Thursday, December 31, 2009

Pressing NYE Issue

As we get ready to usher out 2009 and ring in 2010, there is a horribly pressing issue that we've got to address...

How are you going to say 2010? Is it two thousand ten or is it twenty ten? Apparently there is a HUGE debate going on and it is very important because whatever we choose, we're going to be stuck with it for the next 90 years.

The younger generations are leaning toward two thousand ten because they think the other option "sounds weird". You know, they don't recall that we didn't say one thousand nine hundred ninety-nine, but instead said it was nineteen ninety-nine. We switched to the two thousand back at the turn of the century, but do we want to stick with it? Once we start adding more years to it, doesn't it kind of become a mouthful?


Which will you be saying tomorrow? I am rooting for Twenty Ten. To be perfectly honest, I expect to be writing 2009 well into March on anything that needs a date anyway!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sigh of Relief

It may be too early for this post, but I truly hope not. I am just about ready to breath a sigh of relief over no major illnesses this holiday season. I know the holidays aren't quite over yet, so I'm knocking on wood as I type this post.

4 years ago on December 27th my Dad had his oil field accident. I wasn't blogging then, so you might now know about it, but he fell off a pumping unit that he had climbed for some maintenance. He laid out there alone for a while and finally was able to flag down a truck passing by waving his leg around. Luckily he managed not to get any head injuries (we discovered after the CT scan), but he did shatter both arms (elbows down on each) and totally blew out both shoulders. After all his surgeries, and 9 months of rehab, his arm x-rays look like the hardware aisle at Home Depot, but he recovered far better than any of his docs had ever thought possible.

Last year of course, poor Lola was the one in the hospital. After those two incidents in 3 years, I was threatening to cancel Christmas for our family since really bad things seem to happen around that holiday for us. Luckily, this year seems to have gone off without a hitch and I'm maybe ready to enter the holidays without reservation next year!

Happy New Year's Eve Squared!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What's Next?

This isn't a very uplifting topic, I'm just going to warn you up front. It's about terrorism. Really it is just a couple of questions that I have about terrorism.

(1) They are now not allowing passengers (at least on international flights) to get up and go to the bathroom during the last hour of flights. If you were a terrorist and so inclined to blow up a plane, couldn't you blow it up during the first hour too? In fact, I'm going to go on out there and say that if I'm on a 10+ hour international flight and someone is going to blow it up, I would prefer that they do it in the first hour, you know before I sit in a cramped seat for 10 hours! Of course that wouldn't apply if I got a free upgrade to business or first class. Then I would want to enjoy the flight.

(2) The last time a guy tried to blow up a plane using his shoes. Now, we all have to remove our shoes at airport security. This recent guy hid the explosives in his underwear... What we will have to remove at security now?!

I'm just saying...

Monday, December 28, 2009

Loyalty

I believe that I am one of the most loyal customers any place could have. Have I ever shared with you that I have had the same checking account since 6th grade? Well I have. I have never had any other checking account.

Last night I was taking a look at my checking account because I have a new pair of black Ugg boots on hold at Dillards that I have to be there at 10 a.m. to pick up or else they are selling them to someone else (they have a no hold policy on Uggs, but since it was 5:45 and I couldn't get there before they closed, I talked them into it...and this was about the last darn pair in the metroplex). Anyway, I was checking to see if I could spend some Christmas dough on them or if I needed that money somewhere else, like paying the electric bill or something.

As a little background, I had told my Dad the other day that he needed to put some money in my account to cover the personal shopping that I had done on his behalf for my Mom's Christmas gifts. I notice that there is a notation on my account from 12/24 and all it says is "Per Danny" and a deposit was made. How hometown is that? Love it!

My loyalty extends well beyond my checking account. This should help explain to many of you who are so perplexed by why I travel 2 hours and 15 minutes to the vet in Wichita Falls. Last year at this time, poor Lola was fighting for her life in that clinic and they saved my little pup. For that, I believe they deserve some loyalty. I'm so happy that this year Lola is running around playing with all her toys. Right now, I look around and see about 17 toys laying about. It brings such a smile to my face and joy to my heart that she is healthy, happy & spunky this year!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Wrap-Up

I know that I have been dreaming of a White Christmas, and I don't want to sound too demanding, but it was a little TOO white! To quote my Dad~ A White Christmas is overrated! Here's how it all went down:

At 8:45 on Christmas Eve, my Dad called and said "What are you doing?". Nothing, I replied (translation: sleeping). "You better hit the road soon because it has started snowing here," he replied. Ok, I'll try to get off in the next couple of hours, I answered. Once I woke-up, I decided that I would just hit the road as soon as possible.

Lola riding in the back seat
(she cracks me up the way she sits appropriately in the seat!)

