December 27, 2008
What the hell happened? I feel like I just got home from my parents house and then suddenly it was Christmas. It was so bad that Derek and I found ourselves running to the drugstore at 11:00 PM on Christmas Eve to pick up a last minute gift that we’d very nearly forgotten completely.
These last few weeks have been an absolute whirlwind of activity. Add to that the fact that Ana is very nearly mobile and no longer stays exactly where I lay her down and that leaves me with very little time to post. So be it.
At any rate, I hope that everybody had a fantastic holiday, whatever they celebrate, and that not everybody is sitting in the three feet of snow that we’re currently sitting in over here. Beautiful to look at, not so much fun to try to get around in. I would certainly imagine that the young girl who rear-ended us on Christmas Eve is wishing there wasn’t so much snow on the ground. Yes, we’re all fine. Ana included.
So now I’m scrambling to make sure that I can wrap up my end of year stuff and get settled in and ready for 2009. We took down our Christmas tree today, yup, the day after Christmas, just so we could make room for all of our regular stuff. 2009 will be a year of purging. I simply don’t have the room for all the stuff that we own and it’s time to eliminate.
That said, it’s going to be hard to eliminate when Ana pulls in the kind of loot that she did this year at her first Hanukkah and Christmas.
She looks awfully happy, doesn’t she? Now I’m off to find room for all of that… and yes, that was ALL for her. None of our stuff is in that pile. INSANITY.
December 30, 2007
So yes, if you hadn’t gathered from the previous post, I am now an expecting mother. Wow, that’s crazy to write. I’ve known for a few weeks and the knowledge still hasn’t entirely sunk in.
Derek and I are both very very excited. I’m a little more scared than he is, but hey, he doesn’t have to figure out the most painless way of removing a small child from his body. Lucky him. My official due date is August 7th, so I think that means that we are officially on a timeline of when things need to get done around here!
I am still going to Italy, I have doctor approval, I just can’t indulge in Italian wine. A bummer, but I think baby is worth the sacrifice.
With this news, my new year resolutions have certainly changed a bit. I think that losing weight is uhm, a bit out of the question at this point. At least not until September. Quit smoking. Well, that was done the day I found out. So for 2008, I think I need some new resolutions.
-Keep the pregnancy talk to a minimum. Really, I know, it’s only that fascinating to me and other people in my boat.
-Stay healthy. This is more important than ever. I am going to be religious about watching what I’m eating and trying to ensure that I keep this baby as healthy and as happy as can be as long as its home is in me. Wow. There’s a baby in me. Holy shit. (Yes, it still catches me off-guard.)
-I resolve to have my house baby-ready by mid-July. The walls HAVE to be painted and the new floors HAVE to go in. Derek has promised to finish this while I’m in Italy, which will be wonderful if it’s done by the time I return.
-I also resolve to have the most amazing time on my vacation and to let it be all about me me me. I’m going to have a hard time with me me me for the next few years so why not give myself one more chance to really enjoy myself?
On another note, my last resolution is be a little less self-involved and to be a better friend. As of late, I’ve had so much going on that my friendships have all been a little neglected. I would really like to remedy that.
I hope everyone enjoys their new year celebrations! Happy New Year!
December 24, 2007
It’s Christmas Eve according to my clock here and that means that I’m in for a full work-day (yes, I know, it rots) and then I drive down to Seattle for Christmas with my folks. Woo! I don’t get to see my parents and my sisters very often so I enjoy every opportunity that I get to spend time with them.
I hope you all have a very merry Christmas. I hope that Santa brings you your wildest desires and that eggnog flows like water (if, unlike me, you actually enjoy eggnog).
December 19, 2007
Once every year, the tacky Christmas fairy swings by our ghetto-fabulous apartment complex and vomits up some Christmas cheer in our lobby. The decorations don’t change from year to year, they just seem to… multiply. They’re hideous.
