Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I've Been Had


They got me. The traveling Santa gnome was placed on my desk at some point last week and I just noticed him this morning. He's was very well hidden behind my picture tree, just barely peeking out. Hahahaha very funny guys! And wow, I hope you didn't have to stay late to dress him up like Jake Delhomme...that took some time! Look how well the jersey and helmet fit!

This Santa has been traveling around our office since December 17th, the day he showed up in the White Elephant game. Originally we were just placing it on people's desk, no costume involved. "Hahahahaha" we'd laugh when they finally saw creepy Santa staring at them. But this game just took a fun new turn!

Trust me when I tell you that this Santa is ugly enough without a costume. But, now that we are dressing him up, this could get good. Watch out...creepy Santa could be paying YOU a visit next.....

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

1 Days 'Til Christmas

So I'm a little embarrassed to say that I have been planning to post a blog showing my Christmas decorations for about 3 or 4 weeks now, except my house hasn't been clean enough (to my standards) for me to take pictures until a few days ago. Oh well, I guess we just like to live in filth!

So now, on this day which is "1 Days 'Til Christmas" as my chalkboard advent calendar would like to say, I finally took some pictures to share with you! PRETEND TO BE EXCITED! (thanks)

Here is the front of our house. And don't you even try to get my house number and come and stalk me because I edited that out, thank you very much.

If you will notice on the end table here, that "stack-o-presents-Christmas-tree" was my mom's craft of 2007. :-)

Stockings were hung by the chimney with care, even though Saint Nicholas never comes there. :-( I don't know why, I'm always on my very best behavior! And, if you look at the poinsettia candle on the right, that is Christy's craft from 2004 or 2005 or so.


The very lovely Christmas tree: (lots of Christmas crafts on here...too many to name them all!)

Over the sink...I did manage to take the picture high enough that you didn't get to see both sides of my sink completely full of dishes. And that peppermint tree on the right was my craft in 2007. Since I had already decorated before craft night this year, my peace blocks craft was stuck here, since I didn't want to do any rearranging. Please pay special attention to the chunk of painter's tape stuck under the "C" to keep it from falling over. I am gonna fix that ASAP. And also, I in NO WAY edited out the crumbs on my kitchen counter. That would be just dumb.

The foyer table. The star is my mom's craft from 4 or 5 years ago, and the ornament tree is Joy's craft from several years ago too!
The ornament wreath hot-glued to my mirror here, was something I made this year with my friend Katie.

Yesterday John brought one of his guys on his work crew over here for lunch and he didn't realize that John lived with me (yes yes I know we are not married and living in sin. Perhaps the reason Santa never fills our stockings??) and thought that John decorated all of this by his self! (and thought John was a little flamboyant for doing so) HA!

So have a very very merry Christmas! I've got to go get a couple of last minute gifts, and I have to hurry because time is running out!! Ahh the life of a procrastinator...

Craft Night

Every December, my mom and my sisters and myself (and sometimes a nephew or two join us!) get together for a Christmas craft night. This year we did this on the afternoon of the 14th, but Christmas craft afternoon doesn't have the same ring to it, so craft night it is.

The rules are like this: Each person comes up with a Christmas craft that we could all make. You are responsible for getting enough supplies for everyone. We take turns, each teaching the rest of us how to make your craft. In the end, you have 4 new Christmas crafts to decorate with!

Craft night was a huge success this year! Everyone's craft came out very well. Trust me when I tell you that this is not always the case. There is a balled up cluster of bells and wire that my mom hangs on her tree just to remind herself of when crafts go bad. I will admit that this ball of bells and wire was my craft from 2006. It looked so pretty in the picture...but didn't quite go as planned.

So anyways, some pictures...

Here we all are on craft night:

Seth Mama
Christy
Joy
Me



And here are our crafts:

Christy's craft was a snowman ornament made out of a little straw hat:

Joy's was a wreath made of lace and tri-beads:
Mama's was a bulb-forcer. This is made from a water bottle and scrapbook paper and ribbon and although it hasn't been forced yet, eventually this bulb of paper whites will bloom and will be oh so pretty!
My craft was the word "Peace" made of wooden blocks. My lovely and talented father cut out the angel pieces for me! Craft night would for sure have seen some injuries and missing fingers if I had made each of us cut out our own angels. Thanks Daddy...oh, and sorry about the missing finger reference!

