Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Happy New Year Charlie Brown

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown. I never heard of this before, but tonight on ABC it is being shown. I looked it up on the internet and found that it originally aired on CBS on January 1, 1986.
Ok in 1986 I was in my early 20's so I really wasn't into watching animated specials.
Maybe that's why I never heard of it before.

Monday, December 29, 2008

My 2009 Goals

I like to use the word Goals instead of the dreaded word resolution because I have always felt when the word resolution is used, people look for failure. The word goal in my perspective means I have a vision, a task to complete and if there are stumbling blocks along the way at least I tried the best I could to accomplish a goal.
That’s my perspective and I am sticking to it.

My 2009 Goals are:
1) Organize my basement and garage which will mean, trashing or donating anything that doesn’t sell in the 2 garage sales that I will be participating in in 2009. So from now until the 1st garage sale I need to focus on organizing these 2 areas.

2) I receive the Love Dare book that was featured in the movie Fireproof. I am going to use the book as a strengthening tool, not only in my marriage but in my everyday life. It’s a 40 day diary; I know right now I will not be able to continually due this on a daily basis. But I will do what is required for each of the 40 days. I will read the tasks that will need to be done, I will set my own “goal” for that task then I will post on my blog/here what the task is and then when my task is complete, I will post my outcome.

3) I would like to continue a card a week like I did this past year. This seemed to work out really well and it kept me on track for creating cards for my stamp camp. I have a few websites and blogs that have card challenges; so I will use them for inspiration.

4) I heard a quote last week: “A smaller behind in 2009” need I say more? I think everyone makes this goal, and I will yet again set this goal for myself. Oh BTW the quote was taken from the one and only Richard Simmons. lol

5) This past year I tried to post a layout a week. Well I didn’t quite accomplish this goal.
I am going to try something a little different. Journaling, I have older layouts that I have yet to journal. My goal is to post layouts old and/or new and journal these layouts.

6) Most importantly, have more conversations with GOD more often. Don’t get me wrong, I pray but there are times I forget that he is right there just waiting for me to talk to. He is our best friend and we need to remember that we can talk to him at anytime about anything.

Card 52 of 52

Here is the 52nd card

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Card 51 of 52

I have been anxious to use this Upsy Daisy set since I purchased it about a month ago and haven't had time to work on anything with it. Made this to sell at the restaurant and will probably make it in a future stamp camp.

I Need Peppermint

I think I should go hit every store and buy all the candy canes on clearence until I can get my gallbladder looked at. See the article below.
(Picture taken from the article also)


Candy Canes Fight Germs, Settle Stomachs- Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News

A New Use for an Old Favorite-Discovery News
Dec. 24, 2008 -- New studies on peppermint, the key flavoring in traditional candy canes, reveal the herb may do everything from kill germs to treat digestive troubles.
Some researchers now advise consumers to eat a tablespoon or more of fresh peppermint, and other green herbs, daily.
Peppermint oil, found in most candy canes, also appears to have health benefits. A recent British Medical Journal study, led by McMaster University researcher Alex Ford, concludes that peppermint oil should be the first line of defense against irritable bowel syndrome, a condition characterized by abdominal pain and irregular bowels that affects between 5 to 20 percent of the population.
Peppermint oil, and other potent essential oils, may even one day be wafted in their vapor form over food to prevent the growth of bacteria.

Laundry

This is weekly at my house.
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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Card 50 of 52

Here is something I came up with this morning.
I used the Stampin' pastels with the blending pen but found the paper was being eaten away by the blender pen. I think the flower was too large to use a blender pen. If I decide to have my campers make this card; we will use colored pencils.

What is happening?

What is happening? I am having a sense of being overwhelmed by uncontrollable medical events that are happening all around me.

#1) About 8 months ago my BIL was diagnosed with cancer. We found out just a few short weeks ago that it has spread to his stomach. He is currently very weak as the doctors try and decide what the heck they are going to do. This is where the frustration is, why don't doctors ever think ahead, why don't they ever come up with a backup plan so if plan A doesn't work they can immediately try plan B, why do they keep patients waiting, don't' they realize cancer spreads and the longer they take to decide what they can do the cancer continues to grow? Do doctors have any compassion? No, I forgot that they are doctors and are trained to have no feelings.