One of these decorations is a ghetto-fabulous Christmas tree. Well, someone apparently REALLY liked the tree because they packed it up and carried it home with them. Right after this tree disappeared, a sign went up in our elevator. It was a very polite, but stern sign. It said something to the affect of, “Our Christmas tree has gone missing. Could the person who removed it, please return it the lobby.” A few hours later, a second sign joined. This sign said something like, “Will the Scrooge who took the tree please return it, no questions asked, as it is for all of the Elm residents to enjoy.” The third note (all three have been left in the span on 24 hours, mind you) had me laughing my fool head off.
Guess the tacky Christmas fairy is a little ticked off.
*In case you can’t read it, the note says,
IS THE LOW LIFE
THAT STOLE OUR
WHOEVER YOU ARE
IF OUR CHRISTMAS TREE
DOES NOT RETURN
IN TIME FOR OUR CHRISTMAS
THEN YOU RICHLY DESERVE THE
KARMA THAT WILL
UNDOUBTEDLY BE VISITED
YOUR MOTHER MUST BE VERY
PROUD OF YOU!!!???
BY THE WAY, HOW DID THE LIKES OF
YOU GET PAST THE FRONT DOOR
Fuck, I can’t stop laughing.
December 14, 2007
Every year I swear that I am going to be ready for Christmas and I’ll be waiting impatiently for Christmas day with bells on. Well, every year I fall a little flat of that goal and this year is no different. So let’s see. What is there to do?
Finish Buying Gifts: Well, I’ve purchased one. Does that count as finished? No? I didn’t think so, either.
Send Out Christmas Cards: Half of them are written and addressed, none have been mailed. If I don’t get them out tomorrow, they probably won’t be out in time. Argh.
Put Up A Christmas Tree: Yeah, that’s just not happening this year. Entirely too much effort when I’m not even going to be home from the 24th to the 26th.
Put Out Christmas Decorations: See above.
Drink Eggnog: As appealing as the rum part of that sounds, I find eggnog disgusting. This doesn’t happen any year.
Attend Christmas Parties: Ya know, I’m just not feeling the spirit this year. My company Christmas luncheon was ghetto-fabulous, as it was last year, and we glommed onto the free food and then ducked out. Derek’s company skipped the big to-do and took us to Disneyland last month instead (and I’m so not complaining). I’m good for Christmas partying.
So. I guess I have some shopping and some mailing to do.
July 8, 2007
The fourth of July has long been my favorite holiday and it stems from a tradition that I’ve maintained for ten years now. Without fail, for the fourth, we head down to Lake Goodwin to spend the holiday at the home of my friend’s father. He lives in this gorgeous house with a yard that walks right down to his own private dock and the water. It’s fabulous.
Every year our boys get together and spend entirely too much on explosives and then they proceed to sit around and plot ways to make the biggest boom and the brightest show on the lake. Their current project, one they’ve been working on for the last few years in a row, is how to make the biggest boom using boxes of sparklers and electrical tape.
This year I had four goals to accomplish. They’re all things that I’ve done in past years and I had hoped to avoid this year. Goal number one was to not sprain my ankle while walking down the long slope to the water and our bonfire. I did that one four years ago when I was focusing a little too much on not spilling my alcoholic beverage. Not the first one I’d consumed that evening. Goal two was to not burn a hole in the blanket we were sitting on with either a sparkler or a cigarette. That one happened three years ago and I’m damn lucky I didn’t set the whole blanket on fire. Goal three was not to get sunburned to hell and back. My final goal was to not have to duck and cover from runaway fireworks. That has happened just about every year. Can you guess which goal wasn’t met?
My face is red, yes, but that was due to alcohol and running up and down the yard. That goal was accomplished- no crazy sunburn this year! Not all the other goals were met, however.
We had made it through most of the evening. All of the big stuff had been lit (with a blowtorch because our boys are smart like that) and there had been no ankle sprains, no holes in blankets and I hadn’t had to duck yet. Then Derek goes to light off a bottle rocket. It didn’t sit quite right in the tube he was holding and so he tried to readjust. In the process, he almost dropped it. He shouted words not used in polite circles and we all went down on the ground. Fortunately, the wayward bottle rocket went the right direction- into the air- and it was something we were able to laugh about. It could have been quite different, though!
