Sunday, November 30, 2008

Christmas spunk?

I am soooo finished shopping for Christmas, AND it is ALL wrapped. I can now sit back and ENJOY the spirit of the season!!! I love this time of year. My BIL wanted to go to Temple Square, so we went last night. Besides being mugged after walking 7 blocks the wrong direction, it was fun. The lights are so beautiful and the spirit of Christmas abides. It was pretty crowded, and with a Jazz game that night parking was a nightmare... hence my walking blocks and blocks. I let everyone out and went to go find a parking spot. It only took me over an hour to park, get mugged, and then find the right way to walk and get there. It wasn't even that cold. And don't worry, by "mugged" I meant some guy tried to grab my purse, but he didn't get it. :) All in all, this was a great 4 days off.... and I got up all my decorations today except for the tree that we put the Hallmark ornaments on. That takes a long time because they are all in separate boxes.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Not to brag....

Well, I don't want to brag... but my Christmas shopping is DONE!!!! Woo Hoo!! And, to make it even more marvelous.... I am nearly done wrapping EVERYTHING too!! I am feel a tad bit elated at my status!! I even got Ryan nice things this year, though this year I spent a LOT less than usual.... mostly because I HAVE a LOT less than usual!! Whew... now I just have to work on paying it all off!! I started early to spread it around because I could not afford to be hit all at once.

I did participate in a little bit of Black Friday, but not early enough to get the really great deals. It's OK, I didn't really want anything from them. I did try to find one for my brother-in-law and all I saw were the remnants. It was ridiculous, it looked like feeding Tigers with their fresh kill. The box they brought out with the "deal" was torn and thrashed about, and emptied within a few minutes. It was not worth the assaults I would have endured so I watched and laughed. How ridiculous.... NO DEAL is worth that. Who would have thought that the "Molly Mormon stay-at-home moms" could be so vicious? LOL... it is nice to be done. Now I get to decorate for Christmas tomorrow......

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Christmas preparations.....

So, I was trying to pace myself for Christmas this year. I LOVE Christmas. I love searching for the perfect gift for a love one, and their face when they open it up. (I even appreciate if the face is disappointment, or even better.... .HORROR.) LOL... anyway, I am half way done with Christmas shopping AND wrapping!! (Can I tell you how much I LOATHE wrapping those d*&% Littlest Pet Shop toys?)

Anyway, I am excited to get out the decorations this year... and to feel the atmosphere of the mall and stores. This year is a bad one, financially, for everyone. I feel bad, even the food banks are suffering. I hope people remember the less fortunate this year, even though that list of "unfortunate" is longer than usual.

As a side note, I saw Twilight last night. I will take a James for Christmas!! I am still disappointed that Edward is not more handsome, but he did a good job. He needs to do something with his eyebrows, though. He needs a spa eyebrow wax for Christmas!!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

My weekend

So, I had Super Saturday at church the other day, and I was in a rush to get my projects done so I could scoot out of there and visit with my husband's sisters in Salt Lake. We met them at the Sundance Catalog Outlet store, and we all had a good time. After I joined in on the annual ring shopping spree, we all ate dinner at Olive Garden. It was a good time. I worked on Sunday, and so did the hubby.

I am still trying to decide what to do for Thankgiving. I might just stay home alone. :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

8 things list

So I was tagged by Sally to do this list, so I thought that I would do it since I am sitting at my desk waiting for a warrant to serve... :)

8 TV shows I watch

1. Jay Leno
2. Conan O'Brien
3. There aren't any more!!! Who has time to watch TV?

8 favorite restaurants

1. Cafe Rio
2. Bajio
3. Red Robin
4. Applebees
5. Ruth's Chris
6. Hot Dog King
7. Carrabbas
8. Gloria's Little Italy

8 things that happened yesterday

1. I finished the book I was reading (Double Cross by James Patterson)
2. I made dinner after I got home from work
3. I worked all day.... busy day!!
4. I helped Abby with homework
5. I talked to my brother on the phone
6. I went to bed early!!!!
7. sorry... nothing else happened... it was busy but boring today

8 things I look forward to

1. the economy stabilizing
2. my older kids moving out so they stop bickering and realize how the "real world" is rather than just telling me how they think it is
3. grandchildren... in about 10 years
4. my youngest child starting school
5. retirement... only 8 more years!!!
6. my husband finishing his national test and being DONE with the last 8 years of heck!!
7. my children going to college and being successful
8. having time to read a book or visit with family

8 things on my wish list

1. a cruise with my husband
2. catching up on my scrapbooks
3. a scrapbook room!!!
4. a clean house... or a housekeeper that comes every so often!!
5. weight loss around my middle area..... (belly and thighs)
6. enough bills paid off so I don't have to worry about money
7. a holiday spent with my family.. (I am thinking next year to be with my family back East for Thanksgiving)
8. a trip abroad with my husband... and with my kids would be even better... if I could afford it!!

8 things I love

1. spending time with family
2. decorating my house for seasons and holidays
3. smell of freshly baked bread, apple crisp, etc.
4. babies (specifically the smell of newborns and the laughter of babies and children)
5. warm, sunny days
6. the beach
7. days out with friends
8. vacations with the kids

8 things I cannot stand

1. liars
2. people who think that they deserve to be given everything in live without having to work for it
3. people who hurt children
4. teenagers bickering and acting like they know everything
5. mean people
6. cooked vegetables, asian food, and gamey tasting meat
7. being cold
8. wet bathroom floors and clutter in my house!!!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

i hate snow....

I have had training in Salt Lake for the past few days, and today I woke up to snow!! Where it took us 20 minutes to get there the past 2 days, it took an hour and a half today. And when traffic is like that, there are always those entitled people that feel that their time is more valuable than everyone else's time, so they drive like a complete and utter asshole.. endangering everyone else on the road. It irks me, and they MAYBE get there 3 seconds before everyone that they passed so inconsiderately. I hate those driver!!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Weekend funnies....

I am having technical difficulties getting some Halloween photos out of the internal memory!! We had 3 floods this year, and the first one was the worst one. The carpet had to be replaced, and tomorrow is the day. Finally!! That one happened on July 3 and we are just now getting the carpet back in. How frustrating!!

We had to move the piano and a bunch of other heavy things, so Ryan was moving the piano with someone. He had to move his legs to the side to keep from hitting things, and Miranda yells, "look at Dad, he looks like a Penguin!!" Ryan had to walk with his legs to the side to get it moved. LOL .... It was cute.

Today, I was cleaning my closet and Abby came over and asked me what the word gay meant. I told her it meant happy and it was a not nice word to describe it when boys like other boys and girls like other girls and that they kiss each other. * (Even though it isn't a nice word, that doesn't keep me from using it sometimes.) :) Anyway, she asked me if I was sure it didn't mean that someone was HOT and TEMPTING?** I told her that I was sure it didn't. She replied, "well, then I have to tell some of the girls at my school that they are mistaken.... because they think that is what it means."

* I had to be a little more descriptive since she is so young and I didn't want her to think that she is gay because she has "girl friends."

** Disturbing that 7-8 year old girls would want to use a term that would describe someone as hot and tempting!!