Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Ten Things Tuesday- Countdowns

I do a fairly regular thing on this blog called Ten Things Tuesday.

I come up with a theme and 10 things about it.
They are not a top ten. I just write them down in the order they come to mind.

It's not the shortest post.

So, this week's Ten Things Tuesday  is on countdowns

1. The numbers go down
  This is the normal countdown. Starts at 10 and countdown to 0 and than "Blast-off"

2.The numbers go up
  It still is a count DOWN, but you don't go until the top number is called 1, 2, 3, Go.

3. The parental countdown
   This also goes for babysitters and grandparents. You also count upwards. You pick any number and tell the child that they have until the count of __ to do something or they will get a punishment. Than, you start counting slowly to give them time and to avoid giving the punishment you may start counting in half numbers. Ex 3, 3-1/2, and 4. Most times in the midst of the last time the child will frantically get up and do what they were supposed to do.

4. The race countdown
   No numbers are involved. But there is a gun and possibly a flag. Ready, set, go! Boom goes the gun and away you go.

5. Time to kick-off
   This involves tailgating, pregame, wondering if the game is ever gonna start, when the players run out onto the field, someone that may or may not sing the national anthem correctly, coin toss, and  FINALLY the whistle.

6.  The thunderstorm countdown
   As you are all aware, in order to figure out how close you are to the storm you must count the number of seconds between the lightning and the thunder. One Mississippi-two Mississippi= 2 miles. If it is almost instantaneous, the countdown is complete. The storm is here.

7. The meal countdown
   This is different for adults and children. " Can I have a snack?" "No it's too close to supper."
"How long til we eat?" With kids cut off time is 1-2 hours. With most men it's 15 minutes. Longer than that and they still eat.  

8. The Final Countdown

9. The calm down countdown
    This is usually an up type of countdown. By the time you have reached 10, you should be calm enough not to strangle anyone. If it is something really bad it may take going all the way up to 20.

10.  The summer's over countdown
   The countdown that all parents love and all the kids hate. It usually starts when you find out the date you get to register you kids for the new school year.

Last year's C- Contemplating the Compliment


  1. The calm countdown never works. I have found that breaking things is far more effective.

    1. I always try it anyway and than end up leaving the house until I am better.

  2. Wonderful content on the blog especially the video The Final Countdown a favourite of mine. Enjoyed the post very much.


    1. Thanks, Yvonne. I love that song too.

  3. I love the thunderstorm countdown and the summer countdown :)

    Great post!!

    Cheers, Jenn

  4. Parental countdown seems to work just fine with my niece, though calm down countdown never works for her mother. Great post, made me smile :)

    1. Kids have a way of making the calm down countdown a little difficult to do. I'm glad it gave you a smile.

  5. #9 cracked me up! :O)

    1. Word, it's so very necessary sometimes. :)

  6. My parents were never very good with fractions.
    Their countdowns were as quick as me and Mrs. Penw...ooops. Never mind.

    1. My parents didn't do the fraction thing. If I was really bad, I didn't even get the countdown.
      Poor Mrs. Penwasser.

  7. And now I know all I'll ever need to know about countdowns. :)

  8. Love the idea of 10 Things Tuesday. I'm always looking for new ideas for my blog. Thanks.

    Stopping in via the A-Z blogging challenge.

    Bev @ Blue Velvet Vincent


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