We didn't hit any precipitation during the first 30 minutes of our trip, then we encountered rain.
Then about 15 minutes later, we hit a winter mix.
Then about 25 miles outside of Nocona, we entered this

This is what we saw as we entered Nocona...
(this is the old Nocona Boot Company in case you were wondering)

I saw this as I drove through town, and it made me laugh

The snowy conditions is SO NOT a "Real Texas Christmas" y'all!

Christmas Eve is Milly's birthday, so not long after we arrived, she opened her birthday presents

while Lola watched

I was such a good Mom and in my rush to get out of the house ASAP, forgot her sweaters.
This is my Macy's coat and was a little big on Lola.

Is this what they call a Blizzard?
Yes, Lola, it is.

It continued to snow, and snow, and snow, and snow.

It was still snowing when we went out to family friends, Bec & Billy's house for our annual Christmas Eve dinner.

They live out "in the country", but it is really only a few miles from town and is on a paved county road, but the drive still took a while. We were willing to risk it for the prime rib dinner that they always serve.

Everything went well until their daughter Colby and her husband Shawn and their two kids tried to leave about 9:15. They got stuck in the drive way... in their 4 wheel drive Jeep! They got unstuck and then we watched them make their way down the drive way and start heading up the county road. They made it about 100 yards and got stuck again. Rusty (B&B's son) headed out in the tractor to pull them out. He came back a while later with the whole crew because the Jeep was still stuck and so was the tractor. Then Billy headed out in his 4x4 truck and went to pull them out, but that got stuck too! Then Rusty headed down there in his 4x4 truck, and yep, got it stuck as well! Finally, they called my Dad, who went down his is 4x4 truck. We were all trying to watch from the window and finally couldn't see the lights, so we thought that meant they had all gotten out of the snow banks.

Then they all came walking in the house and someone said, "Well, they're all stuck now!" and we all busted out laughing. It seems that the snow drifts were so high on the road that all these huge trucks were high centered!

This is Shawn after the "all got stuck" realization...

There was nothing to do but hang out. It seemed we were all there for the night, and I was really regretting changing out of my t-shirt and sweatshirt into "nicer" clothes since it appeared we were going to be sleeping in them.

Oh, and did I mention that we had a very pregnant person there?

That's Trena and Rusty. Trena was having some form of contractions all night...and we had no way to town. Luckily, Trena is a nurse, Rusty is an Fireman/Paramedic, and Shawn is a doctor, so we didn't feel at a complete loss. Though Trena was unhappy that nobody had the ability to give epidurals. I tried to convince Trena that if Oprah ran a post-Christmas contest, that the Texas Blizzard and getting stuck was a great and odd story, but I really thought we needed her to give birth to "throw us over the edge" and win us a trip to Chicago. I mean, stranded. Christmas Eve. We even had a donkey out back. How can you get better than that? She still wasn't keen on the idea.

Someone called another family friend to bring out the "big tractor" and help us all out. He headed out to help us at about 11:00, but his tractor was being used out North of town, so it was going to be a while.

We just hung out watching movies...

some dug through closets and showed us what they found...

and some continued to work on our predicament.

Billy took off back down to the road in his 4x4 1 ton truck and managed to pull out every single vehicle and then make his way to the highway. He came back for us and we were able to follow him out and make our way back to the highway. We FINALLY made it home at 1:00 a.m.! We had some very lonely pups who were very happy to see us!

This is what we woke up to on Christmas morning...



Such a heavy & wet snow. The holly bushes were weighed down and falling into the pool...



My Dad wasn't able to go to work right away (he was hoping that road crews would do something if he hung around the house a little while), so we opened presents. As usual, the dogs were the most excited.
Impatient little gremlins trying to get in their stockings

These are PART of their gifts.
It's really a shame they aren't spoiled!

After presents were unwrapped and Dad went to work, someone got brave and decided to go exploring.

and then forgot how she had gotten out there in the first place

and then got WAY too close to the edge of the pool for her Mom's comfort

Hold on Lola! I'm coming to rescue you!

Because there was so much snow, our plans changed. Dad went to work late and though he usually speeds through all his leases on the holidays, he was at it for hours due to the snow. We moved our lunch with my Dad's parents to dinner. The roads to Wichita Falls were BAD, so we skipped the movie that I had already purchased tickets for.

This snow storm was serious. It was the most snow that anyone had ever seen around Nocona. People were stuck all over the place if they were even able to get out of their drive-ways to get to the point of being stuck. Our driveway was so bad that our neighbor's son got his suv stuck in it on Christmas Eve! Our neighbor's other son was about 15 miles west at their Bunkhouse on Christmas Eve and got snowed in, so he had to call some guy we know to come and get them with a helicopter! That is SO typical Nocona for you. Always someone to call with a tractor or a helicopter!

This is the view as I was leaving town yesterday...look at all that snow piled up!


