Monthly Archives: November 2010

Simply Having A Wonderful Christmastime…Well Sort of

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I love Christmas. I love the lights and the decorations and the music. I love the weather and the joy and all the general good cheer people have at Christmas that seems to disappear sometime around mid-January. I’m “the Christmas girl” or the one with the crazy lights/decorations/jewelry. My officemates actually joke about my abnormal love of Christmas and the fact that I knew in October how many days there were until the holiday. Despite all of this I’m finding my Christmas spirit a little lacking so far this year. I’m not sure if it’s weather related, it has been abnormally hot lately, or if it’s something else. Hopefully I’ll find my Christmas spirit soon.

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

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Today was Christmas decoration day! It’s our first holiday season at my parent’s new house. And I don’t generally do well with changes to my holidays. Mom and I spent a lot of the day putting up decorations and just figuring out which decorations we can use in the new house. The grand finale of course was when we decorated the tree.

 Our tree is awesome! It’s not very chic, but it’s full of ornaments from places we’ve been and the ornaments YoungerBrotherGreg and I made when we were in preschool. And the whole thing sort of sparkles. Like I said Awesome!
I’m going to work on getting the decorations up around the townhouse later this week.
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Today’s Highlights

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Today was good and very busy:
– Dad, YoungerBrotherGreg, and I went to the International Auto Show. Highlights included the Ford Escape, Nissan Juke, Nissan Murano, and Hyundai Tuscon. Also a very snazzy Acura convertible.
– USF beat Miami! WOOHOO!!! GO BULLS!!!
– FSU beat UF, yay Noles!
– Christmas decorating
That’s all for now. Goodnight.
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Thanksgiving, Redux!

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Happy Black Friday! I hope those of you who are bargain hunters got some good deals. I did manage to get a little shopping in today, but not crazy 3AM shopping. So I live in a family of two Thanksgivings, not in the traditional eat two meals on Thursday till you’re so full you’re ready to burst way. But Mom, Dad, YoungerBrotherGreg and I have a second Thanksgiving on Friday. We have done this for as long as I can remember; some years it was actual Thanksgiving leftovers and some years it’s a totally separate meal. This year was no different, we had full on Turkey (that my mom made yesterday) and stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and green bean casserole.

Clockwise from the Bottom: Mashed Potatoes. Green Bean Casserole, Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallow Topping, Mom’s Stuffing, and the Turkey.

It was fantastic!

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Things I Love Thursday: Thanksgiving!!

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Thanksgiving is almost over…
The parade has been watched, the turkey has been carved, cooked, and eaten. There was family and good wine and more food than should ever be consumed at one time. I would show you, but I’m still suffering from the lack of a camera. Thanksgiving always gets me to think about all the blessings in my life and the things I really am thankful for (I actually do this throughout the year; I often keep a running list on my bathroom mirror in dry erase marker.) So this week’s Things I love Thursday is actually a Things I’m Thankful for Thursday. It’s also an extended edition; from my usual ten to twenty-five (This idea is loosely based on a post I read this morning by Rachel @ The Avid Appetite, she probably doesn’t know I’m linking to her, but I lover her blog and she’s awesome.). So here we go…

Things I’m Thankful for in 2010:
25. Philosophy Peppermint Bark Lipgloss. This just barely makes the list cause it was a recent purchase, but it’s freakin’ awesome. 
24. iAnything
23. Cupcakes.
22. Music of any kind. The radio, Ipod, Pandora, etc.
21. That no one was seriously injured in my recent accident.
20. My favorite pair of jeans. I wear them all the time. In fact I wore them to dinner today.
19. Publix. Especially the fact that there are two of them within 5 miles of my house. It really is the most awesome grocery store on the face of the planet.
18. Football on the weekends. Go Steelers!! Go Bulls!!!
17. Lunch with the Ladies. Great Food, Good Company, Awesome stories.
16. My job. The fact that I have a job and that four days out of five I really like it.
15. My superfly, totally awesome family and great friends
14. Christmas Music. It’s my happy place.
13. Eyeliner. If I was ever stranded on a dessert island, I’d want Jack Shephard and eyeliner.
12. Book Club. It’s opening up new experiences and making me read books I probably wouldn’t pick-out for myself.
11. The ability to travel. I love exploring new places.
10. Starbucks. Two Words: Peppermint Mocha.
9. Blogging. I’m still learning and finding my voice, but I’m learning about myself and about life.
8. All-You-Can-Eat Sushi @ the place near my parents. And of course my Sushi partner, YoungerBrotherGreg.
7. Sunshine. And the way a sunny day can make me smile.
6. My partner-in-crime. =)
5. Cozy PJs on cold nights.
4. Dad’s Sunday Breakfasts
3. Cooking lessons with my Mom. It’s really just me pestering her with questions anytime she’s in the kitchen, but I’m glad she’s patient.
2. Support from my family and friends.
1. That everyone I love is healthy and safe.

Well, that’s my list. Some things are big things and some are little things. I hope everyone had a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Pie Night, Part 2

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Here’s the first of today’s two promised posts. So Pie Night was last night, it’s our annual Turkey Day Eve celebration and the official kick off of our family’s holiday season. I don’t think this is new information though; since I’ve been talking about pie night since about November 1st. This year’s party was a blast and I’m going to go ahead and call it a success. I don’t have pictures because I’m lame and I left my camera in Tampa, but I’m going to do my best to tell ya’ll about the party anyway.
The party is at my parent’s house and this was the first year in the new house. I left from Tampa straight from work and got to Winter Garden at about six. The party always starts at about 7pm, so I got de-worked and was able to help finish setting up. The guest list is mostly people that work with my Dad, a smattering of family, and a collection of assorted friends. The first few guests arrived right around 7 and we went from zero to a zillion people in about 10 minutes flat. The highlights for me were Mom’s Sangria, a fruity concoction that’s equal parts tart and sweet, also a killer Chorizo and Goat Cheese Quiche with Jalapeno Pesto, in regards to sweet pies someone brought a great Blueberry Pie and there was also several variations of Peanut Butter/Chocolate Pie. We also had two great cranberry pies, a Cranberry Raspberry Mousse Pie and a tart two double crust Cranberry Walnut. It was a great night, with good food and great friends.

Look for a special Thanksgiving edition of Things I Love Thursday later today.

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Pie Night…finally…

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And the holiday season officially starts with a bang. This year’s pie night festivities were a resounding success complete with fantastic food, good friends, and plentiful wine. I’m so exhausted after the party (and clean-up duty) that I was falling asleep on the couch talking to my parents. I promise a full recap (though no pictures cause I left my camera in Tampa) tomorrow along with a special Thanksgiving edition of Things I love Thursdays in a second post.
Happy Thanksgiving!!
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Pie Night Eve!!

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Well this week is already better than last week. Let me tell you why:
-There are only 31 days till Christmas (technically it was 32 today, but since it’s almost midnight I’m rounding)
– I found out they can in deed fix my car and I’ll have it back in about two weeks.
– Four Day Weekend!
– Pie night tomorrow

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