Friday, December 29, 2006

My London, London Bridge

My London, London Bridge is going to be in for a shock when I revert back to normal living after the Epiphany.

My holiday lifestyle has included (but is not limited to):

  • Not working a full week since November, meaning that by the time I actually work a full week, beginning Jan. 7, I'll have not worked a full week in (get this!) SEVEN weeks! I cleverly scheduled vacations with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years to come up with this schedule!
  • Also, days I've been scheduled to work all day, I've been able to leave early!
  • Eating Christmas Tree Cakes for breakfast every morning since Christmas. I recieved them as a gift from A! Luckily, I've still been (mostly) running regularly, but I do think my pants are getting a bit snug.
  • My eating habits haven't been restricted to the above mentioned Christmas Tree Cakes. But with those for breakfast, leftovers (mostly of the sweet and sugar variety) for lunch, make it hard to finish the day. By dinner I can usually only handle cereal. But hey, that's good and healthy so perhaps it's balancing out the rest of me.

So when I actually have to work a full 8 hours a day, five days a week, and cannot have a Christmas Tree Cake for breakfast, I'm not sure what I'll do. On the bright side, I eat them with milk!

A Visit to See the Babies

Oh-they're-so-cute-I-just-can't-stand-it! Little Miss K is a spitting image of her dad! I usually don't think you can look at babies and immediately tell her they resemble, but in this case, there is no denying it! She is very feisty kicking around and picking her head up. She makes the funniest little faces too. J and I are taking dinner to her parents next week and I definitely cannot wait to see her again!

Baby R with no certain name now has a name! The middle name is still in the works, but L. seems very fitting for her. She's got a head full of soft blonde hair and is as sweet as can be! I can't wait to take J to see her. I hope there isn't any jealousy from his girlfriend and big sister of L, Girlfriend !

Pictures to come, really! Can you believe I forgot my camera? And no, I do not have a camera phone. I know, I'm so old school. I didn't even get a flip phone until camera phones are cool. I've been able to "upgrade" my phone since summer but haven't really cared enough to do so. However this incident makes me think it's time for a camera phone, although in the past I've been adamantly against them that they are ridiculous and just something else to break. I'll quit being an old lady and get a camera phone now.

And K Makes Three

This morning my baby cousin K made her rip-roaring entrance into the world at 6:30 am. She was a couple of weeks early, but at 8lbs 6oz, I'd say she was ready. Three babies in three days, WOW! I'm so excited to visit her this afternoon when I visit Baby R without a quite certain name. They are conveniently just down the hall from one another. Oh how I can't wait! Pictures soon, I promise! (CAN YOU BELIEVE I FORGOT MY CAMERA??? GRR!)

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Little Miss Baby R With No Certain Name

My sweet friend Mrs. R had sweet little Baby R this afternoon. While things weren't as smoothly as they could have been, both mother and baby are doing fabulous now. She currently doesn't have a name although Elizabeth and Frosty the Snowman seem to be front runners. I simply cannot wait to go see her tomorrow on my lunch. Will I be able to hold out that long? Pictures to come soon!

Cookie Cuties

Remember when I said I was baking with the adorable children I love? Well, here is that all of that adorableness for your own very eyes! Aren't they just so cute they make your ovaries want to pop?

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Hello Sj!

Little Miss SJ (grandaughter of the Rev's) was born this morning with a head full of hair! T3 and SJ are doing wonderfully and proud daddy Mr. T3 couldn't be happier. I love new babies! Praise the Lord that everyone I know keeps having them to keep me at bay for a few years.

Tomorrow will be the much anticipated arrival of Baby R. who doesn't quite have a definite name yet. Boyfriend says she is Elizabeth and Girlfriend says she is Frosty the Snowman, or Libby the Snowman!

Then, as if all of this isn't enough excitement, Baby K will be joining us in the beginning of January sometime. It's a Baby Bonanza in these parts.....don't drink the water!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Spent, Stuffed, Spoiled, and Southern

"It's Christmas! We're supposed to be miserable!" --satirical quote from T-Ho.

