Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Well it seems like everyone has snow 'cept me!!! I'm pissed!!!
I want snow and if I want something I'll damn well get it by fair means or fowl. Even the homies back in jolly Olde England have snow for crying out loud..... oh it's cold here... on and off... and it's raining like you wouldn't believe but snow... nope not a chance.
So what's a girl to do... Picnic of course... no I'm not outside freezin' my buns off eating sarnies and drinking wine out of plastic cups. I'm warm and toasty with my net book on my lap altering a pic to within an inch of it's life.... and this is what I came up with.
Hope you like it!! Now we have snow!!!!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Anyhoodles... went way off track with all that didn't I??? What I was trying to point out is that although it was purgatory waiting for the tree and decs to go up, it meant that all the magic happened in a couple of days and there was no waiting around with a winter wonderland happening around you and no goods being delivered. That's probably what made me into the instant gratification kinda chick I am today.
Jump to present day America, here I am in the hub of Commercial Central... Christmas starts pretty much right after July 4th.... and it goes on and on and on and on and on... you get the picture. Our tree went up the last weekend of November, my sister pointed out that was pretty ridiculous... she was right. Now it looks like it's been dragged around the back yard several times and attacked by a stray moose. So on THE DAY... you know the DAY that is Christmas, it will be a bedraggled pile of plastic and paper and I"ll be ready to take the damn thing down and get it out of my life for another year. There have been parades, Victorian Christmas, shopping nights, Christmas parties, Church Choir performances and Goodness knows what else. Ash has been to school twice in pajamas to watch Christmas movies and drink hot chocolate... Syd has performed the Reindeer Rap and been to see the Highschoolers perform a Christmas play..... I'm DONE!!! ya hear me freakin' DONE!!! NO MORE!!!!! It goes on and on until when the big day gets here you're totally freakin' over it already. Why can't it all just wait... wait until the week before Christmas, that way one won't get so nauseated with all the Good Will toward men and happy freakin' Jingle Bells.
I took the day off today, it was to stay home with my sick child who's really had a rough week, but it served a purpose to me too. While I took care of her, I took care of me too. I rested with her and realized I'm totally exhausted dammit... not just tired... not just a little out of steam... absolutely, effin' unbelievably exhausted!!!!
So I stayed home and rested, I made good on the opportunity to recharge my batteries... and I made a plan. See when the Americans are planning all the festivities, they over schedule just the first three weeks of December... and then it stops. So here's where I will start.... I'm baking tonight for our visitors, I'll be taking the kids to a light show over the weekend, just us, looking at the lights, enjoying being together. Then I will do some last minute shopping and wrap the gifts in the knowledge that no one has to be anywhere other than home and enjoying our time together. This is where I slow down and focus on the real meaning of Christmas, I will try and enjoy Hubby and the girls, we'll spend quality time together and we'll make our home warm and welcoming to the rest of the family. Yep that's what we're gonna do.
Since starting this post I paused to bake a bunch o' baked goods... lovely pumpkin bread, banana bread and sausage rolls. Tomorrow I'll throw together some sausage cheese balls, mince pies (staple of a British Christmas) and I'll try my hand at some cheese straws.....if you have a recipe for them please send it to me post haste!!! I'm determined to make it all about the hospitality and less about the dollars spent, traditions for my girls that hopefully they'll remember and take forth to the next generation. Who knew that baking at home with some smooth jazz would relax me so???? The wine helped too!! hee hee!!!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Last week was Victorian Christmas here in my little Corner of the World.... and my fave book store downtown had the neatest wreath hanging on their doors so I though... yay... that will be my Corner View.... and I snapped the pic... and it sucks... but I'm still posting it cos you'll get the idea!!!!!!
note to self... really must do better with CV... I love Jane and the other CVers and don't want to let them down by being a lazy ass participant!!!!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Today though I have run out of scheduled items so for a fill in I like to do my little Randomonium spot, it has a special place in my heart......
Dexter... watched the final episode last night (we have to download it 'cos we're too cheap for Showtime) and it was disturbing!!! Both hubster and myself are sad... just sad.... boo hooooo.
Syd... she's sick too and really upset that she can't perform in the Christmas extravaganza at school tonight... why oh why is it so hard to watch you're little ones when their hearts are breaking? I wish I had some miracle drug that would perk her up and get her on the stage tonight, she's practiced so much that Peanut knows the song and offered to take her place!!! LOL.. now that's funny!!!!
