On the 12th day of Christmas…

I can’t believe I’ve reached the 12th day already.  When I started this little event three weeks ago it seemed like Christmas was a long way off. But here we are on eve of Christmas Eve…time really does fly. 

We’ve reached my very last favorite thing about Christmas…and that is the actual holiday itself.  Tonight and tomorrow will be a whirlwind of last minute wrapping and baking and cooking and cleaning and setting up.  But there will come a moment…probably ten minutes before my family arrives tomorrow…when I will be done and I will get to stop and look around.  The decorations will be done, the gifts all wrapped and waiting under the tree, the cakes and cookies sitting on the counter, dinner all laid out on the table, Christmas music playing in the background, a fire burning in the fireplace…and I will sit on the couch and take it all in. 

Then my family will arrive and we will sit down to eat…seven people and four dogs.  We will eat until we are stuffed and then we’ll eat some more.  We’ll tell stories and talk and laugh.  We’ll head to the living room to exchange presents.  My family will head home and J and I will go to sleep.

The next morning, J and I will eat breakfast and open our presents from each other.  Then we’ll pack up some cake and cookies and head out to Staten Island to visit with J’s family…where we will eat until we are stuffed and then we’ll eat some more.  We’ll tell stories and talk and laugh.  We’ll head to the living room to exchange presents.  Then J and I will head home to hang out with the dogs, probably eat some more and check out the sales taking place the next day. 

It will all go by too quickly and I’ll be sad it’s over, but then I can start looking forward to next Christmas!

These 12 days of giveaways have been so much fun.  I hope you’ve all enjoyed them as much as I have.  Today is the last one and I’ve saved what I think is the best for the last.  Today’s present is a $50 gift certificate to Daisy and Elm

If you aren’t familiar with D&E jewelry, I insist you go check out the Facebook page immediately.  The jewelry is gorgeous and each piece is unique.  The prices are also really great.  You can use your gift certificate for one of the pieces in D&E’s inventory or you can work with Ally on a custom piece.  Here is just a little hint of the fabulousness you can get from D&E…



Well…technically that last bit of fabulousness cannot be yours…because it is mine.  But you can have something like it.

Because of the holidays this weekend, I will leave the entries open for this week’s presents until Saturday at midnight and I’ll do the drawing on Sunday morning. 

In other news…when I got home last night I found that J baked me a cake for my birthday…from scratch.  It was his first attempt at baking anything and it came out fantastic and delicious…

Do I have the best boyfriend ever?

Merry Christmas Eve eve!

On the 11th day of Christmas…

I originally wanted to title this post “Jesus wasn’t the only one born in December”.  That’s the line that J put on the invites to my 30th birthday party and it cracked me up.  I thought it was good enough to dust off and trot out again this year.  But I have this whole theme going with the titles and that would sort of kill the theme and…well, I think you know me well enough by now to know that can’t happen.  It is what it is…

So here we are…on the 11th day of Christmas…which is also known as my birthday. 

I am a big fan of my birthday…of birthdays in general, actually.  I think it’s nice to be celebrated once a year…for people to say “I’m so glad you were born that we are going to eat cake in celebration of it”…or something like that. 

I’ve been sort of dreading my birthday this year, because the number attached is a little bit scary to me.  I never really thought I’d be this old…and yet, here I am…this old.  So I made a decision while I was walking to work this morning…I’m going to embrace the day and celebrate all the years that have gone by and the ones yet to come.  I’m even going to embrace the number…and next year, I’m going to embrace the same number…and the year after that…you get the idea.  I’ve decided to continue living, but stop aging.  I think it’s a brilliant concept. 

Ok, here goes the embracing…I’m 35. 

I just cringed writing that.  I guess I still have some work to do on the whole acceptance/embracing thing. 