No offense sisters and mother dearest, but I'm pretty sure I won this year! Better luck next year! Mwahahhahahhahhaha!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

P90X

So in 90 short days, I completed the P90X program and obtained amazing results. It's truly unbelievable how hot hot hot I am. All I did was follow the meal plan exactly and in turn increased my grocery bill 250 - 300%! Who knew it was so much more expensive to eat healthy!? I got to enjoy such things as tofu, veggie burgers, wild rice and many other oh so flavorful things.

I also worked out every single day of the week for 13 weeks. The program was divided into 3 phases. I did the regular phase 1, but then, it was oh so easy for me, so I did the INTENSE phase 2 and 3, which required working out some days for 2 1/2 or 3 hours! It was so fun, really.

So I guess you want to see some before/after shots, right? Well, unfortunately, my camera lost all of my before/after pictures. Boy, I was so determined throughout the entire program. It's really so unfortunate that I don't have the pictures to prove it to you. But not to worry, John also completed the program and all of his before/after pictures are still there! Crazy how that happened. It's okay though. I'd rather not display my results because I'm so so hot now and there is a good chance I'd acquire some stalkers. And for those of you who are likely to see me in a swimsuit come summer time, I just want to tell you now I in no way intend to keep up my AMAZING figure, so unfortunately, due to my camera mishap, you will just never get to see my results. Sorry! So, please, enjoy John's before/afters:




...and here is his 90 day "grrrr" face muscle pose. Again, such a tragedy that mine was lost.
So that's all I've got. If you need me, you can find me in the produce section of the grocery store. It's where all the super fit healthy people hang out. See ya there!

L♥ve

The Christmas spirit has finally decided to take over me. I feel so loved. And love everybody and everything. I love you, and you and you!

I even love you Mr. Stopped-Up-Right-Nostril. Yes, even you. Not to go off on a tangent, but get this:

Two nights ago, I'm bored and I do one of those survey thingies on MySpace. Pretty much the exact same thing as those memes on blogs or those survey email forward things, for those of you that don't have MySpace. It was like a reflection on the year 2008. One of the questions was:

Have you been sick this year?

I thought carefully about my answer. Usually, I get 2 colds a year. One during the winter-to-spring transition, the next on the fall-to-winter transition. Now I knew in my head that I never got my FTW cold this year. But I had yet to say it out loud to anyone because I was scared I would jinx myself.

But, as I sat there contemplating my answer, I said to myself, "self, fall is pretty much gone, and winter is pretty much here, so what harm would it be to answer this question truthfully?"

So I did.

And not 9 hours later I wake up and my nose is stuffy. Damn you world! Why do you hate me so? Was I supposed to knock on wood? Or throw salt over my shoulder? Did I walk under a ladder or did a black cat cross my path? Did I have the hiccups or eat a fish backwards or drop my comb? (Please see this, under hiccups, fish and comb. I couldn't make this stuff up!)

But I love you world even if you hate me! Cause there is this stuff called cold-eeze and it's gonna knock out this cold pronto. Yep. I love you science and technology and medicine!

But really, I love you all. I do! Lovelovelovelovelovelove!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving! (14 days later)

How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was lovely, I think. I seem to have forgotten most of the day because it was 14 whole days ago. I know I'm way late. But I just now got the pictures (and I maybe sorta forgot about it), so I figured I should share a little. I promise I'll post about Christmas by at least Groundhog's Day. I promise.

That morning we went to the Thanksgiving parade uptown. We used to go every year when I was younger, but haven't gone in about 10 years. Good news...the parade is just as fun as I remembered it! Here we are waiting for the parade to start:


After the parade we went back to have Thanksgiving dinner. Deeelish! Thank you Joy for taking the pictures (and thus not being in them :-( ) since I was a picture slacker that day! Thank you Colt and Christy for having mouths full of food. A Thanksgiving picture would not be complete without this! This is the adult table:

And the kiddie table:
Someone should probably teach Seth the appropriate bunny-earring technique. You see Seth, the trick is to place bunny ears on someone whilst not showing any part of your arm so no one knows how those pesky bunny ears tot there. This might be a little difficult to do when being photographed from the back. It kinda gives you away. Just sayin....

