Sunday, December 26, 2010

Santa was very good to me...

as was my family!  Instead of a boring list, I have pictures (and I'll explain them as I go).


Lots and lots of books.  The first 6 Harry Potter books - I already own the 7th.  The first 8 Sookie Stackhouse books (if you only count 7, that's because my mom is borrowing the first).  And the Hunger Games trilogy.  So excited - my dad doesn't understand that they are all books that I'll read multiple times.  I think he was a little bummed out that I had already read them all.


The movie collection.  Both Transformers movies and Eclipse.  Santa Christy also bought True Blood Season 2 today!


The Wii collection.  Tetris Party Deluxe is great - I was playing it while at Mom's yesterday.  Lego Star Wars.  And another controller and nunchuck (thanks again Joey, my best (and only) little brother).


The kitchen collection.  Betty Crocker's Cookbook, only a few years later than my mom's version.  An electric skillet (both from my grandparents).  And a cheese slicer!


The hodge podge.  Ornaments - one Celtic cross and two new home.  "Life is all about" calendar.  Cozy Old NAvy socks.  And the polka dots are an "About Town Blanket" from Thirty-One.  I am ten kinds of excited about it!  She ordered it during Staci's party back in October.  Not in the picture because it was already in my garage is a stocked toolbox.  Also not pictured is my other gift from Aunt Lana - a heated mattress pad.  One of my biggest complaints since giving up my water bed has been climbing into a cold bed.  I came home last night and put this on - it is incredible!  The 5 year old in me got very excited about a stuffed elephant from FAO Schwarz (which can be found at Toys R Us).  My mom thought I was crazy, but he's not pictured because he's waiting for me on my bed.  I'm a cuddler at heart, and he's so soft he's perfect!


This is the last picture, from my Aunt Lana.  The little poem attached is too funny!
Don't get misled,
But for your dishes instead.
So untie the bows
And take out the stitches,
You'll have gained three dishclothes
But lost your bra and britches."

In closing, I'll leave you with some pictures from a few weeks ago while it was snowing.  Jager was content outside, and then all of a sudden was quite ready to go inside!  Hope your holiday was equally enjoyable.
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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

A quick note while it's on my mind.  I was driving home from my parents' house tonight and I started thinking about all of the things that have changed since last Christmas.  I am so thankful for some, and still heartbroken over others.  But, no matter my reaction, I am thankful that my friends and family have been there to see me through.  That gift is better than anything I unwrapped today (even though I AM extremely excited about the heated mattress pad.... that is currently warming up the bed!).  Knowing that they are there for me through good and bad makes it that much easier to keep moving through each day.

Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas.  Give them all an extra hug, kiss or handshake, because the luxury of being with the people you love is the best gift of all.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Whoa, it's Wednesday

Missed Post It Note Tuesday yesterday, the day just got away from me.

I got my day off Monday to recover... but it did require shoveling of the driveway to get to work at the Slopes.  That turns out to be more work than I expected - not only is my driveway longer than I realized (means my front yard is bigger too!) but shoveling gravel is hard work!  I did make sure to shovel out a turnaround too, I back into my garage so I can pull straight out in the mornings when I'm not thinking!

Yesterday was..... crazy.  90 minute delay in the morning (which I LOVE) but I left my school computer at home.  Means I was borrowing ALL day, as I also didn't have the programs for my band and choir concert!  Everything turned out fine in the end, but after moving a piano (twice!) I was pretty pooped.  Had community band rehearsal last night still, so I just turned my brain off for a while when school got out.

Dad got my dishwasher installed Monday night while I was at work!  Now I just need to dirty up enough dishes to try it.  Hard to do when I'm never home!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Oh the weather outside is frightful...

the lack of a fire is not delightful!  My next house definitely needs a fireplace, I miss starting a fire when it's cold outside!
I am VERY excited about this giant box in the middle of my kitchen!  I ordered a dishwasher the day after Thanksgiving, and have been waiting ever since.  I called Lowe's one night this week, and scheduled delivery for yesterday.  They called - they couldn't find it!  Instead, I got an upgraded model and ended up with some extra money back, because it was on sale.  It was delivered early this morning, now I'm waiting for my dad to install.  Waiting patiently, happy to see it in my kitchen though!

I wanted to go out and take pictures of what my house looks like right now, but I don't want to get cold.  There are inches of snow out there!  I'm hoping for a snow day tomorrow, since I'm going to have to shovel my driveway to get out/in.  I'm still praying that someone will come plow me out :)

It was a busy weekend - my choir performed at a live nativity on Friday night, I worked at the slopes yesterday and went to my aunt's Christmas party, and we shopped for Warm the Children today.  Whew!  Need a day off just to recover!  Hope you all are staying warm.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Amazing Weekend

Christmas time is here, which means my life gets incredibly busy.  However, it was an awesome weekend.  I took Friday off to recover before the insanity of the month engulfed me - it was the only sick day option for me.  Just being able to sleep made a huge difference.
I also had a date Friday night - I knew that sleeping was the only way I would get to go.  Had a good dinner and a nice time.  It wasn't a totally blind date, but the closest thing to one that I've ever been on.  It was very comfortable, which I am thankful for.

Saturday saw me trying to do a craft show.  I didn't even sell enough to cover the cost of my table, but it also was snowing.  I'm disappointed, but over it.  I also played a community band performance that I hadn't been sure I would be able to..... with an impromptu solo when the rest of the band just dropped out.  Was really glad I had showed up then.

Spent last night with Ben and Staci - it was FANTASTIC!  I had the best time.  It was exactly what I needed before December keeps going.  It was like an adult slumber party - Staci was spiral curling my hair at 2 AM, lol.  Now I'm tired, but at least I know I'm going to sleep well.  Even more important when my little people program is tomorrow.

I'm including Christmas pictures as I go - I was going to do a whole post about it, but I haven't made it to it yet, so I might not!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas cards

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

O Christmas Card, O Christmas Card...

Now that I'm on my own, it's time to "grow up" and start sending out my own Christmas cards.  Especially since it's my first year in my new house, I want to send a picture card.  I don't have the perfect picture yet - I'm hoping for one with me and Jager.  I can't decide if it should be in front of the house or in front of the Christmas tree - thoughts?  Both have value, but I'm not sure which is what I really want.  I just need a photographer (probably Mom) to take some pictures in both places.  AND I need Jager to cooperate!

Shutterfly has some really awesome photo card options.  While there are a lot with multiple picture slots, I'm looking for a single photo hole.  I just don't have enough pictures from this past year that I want to share with my card list!

With that said, I really like the Lovingly Wrapped American Lung Association Holiday 5x7 folded card.  

Not only is it a super cute card, but 10% of the purchase price goes to the American Lung Association.  You get a cute card to share with your family and friends while supporting a good cause.

I am a sucker for almost anything red.  So I really like the Cranberry Swirl Christmas 5x7 folded card.
It's simple and direct, but very elegant.  I could see myself sending this if I could find the perfect picture.  It would really set off my house!

I think I found my card when I found Holiday Love Sketch Christmas 5x7 folded card.
Cute, hip, and totally my kind of thing.  I would love to send this to my friends and family.  Now I have to find the perfect picture!

Shutterfly is sponsoring blogs this Christmas with 50 free cards.  I can't wait to hear what my friends and family have to say about them.  What do you think your card list would say to see these cards showing up in their mailboxes?  You can get more information about their offer here.