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Thursday, March 27, 2008

My Pez Peeve

My boys love Pez.

"Hey, I love Pez, too...I don't see anything wrong with that."

Yeah, I remember getting Pez dispensers when I was little, and I remember loading it up with the candy, and then gobbling it down.

"Those were the days, indeed. They seem like reasonable gifts for the boys..."

I got each boy an Easter Pez dispenser for their Easter baskets. A Pez dispenser comes with 1 or 2 blocks of candy, then I also stuck a "refill pack" of 6 more blocks into each basket. Really, it isn't that much candy. Trust me. 150 calories total.

So here are the Pez dispensers...cute, huh?

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I guess I'm not as young as I used to be. Jacob is pretty good at loading his dispenser, but Timmy needs help. Timmy's gone through 3-4 of his 8 blocks of Pez, and I SWEAR, with every block since this past Sunday, I've been plagued with the VERTICAL PEZ. Allow me to demonstrate:

So here's one of the Pez dispensers...this one happens to be Jacob's:

And this is an example of the "Vertical Pez":

Usually I end up with the vertical Pez when I'm just about done with loading, and all those other candies end up popping out while I'm adjusting the vertical one.

And finally, here I'm showing that Pez dispensers must have shrunk over the years -- I can't fit my fat fingers into the dispenser to adjust those $%^& Vertical Pez! My pinky barely fits.

Jacob's received several Pez dispensers over the past couple years -- Disney characters, Halloween, Christmas, etc. He probably has 4-5 of them. He never really had any problems.

Now that I think about it -- Jacob never asked me to load up the dispensers...he merely ate the candy straight out of the packaging.

This Easter Timmy received his first dispenser, and the very first thing he did when he was given his first loaded up dispenser Easter morning was flip the head up and attempt to suck the candy out with his mouth. All he did was gum up the dispenser.


So I fix it. Remove the slobbery one, wipe down the offended area...queue up the remaining Pez.

Then, about 2 minutes later, he somehow got a Pez candy way up into the Lamb's head (imagine a Pez shoved up into your brain!).


When you brain your Pez dispenser, the head stays in the "up" position and you can't advance the candy until you get the one out of the head. I had to use a seafood picker-thingy to break the candy into pieces and shake the pieces out. Sigh...

And all the while when I'm loading, cleaning, breaking, shaking with Timmy's dispenser, he's hovering over me: "Are you done yet? Are you done yet?"

I don't remember Pez being this difficult...really!

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At Friday, March 28, 2008 at 7:42:00 AM CDT , Blogger Maryann Goldman said...

I got a good chuckle out of this. I realize it wasn't funny at the time;-) I'm the load up person over here. Both kids have multiple dispensers. Really, no clue which belong to which kid now. They are good at getting them out without hassling me. I can get about 3/4 of the candy into the dispenser each block without needing to scream. You're right, they seemed so much simpler when we were kids;-)


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