Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!!!

Wishing everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year! I hope Your dreams come true. I will be happy with even one of my dreams coming true.
I was so excited to use my new flutes.

Leaping into 2012

I don't know about y'all but I am ready to say goodbye to 2011 and leap into 2012. This has been a rough and just crazy year. I have had it with 2011.
I saw a first this year I could have done without. Getting stitches!

I have spent two weeks working on resolutions for next year.  The only one I can think of is to start living healthier.  I need to get back into my workouts.  And eating healthier. I picked up The Carb Lover's Diet from the library last week.  I have been reading through it.  It would be hard to stick to everything but I will be happy with a couple good recipes.  For one it talks about eating a lot of bananas.  I can't stand the taste or smell of bananas.

I feel like a loser for not being able to think of more than one thing.  It seems like I should have more than one.  I have some things I dream of being able to do next year but they don't qualify as resolutions.

Raising a toast to all for 2012 being filled with happiness.




Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas/Birthday Recap

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  The day was packed with opening presents.  This is the first year that we had Santa wrapped.  My parents never wrapped Santa when we were kids so my parents just left it like that when we found out the truth as it was easier.  This is a huge treat for me because normally I get to open about three Christmas presents.  I got everything on my wish list that I told people about.  I can't wait to watch The Help this weekend.  And finish up some other books to read Kill Alex Cross.
With my birthday being Christmas Day I am totally against combined gifts.  My friends do it rarely.  When S found my gift she said she thought about not getting it knowing this but decided it was worth it.  She warned me most of the month and kept promising it was worth it.  After getting it I totally agree.


It is still in the box until I get a minute to put it somewhere.  


Beth sent me two and she really had me curious too as she kept saying something was being personalized.


A beautiful throw with my monogram.  I have three things with my full monogram and I am almost positive they all come from Beth


A beautiful ZTA wine glass.

And the biggest surprise of all is I actually got the thing I was dreaming of


This was actually my birthday present.  

and with some of the money I got I braved the mall Monday and picked up another one and two old fashioned glasses (I was blinded by the flute that I didn't notice these until the booklet with the flute).


They came in these beautiful boxes that included an ornament holder and charm for a charm bracelet.


I was shocked that Dillard's had them half off with the rest of the Christmas items.  But I am thankful they did because it gave me a great start to my Waterford collection.


I also got a couple gift cards to Loft.








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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tuesday

After the craziness of Christmas and my birthday that included 8 hours in the Jeep.  I wish this is was reality today.






I really think there needs to be a law that we don't have to work from Christmas through New Year's. I really think I will be saving some vacation time next year to get off during that week.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

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MARRY CHRISTMAS!!! I hope everyone is enjoying their day with family. And remembering the reason for the season is the birth of Jesus.








HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!






HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! To me!!!! AND




Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Goodie Bags

Last night I put together some goodie bags for my co-workers.  This year I only did my team.  Which still turned out to be 10 of them.  And I didn't realize I needed 10 until last night I thought it was 8 so I have to head to the store on the way into the office.  I decided to give a them a coffee mug and hot chocolate.  Of course that couldn't be it.  I gave it a shot to decorate some big marshmallows too.

I took some crushed soft peppermint candies, red sprinkles, green sprinkles and chopped up peppermint kisses.





I forgot to get a picture.  But I melted two cubes of both white chocolate and milk chocolate in my coffee mugs (made the marshmallows easy to dip).  Then I dipped the marshmallows in the chocolate and dipped them into the sprinkles or peppermint.



They turned out pretty cute.  I started to use a straw but it worked out better to just use my fingers.   I put them in the fridge for about 30 minutes to harden the chocolate before putting them in the bags.  While they were in the fridge I put together the rest of the bags.  


I put a package of hot chocolate, candy cane, and peppermint kisses the mugs.  Since we have to use our own cups or mugs at work I decided to go with white ones so the team could use them all year.  


I put 3 marshmallows in each bag.  I was going to try and put them on a straw but that didn't workout well.



I hope my team likes them.  It is always freezing in the office so this can come in handy.






Monday, December 19, 2011

Finally Found It

I have been searching for several years for a Nativity Scene and haven't found I like yet alone love. Well besides the Waterford one and let's face it that isn't in my budget. I went out during lunch to finish my Christmas shopping and found one I love. I am going to wait until next year to find the perfect spot for it.

Christmas Decorations

I have to admit being sick has put a damper on the Christmas decorations.  I only managed to get my Christmas tree up and the card holder.  I feel so sad about not getting my Christmas dishes out more than anything else that didn't get put out.



I never put presents under the tree since i have to either ship them or take them somewhere else.  


My Christmas card holder.  



My new ornament.  I found this one of The Lycem when I was in Oxford last month.  





Sunday, December 18, 2011

More Elves

I can't believe it is one week until Christmas.  How did it get her so fast?  I never did get to finish decorating after getting sick but the important part is done the tree is up.  Here are a few more elf ideas.





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Friday, December 16, 2011

Fashion Friday







I am joining Kori at Blonde Episodes for Fashion Friday.  Today I am thinking about New Year's Eve parties.










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What you do you have planned for New Year's Eve?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Fantasy Gifts, Really?

We all know every year Neiman Marcus puts out their Fantasy Gifts.  I am sure I am not the only one who looks at it and wonders who buys these items.  In all the years that I have been looking at their fantasy gifts I have not seen one that I would remotely consider buying even if I had the money.



Johnnie Walker Private Scotch Tasting Fantasy Gift.

The gift includes a party for 20 guests to taste the Blue, Black, Gold, Red, and Green labels, a Scottish bagpiper, and a Master of Whiskey to tell the history and what is palatable attributes of each label.  The party will be planned by an organizer and each person gets to leave with a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue label.   All for the price of $5,000.  The site states the price will be tax deductible and go to the Foundation for Aids research.  

I will admit I am not a big fan of scotch but this could be a fun evening if I had the money for such an event. 

Has anyone ever fallen in love with any of their fantasy gifts?



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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Stockings Were Hung with Care

I love looking at the Christmas decorations on pinterest.  I have been wanting new ones and a new tree skirt but I can't seem to find any I am just in love with.  But these are wonderful.




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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Vacation bummer

My last 4 days of vacation were scheduled for last week. I was excited to be able to finish my Christmas shopping and spend a day in Oxford. Not to mention getting a lot done around the house which included cleaning out closets and donating items. Almost none of that happened. I did get up Tuesday and got Belle to the vet and finished all but two people on my Christmas shopping list. Yeah me on that part. So then I went by the doctor's office. There was such a line that it took 2 hours. I walked out with two prescriptions one of which had to be compounded. Yippee! Oh and one of those included the need for a nasal nebulizer. Oh how fun! I hate things going up my nose. Thankfully thanks to all the meds and sleeping for most of the rest of my vacation I am feeling better.
G got sick last week and I kept him for a couple hours so S & JF didn't have to miss some meetings at work. (which I would have done sick or not since I was off) We cuddled up and watch a movie on the couch. G did decide to get down and play with Belle for a bit too. He was to cute trying to figure out how to put one of Belle's toys on the tree (I have red balls on the tree).
I am glad G & I are both feeling better.