You know what’s better than numbers?  Cake.  I went out to dinner with my family to celebrate the big day on Saturday night and we had a great time.  We ate at Maggiano’s so I could have their Chocolate Zuccatto Cake, which I’m now totally addicted to.  (I blame Ally for this, btw.)  A few photos for your viewing pleasure…

My parents...

 

Bro and SIL...we had to take 4 pics and his eyes still weren't open!

 

My grandfather...who was having fun...despite the lack of a smile.

 

My best friend E and her husband C...who also had his eyes closed!

 

J and me...in the worst pose ever...and again with the closed eyes!

 

One of only two pictures of E and I that exist outside of her wedding album...despite the fact that we've been friends for 18 years!

 

The special guest star...the cake!

 

Dinner was great.  We all had a wonderful time…well, except when the waiter said “Happy Birthday Ma’am”…um, thanks?

I also got a wonderful surprise from Ally this week…

This is a hammer...seriously. I got hammered for my birthday!

 

A nod to the little piece of the South I carry in my heart always...

 

There were also peppermint Dove candies, but J stole them the second I opened the box.

 

Thank you, Ally.  It was such a great surprise!!!! 

And speaking of presents…I decided to choose my favorite thing to give today…a purse…

Isn’t she pretty?  I have the larger version of this purse and I get compliments on it all the time.  This is the clutch version, but it’s still pretty big…certainly big enough to carry more than a lipstick and a credit card.  It’s perfect for going out or for every day.  I adore it and I’m going to be sad to see it go.

See…I told you I was saving the best for last.  Wait until you see what I have for you tomorrow…

On the 10th day of Christmas…

Last night I was up very late wrapping presents…which is my 10th favorite thing about Christmas.  The whole wrapping process is a big deal for me.  And it is a process. 

It starts out in late November, when the search for the perfect wrapping paper begins.  Some things you should know…

  • I rarely use the same paper twice and definitely not in consecutive years.
  • The paper has to match the dominant color of the tree’s decorations…for example, this year, it’s silver…silver decorations and gold wrapping are a no-no.
  • There have to be two complimentary papers so I can mix and match.
  • All packages get a bow or ribbon and there have to be at least four different ribbons.
  • Gift bags are used only in rare cases when a box would be impossible and they must match the paper as well.

Some of you are thinking I’m out of my head with these rules, but it’s well established that I’m a control freak…does any of this really come as a surprise?  I didn’t think so. 

There have been years in the past where this search for paper takes weeks and visits to 10 different stores.  This year, though, I found paper I liked pretty quickly.  I went with a white paper with black writing and little red Santas and a coordinating red paper.  The ribbons are silver, white and black with white polka dots. 

I also decided to turn my den into the wrapping room.  I figured it would be best to contain the chaos to one room instead of having everything all over the dining room and living room like I usually do.  And, belive me, it was chaos…

Please excuse the border...we haven't gotten around to taking the wallpaper down and repainting this room yet.

 

The growing pile of wrapped gifts.

 

You thought I was joking about the ribbon, didn't you?

 

The wrapping started Saturday morning and continued last night…until really late.  I’m about 90% of the way done now.  I only have the really heavy stuff left and I’ll probably finish up tonight, after I grocery shop for Christmas Eve dinner.

I put all the wrapped presents under the tree last night and got a few quick shots this morning before I left for work…

Of course…all that work and hours spent wrapping presents will be undone in under 10 minutes.  At least they will look pretty under the tree for a few days. 

I’m very excited about today’s presents.  In addition to being a wrapping-paper control freak, I’m also an avid reader and I have been since I was a little kid.  As much as I liked to watch Christmas movies, I also always really enjoyed reading Christmas stories.  Today I’m going to give someone a few of my favorites…

And lastly…my very favorite Christmas book ever…in the version that I grew up with and still resides on my bookshelf to this day…

They story is obviously always the same, but the illustrations in this book are beautiful.  It was not easy to track down a good copy of this book…which is not surprising considering it’s from 1976.  But I finally managed to find one with only slight wear at the edges.  I hope whoever gets this will love it as much as I do. 