#2) We found out Ethan has to have all his wisdom teeth pulled. Jordan had his done in August right before school started and now it is Ethan's turn. We are trying to schedule the surgery before he returns to College in a few short weeks. Again, we are waiting for the doctor to let us know when this can be scheduled. We also found out that 1 of the teeth will have to be broken in 1/2 before it can be removed. This sounds very painful. So here we sit and wait.

#3) Todd also is having dental problems. He supposedly has a bad infection under a crown that supposedly had a root canal. He was told that he needs to go to a specialist to have this tooth worked on. I am putting all of this in Todd's hands to control and schedule. I told him if he needs me to be a taxi driver for him I will do that but otherwise he is on his own on this one.

#4) I am about 90% sure I am going to have to have my gallbladder removed. I will just have to get confirmation from yet again a "Doctor". I have been suffering for about 6 months now with abdomen pain. Within the last 2 months, the abdominal pain has moved to the right upper chest and my back. My mother and both my sisters have had their gallbladder removed so I looked up gallbladder pain on the web and everything described is what I seem to be dealing with. At this point I am going to watch my diet and try and wait until after the New Year to get this checked out. If it does end up being my gallbladder and I end up needing surgery, I am going to try and hold out on the surgery until after Ethan's oral surgery.

Thank goodness Jordan is doing well....

2009 sure does look like it isn't going to start out to well medically.

I do have one request, if you read this, could you please say a prayer for my Brother in Law Scotte? Thanks!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Our Christmas Highlights

I saw this this morning before we opened gifts and thought it would make a pretty picture.

He also got Guitar Hero World Tour, I will have to get a picture of him and me playing and post it here.

Volume 3 for his collection

Look what I got! Yeah finally don't have to use my Shuffle anymore and I can coordinate all my workout songs by treadmill, elliptical and stationary bike.

Merry Christmas

I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Scrooge

One of Todd's favorite holiday movies is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; I think he has watched every version that he could this year since Thanksgiving.
I promised him that on Christmas Eve I would watch the Alastair Sim version of Scrooge. (aka A Christmas Carol)

So here we sit practically in the dark with the only light coming from the Christmas Tree, Todd sips his Egg Nog and I a Cranberry and Absolute watching the 1951 black and white version of Scrooge.(aka A Christmas Carol)

My Christmas Eve

It's Christmas Eve and Todd and I both have to work today.
Hey not complaining here at all. With the economy the way it is, we are both thankful that we have jobs.
Our plans today is that once I get off of work I have to stop at the store; my list consists of Milk, Instant Vanilla Pudding, 1 cup chopped Nuts, 1 Green Pepper.
I was given a friendship bread on the 16th that I have been kneading everyday and the last day to finish this bread is tomorrow Christmas day, so I will be baking a loaf of bread on Christmas Day. (The vanilla pudding and nuts are for the bread. The Milk is because we need it and the Green Pepper is for the Stir Fry tonight)
Tonight our plans are making a Shrimp Stir Fry for dinner and settling in to watch A Christmas Carol starring Alastair Sim.
Have a Merry Christmas Eve and I will post a Christmas Greeting to all tomorrow!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Cold Working Child

For the past 2 days Ethan has had to work outside in this COLD weather.
He has so many layers on I'm amazed he can move. Yesterday as well as now I keep looking at the clock thinking he only has "X" amount of hours left.
Hopefully he can go inside and warm up when needed.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Baby it F'in Cold Outside

According to AccuWeather this is what the temp is here where we live
Weather Forecast Sunday, December 21, 2008
AccuWeather.com Quick Look
Currently At 5:32PM

-4°F
RealFeel®
-24°F
Winds: W
at 13mph
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity: 72%
Dew Point: -11° F
Pressure: 30.14 in
Visibility: 3 Miles

Tomorrow
High: 12°F
RealFeel®: 3°F
Sunrise: 7:17 AM

Tonight
Low: -4°F
RealFeel®: -32°F
Sunset: 4:25 PM

Valley Winter Song/LL Bean Commercail

I love the song that is on the LL Bean commercail so I had to find it.
It is Valley Winter Song by Fountains of Wayne. ENJOY!

