Tuesday, December 13, 2011

30 Minute Blog - Go, Go, Go!

Time is ticking!

I just set the timer for 30 minutes to just write. No matter where I am at by the sound of the bell, I will stop. Pencils Down!

This will prove a bit difficult because I usually have much to say on any given topic. And, John broke yet another keyboard and now I'm missing the D key. I can make it appear but it's annoying and hurts my finger.

Sigh.

Enough with the complaining. I think I will skip telling you about all of the baking I am doing recently or my child like anticipation for Christmas. We'll debate Beauty Pageants all another time, as well as Ohio's talk of eliminating the age restriction on purchasing the emergency contraceptive: Plan B. Both topics struck a cord in me recently. But, I think I'll move on from those this evening.

Hmmm.

Corsets.

Yes, Corset.

Let's discuss Lady's fat hiding undergarments.

Stay with me for a second.....

Last weekend, while we were all hanging out together at home, I tell Wil I am ready to give in and try cycling. I am finally ready for him to buy me a bike at income tax time after months of squashing his every attempt. Let's face it - unless it's hiking through the woods, or fishing on a lake, - it's too athletic for me. BUT. I've changed my mind for purely selfish reasons: Family time (they all love it and do it often) and...Mama needs to start heading back towards THIN, tyvm!

I start stating these exact reasons to Wil with the kids listening on and after the talk, Abby says, "Mom, I know what you could do right now to make you skinny again!".  Curious and not the least bit offended, I asked what she meant.

"I saw these things on a commercial that ladies can wear, that tie and make them suck in their bellies all the time!"

I laugh very out loud, "A corset?"

"I don't know - What's a corset?", she asks. 

"Yeah, What is a Corset?" Jake chimes in.

I bust out a quick explanation of what they were and how long they had been around. I also throw in a fun fact about women actually breaking ribs back, hundreds of years ago. Some ladies even died!

Jake, as honest, as concerned, and as serious can be, says,

"No, Mom! You cannot ever wear a corset!

It's a DANGEROUS KILLING DEVICE."


I nearly peed my pants laughing.

Ladies, beware.

The more you know!



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Monday, December 5, 2011

Holiday Tornado

Oh how I have missed you!

I feel like I have been in a whirlwind since Thanksgiving - a mix of recipes, lists, lights, presents all bouncing with glee around my head.

Hello, Holiday Season.

My favorite time of year. 

How have YOU been doing?

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I trust all of you had a great Thanksgiving - seems like forever ago now, right? And, even if you didn't, know that you deserved one. Our Thanksgiving sent us off well. As you recall, we decided to stay at home and cook it ourselves. It was fantastic. I loved everything about it - the food was perfecto and the family time was secret ingredient. Everyone helped with everything and the kids really liked helping to make every dish. I am really glad we made that decision!

We geared up for Thanksgiving the entire week prior, had a delightful day, and then I went right into Christmas shopping that evening.

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BLACK FRIDAY Christmas shopping!

This really was big news because I've never gone out before and had a totally different image in my head. I really did picture ladies elbowing each other, stampedes of people running towards bargains. It wasn't so much. There were a ton of people, but everyone was friendly and well behaved. I enjoyed the company of my good friend and new ones. I don't spend all night out with my girlfriends very often anymore and going shopping in the middle of the night was fun!

It was also shocking because for many years past, I smugly deemed everyone out there crazed lunatics shopping for cheap stuff, even cheaper and giving in to the evil of consumerism and the purchasing of unnecessary crap. I had been invited to go out by this particular friend for the past several years and before that, where ever I worked I was always invited to go out with a couple of the women and do the same. I always declined.

I don't know what it was about this year that changed my mind exactly but I can say that for me - A mother of four, living on my super-hubby's income, any smart shopping is a benefit to our Christmas and our children. I targeted my shopping for things that I knew were smart choices and walked away with some really nice finds and saved me about 50% of what I normally would've paid. It's practical to take advantage of good deals!

I am really glad that I went and look forward to next year.

The following Sunday, Wil surprised me with a Christmas tree - before DECEMBER! He broke the rule, you guys! (He's always said December 1st, which I thought was totally fair but deemed Christmas cheer early) Live Christmas Trees are my favorite part of Christmas decor and ours is perfect and full of years worth of memories. John attacked the tree several times, but now that the ornaments are on the top half and not the bottom, he leaves it be. We got my town up which is now petitioning to become an actual City, I think. I love it so much and it's grown so exponentially lovely over the years.

I should have pictures of this stuff.

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Raegan had my camera and ran the battery low with the pictures she took. That should be interesting.
I haven't looked yet! I'll post something from her collection and remember to charge my battery


Anyhow. So that's that. I hope all of you are well, better than well actually. I hope you are all able to enjoy the wonder of the holiday and let yourselves feel like a child again. It is an incredible amount of fun.

I have several other things to write and don't want to let my favorite season fly by without writing. I also like interacting with all of you!

xoxo