So…have you wrapped your gifts yet?  Are you particular about your paper and ribbons and bows?  What is your favorite Christmas book?

On the 9th day of Christmas…

Today I want to talk about holiday baking.  My love of baking is a well established fact around here, but my love of holiday baking goes above and beyond.  One reason is that it’s a far bigger undertaking than making some cupcakes or a layer cake.  It’s cookies and cupcakes and bars and cake and pie.  Once there was even a pudding…made from scratch and not from a box.  In general, the holiday baking often involves completely new recipes that I’ve spent weeks looking for.  My holiday baking is no joke. 

This is the part of the post where I fully intended to show your pictures of myself, in my oh so adorable Vera Christmas apron, baking my little heart out.  However, that’s impossible to do…because I haven’t baked a single thing yet this season.  Yup…December 20th and not so much as one cookie has come out of my oven. 

There was a big plan for this weekend.  I was going to get up early on Saturday morning and bake.  But I was really tired…so I slept in…then I had to run errands, which took twice as long because everything was super crowded.  So I changed my baking plans to Sunday…and on Sunday I did get up on time.  However, on Sunday, there were more errands to run and then J and I went to the Giants’ game.  After spending three hours turning into a giant human popsicle…and watching the Giants’ lose in a most spectacular fashion…all I wanted to do when I got home was curl up on the couch under a blanket and go to sleep.  Which was exactly what I did.  So no baking last night either.  In fact, the baking is now scheduled to take place tomorrow and Wednesday nights. 

While I can’t show you any pictures…I can tell you what I plan to make.  There will be…

  • Fudge Brownie Surprise Cupcakes – the surprise being Peppermint Patties baked inside
  • Honey Roasted Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Ganache
  • Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
  • Twixy Shortbread Bars
  • Chewy Cherry Almond Bars
  • Marshmallow Snappers – which are the gooiest, marshmallow/caramel cookies I’ve ever seen
  • Individual Gingerbread Cakes

Those will be mixed and packaged and given away.  Well…mostly given away…I plan to eat some.  For Christmas Eve dessert at home and Christmas Day dessert at J’s mom’s we will be having some mix of the following…

  • Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cakes with Chocolate Truffle Icing
  • Banana Cupcakes with Honey-Cinnamon Frosting
  • Cream Caramel Cake
  • Pistachio Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream
  • Chocolate Cream Pie

How I’m going to get all that done over the next two evenings, I have no idea.  I’m going to be pretty busy and I suspect I won’t be getting much sleep.  But I think it will be worth it. 

Oh…and as a bonus…my awesome sister-in-law, who happens to be a manager at Williams Sonoma bought me this little contraption…

It’s an individual pie maker which cooks those little suckers up in 8 minutes.  Apparently, I received the last one in the entire state of New Jersey…because I’m all connected like that…and we are going to have a little pie party next weekend to try it out.  I promise there will be photos taken then. 

Now…for the presents…

I promised that this week would be a great week.  I want to finish this off with a bang, so I’ve saved some of the best items for last.  At least, I think they are the best…I hope you agree. 

I found the first of today’s presents in a magazine and the second I saw them I simply had to have them…and  you had to have them too…

Those are measuring cups.  They split apart for measuring and nest inside each other for storage.  They are easily the most adorable thing I have in my kitchen. 

The second present for today is a tin of cookies and bars, made with love in my very own kitchen. 

The rules are the same as last week…each comment is one entry and each mention on your own blog earns an extra three.  You can win again, even if you already received something from the prior weeks. 

So tell me…do you bake for the holidays?  What is your favorite holiday treat?  Don’t I have the best SIL ever?

Random Musings Friday…

Happy Friday!!!  This week at work has been insane.  The family I work for is traveling for the holidays and they are leaving tonight.  So we’ve managed to cram everything we usually do the last three weeks of the year into the past four days.  It’s been a pile of laughs and a really good time.  Yesterday I didn’t even get to eat lunch.  Luckily, it’s over today and the next two weeks should be relatively quiet. 

