play with my presents!

Maso-Parking cars seems to be the bane of a lot of people's Christmases..

Pedro-2 minutes? You do realise you are supposed to use some soap, don't you?

Georgina-That's exciting that you're getting your own place, George. I hope the move goes well and that you enjoy it there. The ferrets won't know themselves.

Soph- Your holiday sounds great. We'll be doing something similar. I'm pumped!

Simone-I kinda like Chritmas tele. A bit of Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'. Maybe a Vicar of Dibley Chrissy special. All good stuff. I hear you with the boring blogdom though.

Laetitia-Pagan symbol? I love a good Christmas tree. I'd say it is what you make it to be. A tree can still just be a tree. If you dare to dream.

Aimee-Yeah, it's cool how a three year old is so much better able to 'get' Christmas than just 12 months ago. ps-I hope the move goes well!!

Ben McLaughlin said...

Oh yeah, I better do it too!

1.10 mins normally, 15 every 3rd day when I shave in the shower.

2.Heck yes. Did it on the weekend. Getting the kids to leave the decorations on the tree is the tricky bit.

3. Apart from the obvious, being on holiday, eating lots of good food, being with family.

4. How it highlights any family issues that are going on.

5. Have a quiet one. Watch a bit of tele, drink a couple of beers, smoke a cigar, and sleep at 12:01.

Laetitia :-) said...

Ben, why, oh why! would you want to smoke a cigar?! Apart from the mouth and throat cancer issues, they stink the whole house out!

Aimee said...

I'm coming to Ben's defence on this one. In my mind cigars are different to cigarettes, unless the smoker smokes them regularly. Most cigar smokers I know only have them very occasionally, so being concerned about mouth/throat cancer is akin to being concerned a person who has champaign on NYE will get alcohol induced dementia. Also, he never said he would smoke it inside!

Aimee said...

and yes, I officially can't spell...

Ben McLaughlin said...

It's nice to be defended! Thanks Aimee. And thanks Laetitia for the concern.

True, I certainly won't smoke inside. As if E would allow that! And, you needn't worry, I smoke them very occasionly. It's a special occasion pleasure.

Any other cigar smokers out there?

Laetitia :-) said...

Do you shower after cigar smoking? Trust me, you'll stink if my sister is anything to go by after she's had a cigar.

I don't know - I just don't get the idea of something for which there is NO safe level of exposure being a pleasure.

(Conversely, small amounts of alcohol can have health benefits.)

But then, I also don't see tans as a mark of beauty - especially when you meet people who look 10 years older than they are because of this idea.