I hope you all had the wonderful Christmas that J and I did. We started off by going to his home church with is parents on Christmas Eve, followed by the full family gathering at his grandparents house. It was really nice complete with chicken n' dumplins' and the reading of the Christmas story. We all unwrapped gifts before leaving. We spent the night with is parents and did Christmas morning with his parents and brother, his sister couldn't be bothered by spending Christmas with her family. After lunch we packed up and headed to my family (the Rev's) for the afternoon, where we stayed until after dinner. There was, of course, a large crowd! We ripped into gifts, ate until we couldn't breathe, ate some more, and nearly had T3 to the hospital to bring us a baby! However, after her visit today, she is scheduled to have a C-section in the morning. I'm so excited! Little Miss Sj will be here tomorrow and I can see her this weekend!

J and I finally got home after 8 last night where we had our Christmas together, which was very nice. It was such a busy day, but I'm glad we had our Christmas together that night. I'm also glad that we are able to spread out and spend time with both our families and everyone we love. And the presents, oh the presents! We are truly blessed with a pile of wonderful gifts and fat pockets of cash and gift cards to go spend. (Cash...I find it odd, but it's his family's way. You get a gift and the remainder of your gift in cash, or you just get wrapped cash!)

J had today off, while I had to work. Boo! However, I can't really complain since I meticulously planned my vacation and managed to have long weekends for five weeks in a row! However, I did send J to Target this morning with a list of after Christmas goodies to purchase. Do I have a great hubby or what? I'm sure he spent the remainder of the day in his workshop with all of his new toys.

So Christmas 2006 is over. We're spent (not even looking at the bank statement after our Santa duties are over. I think I'll wait until 2007), stuffed (eat, eat until you can't breathe, eat some more, take the leftovers to repeat process!), spoiled (we've so much to be thankful for! We're so blessed beyond material items), and Southern (the best thing to be anytime of the year!)

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Great Quote via My Granddad

My Pappy was diagnosed as a diabetic several years ago. He's stubborn (yes, it runs in the family!) and refused to take medicine insisting that he'd control his sugar levels with his diet. He did a fabulous job of it. Well, not long ago, his sugar levels spiked. It was nothing he did wrong, just progression of the diabetes. So Pappy basically had to cut out all of his carbs, which weren't many. He even (gasp!) cut out his drinking! I nearly fell over. My pappy loves a little orange juice with vodka or his evening whiskey on the rocks. Jack and Jim are his old pals! So at my disbelief of the absence of his night caps he pops out a great quote:

"Yeah, I guess I'm just on the mountain waiting to die, they've taken away my best habit!"

Hilarious! Only my Pappy could bust that one out!

Merry, Merry, Merry, Merry CHRISTMAS!!

I'm starting of Christmas by having a FIVE DAY WEEKEND, starting NOW! I have so much to look forward to including finishing touches on my Christmas goodies, baking cookies with the adorable children I love, a lunch with my girlfriends, time with my fabulous hubby, and then Christmas festivities. We'll spend Christmas Eve at his grandparents house, Christmas morning with his family, Christmas afternoon with my family, and then Christmas night at our house, all to ourselves! I'm excited to drag the day out like this and have special time with everyone. We did the gifting with each other last year on Christmas night as well and I really enjoyed it.

I hope you each have a very, Merry Christmas and find a great deal of joy in counting your blessings. Don't forget the real meaning of the season!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006


Where is winter? It's certainly not in East Tennessee. It's always been the joke that if you don't like the weather her, drive five miles or wait five minutes because it is bound to change. However, it seems that you won't find winter.

The weather has been uncharacteristically warm for December. It was colder in October than it as now, as if Autumn and Winter have switched places. I've only worn a winter coat about twice this year.