The weekend is also going to be jam-packed with present wrapping, holiday baking, shopping (for myself and for groceries for Christmas Eve dinner), dining out and a Giants’ game…oh, and a snow storm sometime on Sunday.  So it will be a busy weekend, but unlike a busy workweek, it will be all fun stuff.  Also, I’ll be able to nap if I’m tired…unlike at work, where that sort of thing is generally frowned upon. 

I was worried about this post because I thought I’d been too busy to really put together enough stuff.  However, it seems I took notes without even realizing it.  Also, J likes to help out and he gave me something lat night to round out my week.  Read on…

  • After I purchased Sarah McLachlan tickets, Ticketmaster suggested some other shows I might be interested in.  One of them was “An Evening with Captain Sig and the Hillstrand Brothers”.  Now…I’m not sure if you are familiar with the show Deadliest Catch on Discovery…but it’s a big favorite in our house.  For those who don’t know, Captain Sig and the Hillstrands are captains of crab fishing boats in Alaska and the show documents their trials and tribulations.  It’s very entertaining.  I could seriously watch that show for hours…and I have.   But who would want to go watch them on stage, talking about crab fishing?  What are they going to talk about?  It sounds really boring.  And the tickets?  Are $75.  I almost want to go stand outside the theater on the night of the event, just to see if anyone shows up.
  • Last Saturday, I was shopping at the outlets.  There were several Salvation Army people out, ringing their bells and collecting donations.  It seemed that no matter where I went, I couldn’t escape the damn bells.  Then I went over to a different side of the complex and I saw a Salvation Army guy without a bell.  He had a tuba instead.  Which he was playing…badly.  So badly that it made me wish he had a bell.
  • I was watching TV and something came on about Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johanssen getting divorced.  J, who was quietly working at his desk piped up with the following “Maybe he should stay away from women who are nuts…but at least this one was an upgrade from Alanis Morissette…she’s a total freak.”  There you have it, Ryan Reynolds…dating advice from J.  I’m sure it will come in handy.
  • I had eggs in the fridge that were close to expiring, so I decided to make brownies last night so the eggs didn’t go to waste.  Upon discovering them in the kitchen, J brought the entire tray into the living room, along with a gallon of milk.  He ate two brownies…and then, in a fully juvenile way, licked the rest of the brownies, so I would not eat any of them and they would be all his.  This didn’t really shock me, because J is well-known for this type of juvenile behavior.  However, this seemed odd to me.  When he came back into the living room, after putting the brownies away, he said “So are you going to blog about that tomorrow?”  Aha…so that’s what it was about.  Despite all his protests to the contrary…J likes being the star of the blog.  And so…I’ve decided to placate him and blog about his childishness. 

There you have it…my week in a nusthell. 

Remember to get all your comments for this week’s 12 days of Christmas presents in before midnight.  I’m going to the post office tomorrow, so I’m going to be drawing the names tonight…at 12:01. 

Next week is going to be a big deal around here…the biggest gifts of the 12 days are coming up and there is a birthday celebration as well. 

Have a great weekend!

On the 8th day of Christmas…

There is a reason they call it the Radio City Christmas Spectacular…and that is because it is, quite frankly, a spectacular show.  I’ve probably seen it 20 times in my life and every time I love it just as much as the first time.  When the lights go down and the curtain goes up and the orchestra starts playing, I still feel the same amazement I felt as a little kid.  The show is 90 minutes of pure Christmas magic. 

There are, of course, The Rockettes…

via Radio City Music Hall

 

They have their very own version of The Nutcracker, which involves the most adorable dancing bears…

via google

 

There is the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, where The Rockettes fall down like dominos and is so cool…

via google

 

There is dancing and singing and Santa and ice skating and they make it snow on the audience and then…at the very end is The Living Nativity…

via Radio City Music Hall

 

The pictures is a little far away, but there are wisemen and shepherds and sheep and donkeys and camels and it’s just the most spectacular finale.  I get tears in my eyes every time. 

