Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Out with 2009 In with 2010

I don't think I have ever been so ready for a year to end the way I am for 2009.    And it wasn't until the last week when all the best & worst of the decade list came out that I even realized we are down on decade.  Wow!   This year has been a hard one.  And at times I was not sure I would survive but somehow I did.  This year has seen a few hard bumps in the road.  The scariest was not hitting the deer but surviving two rounds of lay-offs at work.   I am hoping not to see any come from our company in 2010.  We have been awarded a lot of new business in the last 4 months that should be coming on in the beginning of 2010. 
The good points of 2009 were watching my cousing graduate from high school.  And finally being able to go see the Blossoms in Charlotte.  Though the visit was to short.  I am hoping that 2010 will bring another visit and maybe longer.    And getting to watch my beautiful niece and handsome nephews grow, even if two are them through pictures. 
My dreams for 2010.  I have to admit all I hope is for a better year.  I have not given a lot of thought to what I would like to see happen.  Maybe some more traveling.  Saving some money to put towards a trip to see the Blossoms in Toyko.  I would love to see being able to do a few more things to my house.    I two days we shall see what the year 2010 starts to bring.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sunday

I hope Santa was good to everyone.  I got several gift cards to some of my favorite stores for Christmas.  I am going to save those for a bit in the hope of getting a few pounds off in the next month.  I have two cards to Ann Taylor Loft (I am slightly obsessed with them) and Victoria's Secret.  I also got a crocpot.  For my birthday it was all money, so not complaining about that.   I am ready to spend the money though.  Or at least some of it on new shoes and a new pan.  I can't decide between a panini pan or a grill pan.  The rest will just be put up for now.  I need it after the cost of rental cars for almost a month.  So yes the best present though not really one was getting the Jeep back. 
So today I will be out running errands.  I need a new box for ornament storage, gas, groceries, and a few things from Wal-Mart.  I have decided to make the Southern Lady's birthday present so I am going to pick up a few things for that while I am out (more on the gift after her birthday). 
I hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday and last week of 2009.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Zoo Lights

I have been meaning to get to a post about Zoo lights since I got home Friday night.  But I have been a bum since then.  And boy did I need it they way the two days have gone so far this week.  Thankfully we get off early tomorrow. 
I am not sure how many years that the Memphis Zoo has been putting on Zoo Lights.  I have been wanting to go for a few years but never said anything to anyone.  I am so glad I spoke up this year.  S was wanting to go and take H (youngest nephew) for the his first trip.  I get an email Friday afternoon stating we are going to Zoo Lights tonight and she was not taking No for answer.  I am glad she didn't.    I asked my boss to let me off 30 minutes early so I can run home and let Belle out, put on warmer clothes and get to the bank for cash before having to be at S's parents at 5:30.   Another set of friends went with us too.    I will also admit this was my first time ever going to the Memphis Zoo and need to go back now in the day light. 
The Zoo puts up different Christmas decorations throughout the whole place.  And Santa was there at the lodge at the Teton Trek area.  A great place to get warm while waiting on our other friends children get their picture with Santa. 
I have to say the worst part about the whole night was the snakes.  I am very scared of them.  And in a room when you came into the zoo they some animals to meet and of course one was a snake. 
It was a great night with friends.  And a workout too.  Since we took the wagon for H we walked the whole time.  Yeah not fast but it was better than riding the tram.  And we could stop and really look at the displays we liked. 
I only thought to take one picture of the light displays though.  It didn't turn out great. 



Next year I need to remember to take better pictures. 

Well off to finish packing and wrapping my mother's present I was sent out for today.  The parents will be here when I get off to take me back to Bama for Christmas. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Gift bags

I started a monster seven years ago.  My first year in the real world and Christmas rolled around.  I wanted to do something for my teammates at work and a couple other people I was friends with.   Hello it was my first year and money was still tight at the time.  So I decided to give making fudge a try.  Along with the fudge I bought some other Christmas candy to throw into the cute little gift bags I found at Wal-Mart.   I have to admit I was surprised about how well it went over.  I did it the second  year too.  And every year since then I have been asked by several people if I am doing it again this year.  They are not worried about getting the rest of the candy they just want the fudge.  Which might be cheaper on me to just fill the bags with fudge, but I don't have the patience or the time to make so much.  Tonight I have just finished making the goodie bags.
I forgot to take pics of the fudge. 
I gathered everything needed on the kitchen table.



I found these cute items at Wal-Mart.  Sometimes wondering Wal-Mart or Target can be a good thing.



The candy



Cute bags




The completed bags.