Card 49 of 52

I needed to make a Thank you card for our neighbor so I decided to make 2. This is the version that will be made at the January Stamp Camp.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Cookie Gifts

Here is a picture of the homemade cookies that will be given to some of the neighbors as gifts.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Card 48 of 52

I had time tonight to make a Christmas Card. The card actually has glitter on it but my scanner didn't scan that too well.

Snow Storm

We were hit last night with a snow storm, not as bad as what the weatherman thought but still hit.
I got up at 4:21am this morning not by the alarm, but by the sound of a truck backing up. Assuming it was a snowplow, I got up looked out the window and thought I better get ready to go.
Todd is off today so he was a dear, got up shoveled a path for me and cleaned my car off. I left at 5:15am on my own and made it safely to work at 5:50am. Not bad. There was hardly anyone on the road and the few that were, were driving safely. (Not like those IDIOTS that feel they need to weave though traffic) When I left it was an ice storm. That was supposed to stop after 2 hours and then snow until around noon.
Hopefully the drive home at 3:00pm will be decent.
Oh and the good news for the kids was that the school decided to use a Snow Day so they got to start their winter break a day earlier!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Jose Cuervo Christmas Cookies

Speaking of Cookies, my BIL sent me an e-mail for Jose Cuervo Christmas Cookies
Enjoy!

Jose Cuervo Christmas Cookies
Ingredients:

1 cup water
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup nuts
2 cups dried fruit
1 (750 ml) bottle tequila (Jose Cuervo or your other favorite brand)
Directions:
1. Sample the tequila to check quality.
2. Take a large bowl; check the tequila again to be sure it is of the highest quality.
3. Pour one level cup tequila and drink.
4. Turn on the electric mixer.
5. Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl.
6. Add one peastoon of sugar.
7. Beat again.
8. At this point it's best to make sure the tequila is still ok, so try another cup just in case.
9. Turn off the mixerer thingy.
10. Break 2 leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.
11. Pick the frigging fruit off the floor.
12. Mix on the turner
13. If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaters just pry it loose with a drewscriver.
14. Sample the tequila to check for tonsisticity.
15. Next, sift two cups of salt, or something.
16. Who geeves a sheet.
17. Check the tequila.
18. Add one table.
19. Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink.
20. Whatever you can find.
21. Greash the oven.
22. Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over.
23. Don't forget to beat off the turner.
24. Finally, throw the bowl through the window, finish the quetila and make sure to put the stove in the wishdasher.
25. Cherry Mistmas !

1 more batch to make

I had my annual Cookie Exchange on Sunday and exchanged some wonderful cookies with family and friends. Tonight I made and will add to these cookies one of Todds favorites; Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies; it's the cookie with the Hershey Kiss in the middle. I now have 1 more type of cookie to make before Christmas next Thursday. Ethan requested the Hershey Kissable snowball cookies. It's a snowball cookie with Hershey kissables inside the snowball. I made them for the 1st time last year and he requested I make them again this year. Jordan didn't request any cookies this year and as for myself, I'm not really craving any certain type of cookie this year. I just can't wait to try the ones I received at the exchange.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Cute Holiday Wishes to You

I found this on the internet. Too Cute!!!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

My Sisters Will Understand This Post

Jordan's 17th Birthday

Jordan's actual 17th birthday isn't until Tuedsay but we celebrated his birthday on Saturday with my sisters and their family. Here are a few pics.
The Birthday Boy

Jordan with Cake. This was a peanut butter chocolate cake.

Jordan and Mom; this is my baby.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Christmas Shopping at Our Home

This basically is how Christmas shopping is at our home.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

COOKIES

Tonight I made 1 of the 2 cookies that I will be making for my annual cookie exchange.
I have hosted this cookie exchange for I think over 13 years now. I love doing it because all you have to do is make 1 type of cookie, granted you may have to make a couple of batches of the cookie but in return you get a variety of different yummy cookies. I also am gratefull that I have dedicate friends and family whom are willing to participate every year.

So now only 1 more batch of a different cookie to make and I will be ready for the cookie exchange.

Ahhh Christmas cookies!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Tonight We Pause In Sadness For...

