Saturday, December 31, 2011

Just One More Thing!!!

Have fun tonight whether you are out on the town or cozy at home...or both!!!

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Our Staycation!!!

These past two weeks at home have been wondrous. No real pressure to do anything is kind of cool. We have been going out to lunch and reading and playing Scrabble and Words With Friends. Lucy and Dennis are content to nap while I read... Lucy will take advantage of a warm body if any cuddling is involved. Note above photo!!! Does anyone else do this? We love quilts and throws all over us when we are in the family room...the pain is that I have to fold them all neatly before we go upstairs. I am almost finished with The Starboard Sea...I would love to read one more book before 2012... Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Taking It All Back!!!

I do not like returning all.

I don't even think I like going to all. 

Every single item that I purchased for my husband just a few days ago was on sale!!!

I think I was refunded more than I  None of his gifts were returned but all of the prices were adjusted. 

Thank you, Nordstrom's.

On the other hand...everything that Santa got for me that was not preselected went back.

This girl does not like surprises.

I know what I like.
That is why I send preselected stuff to my husband for him to choose from. He is supposed to keep them in a Christmas folder and shop from that folder. And only that folder.

Or else...

Every once in a while my husband will toss something that I did not screen into the mix...usually with disastrous results.
So the first three gifts that I opened up were...hmmm..sort of not met with exuberance?

He knows how much I love UGGS...he failed to remember that I only like them on my feet.

Thus the UGGS weird scarf thing and constricting mittens went back.

Sorry, dude.

As did the...cough...cough...aviator Rayban sunglasses.

I have never worn aviator anything in my entire life.

And my earrings went back, too...but that is both of our faults but he should have known better. So I blame him more.

Of course this leads to random moments... how well he knows me and makes his life unpleasant for a few days.

Seriously...what do you see in me that says aviator?

Hard and fast rule for a happy holiday?

Stick to the list!!!

Did you get any surprising gifts from Santa?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Complexion Candy...It's What's Good For You!!!

I have a favorite cookbook. Lisa Fain is the author/blogger who wrote this book.

I was reading her blog a few days ago when she posted about these little gems

Lisa calls these Complexion Candy. They are an old Texas confection. If you loved Figgy Newtons when you were little these are definitely for you!!! They are made from dates and figs and can change out ingredients and add more or less of something and they just taste even yummier!!! They also remind me of the date bars that my mom would buy for me at the bakery near us. Moist and sweet and rolled in coconut. You make them solely in a food fave kitchen tool. Here is the link to the recipe on Lisa's blog. The next time I make them I think I will add more dates and less figs...just to see what they will taste like. We have been reaching for these when we wanted something sweet. We even had them for dessert with a teeny wedge of Stilton cheese...quite yummy. It was the dessert we had after cooking our $92.00 organic turkey...more about that

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Rain...Almost Snow? Not Really...

It is a dreary rainy drizzly wet day...we do not want to leave the house... and so we won't...
I am still reading Starboard Sea...and it is really just so good.
A bit of a mystery, a lot of old money, sailing, bullies, a different era.
Boys...girls...boarding school...Maine.
Tons of dysfunction... I have been reading it slowly...with far too many interruptions.
It's delicious. 
Even a bit of homophobia...I guess at boarding school boys might like boys?

We wanted to catch up on movies and we have but our choices have been weird and all over the place...
Cowboys VS Aliens...
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes...
Now we are deciding if we are in the mood for The Help or Pirates...
but we are watching Ellen instead.
I think Dennis is hooked on Kathy Lee and Hoda!!!
I am feeling guilty about not reading the way I always do.
I am a fast reader.
I tend to devour books.
I have read 163 books this year.
I have never in my life known the actual number of books I have read in any given year.
Thanks Goodreads.
I am not sure if this is a good or bad number.
I am not even sure why I kept track.
I kept besting myself.
I wanted to beat me.
I think I did.
I don't know what I will do if Goodreads doesn't do this again for 2012.
Just read aimlessly?
I don't think I can any more.

Please tell me that you had a lazy guilt free day today, too?

Random mumblings on a rainy day...
A kitty pickle?
Lime slice?
Why are my eyes different colors?
I spent an hour googling eye diseases until my husband told me it was the camera light!!!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Welcome New Santa!!!

Here is my newest Santa. He is crafted of paper and clay and plaster. He is carrying wooden red skis. 
Doesn't it look as though he has wine bottles in his belt?

I think they are really English crackers. He is the Santa that I would love to leave out all year.
So far Lucy has not noticed him or the fact that his belt is made out of the greenery she wants to devour. Although the other night ( and right in front of us ) she jumped to the top of the television and was reaching for the mantel...the way high up mantel that we thought was unreachable.

Hmmm...if she gets any craftier my Santas will all have to undergo degreening!!!
And oddly enough last night she gave the mantel a slow long look as though she was counting the Santas up there. Then she looked at me...long and hard...

I think she is trying to get back at Santa for the new hoodies she got for Christmas!!!

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!!!

We are savoring one more cup of coffee before we open gifts.
I hope everyone is having a lovely day!!!

We are planning nothing after that...other than watching a movie at home.
Games, a nap...a little bit of reading...dinner...still hoping for snow...sigh...
Happy Holidays!!!

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