Sadly, I didn’t get to see the Christmas Spectacular this year.  We went to see Elf on Broadway instead.  (BTW – Elf was also terrific and we loved it!)  It’s actually been about three years since I’ve been to Radio City and I really miss seeing this show.  Looking at these pictures has made me miss it even more and I’m looking at my calendar now to see how I can squeeze it in among all the other stuff I have to get done!

If you are in NY I highly recommend getting your butt to Radio City and catching a performance…there are about 5 per day.  You will love it. 

Right now, some of you are thinking “Gee thanks for getting me all excited to see this show, but I’m not in NY and I can’t go see it.”  That’s where I come in…because today’s present is a copy of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular on DVD!

Whoever gets this DVD will be able to experience the magic right in their own living room.  It’s not quite as awesome as getting to see it live…but flying people in and buying tickets to the show was a little out of my price range!  By now, you should all know the entry rules.  If not, click here.

Have you seen the Christmas Spectacular before?  What was your favorite part?  Did you ever want to be a Rockette?

On the 7th day of Christmas…

Part of what I love about the holidays is the weather.  I despite being hot and sweating, so I love when we start to get a chill in the air.  

Winter is my favorite season.  I love the cold and I love the snow.  12 degrees outside?  Fantastic!  A nor’easter is coming to dump 20 inches of snow on us?  Bring it on!

I will admit, by March, I’m usually over the cold and the snow and the whole winter season.  But during this time of year I can hardly wait to see my first snow flake.  This time of year I am always dreaming of a white Christmas.  

We actually had our first snow fall her on Monday night.  There had been a call for snow showers, but I didn’t think anything of it.  I thought we’d get a few stray flurries or something.  I was not prepared for what I found when I got up around 10PM to walk the dogs…

 

IT WAS SNOWING!!!  These were not flurries.  This snow was actually sticking to the ground.  So I bundled myself up and off I went into the yard with the girls so they could play in the snow. 

My dogs love the snow.  Sadie likes to prance around in it and bury her nose.  Sofie likes to eat it…but then, she likes to eat everything…

We ran around in the snow for a while.  Then we went inside and huddled under a blanket with hot chocolate.  I loved every minute of it. 

There wasn’t much accumulation and by last night it was mostly gone.  Sofie did find a few icy spots in the yard to chomp on and I managed to find the only patch of ice on the driveway to slip on this morning.  But it was really nice to see everything blanketed in snow for a few hours.

Now I want a full-blown snow storm…the kind that causes bus service to be suspended and I’m forced to stay home from work!

One of the best parts about the cold weather is the accessories that go along with it.  Gloves, hats, sweaters, boots…I love them all.  I dress pretty conservatively most of the time and I wear mostly black and gray.  But I love to wear really bright scarves and gloves.  The other day…while perusing the Grand Central Market yet again I came across these gloves…

I immediately fell in love with them…the different colors and the flowers…they remind me of being a kid and the certainly spice up my basic black!  So I bought two pairs…one for me…and one for one of you!  That’s right…today’s present is gloves.  They are really comfortable and very warm.  Trust me…it’s 19 degrees right now with a wind chill of 7 degrees…but my hands were nice and toasty warm when I got to work this morning. 

You know the deal by now I’m sure, but just in case…each comment gets you one entry and you get three extras every time you blog about the 12 days of Christmas. 

I also wanted to mention something great that is going on over at Fojoy.  In support of Santas Anonymous, Fojoy and her hubby Wilzie are sponsoring a toy drive.  Santas Anonymous is a fabulous organization that delivers toys to families in need and this year their donations are way down.  Please go visit Fojoy to hear her account of why this organization is so great and to get all the details about how you can help.  Because every kid should get a present on Christmas.