Weather... it sucks here right now... one day it's freezing and raining... then it's downright hot... but still raining.. which makes for heavy fog and steam... yes steam people.. it's like living in a damn rain forest right now. And because it's so wet out everywhere looks shitty... just plain shitty... like the whole town needs a good clean. I'm ready for some brisk, dry weather with a beautiful blue sky.. not too much to ask.
Work.... I love my job, mainly because I love the people I work with. They are sad at the moment and that's all I have to say... I"m praying for some healing!!!
Dogs... my babies are the light of my life, and that's all I have to say about that.
Christmas... apparently we are the host family for this Christmas' celebrations.. all of a sudden we've leaped from an intimate little family Christmas to hosting six additional guests.... now I"m cooking a proper dinner for ten.. better get something russelled up real quick like. I am really looking forward to it though, I love to have a houseful and entertain. As long as my IV of red wine doesn't run out, all will be well.
And finally... I am kinda pissed at my beloved Nikon... yes I went there.... sorry Nikon Girls... I just can't get to grips with it in the dark!!!! I took it to Victorian Christmas the other night and it was a disaster. I know, I know I need to read the manual... but I don't want to read the freakin' manual, it's boring, I just want to take awesome pictures!!!!!!!!!!! Here's a look at how I did...........put you're coffee down...........
Sunday, December 13, 2009
My coffee is on the little white shelf next to the bed... the shelf has wooden hooks underneath and from them hang a Hello Kitty purse, a straw Cowgirl hat (Sheriff no less!) and a tiny yellow, hanger for dolls clothes. Next to the shelves is a GIANT window, covered with two inch faux wood blinds in white (custom made for the huge window and never pulled up cos they weigh more than me!!!). Outside it's a cold, wet miserable day, the rain is steadily falling without a hope of letting up before we have to go and ring the Salvation Army Bell outside the local Publix (British contingent: read Sainsbury's). A holiday tradition we adopted a couple of years ago and the girls love it!!!!!
Back to my post and why I am coming to you from the room of and odd little five year old... another of our holiday traditions is to watch the Nightmare Before Christmas!!!! We ADORE this movie... watch it all year round but almost every weekend during the Holiday season. Forget A Wonderful Life and The Grinch we're all about Jack the Pumpkin King and Santy Claus. Tim Burton is a freakin' genius y'all. We also have James and Giant Peach which is just fabulous, this year we may add to the collection with the Corpse Bride and Coraline. If you haven't already discovered the magnificence that is Tim Burton you have been missing out!!
Ash likes to share the excitement of the movie so she requested that I come into her room and blog from here while we watch the movie together. With so much inspiration how could I refuse!!!! Daddy's being a grinch, he's watching some truck show on Man TV and hogging the bigger screen.... it doesn't matter to us, Nightmare is great no matter where you watch it.... as long as you can cuddle and enjoy it with someone you love!!!!
p.s. Ash has a new way of expressing herself. I put a hook on the outside of her bedroom door so she can hang her little chalk board, she then draws a picture so you can tell her mood, or she'll leave a message so you know who is or is not allowed in at any given time. Here's the mood board from this morning....
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Anyway, Mama Kat wrote a post on several prompts and asked us to write about one of the prompts and then link to it... guess what???? I have just the thing!!!!
When hubby and I met there was a little hitch in the wedding preparations in that he is American and I'm British. Makes planning a wedding a logistical nightmare, for the purposes of the immigration legalities it was necessary for us to be married in the States; for the purposes of a damn good knees up and including a million of my closest friends I wanted to have a wedding in the UK. So we compromised, he and I went to the see Gloria Peters, the JP in Hunt County Courthouse, Texas. We said our bit and got ourselves legally hitched, a romantic day, lovely!!!! Really, just he and I and our shiny gold wedding bands, then we spent the day in Dallas sightseeing and ate Mexican in the evening!!! Then a few weeks later we flew to the UK for our "blessing" in the Anglican Church. A day which I had really had no say in the planning of due to my being 4000 miles away in Dallas, TX. Long story short, my mother can be a bit of a nightmare at times, this just happened to be one of those times.... only the most important day of my life... and she's being a total bitch.
The day proceeded despite all the drama and tears, Hubs and I packed up all our stuff the next day and got he hell out of Dodge, cut the stay with the folks short and spent the rest of our vacation with friends before returning to the States a week later.
Once we were home and settled into married life I started to have terrifying nightmares about the wedding. It was pure hell, I would cry all the time, I felt totally let down and miserable. You just can't get that day back once it's gone and been ruined, you can't repeat it, you can't get hold of everyone there and apologize for the behavior of family members. I was in a lot of pain when it should have been the happiest day of my life. Then one night I went to sleep and dreamed that my Grandmother was talking to me, she had died about thirteen years before. She was so gentle and hugged me telling me that everything was going to be OK and that I was a good girl. She told me to move on and forget about it and have a lovely life, that it wasn't my fault.