I used to think that I loved to live in a place with all seasons and that I like to enjoy all types of weather. However, I'm rather happy with this mild winter. It's not unbearable to be outside and is quite pleasant. I've not had to run indoors all year. J and I have been able to take nice walks downtown and do things outside. It's been fabulous.

That said, I'm sure winter will surprise me at any minute. Or perhaps it will last all spring. At any rate, I'm enjoying the lovely mild winter thus far.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Christmas Parties Galore

J and I have had Christmas Party overload this month. We've had four parties total during the past two weeks and the upcoming New Year's Extravaganza will be at our house.

Last weeks Junior League party was quite lovely. It was cocktail and hors' devours at a fabulous house on the river. There were several fireplaces, indoors and out, and Christmas trees in every room! It was fabulous. The food was good, the wine was better, and the conversation was splendid. I was able to meet a lot of new ladies whom I don't get a chance to talk with during the course of regular meetings and activities. I found a lot of women that I have so much in common with and that are in my same career. One of the girls I'd narrowly missed when I worked at the Art Museum.

The party was fabulous and I look forward to our spring cocktail party.

Saturday night was J's office party. I know, I know, a stuffy office party. But his office isn't like that at all. Get those people away from the office and it's loads of fun. His department is the money maker of the company so the party is quite swank. They rent out a very posh little bistro downtown for the evening. The party starts with cocktail hour and great hors' devours, the crab dip is scrumptious. Cocktail hour is followed by a sit down dinner with magnificent food. We're talking prime rib, roasted pork tenderloin, garlic mashed potatoes, corn casserole, green beans, asparagus with some yummy sauce, rolls, etc. Dinner is followed by yummy dessert. The VP speaks (keeps it short!) and then there is a gift exchange which turns out quite entertaining. At the end of the night, J made it home with Bacardi and Bailey's. YUM! I also quite enjoy his co-workers, so the company is nice.

I did realize from these parties that my sorority days are definitely over.* A couple of glasses of wine and I'm feeling fuzzy. I had two glasses of White Zinfandel during cocktail hour and knew I needed to sit down! The salad wouldn't do it so I took a plate of cheese and crackers to my seat to assist with my wine. (I can see it now. Did you see Mr. M's wife at the Christmas party? Yes, she was the one hanging from the chandelier!) Luckily the cheese and crackers helped and I was having cosmos at the end of the evening for late night drinks before we all went home. It was quite a fabulous evening. J and I enjoyed walking thru downtown and seeing it all lit up for Christmas. The weather was great for a leisurely stroll. It was a very romantic little scene.

*Of course after all of the excitement I spent Sunday in recovery! After a couple of hours I was able to make it for an afternoon run and work on some projects.

Graduation Celebration

Saturday was a very important and exciting day. Ta Ta Twin graduted!! I was thrilled that J and I were able to spend the day with her. We had lunch at a charming little Tea Room before going to her ceremony. The apron, by the way, did work out (finally.) However it (along with a Hello Kitty Planner and Stationary, you're never too old for Hello Kitty!) didn't hold a candle to the stunning 1 ct. diamond Eternity necklace her boyfriend gave her. Wow! She also got some gorgeous 1/2 ct. princess cut diamond stud earrings from her mom. I was blinded by all of her sparkle as she walked across the stage! I'm so proud of her. She deserves this so much. Now I just pray that she finds a great job, preferably near her boyfriend, which is coincidentally closer to me!
Here are some picture of that pretty pretty princess:


Us being pretty!

Couldn't resist...look at that cute little thing I married!

**Still waiting on the picture of her and boyfriend.

DC Scrapbook

Remember when I went to DC, and then A added two important things? Well, here are the photos! (Does not include all of the normal monument, etc pics that you can google pics of!)

A. and I at the rotunda in the National Gallery.

The JL, Washington DC! I love my local JL.
We have too much fun in gift shops.

It's a jungle out there!

A. says she's now banned from the Smithsonian! But you know what, I can never miss a good opportunity to play pirates!

A. with some long lost relatives.

Isn't this an awesome picture. Yeah, I took that!

