I need cheering up today. January 6th is always a bad day for me. I know it shouldn't be and I should snap out of it and look at the two gorgeous girls I have and be happy for that, but I'm afraid I'm always sad on January 6th. But anyway....
....my cheapo Walmart Brother sewing machine conked out last night. I think I know what's wrong with it. I think it's this:
I've got two dinks in my needle plate. I can't remember how they happened. I definitely didn't do them yesterday. I've broken a couple of needles in the last 2 years, so possibly one of these instances.
But the thread keeps pulling to the far left into the biggest dink and yesterday it started breaking on this and getting tangled up around the bobbin casing.
I'm sad but not too sad. I'll try and see if I can get a replacement needle plate, but I'd been thinking about upgrading my machine for a while. I bought this one in the first couple of weeks when we arrived in America. My lovely Singer machine I'd had for years in the UK didn't work on American voltages, so I needed a replacement pronto. I bought a entry level machine from Walmart because although I needed one I didn't have time or money when first moving here to find one that properly fitted my needs.
Anyway, as per usual I'm getting sidetracked aren't I?
The long and short of it is I'm off in a mo to buy a mid-level machine, I think a Singer Stylist from Sears because I need one again pronto as my 1st Sew Weekly challenge isn't finished yet and needs to be today.
And in the meantime I thought I'd share some phrases that have passed into common lingo in our family from comedy catchprases or sketches. I'm not sure why I thought of this last night, it could have been my Victor Meldrew impression when my sewing machince finally snarled up for the last time.
But here you go.
Usually said as we're serving up two soups not unsurprisingly....Mr. D and I tend to be the only ones having soup, the girls aren't great soup fans. It's one of those things that has become a family in-joke that we find hilarious and others don't understand. Julie Walters in this sketch IS hilarious though. A classic sketch from As Seen On Victoria Wood. I've been served by waitresses like this in the UK sooooooo many times:
I have a cunning plan:
Usually said when we have a cunning plan, obviously ;) You didn't expect that, did you? Nobody expect the Spanish Inquistion.....oh hang on, that one's coming later. We LOVE Blackadder.....as you can tell by us calling Melchett Melchett. Here's some of the reasons we love it with a few cunning plans intermingled:
You want the moon on a stick you do:
Almost always said to Melchett, in fun, because she really does want the moon on a stick....you should see the length of her birthday or Christmas wish lists. Only in about the last year has she finally got a grasp that things cost money and money isn't on tap whenever you want it. This is from Richard Herring and Stewart Lee's Fist of Fun, which me and Mr. D used to adore....and I'm going to have to get the new boxset of dvds of it that were released before Christmas:
Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!
Usually said in response by one of the family saying they didn't expect something to happen. And said very loudly by all of the family at them. We're also known to go into most of the routine from Monty Python if any of the family is trying to make a list and keeps adding extra items to it:
I know nothing:
Usually said by me when someone tells me a secret I have to keep. Often lost when I say it to Americans....or anyone in their 20s :) And it has to be said with Andrew Sachs's wonderful Manuelian intonation. From the brilliant Fawlty Towers:
They're dead Dave:
Usually said to Melchett or Goth Child when they repeatedly ask the same question...though sometimes said to me too when I'm being dim. From the wonderful Red Dwarf, which is currently Melchett's favourite tv series as we bought her the 2 boxsets.
So there you go. What comedy catchprases have become part of your everyday parlance?