I woke up and immediately felt like a huge weight had been lifted from me, I felt comforted and loved, as if someone up there could see the whole mess without being involved and had exonerated me from any blame in the nightmare that was my wedding. I stopped having nightmares and was able to put it all behind me.
I have not had a dream like it since, but I'm totally open to more visits of that nature. It was amazing!!!!!
Man..... where in the world did those long legs come from... not from me
that's for freakin' sure!!!!!
Feelin' a little melancholy..
First born is not a little baby any more....
she's no where near being a teen but she's no longer
a chubby little baby girl, but that's how I see her
I remember the smell, the touch of her gentle baby hand
in mind, the soft, soft, head snuggled into my shoulder
the rocking in the rocking chair!!!
Now she's all legs eleven and goofy teeth!!!!
But she'll always be my sweet, sweet girl!!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
We already know she's the brightest bulb on the tree, the sharpest blade in the drawer and all the other stuff. I'm not just braggin' cos she's my kid, ask anyone who knows her??? So we're sitting there at the tiny table with the tiny chairs that makes my butt look like a freakin' hot air balloon, no lie. The teacher, my hubby and myself are in deep conversation about the gifted program and first grade when Ash appears from behind a large bookshelf where she had been playing in the dress up area....she's wearing a red halter-neck dress to her ankles and a pair of high heels.. cool... it was the apples stuffed into the top of the dress that was the kicker!!!! We all looked around and there was this stunned silence and then we all fell off the tiny little chairs and peed our pants on the floor!!! She has a fascination for boobies, I have no idea how this bodes for the future!!!
Here she is with some black walnuts we found on a day out recently.... see, told you she's a nut!!!
Monday, December 7, 2009
I just wanted to get on here and thank my newest followers!!! I am so grateful when I get new followers it's like playing to a whole new crowd, and you know how much I love playing to the crowd. I love the old crowd too don't get me wrong, so don't start commenting saying hey how 'bout me blah blah blah.. (that's aimed at Bambi and Spud 'cos they're the needy, whiney ones) (that I really heart so much!!). There....
So in case you don't know what I"m about, I am married to a gorgeous man who is kinda funny and witty himself in a shyish kinda way. I have two girls who are HILARIOUS.... really it's a riot,most of it is so quick and there's so much I can't remember it all but that was how this blog was borne. I try and put down their antics and share a little of what it's like to be 40 and raise two kids in elementary school.... actually Ash is just in Kindergarten!!! I am torn as to whether I think it's a good idea to have kids later in life (wtf??) or in your early twenties... right about now I"m a little jealous of those my age with teenagers who fend for themselves... until I hear the cell phone/computer/boys stuff then I go back to being happy dealing with hair brushing and putting away Barbies!!!!!
Tonight, I am on the computer tapping away at the keys and Ash is behind me playing while I try and concentrate..... and this Mr Therapist is how the conversation went..... word for word....
Saturday, December 5, 2009
So people... here's what we do at McGilly's place to help our planet....we try (I say try, cos it's hard to avoid them sometimes) not to use plastic bags..... I have some wonderful shoppers from a well known Insurance Company that I happen to work for...I even have one that is thermal so will keep the frozen stuff cool. If I forget to take them I get paper bags... the clerks are kinda grumpy when you ask for paper but that's part of the fun!!!
Now, I ask you this, why don't they have the paper bags at the ready and the plastic stashed away???????
This year I am also trying a new tactic on the Christmas shopping... of course it's hard to escape plastic completely but I'm shopping for wooden toys for all the friends and family who have small children. I found the cutest and I mean CUTEST wooden jump ropes (skipping ropes) they have a lady bug and flower design for the handles!!!! There are plenty of puzzles and books and stuff that will keep them entertained and happy for longer than the plastic barbies will lay in the landfill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So my Greeno friends.. hop on over to The Mother Load and get your two cents in...
Thursday, December 3, 2009
This is all thanks to the wonderful Kim over at So Many Kids so Little Time ..... Well this busy lady took time out to help me with a Button for my site... and now I'm all buttoned up and refreshed with crazy ass colors and such!!!!
I love it!!!! I hope you do too and all this colorfulness won't make you unfollow me!!!:o(
Go check out Kim's site and check out the NoMoSlackMo which is also Kim's brainchild.
I am so grateful.... she's my NBF!!!!! mmwwwuuuaaaahhhh!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
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