A. and I with the token pic i front of the Washington Monument. Yes, a little windy out there.

A. and I in front of the Tennessee Pillar at the WW2 Memorial.

Told you I'd take picture of pigeons! I couldn't find them on a park bench, but the curb works nicely. By the way, I did nearly take my quota of 300 pics.

The "other" SEC.

An absolutely gorgeous Autumn day in DC. This was taken near the National Mall.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Tis the Season For

Oh how I love these wonderful things!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Tuesday Top Ten:Pie's Christmas Pictures Edt.

Our precious neice Pie! Yes, I know she tops the list of the cutest kids you've ever seen! Her Auntie La La and Uncle J aren't bad either!

1. Which ornaments should I choose?

2. Oooh, distracted by something shiny! This happens to Uncle J too, he's really my favorite!

3. Yeah, I'm too stinking cute!

4. Just decorating the tree, that's all.

5. Hey, I said I was just decorating!

6. See, sweet and innocent, decorating the tree.

7. Get this shot, it's my best side!

8. Look, I'm cooperating nicely, does Uncle J still have that popscicle?

9. Keep telling me how beautiful I am, and I'll keep smiling!

10. Wonder if they'll miss this shiny one....

11. And as an added bonus, check out the cute little family!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

It's the most wonderful time of the year and the M Bed and Breakfast is all ready for Christmas! Here are the long overdue picture!

The outside of the M. B&B

The Christmas Tree in the living room.

My most favorite Christmas decoration in ever! My dad hand cut and painted this Nativity Scene. Isn't it darling?

The Christmas Tree in the den. It's the blue and white tree, so pretty!
I just love Christmas decorations! We also have a couple of mini trees in the house, a wreath made to match the blue tree by Bex (I can't believe I didn't get a picture of that!), a couple more Nativity Scenes, and cutsy Christmas decor, candles, bowls of bulbs, etc. abounding! Oooh, and a poinsetta that I haven't killed yet!
Jingle Bells!

What the Pleat?

We all know I love to sew, paint, monogram, bead, etc and seem to continuously have a project going on. As if the scrapbook Christmas project weren't enough, I ventured onto something else last night. This time with the sewing machine.

So this is how it is: I can sew. I can sew rather well. But I basically only sew things that make sense to me. For example: I made a king sized duvet cover with matching shams and a bed skirt. All of that stuff made sense to me. I could visualize how to make it and just did it. I've never used a pattern or instructions. The same goes for cushions/covers for our sofas, window treatments, little purses and totes, and a little A-line baby dress.

My project this time was an apron. I'd bought a pattern quite some time ago with the intentions that I was going to learn to work off of patterns. I thought since I could visualize and do the apron on my own, it would be a good pattern to learn on because it would probably make since to me. Well, not so much! I'd got a cute little pleated apron pattern because I could already make the plain straight apron.

I got all of the materials out last night and was ready to tackle this project, which needs to be complete with cute monogram by Saturday for Ta Ta's graduation (she has been forbidden to read my blog this week in order to keep this secret! She's been asking me to make her a cute little apron for a long time so I thought it would be a great grad gift.)

I barely make if off of the number one on the instructions before giving up and deciding to see if the pictures help. I cut the fabric according to the pattern ( I think??) and was still stuck at number one. It started off with basting something. Basting? Don't you baste a turkey?

Quote of the night from my husband: "This is crap, they gave you the wrong instructions. You baste turkeys, not fabric!"

I also don't have bias tape and decide to use ribbon, until that idea annoys me and decide to use nothing. Who needs it?! Right?

I sew the pocket(s), and then sew the pocket to the bottom front panel and am ready to consult the directions again. Bad idea. It's time for pleats. The directions suck (remember....they wanted me to baste!) and I can't make the pleats make sense in my head. The only way I can think of doing it would cause it to be far to puckered and never lay flat, much less be more than 2 inches wide in the end.