On the 26th, we went to my Mom's parent's for Christmas and then I headed home. I got home at about 6:30, so I hit up Target for some after Christmas sales. Today I hit up Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, two more Targets, Sam's and went to Terrel with Lisa to go to a Paper Factory Outlet we like that is closing on January 10th. I got some good stuff for my bedroom tree (because the tree in there will be bigger next year), some tissue paper for next year, and scotch tape and sharpies to use all year long.

It was a good holiday, but a lot outside of the norm. My Uggs have never seen so much snowy winter action!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

White Christmas


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is finally here. Time to hit the road (Please don't rob my house. I have a neighbor checking on it and the alarm is set. I've paid my monthly payment to Brinks. I've paid my yearly alarm fee to the city. The police will come for you. Plus I believe I have most everything of value packed into my 4Runner).


I finally talked to my Mom last night for really the first time since they got back from Mexico. Seems I am invited to Christmas. I was beginning to wonder. She informed me that she is making two cakes that I requested (I requested but never believed it would happen). That coconut cake from Hominy Grill in Charleston that I raved about here, well I e-mailed those sweet southern folks and would you believe they sent me the recipe? I forwarded it to my Mom and, well, that is dessert for Christmas Eve! Then for Christmas Day she is going to do a Red Velvet Cake. Seriously, I couldn't imagine being happier.... well, I could imagine, but it would involve George Clooney or someone similar to that and well, the two cakes seem more realistic.

I got on the road a little earlier than expected because the report from Nocona was that the roads were getting bad. Seems we are having ourselves a white Christmas here in this part of Texas. It is pretty exciting.

I got here around 11:45, it's 1:30 now and Mom is already mad at one of us, so we know it's Christmas Eve! Seems Dad was reheating some stuff for lunch and though he was microwaving mashed potatoes, that turned out to be a pie crust mom had in the refrigerator chilling! Of course, Mom exclaimed, When in the hell have we had mashed potatoes in the past several weeks that caused you to think we had them left over! In case you were wondering, pie crust doesn't smell very good when being heated in the microwave!

Oh y'all while I'm sitting here at the kitchen bar blogging, Mom is digging in the refrigerator and yelled at Dad, Well you didn't even eat the beans and corn that went with those tamales you re-heated! Dad says, Well hell I couldn't find them! All I could find is pie crust! I almost just laughed so hard that there were tears. Ahhh, the holidays! Mom just wished for one Christmas when something "screwy didn't happen".

I can't post photos unless they are posted from my iphone (since I'm not on my computer), so I'll try to post one of our winter weather. Merry Christmas to all! Hope Santa visits you!

Christmas Eve Squared

Today is Christmas Eve Eve...Eve Squared as I'm calling it. I got my hair colored and cut today, so now I'm ready for the Christmas photos. I'm currently trying to get piles of laundry done so that I have something to pack and wear on Christmas.

I should have mentioned in yesterday's post that that was my first EVER gingerbread house to decorate. I know, I know. Where have I been all 33 years of my life, right? The girls were so appalled....What? You've never decorated one before. Gosh! This is like our 10th to do THIS year!

I grew up in a small town. What can I say.

For those of you SATC fans, I'm giving you an early Christmas present. I was overjoyed to discover it a bit ago and I wanted to pass it along. The FIRST official SATC Movie trailer! Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

House Decorating

I picked up my cousins Maddie (8) and Gracie (10) just before lunch today. We had big plans, but first, we had to fuel up, and we did so with burgers at Scotty P's. While having lunch, the girls had me cracking up about various things. Here were some of the funny statements that I heard...

Miss (insert name, I don't recall, but it's Maddie's teacher) has a boyfriend and no offense, but he is SO NOT HOT!
----------------------------------------------------
Gracie: Bolten said...
Maddie: That's her boyfriend in her imagination
Gracie: Not my imaginary boyfriend, but my CRUSH
Maddie: Whatever you need to tell yourself...

Sorry, I just got another case of the giggles thinking about these two!

After Lunch we headed home to get to work. Houses needed to be decorated!


All prepped for decorating...

Everything was so nice and neat at this point!
I wish I had taken a photo of the table at the end...think polar opposite



We had to don the proper attire...



Then we got down to business decorating our Gingerbread Houses...
Gracie

Maddie

The final results...

Maddie's
(she said, can I stand by your's Kara so that your blog people will think it's mine?)
No Maddie, own your ten layers of pretzels on the roof!



Gracie's
Isn't her wreath awesome!



All packed up to go home


I tried to get them to watch Elf with me, but what did I get? Not ELF again! We've seen that like a million times! I informed them I wasn't watching another minute of Miley Cyrus and Hannah Montana, so we needed to find something else. I tried to get them to watch "Little Women"




Then shortly after these pics were taken I hear, Can we watch ELF?

