Sunday, December 31, 2006
Saturday, December 30, 2006
Friday, December 29, 2006
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Monday, December 25, 2006
Sunday, December 24, 2006
The table is all set for dinner. I am going to start working on appetizers soon.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
A - Available or single: married
B - Best Friend: Jason
C - Cake or Pie: cake, chocolate cake
D - Drink of choice: .....Shh....part of my quiz!
E - Essential Item you use everyday: my contact lenses
F- Favorite Color: Blue
G - Gummy Bears or worms: Bears
H - Hometown: Champaign, IL
I- Indulgence: jewelry
J - January or February: January, because it has a better chance for snow
K - Kids & Names: do cats count?
L - Life is incomplete without: serenity
M - Marriage Date: Aug 2 N - Number of Siblings: 1
O - Oranges or Apples: apples
P - Phobias or Fears: Hm. Hm. Being boring.
Q - Fave Quote: If you cannot be a good example, be a good warning. Something like that.
R - Reason to Smile: I am in love.
S - Season: Shh....part of my quiz
T - Tag three or four people: Karen, Karen, Mandy, Chiara
U - Unknown Fact about Me: I used to DJ in college
V - Vegetable You Don't Like: TOMATOES ARE HORRID
W - Worst Habit: skipping tai chi in the morning X - Xrays: dental only
Y - Your Fave Food: pizza
Z - Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Stockings are hung by the chimney with care ... or propped up on a table, if there's no chimney to spare.
Friday, December 22, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
You are The Star
Hope, expectation, Bright promises.
The Star is one of the great cards of faith, dreams realised
The Star is a card that looks to the future. It does not predict any immediate or powerful change, but it does predict hope and healing. This card suggests clarity of vision, spiritual insight. And, most importantly, that unexpected help will be coming, with water to quench your thirst, with a guiding light to the future. They might say you're a dreamer, but you're not the only one.
What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Saturday, December 16, 2006
(1) picking up supplies at the grocery store
(2) making frosting
(3) chatting in the living room
(4) frosting sugar cookies (see above -- all 4 of us took part!)
(5) cleaning the kitchen
(6) going out for dinner at Las Palmas
(7) roasting chestnuts (no kidding...my dad brought chestnuts!)
(8) decorating the Christmas tree
(9) storing away boxes now emptied of decorations
(10) putting up miscellaneous decorations
(11) showing my mom & dad the first 16 days of Journal Your Christmas!
(12) listening to holiday music
(13) packing cookies away for tomorrow
I'm tired! Tomorrow we'll make a very nice breakfast, then work on getting everything set up for Cookie Day, which starts at 1 pm. If I don't blog before then, it's because I was busy having fun! :)
Ken frosted about 15 snowmen and 15 snowflakes last night. We still have the rest of the sugar cookies to frost. He was lamenting our decision to make tiny cookies. I bit my lip to bite back the words. You know what words I mean, don't you?
Friday, December 15, 2006
This year we will spend Christmas with Ken’s parents, who live about 20 minutes away from us. The last 2 years, we’d gotten into a tradition of seeing our families on Cookie Day, then spending Christmas Eve and Christmas Day just the 2 of us,. We had also tried splitting up Christmas celebrations before, on, and after Christmas Day, but it was tiring and not altogether satisfying, so we decided that each year we’d try to consolidate things into one central celebration. This year, Ken said he missed spending time with his family on Christmas; so, we are mixing things up a little bit. Who knows where we’ll spend Christmas 2007!
Thursday, December 14, 2006
|You Are a Cranberry and Popcorn Strung Tree|
Christmas is all about showcasing your creative talents.
From cookies to nicely wrapped presents, your unique creations impress everyone.
After our lights were merrily twinkling, I started working on the recipe for Toberlone Brownies from Nat, another Journal Your Christmas participant. I think I may be missing an ingredient. I double checked the recipe ... and it turned out awfully thick and lumpy. I waited for them to cool (the smell was so tantalizing, the best solution was to vacate the premises for 3 hours to go watch Casino Royale....Mr. Craig ROWR!!) and tried one when I got home. It crumbled something terrible, tasted rich, but very grainy. I am waiting on Nat's feedback to find out what I may have done wrong. Unfortunately, I have no more baking chocolate or Toblerone to give it another try before Cookie Day. I think I'll still set them out & see if anyone likes them...but they are kinda weird!
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Here's the journaling:
For me, the most important elements of Christmas haven’t changed a single bit. As a child, I remember being with loved ones, having a Christmas tree, waking early to see what Santa has brought, and playing Christmas music (on LPs). As an adult, my circle of family and friends has expanded…we are responsible for getting our own tree…Santa still makes a stop at our house every year…and now we listen to Christmas music, on CDs!
1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Hot chocolate!!!!!!
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white Depends on which strands of lights are operational. :)
5. When do you put your decorations up? Usually they start going up the first week of December
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? NEVER!
10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree? Fresh cut, real tree with medium sized lights (very important to our marital harmony), some kind of garland, and an assortment of loved ornaments
13. Do you remember your favorite gift? I remember many gifts ... but I couldn't tell you which ones were Christmas and which ones were birthday!
14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Spending time with the ones I love.
15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? Gumdrop cookies.
17. What tops your tree? a glittery star
19. What is your favorite Christmas Song? Carol of the Bells. Oddly, I do not have this on CD or tape!
Monday, December 11, 2006
Edit 12/12/06 12:43 pm. Another cookie that has a request (or more) for the recipe, so here you go, cookie lovers:
Sunday, December 10, 2006
And lots of short, squat fat ones. You know the type. They look pretty short until you get them home & into the tree stand and then you say: "Holy cow! That tree is TALL!" We have a vaulted ceiling in our living room, so thank goodness, that's not an issue. It has been an issue in the past, in other homes, where the top of the tree hits the ceiling. It's not a pretty sight. I don't know if the same thing holds true for how wide a tree is. Maybe trees always look shorter and skinnier on the tree lot. In any event, we went with a tree that was a bit wider at the base and seemed a bit fuller, to accommodate our masses of ornaments.
So, we tried to fit the trunk of the tree into the trunk of the car, and somehow the angles just didn't work. Hm. So, we wound up lashing it across the back, kind of in and around the trunk. Hey, it worked! And the slightly bumpy ride over the railroad tracks knocked some of the crusty snow off!
Then, it was just a matter of putting water in the tree stand, corralling the cats in a bedroom while we had the front door wide open, and wrestling it inside. We got it locked into the treestand with no incidents, swept up the pine needles and released the cats. Serendipity & Comet were extraordinarily curious ... Isabelle's still sleeping on our bed, lazy animal. The best thing of all ... no swearing at all during the acquisition, transportation, and installation of said tree. :) and...the whole living room smells of pine ... divine!