It was 11:30, way past my bedtime, so I decided to call it quits for the evening. I should have just made the apron the way it was done in my head, sans pleats!

But then clicked! I was going over and over in my head how pleated items could be made and still lie flat and not be super puckered up. After much contemplation, it finally clicked! I could visualize it and it made sense to me. I even understood why you clip the little zigzag between your seam allowance (because as you fold over each pleat they will match up and give you a flat hem!)

Ta Ta Twin better know how much I love her and what a good La La I am to go through all of this! I just hope it turns out too cute and she loves it.

Now, does anyone know what basting means? The best I can figure is the light stitching to hold fabric in place when working more intensively. But I'm still not sure why I needed to do that for this project. Of course, this project is only very loosely based on the pattern. Actually, the pattern is a gentle suggestion with a pretty picture on the front!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Family Shopping Day

Saturday was the Rev's Family Shopping Day. We start off with breakfast at 8 am, all thirteen (and one on the way) of us at the Cracker Barrel. Mom and Dad Rev, 5 daughters, 3 spouses, 3 grandchildren, bun in the oven, and I'm pretty sure there was a partridge in a pear tree. The day begins with loud and proud with breakfast followed by one hearty gang entrance to the mall, and hardcore shopping until lunch time. Since J and I rarely go to the mall without purpose, it was rather nice. I actually shopped around and browsed through stores that I don't often think to look in. The best part of all, of course, was being with the Rev's. We all reconvene for lunch to recharge our batteries and then venture out once again. And, Dad Rev pays for all the meals...score! J and I had such a great time, and were certainly tired by the time we got home. We woke up earlier for shopping day than we do any other day of the week, especially for him. However, it's nice to be tired for spending such a great day with family.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Can you break your pinky toe?

I think I've broken my pinky toe, is that possible? I stubbed it last night while flossing my teeth (which I don't enjoy, but do since my dentist tells me to) but it really wasn't a bad stub. It wasn't one of those I-think-i've ripped-my-toe-off stubs. It's was just an ouch-I-sure-am-clumsy stub. However it started hurting worse, and worse, and....

Finally I took my sock off and it was bleeding. Just barely, where I'd obviously stubbed it in that special spot where it jammed my toe nail, and no I do not have freakishly long toe nails, I just hit the special spot. So I put a band aid over it in case it continues to bleed so I can go to bed.

Well, the stubborn toe woke me up all night. It became very sore as the night went on and every time I'd move it would rub across the sheet and send me into excruciating pain. Ok, not that painful, but a really bad soreness that is annoying and wakes you up. Get it?

So this morning I attempt to take the band aid off which is quite a feat because it hurts to even touch. After several minutes I manipulated the band aid off of my toe and was shocked to see what was underneath.

My little tiny pinky toe is swollen to be freakishly as big as my thumb! And it's the reddish color of the purple-y color on bruises. It's a mutant toe now! So I have no idea what to do and just continue getting ready limping around like a gimp because of my aching sore pinky toe that I think is broken. I manage to find the widest shoes I own (Praise the Lord for casual Fridays!) so that it gives the most room to my aching pinky toe that is freakishly swollen to be as large as my thumb.

So, what do I do about this little issue? Is it broken? I'm thinking I should tape it to the other one so that it doesn't repair itself and grow sideways, but it's awfully swollen so perhaps that isn't the best idea just yet.

Any takers?

Laundry Fairy Part II

The Laundry Fairy strikes again! This time finishing off towels and sheets so that I can continue my project-that-never-ends! (And by the way, he hates doing towels and sheets because his darling wife is such a freak about it!) Yes, I have the greatest husband in the whole world. I know, I know!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Laundry Fairy

They laundry fairy (aka my fabulous husband!!) visited my house last night and folded my laundry that had been in the dryer for two days! It's been one of those weeks where I've nearly forgotten what the inside of my house looks like. I've been out late for the past several nights for a variety of things (JL Meeting, Dinner with a friend, Babysitting the too cute W and MP!) and hadn't gotten around to doing it. This is particularly sweet of him if you know anything about our laundry styles which has lead to new laundry rules.