So that's really all I remember about Thanksgiving. It's sad that my memory is fading so quickly. It's like the thoughts are there and then...

Hey! Did I tell you about the Monday night football game yet?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Monday Night Football

Last night was the Monday Night Football game between the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I have been to one Monday night game before, and several regular Sunday games, but this was definitely the best game I'd ever been to...

I left work an hour early so I could come tailgate ASAP. I was not liking the fact that a few blocks away (okay, actually QUITE A FEW blocks away....trust me, I walked it) were Matt and John tailgating having the time of their lives. Well, I might have made that 'time of their lives' part up. I wasn't there so I don't really know, but while sitting in my cube I had convinced myself that they were having the time of their lives and I was completely missing it.

I just google mapped it, and the parking lot they were in was 1.3 miles from my building. I had planned on getting on the free uptown trolley to get me most of the way there, but when I walked up to the trolley stop and the trolley didn't pull up THAT VERY INSTANT, I saw no point in standing there and waiting when I could just walk to the next stop in hopes the trolley would arrive at the exact same time as me. It didn't, so using my same logic I continued on to the next stop. And then the next one. And the next one, etc. You see where I'm going with this? Eventually I had walked all the way there. And I might have made a couple of wrong turns so 1.3 miles was probably more like 1.678 miles. :-)

When I got there, Matt and John were playing corn hole against some Tampa Bay fans. Booooooooo.

And if you'll please forgive the crappy quality pictures, SOMEONE (not naming names because that would be mean since it was his birthday) forgot my camera so all I had my was camera phone)

They did that for a while, then we had a drink or two, then we ate giant 1/2 pound burgers. All the while the temperature is dropping and it's getting cold. And we are adding on layer after layer of clothing. By the time we left for the game, we all looked like we might've been football players ourselves.

We then went to our seats WAYYYYY up top. The upper deck is the place to be...the people up there are so much more fun than the wine and cheesers on club level and the lower level!

At one point, I had to go to the bathroom so I left and didn't really pay attention to what section I was in or anything. When I tried to come back to my seat, I had NO idea where John was. John had both of our tickets in his pocket so I was screwed there too. I was lost completely. I felt like a lost child. You know how they tell you to just stay put where you are until someone comes to find you? I am walking breathing proof that that works. Apparently I came up the right stairs, but was looking into the section to our left. He saw me as I was walking back down and came down to retrieve me. I was pretty embarrassed. Maybe I need one of those leash and collar things, no?

So if you are uncool and don't know, the Panthers won 38-23. It was such a great game. The only thing that would have made it better was if I had remembered to wear my glasses so I could see the game. Ha. Well, I could see somewhat. I could tell that a black jersey threw an object and another black jersey caught it, to (eventually) be tackled by several white blobs. My camera phone also forgot to wear it's glasses:
It was such a fun night, and I hope John had the best birthday ever!

Oh, and GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO PANTHERS!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Happy Birthday John!

Today is John's 27th birthday! In celebration, we are going to the Monday night football game tonight between our Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I have exactly 1 hour and 3 minutes left until I get to leave work and join him and Matt, who are tailgating. It's hard to sit here and "work" when they are just blocks away tailgating. But, I think I can make it.

John will graduate this week with a degree in Business Administration.

He will also finish up his 90 days on the P90X program.

He has more determination than anyone I know. I just wish that some of his determination would rub off on me.

We have both grown up quite a bit over the last 5 years, but one thing remains the same:


He still loves me, and I still love him. Happy Birthday John! I ♥ you!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Perfume Trumps Cigarettes

Every morning, I ride the train to work. Several people in my building also ride the train, and 9 times out of 10, are on the same train as myself. Therefore, we typically end up in the same elevators. I don't mind most of the people. There is 'blue backpack girl', 'bearded iPod guy', 'capri pants loving girl' (yes, even in winter), and a couple of others. There are also two in particular that I prefer not to be in the same elevator with. These are 'way too much perfume wearing lady' and 'smoker lady'.