Now to hand them all out tomorrow.  And enjoy celebrating my birthday with a teammate tomorrow.  My team decided to celebrate them together due to people being off so much the next two weeks.  Hers is Friday and mine is next friday.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Winning

Christy over at Embellished Bayou held a contest a couple weeks ago for a choice of three of items from CSNstores.  And amazingly I won.  What a wonderful way to start off last Monday.  And this afternoon I received the prize.  I have to admit when I sent my information to Christy I didn't even go back and look at the prizes and just chose a number.  I decided to surprise myself.  And I chose #2.  I got two serving trays from Gorham serving trays with Christmas trees on them.  They are beautiful!  I can't wait to use them.
Yeah I am a little lazy tonight and didn't take a picture.  I spent my day off running around finishing Christmas shopping and a few other errands.  I am proud that I have finished shopping and now need to wrap all of the presents.  And even better I did another year of not putting anything on a credit card. 

Thanks Christy for hosting the contest!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Presents

Do you ever buy Christmas or birthday presents for yourself?  I do!  Maybe not every year.  Two years ago I bought a Dyson vacuum for myself as an early birthday present.  Target had a great deal in September on one and mine had just quit.  I love it!!  Though I am still shocked I spent so much on a vacuum cleaner.
This year I bought myself Eric Clapton tickets for the concert in  Memphis on 3/5/10.  I ended up springing for the high end tickets.  Though now I wish I hadn't second guessed myself on paying that much I ended up with tickets in the first tier for the same price.  Oh well I got the tickets!! I am so excited about going.  Now I just need to find someone to go with me between now & then.  I think I can manage that. 
Now off to work on some more Christmas shopping.  And finish my nephews birthday present as his first birthday party is tomorrow afternoon.

Happy Saturday!!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas Specials

Tonight while curled up on the couch with Belle watching A Charlie Brown Christmas and started wondering what is everyone's favorite Christmas special.  I have a hard time chosing between Charlie Brown and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  They both make the holiday for me.  Without seeing them something seems to be missing.  I do enjoy almost all the specials.  And do my best to catch each one.  But the two above I never miss.  But while pondering this I realized I totally missed It's the Great Pumpking Charlie Brown.  How did that happen???  Oh there is next year.  Or going to buy the DVD collection. 
So let's hear it what is your favorite Christmas special.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Next blog

Have you ever hit the next blog link on your own blog or anyone's?  I did that this morning and came across a cute one about cupcakes.  I so had to start following Happy Cakes.  She has some really cute ideas but am not sure where she is located.   I am not sure but I think I came across it by hitting next blog a couple times from Embellished Bayou's this morning. 
I think it is so funny that I hit next from my own blog and found someone who spent their Thanksgiving in the same city as I did.  Which is really shocking considering I have not mentioned the town my parents live in or if I did it was by calling it podunk.  I can't tell if it is anyone I knew from that period in my life.  Mainly because I have managed to put those six years out of my mind so that I can enjoy happy memories from other periods of my life.
Give it a try the next time you have some time to spare.  Who knows what you might find.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Tree is complete

I got around to finishing my Christmas tree tonight.  It turned out great.  And I love the new ornaments I got this year.  I love snowmen and buy a new ornament every year.  This year's involves another of my favorite things Martini glasses. 

The Finished Tree



A few of my favorite ornaments.  And it was hard to pick out a just a couple.  My Waterford Marquis ornaments didn't photograph well.  I have two of the Charlie Brown 50th Anniversary ones and a snowman. 
Some of my favorite are handmade ones.  My besties mom makes us all one each year.  I look so forward to knowing what each year will bring.   This is last years.



This one was made by a pledge sister. 



Have to throw in the Martini glass.


The Rebels are represented on the tree too


In 2005 I had two friends serving in Iraq.  An easy pic for the snowman ornament that year.


And to throw in some of heritage



My grandmother started a tradition of crocheting snowflake ornaments for her kids when they got married.  And she did some for I know two of us grandkids (I am not sure if the oldest three got any or not).  But when I opened mine up four years ago at Christmas she got busted by an aunt.  Turns out I got mine before my youngest uncle and aunt got thiers.  oops!!!  Don't worry they got thiers the next year.


 

I hope everyone enjoyed decorating thier trees too.




Wednesday, December 2, 2009

It is a start

I finally got motivated to start putting out my Christmas decorations tonight.  I have gotten the tree up and lights on it.  Yep I don't have a pre-lit tree but the next one will be that is for sure.  And I realized tonight that it will have to be next year.  I am hoping to find one with a great deal at the end of the month.  I think next time I am going to go with a tall slim tree.  I have high ceilings, I think they are twelve feet.  And the tree I have now is 7 1/2 feet and really wide for the spot I put it in, right in front of the windows in the living room. 



Okay not the greatest picture.  I was sad tonight to find my miniture Christmas tree base has been re-shaped thanks to the heat in the attic this summer.   Time to get a new one.   Off to work on getting a few ornaments on tonight.
Am I the only one who hasn't finished decorating?  I did pull out the Christmas dishes but they only made it out of the box so far.