What a sweet little thing he is! I'm actually going to be home tonight and plan on making him a fabulous dinner, perhaps even candlelight. And I just might give him a back rub.

But I still won't do his laundry!

Far to cold...

to run outside! Brrr, baby, brrrr!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Eye Witness

Yesterday I was an eye witness to a lady running a stop sign at an infamous location. Where was the stinky, smelly cop then, huh?

Bitter party of one here, that's me!


Why do people give you BS and expect that you will/do believe it. Seriously....why?

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Tuesday Top Ten, Christmas Edition Vol III

I love Christmas Music. I have the Christmas stations programmed all over my car radio, XM, and cd's galore. All songs below exlude Harry Connick Jr. of which all songs are amazing and are not even comparable!

Top Ten Traditional Christmas Songs

  1. Mary Did You Know*
  2. O Holy Night
  3. Emmanuel
  4. O Come All Ye Faithful
  5. Silent Night
  6. The First Noel
  7. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  8. What Child is This
  9. Joy to the World
  10. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  11. Sweet Little Jesus Boy

(When have I ever been able to stop at ten?)

*Lyrics Below

Top Ten Festive Christmas Songs

  1. Tennessee Christmas*
  2. All I Want for Christmas Is You
  3. Santa Baby
  4. Winter Wonderland
  5. Let it Snow
  6. Sleighride
  7. Mr. Grinch
  8. White Christmas
  9. Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
  10. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  11. Frosty the Snowman
  12. Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer
  13. Carol of the Bells
  14. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
  15. Happy Christmas
  16. I'll Be Home for Christmas
  17. It's Beginnning To Look a Lot Like Christmas
  18. There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays

Fine, fine, I'll stop!

*Lyrics Below

Mary Did You Know

Mary did you know, that your baby boy would one day walk on water? Mary did you know, that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters? Did you know, that your baby boy has come to make you new? This Child that you delivered, will soon deliver you! Mary did you know, that your baby boy will give sight to the blind man? Mary did you know, that your baby boy would calm a storm with His hand? Did you know, that your baby boy has walked where angels trod and when you kiss your little baby, you've kissed the face of God? Oh, Mary did you know? Mary did you know?
The blind will see, the deaf will hear, The dead will live again. The lame will leap, the dumb will speak Praises of the Lamb. Mary did you know, that your baby boy is Lord of all creation? Mary did you know, that your baby boy will one day rule the nations? Did you know, that your baby boy was Heaven's perfect Lamb? And this sleeping Child you're holding is the Great I AM.

Tennessee Christmas

Come on, weather man, give us a forecast snowy white Can't you hear the prayers of every childlike heart tonight Rockies are calling, Denver snow falling Somebody said it's four feet deep But it doesn't matter, give me the laughter I'm gonna choose to keep.
Another tender Tennessee Christmas The only Christmas for me Where the love circles around us Like the gifts around our tree Well, I know there's more snow up in Colorado Than my roof will ever see But a tender Tennessee Christmas is the only Christmas for me.
Every now and then I get a wandering urge to see Maybe California, maybe Tinsel Town's for me There's a parade there, we'd have it made there Bring home a tan for New Year's Eve Sure sounds inviting, awfully exciting Still I think I'm gonna keep.
Another tender Tennessee Christmas The only Christmas for me Where the love circles around us Like the gifts around our tree Well, they say in L.A. it's a warm holiday It's the only place to be But a tender Tennessee Christmas is the only Christmas for me.


I had Monday off of work. I wasn't sure where to even start with my day full of glorious time. I, of course, had a list of things I would accomplish and was ready to go bright and early. I even woke up and made coffee for my husband before he went to work.