Oh, and here is my house...

side


other side


back of the house



Oh, and you might find this next story humorous like I did.
I meet the girl's mom, Kati, to pick them up today. She tells me she has to go to Barnes and Noble because they have this "hot" cookbook that she has on hold for my uncle Mark. She say's "You probably haven't heard of it, but you should look into getting your mom one. It's called Pioneer Woman". Ummmmm. Yeah. I've heard about it. "Oh you have?" she says. Ummmm. yeah..... I attended her signing and have a signed copy at home. Ree posted a link to my blog on her blog. We're pretty tight now.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Plans

I don't have tons of plans for Christmas. Last night, Jennifer, Lisa and I all celebrated Christmas at Pappadeaux. Of course I forgot my camera, so no pics are available for posting. I got some great gifts from the girls including a Tech Hoodie sweatshirt, new wooden spoons (I've needed them and refused to buy them), nifty gloves that are Iphone friendly (and aren't fingerless), gift cards to Hobby Lobby and Half Price Books, a Tech plate, and a cute picture from Etsy (if it acutally ever comes in...seems some venders are not real dependable).

Tuesday I intend to have a special day with my cousins, which of course I will blog about, if a hearing that I have to cover for Jennifer doesn't spoil all the fun. I'll go to Nocona at some point, but I don't really know when yet. My Mom's family decided that we were going to have Christmas on the 26th, which makes me say bah humbug! While I don't shop the day after Thanksgiving, I do love to shop the day after Christmas.

Mostly my plans involve seeing as many movies as possible. Most movies that I'm ever interested in don't come out until this time of year, so I have a list. My list includes: Up in the Air, Invictus, It's Complicated, A Single Man, The Young Victoria and maybe Nine. I have a plan to see most of these.

I started today.  Billy and I went to a yummy brunch at The Bronx and then went to the Magnolia to see Up in the Air.



First, let me say, 2 hours of George... 'nuff said! It was great! It wasn't all about George, we both loved it! I believe that after Thank You for Smoking, Juno and now Up in the Air, I can declare that I love Jason Reitman... I love the way his mind works!

I'm trying to talk my parents into going to Wichita Falls on Christmas afternoon to see a movie and It's Complicated is probably the only one on my list that is up their ally, so that's what I'm hoping for. As for the rest, well, I just hoping to find some time to squeeze them in.

I wish that I had something else far more exciting planned, but that's all I got folks. Hope you have great plans!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Cards

One reason I love this time of year is because usually every trip to the mailbox contains a good surprise. For a month, gone are the days of only receiving bills or junk mail, and instead, you get a great sampling of Christmas wishes from your friends.

Several years back, I found a wire Christmas tree on sale after Christmas at Target. It is great for displaying the cards that I receive.


Sadly, I wasn't in love with the card that I sent out this year.
Originally, I got it in my head that I was in some way, saving money.
That didn't happen. At all. I'm not the best with money.

Anyway, here is the outside of my card...


when you opened it, on the inside left was this...

and on the right was this...

I also got carried away and did a newsletter with photos which of course meant that I had to do color printing (and I don't have a color printer). After evaluating the cost, about half of the people on my list got an actual copy of the newsletter and the other half got one via e-mail. I was being cheap...errr... I mean going green!

Here's Page One...


Page Two...


Friday, December 18, 2009

The Bedroom Re-Do Reveal

I think I am finally ready to reveal my big bedroom redecorating project! I'm not 100% sure about one of the paintings (whether it is staying put or being replaced) and I'm not sure that I won't hang more up eventually, but I am showing you what I've got so far. Like my Christmas tree, I think it looks better in person than in photographs...highly skilled interior photographer I am not!

First, I want to show you some before pics of the rooms so that you have a point of reference for the re-do. I do want to ad something first (I know, I know, all the caveats!). It didn't occur to me that I should take "before" photos until I had unloaded my dresser and nightstand and stripped the bed for the guy that was coming to purchase the furniture. So, the room isn't at it's "best". In fact, it is probably at it's worst (complete with paint samples up on the wall)!

These pics start pretty much as you walk in and turn in a circle around the room...












Now for the redecorated room (I'll try to do the photos in the same order)...

The above photo was taken before I gave up and packed up the tree in the garage!

a little detail on the dresser...
I think it needs a little more "something", but I'm having a difficult time finding "something" that I like.


don't get me started on these curtains and curtain rod!

newly recovered chair

new headboard, bench, etc.

newly painted bookcase, and i got this picture for Christmas last year and just NOW hung it!

new sconce on the wall and metal hanging has been moved to this spot

I'm still trying to take a photo of "the wall" that has a little extra on it...


I didn't want to cover up this wall, so I was having a hard time figuring out what to hang on it
I came up with these things for above the bed...


Well y'all, that's mostly it. Like I said, I'm still tinkering with a few things here and there, but I'm pretty happy with it. I will reiterate that I think it looks better in person than in photos!

 

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