Saturday, December 27, 2008

Happy Holidays

Hoping that your days are bright.

Photo taken by Faith of my sister-in-law's tree. With kids 19 and 21, they've downgraded to the little, little tree but there was something so simple about it that was beautiful too.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

[I really want to post something about how I'm relieved that it is just about over--the holidays--about how exhausting this one has been. But, I'm too exhausted.]


I do want to say thank you to my husband. He gave me a sweet ipod nano that I'm playing with . . . lots of fun. How crazy is this? I wanted an ipod nano, something more than my ipod shuffle, as soon as I found out all the technology that could be added just by plugging up the ipod nano to it. So, it's now plugged up to the theater system so that I can blast the basement with it instead of wearing the headphones. Now, I need wireless speakers for the upstairs which I've been wanting forever!!! Oh, right . . . need/want . . . I. must. control. myself!

Well, my niece (by marriage) is coming over to spend some time with us which will be nice. I love her. It's all pajamas and junk food all day long. She's my kind of girl. haha She's going to be 20 next month! So, it's nice that she wants to still spend time with me and my kids.

We're baking cookies . . . it's all part of my last-ditch gift-giving attempts to make up where people are so good and I feel that I'm not good enough. I shouldn't exaggerate so. The cookies are for us, my neighbors, and my co-worker who will not accept money for the granola bars that he has let me beg for have. He said that he will accept homemade cookies though so at least I can repay back somehow.

As for my neighbors, they are so sweet. They brought gifts again for the kids and all that I had was a Christmas card for them. I didn't have the heart to tell them that the gifts that they gave were the same ones that they gave two years ago. No lie. Thank God the kids didn't open the gifts in front of them! My dear neighbors probably went into their stash of kid gifts--you have to have a stash of kid gifts when you are grandparents to fifteen grandkids!! And, they still think of us. So, we will go over later with homemade cookies.

Well, my niece just called . . . she's on her way with glazed donuts and cherry pepsi! I better get the kids breakfast before the donuts arrive.

Have a beautiful holiday week. Hope all is well.
Daddy and Elijah
Christmas Eve
Photo taken by Faith of my work plant
Faith took lots of pictures at my work.

At my work

My little girl and my little boy . . . Faith enjoyed her time with me. Elijah . . . well, Daddy picked up him around around noon. Really, he did surprisingly well. It helps that Santa's arrival to the house can be called off by me by one phone call--I swear it!

Here is Santa with my kids at my work . . .

Sitting on a pile of poinsettas, right?

Christmas Loot


Saturday, December 20, 2008

He's always trying to one-up me.

Text to husband: Im in the zone...highest score ever 154000!!

You see, I have this game downloaded to my phone. This is one of my most favorite ways to drown out the noise of children pass the time. I absolutely love this game from the old, old arcade days, like a million years ago. What else am I to do on a Saturday before Christmas, right?

He texted me back: Im in the zone highest number of pkg's delivered :)

What better way to put me in my place, Postman! And, I suppose he'll be wanting dinner too?!?

He can't ever let me glory in anything.

File Under: Wasting the day away as best as she can.


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Bloggable Conversation 027

After an emotional day, I ask my husband.

ME: Am I low on the totem pole of your life?

E: No. [cheerfully] But, I would like to see you on a pole. You know, we could get one of those for the bedroom.

I crack the smallest smile.

ME: You know you're emotionally stupid, right?

Sadly. I gotta love him.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Watched This Movie The Other Night . . .

This soundtrack of the movie is absolutely amazing. It fits perfectly with my melancholy mood. The soundtrack consists of The Blue Jackets' music. This music is right up my alley, especially right now.

There are some other things about this movie which makes it great.

The good-best-friends-forever type of relationships. And, all the memories that go with that--good and bad.

Although Selma Blair is not my favorite actress, anyone who can switch from role to role like she does is a great actress in my book. She is so depressed that it makes you depressed too. So, thank God, in the end, she gets what she needs.

Seeing these two trying to make it back together after years apart was sexy, sweet and beautiful. (Which I like to relate to my man and me.) I love it when the guy grabs the girl's face for kisses--sweeeet!

The whole time I kept thinking that this guy, Patrick Wilson, reminds me a little of Conan O'Brien. Which is not necessarily a bad thing since I find Conan so funny. Not that Patrick Wilson was trying to be that funny--it was the hair, I think.

Now, the thing that was probably the best about this movie is that it was written and directed by Edward Burns who, of course, also starred in it. And, his humor was peppered throughout which is why my husband rented it for us. My husband told me that we were going to watch "Purple Violets". I said, "Purple Violets"?!?! My husband then says, "Your boy's in it." I was all, "Who?!?!"

The other really great thing is that the group, The Blue Jackets, is a group that Edward Burns is in . . . I went checking all of their sites the other night. I love how Edward is Eddie. And, he is really trying to stay out of the spotlight a lot of the time . . . I like the seeming humility of him.

I gotta tell you that it's pretty artsy. No real action. But, it's all New York.

And, like I said, it's sooo up my alley.

Hoping that you are having a nice weekend . . .

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Because it's Wednesday . . .

And, it's been a great day at home, decorating for Christmas, picking the kids from school, and meeting teachers for conferences . . . it's just been a good day--that's all.

So, in celebration of today, this is a good place to check out a good deed that can be done with minimal effort, which so happens to be one of my most diligent goals in life.

It looks like Graco is giving away free car seats if we give up a little bit of our privacy. haha I'm just kidding. I can appreciate what they are trying to do. And, I only buy Graco booster seats. (Except this one time, when I really went for the cheap one--that one is with my sitter along with one Graco. And, then, we have another two Gracos in our car. It's like I'm collecting booster seats for every car that my kids get into--I know.)

Actually, I've always been a sucker for Graco. In college, one of the very head guys--the owner, the founder, the son of the founder, something like that--came to one of our business class-meetings to discuss what it was all about, running his company. At the time, we had the same last names, my maiden name. Of course, him and I did get to speak about it. We didn't seem to be related. But, you know, I had to try. Who knows? I might be related to the Graco fortune in a way, way far off other-world of my imagination. :)

Hope all is well with you.