The quote of the evening was when we were all sitting down for dinner, BBQ of course, and Derek and Toby were discussing their sparkler masterpieces. Toby grinned and mentioned that he could likely blow up a small country with their creations. “Who needs nuclear missiles,” he said, “when you have sparklers?”
And that is my fourth.
February 14, 2007
On this cheesy day of love and romance, I wish you images of cupids and hearts, of kisses and butterflies and brightly painted rainbows. I wish you soul-felt kisses and drawn-out gazes. I hope you enjoy the most decadent candlelit dinner with your partner of choice and that your night ends in a haze of misty romance and joy.
Just, uh, shut the door, okay?
In all seriousness, enjoy the day for what it’s worth. And everybody wish one of my best friends a happy birthday -
Happy Birthday, Brian!!!
February 6, 2007
So it’s approaching on Valentine’s Day and despite being happily coupled, I’m still not thrilled with the holiday. I think the pink hearts are fabulous and I can’t get enough of those adorable candies, but overall, I’m just not all pumped about the day. I haven’t decided why, though I suspect it has a lot to do with the obligation to buy buy buy- much like Christmas but somehow worse. Perhaps it’s the roses priced two times their normal rate or maybe it could be the overly large stuffed bears (yes, I have one) that take up too much space, but you can’t seem to get rid of them.
This year, I’m taking a different route for Valentine’s Day. Me? I’m loving myself because damnit, I need it and I deserve it. So without further ado- my list of love for me.
I love my long hair.
I love my affair with books.
I love that despite my overall size, my legs look great.
I love my laugh.
I love my lips.
I love how I can make people comfortable. (Most of the time.)
I love my work ethic.
I love being a perfectionist (sometimes it sucks, but it means I do the job well.)
I love that I’ve put depression behind me.
I love that I’ve found a cause to get excited about.
See? I’m not so bad. Really, I’m quite lovable. Isn’t it important to learn to love yourself just as much, if not more so, than learning to love someone else?
December 25, 2006
A toast to my friends, both online and off, who’ve been with me through this crazy and eventful year. So many things have happened and only the good sticks out in my mind, so I can say nothing less than that this has been a fabulous 365 days.
My best friend got married, pregnant, and had her first-born within the last 12 months. I got my work permit, a job, and my permanent residence. And not only did I get that job by fluke (they called me based on my resume), but it’s turned out to be a job that I absolutely love and I’m actually hopeful that I’ll be promoted within the next three months.
I’ve met some amazing people. People I work with and, most memorably, Carly and Rebecca. I am so blessed to have such fabulous people in my life. Meghann, my friend of several years now, has been a constant. Always there for me when I need her and 2006 has been no exception.
To my family for being family. I love them, sometimes I hate them, sometimes I completely cannot understand them, but they’re my family and I would do anything they ask of me.
So from both Derek and me- to you. Cheers. Have a very merry Christmas!
December 11, 2006
I have found a whole new way to humiliate myself. Oh joy.
Last year at Derek’s Christmas party, you may recall that we had an amazing time and came home with some fabulous booty. No, not that kind of booty. Like pirate’s booty. Sheesh, y’all are sick.
This year, was no less fabulous. The food was, once again, fantastic and included a chocolate fountain on the dessert table. A virtual orgasm of flowing chocolate. Yum.
This time around, instead of picking from randomly wrapped mystery gifts, everything was unwrapped when we walked in. They ranged from a full computer including printer, digital cameras, a fridge, a full-size freezer, a kayak, tv’s, a week-long trailer rental, and more. Absolute craziness. In order to take home your prize you had to win at The Price Is Right. Closest bid to actual retail cost without going over warrants you your prize. And yes, every employee gets one of them.
We walked away with a beautiful $500 Sony Navigational system for the car which Derek promptly traded in at The Sony Store for a new camcorder.
And there, my friends, is where embarassment comes in. No, no, no- you sick sick people- no sex tape leaks. Much footage of me making an ass of myself however, none of which I’m brave enough to broadcast over the internet.
But if you ask Brian nicely, he might send you what I made him. Of course, then I’ll have to kill him.