Each morning we all get off at the same stop and walk the 2-3 blocks to our building. If I notice one of these two ladies near me, I either speed up or slow down. The easiest, least obvious thing to do is "accidentally" miss the light, so these two ladies get across the street and I have to wait until the light changes again. Or sometimes, if I'm feeling extra risky and spunky, I'll race across the street even though there are only 3 seconds left, knowing they will have to stop. Smart, right? I don't wanna hurt people's feelings!

So the main reason I avoid these two ladies is because of the elevator. When you are going up 32 floors, that is quite the long time to hold your breath. And if you are in an elevator with either or these two, you MUST hold your breath.

Today a lot of people must have had the day off. The train was much emptier than usual, and the only 3 people I noticed from my building were myself, 'smoker lady', and 'way too much perfume lady.' I raced across the street this morning, raced into the building, knowing I was a good minute ahead of these two. I pushed the up button and waited. And waited. And waited. And then, finally, an elevator appeared. Yessss! Not only are 'smoker lady' and 'way too much perfume lady' not here yet, but no one else was there either. I thought to myself, "An elevator all to myself! What a great Friday treat! I can look in the mirror at myself shamelessly this morning. No need to look at the floor today, no way!"

And then, at the last possible second, I saw an arm reach in. And the doors opened back up. And in walked 'smoker lady' and 'way too much perfume lady'. Both of them. How could this happen to me?


So I positioned myself in the center of the back of the elevator. Very symmetrical like, the two ladies posted out in the front two corners of the elevator. And wouldn't ya know, 'way too much perfume lady' trumped 'smoker lady'. Sure, I could smell her perfume, but I couldn't smell the ashtray. And the perfume wasn't overwhelming either. It's like it took 75% of the perfume smell to counteract the ashtray smell, sorta like when we did this in math class:

So what did we learn today? I learned that in the future if one of these two ladies is in the elevator with me, I need to make sure I hold the door and wait for the other.

So, therefore, alas, consequently, ergo, in conclusion, and hence, perfume trumps cigarettes.

The end.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Tuna

This is our kitty Tuna. I first introduced you to him here. And just so you know, his fur is back and better and fluffier than ever. He's very thankful we did that to him. Ask him, he'll tell ya. Anyways, he's a very mischievous boy. His favorite thing to do is run in our downstairs closet when we open the door. I understand his curiosity and enjoyment with this closet. It's quite the large and fun closet. It's in an "L" shape and curves underneath our stairs. So anytime the door is open he goes in to explore. Apparently the door wasn't shut yesterday and Tuna went on an adventure. When John got home last night around 8:30 he noticed the door was open and shut it. (Do you see where I'm going with this?) Well, at 7 this morning John went downstairs to make breakfast and heard the slightest meowing and discovered Tuna had been shut in this closet all night. Good thing he has a full coat of fur again cause that closet gets cold! Poor little guy.

But I bet he didn't learn his lesson and will run in again this afternoon when I go to hang my coat up. Wanna bet?

Please, don't report us to the kitty DSS. We really are great kitty parents!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thankful Wednesday?


I can promise you that I won't be blogging tomorrow. And if ever there was a need for a Thankful Thursday, tomorrow would be it. Therefore, today I will tell you why I will be thankful tomorrow. Cause I'm definitely not thankful today, because today is a Wednesday. But tomorrow, yes tomorrow I will be thankful. :)

1. Family. Shouldn't this be first on everyone's list? Mine is the best. I won't go as far to say they are better than yours, (but they are) but I am so so thankful for mine. I have met so many people that have dealt with varying issues in their lives, and more than likely, they will tell me that growing up this happened, or, I am only like this because of my mom, dad or brother, etc. Family can make or break a person, and it's no wonder I turned out PERFECT, since my family is PERFECT.

2. Food, water, shelter. Okay, maybe this should technically be first...the essentials for survival. I am thankful for these items that we all take for granted and pray for those people which may not have these items as easily available.