Boston Legal. Tonight they will be airing the last episode of the show.
We enjoy this show so much and we'll miss it very much! "Denny Crane"

A Christmas Classic

Tonight on ABC I watched a Christmas Classic:
(Nothing more needs to be said)

Arlo and Janis 12-08

This basically is how it is at our house.
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Mixed Emotions

Today the company I work for did a coporate wide layoff, 4 people in the department I work in were let go. I am having mixed emotions regarding the layoffs, I feel sad for the ones that were let go; but glad it wasn't me. (See mixed emotions)
A few of the people I felt deserved to be let go but others didn't. (See mixed emotions)
No time is a good time for a lay-off and their explanation as to why the layoffs happened before that holiday was very lame.

I know what can happen financially, emotionally and mentally when a bread winner is left go from their job, I pray that they find employment again and that they are able to cope during this time in their lives.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Holiday Affair

As I once posted in an earlier blog post, I love watching old movies on a Sunday morning, a few days ago we DVR'ed Holiday Affair off of TMC, this movie was released in 1949 and stars Janet Leigh and Robert Mitchum.

Description copied from IMDB: Just before Christmas, department store clerk Steve Mason meets big spending customer Connie Ennis, really a commercial spy. He unmasks her but lets her go, which gets him fired. They end up on a date, which doesn't sit well with Connie's steady suitor, Carl, but delights her son Timmy, who doesn't want Carl for a step-dad.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Elf

Tonight we watched on DVD one of my Favorite Christmas movies, ELF.
The humor in the movie is so much fun and I love how they make everything at the North Pole either Oversized or too Small depending on the scene. Will Farrell pulls off the innocences of an elf in a world he is not familiar with so well.

Elf tells the tale of a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts on Christmas Eve and is transported back to the North Pole and raised as an elf. Years later Buddy learns he is not really an elf and goes on a journey to New York City to find his true identity.(Discription taken from Amazon.com)

Card ? of ?

I haven't been doing much stamping lately, well that's not totally true.
I have but it is the same card over and over again. Our family Christmas card.
I put off working on them and now it is just about time to send them out.
The last card I left off on is card 47 of 52. So that would mean I have 5 cards to make by the end of the year. Can I do it, yeah I think I can.
Beate, who's blog I do a weekly card challenge, has taken a break over the holidays. I know of 3 other websites that do challenges. One is a color challenge and the other 2 are sketch challenges. I will have to go check these out and get 5 more done by December 31st.
Kind of lame that I need a challenge to motivate me to make cards, but whatever works I guess.

Friday, December 5, 2008

25 Greatest Holiday Moments

Ok NBC tried to show the 25 Greatest Holiday Moments, a countdown of memorable holiday clips from TV and Film. The clips were ok but between each clip; that was very lame.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Todays Garfield

Another Christmas reference comic sort of:
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Monday, December 1, 2008

ABC Christmas-Shrek the Halls & How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Tonight ABC showed 2 holiday specials, Shrek the Halls and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Todd, Jordan and I watched both specials.
Shrek the Halls: Shrek wants the perfect christmas for him and his family but he has no clue how to do it. He buys a book on how to do christmas perfectly and everything is going well, until donkey and gang decide to intrude. (Plot discription taken from IMDB)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Bitter and hateful, the Grinch is irritated at the thought of the nearby village having a happy time celebrating Christmas. So disguised as Santa Claus, with his dog made to look like a reindeer, raids the village to steal all the Christmas items. (Plot discription taken from IMDB)

1st Snowfall of this season

We had snow fall yesterday but it really didn't accumulate to that much snow, but this morning we woke up; looked out the window and saw that we got approx 6" of snow(according to the radio)
When I let the dog out this morning we had a HUGE branch laying in our backyard that fell from the tree sometime during the night. Thank goodness the branch didn't hit or knock down any of the wires back there or our house. We had just enough time this morning to shovel a path to our car, clean the cars off and then drive carefully to work. I was worried about both boys getting to their destinations this morning; more for Jordan because this is his 1st year driving in the snow. Both ended up being carefull and safe.
No pics of this snow storm; but I am sure there will be more coming.

Christmas Card vs E-Card

Per Arlo and Janis (Click on the comic to view larger)

This was the Arlo and Janis comic I read today.