However, my plans changed. An unexpected trip to the pharmacy and other errands popped up that ruined my morning of cleaning. (Yes, I know, weird party of one, I like to clean!) Onto my afternoon projects, I didn't accomplish nearly as much as I'd anticipated. An evening event came up that forced me to forego the remainder of my to do list.

Geesh! All that open time and I barely had anything to show for it.

However, I realized with days and days of that open window of time, I could really have something good going. I never thought I'd be a stay-at-home-mom, but I'm rethinking the whole thing. Sahm I am? Hmmm, not sure if it's for me, but I so enjoyed getting up and dressed with a full day of time ahead for me to conquer. Maybe I could be a stay-at-home-wife and go back to work when we have kids, I'm sure they'd get in the way of my productivity anyway. I suppose I should wait until my husband gets his MBA to pursue such an option since we do enjoy eating.

Another thing I learned on my day off is that I. Must. Learn. To. Calm. Down! and Relax! I'm a very uptight, rigid, type-A, control freak that always has an agenda. Although I didn't accomplish world peace yesterday (dang it!), I did accomplish errands and a big dent in a project I've been working on. Things that would have taken me all week otherwise. But at the end of the day, I was stressed out over all the things I didn't get done...and for what? There is not reason to be more stressed at home than at work! So, I think I'm feeling better about it.

What I'm not feeling better about is the mess on the dining table from the ongoing project I didn't finish and don't want to clean up until I finish. Howver being the aforementioned freak that I's driving me crazy. I give it two days. If it's not finished in two days then the recipient will receive said project half finished from a frazzled gift-giver.

A One Act Play

Scene: The wee hours of Sunday morning in a full sized bed
Characters: Mrs. M and J

J: (huffing, puffing, and blowing the house down) You stole all the covers!
Mrs. M: No, you stole all the covers and I got me another blanket.
J: Then where are mine?
Mrs. M: I guess you threw them in the floor.

J ruffles around the floor, finds the duvet, and covers back up.

Mrs. M: I accept your apology!

Monday, December 04, 2006


I'm spent! J and I were out of town (again!) this weekend. We really enjoyed our trip, but it's a lot to do in one weekend when there is a five hour drive. However, we've just not found another way to get in all the friends and family in Southern WV.I did a photoshoot for the A. family Christmas cards and they turned out quite darling. I'll have to post pics. Little Miss Pie was a delight and had quite a love for my husband. I think his words to me were, "Don't be mad she likes me more than you."

We spent a great deal of time with family and enjoyed Sunday brunch and the birthday celebration. My family absolutely adores J and they showered us with Christmas gifts. It was totally unecessary, but so sweet of them to still buy me gifts, and now my husband as well. We didn't get home until bedtime Sunday night. Such. A. Long. Weekend!

How Could I Forget??

MY PILLOW! I've had my pillow for twenty-five years! I know, I know, that's sooo gross and Oprah says to change it yearly because it's full of blah, blah, blah. I can't part with my pillow. I've slept on it since I was a baby and had to be propped up for being so congested. It's went with me everywhere since. It's a wonderful semi-firm, semi-fluffy, ok probably just lumpy, king sized pillow that I can wrap around and rest my little head. It's so fabulous that most people try to steal it from me. J and Ta are the biggest culprits. I should post pics of my fabulous pillow.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Are you going to eat that?

My husband is a fabulous cook, and a growing boy. This week he made a scrumptious meal of mushroom bisque, pork tenderloin all seasoned and wrapped in bacon, garlic mashed potatoes, and green beans. We were eating leftovers last night and I put down my piece of pork to chew (something he may be unfamiliar with). No sooner than I laid my fork down he nearly stabs me with his saying "Are you going to eat that?" I should expect this by now considering he'll always help me clean my plate.

Another great quote from my hubby regarding our trip this weekend:

"Cupcake--don't forget to pack your big girl bladder!"

He was on a roll last night. There were two more but I've forgotten them. Hopefully I'll remember soon. He deserves credit.