3. Friends. These are the people that you love and have such a good time with, but without all the, whats the word, umm, loyalty maybe, that you show to family. For example, I could not call a friend for months and neither one of us is going to be upset when we do get around to talking. My family would be banging my door down if I went a week probably without talking to them. (Not that I mind of course, but keeping up with all friends AND family would take a lot of time!)Friends are there for when you selfishly need them, and I'm thankful for that!

4. Freedom. It is incredibly mind boggling when I read news stories about conditions in other countries where a spoken word gets you the death sentence or a belief leads to losing your home and everything you own. It's hard to imagine, with all of the freedoms we are allowed, anyone living like that. I am so thankful for my freedom.

5. God. While I am not a person to talk about religion very often at all, I am not afraid to say that I am thankful that I have an all-loving and all-forgiving God.

And finally, because I just can't be too too serious,

6. Reheat. Just yesterday I discovered the reheat button on the microwave. Why did I not know of this? Am I the only one? Before yesterday, my microwave ritual was like this: place food in microwave, shut door, press 1 minute, after minute stick fingers into middle of food to test for temperature, if still cold, get napkin and wipe fingers off, (go back to 'press 1 minute' and repeat), until finally I was satisfied with the temperature. Who knew there was a nifty reheat button that requires none of this work!?! Reheat senses the temperature of your food and heats until it is just right. This knowledge couldn't have come at a better time, this is after all, the biggest leftover week of them all!

So, Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Turkey Day, Gobble til you Wobble, Give Thanks, Happy Harvest, and whatever else. And if you are not in the United States, happy November 27th! Hope it's a great one! :)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Dear Santa,

Dearest Santy Claus,

I wantwantwantwantwant alllllllll of this:

I need a new Wii game. I beat Super Mario Galaxy (for the most part), I'm stuck on Boom Blox, and I suck at MarioKart. The only thing our Wii is getting used for lately is for the digital scale aspect of the Wii Fit Balance Board. I need a new game to get me interested again. After much research, I have decided on this:



The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Doesn't that sound fun? Here's a link Santy. And used is just fine.

I would also like to have a Page-A-Day calendar for next year. This year I had the Mensa Puzzle Calendar, which was great. I just proved to myself that I should be a member of Mensa at least 4 days of the week. Next year, I would like either this or this (I LOVE this one! Just like the bar game!), and if you can't find those, this will be fine.

I need new lampshades Santy. It's an emergency, my eyes can't take that unfiltered-straight-from-the-light bulb brightness any longer. But I can't find any the right size and with the right fitter. I can't tell you how many we've had to return. (Okay only 2, but still!) So maybe with the help of all of those elf friends of yours, you could put something together for me. I need 2 measuring 4x11x9.5 with a spider fitter. Here are some that I like for your inspiration:








Santa I need your advice. Do I need one of these?


I really only bake 3 times a year: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Is this necessary? Will I bake more often if I have one of these? Should I sacrifice a chunk of my Christmas spending allowance on this monster? I'm not sure about this...

I neeeeed this. Really just any plaid trench. And actually I'd prefer something in the brown color family.

And finally, the good stuff:





Is that too much to ask Santa? I've been a really good girl this year...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

PJ Party!

Saturday night, my adorable nieces Lindsay and Lori came over to spend the night! Their mom and dad (my sis and bro-in-law) were going to bro-in-laws 20th high school reunion, at the retirement home, obviously. Hahaha, those are just jokes! :) Anyways, Lindsay, Lori and I had so much fun! I swear, I will have a cajillion kids of my own until I have a girl. Here's a brief synopsis of our fun:

First, I took them to one of their neighbor's birthday party!


Then, we went to the Michael's, and they were perfect little angels, so I decided that they were now entitled to dinner. That's how it works, right? I bought them Wendy's. Yummy!

Then, we went to my house to play play play. They wanted to make a pillow pile, I obliged. Sorry sis if they start dragging couch cushions into a pile at home now...I take full responsibility!

They wanted to hide from John...


Next....
I seriously was beat by two 4 year olds! And I didn't fake lose either...I'm a competitor!!!! Not too surprising if you ask John though, my memory is shot!




I hope they had as much fun as I did! I love those girls! ♥