On the 6th day of Christmas…

I love cards.  I love getting them and I love sending them.  The funnier they are, the better.

My favorite cards of the year are Christmas cards.  I used to search and search for the perfect cards…funny, yet not offensive.  It took a lot to find the perfect cards.  But I didn’t have kids, so photo cards were not an option.

Well, the year we got Sadie, that all changed.  I had a kid now…a furry one…and I was going to do photo cards. 

I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to get a dog to stay still for a photo while wearing a Santa hat…but let me tell you…it’s no easy task.  Luckily, Sadie is the best dog ever and she subjected herself to the humiliation with only minor coaxing. 

Then last year we got Sofie.  Sofie was having none of the Santa hat.  She hates to sit still and taking pictures of her is always really difficult…never mind getting her to actually pose next to the tree.  Not happening. 

Last year, after two hours of trying, I gave up and took a picture of the girls sleeping on the couch.  It was cute, but not what I wanted. 

This year, however, I was determined to get the perfect picture in front of the tree.  I devised a plan that involved moving furniture and I waited until J was out of the house, because I knew he wouldn’t go for it.  Then I got really creative…I tied milk bones onto the camera so the dogs would both be looking in the right direction. 

First we attempted a photo with reindeer ears…

They were both freaked out and Sofie wouldn’t stay still so her ears kept falling off.  I did get a good picture of Sadie alone though…

So we ditched the ears and tried for jingle bell collars…

This was also a disaster.  They were afraid of the jingle bells and wouldn’t even move to sit near the tree. 

So I gave up and took off all holiday adornments.  I was happy to just get them to sit in front of the tree….which they finally did…sort of…

Sadie looks totally traumatized in this picture.  So we tried again…

As you can see…Sadie gave up on this whole exercise and laid down.  And Sofie still wouldn’t look at me.  Also, the full garbage can in the corner was a nice touch.  And the flash was giving them red-eye.  So…again…

And finally…I got something acceptable.  I turned off the flash and went just with the glowing lights in the room…which I think gave a cool effect.  I got both dogs to look at me and sit still.  It’s not perfect, but it was as good as it was going to get!

After this little photo session was over, the dogs ate their milkbones and passed out cold for two hours.  Poor dogs!

Now the cards are written and addressed and I’m just waiting for my custom ordered Zazzle stamps to arrive today and I’ll be sending them out.  If anyone wants to be included on my list, send me an email with your address!

For today’s present, I decided to give you all the opportunity to torture your own pets or children or spouses.  Today’s recipient will get a $25 gift card to Snapfish to be used for Christmas cards or photo calendars or picture mugs or whatever other means of familiar torture you care to bestow this year. 

Actually, J and I were talking this weekend and he said the best Christmas presents I ever got him were the Sofie and Sadie books that I made on Snapfish last year.  They were photo books showing the dogs from the day we brought them each home until our Christmas pictures last year.  They were really fun and easy to make and he really does love them and looks at them all the time. 

Now tell me…do you dress your dogs up for the holidays?  Have you finished your Christmas cards yet?

On the 5th day of Christmas…

Good morning and welcome back to the 12 days of Christmas here at Fumbling. 

We had a very busy weekend at our house.  Lots of Christmas shopping and wrapping and card writing…it was a little chaotic, but fun.  I’m happy to say that all of my shopping is now complete…thank goodness.  Everything else is still a work in progress, but it’s coming along. 

Speaking of shopping…today’s favorite Christmas thing has to do with shopping.  Specifically shopping at the holiday market at Grand Central Station.

This little market is one of several that pop up around the city at Thanksgiving and stick around through Christmas Eve.  There are tons of vendors offering lots of different items…handmade decorations, custom jewelry, paintings, hand knitted items, kids toys and clothing…there is even a guy this year who paints comic book panels onto belts. 

I have bought many great presents here over the years.  So far this year, I’ve been there twice…and I plan to make another visit there this week.  I’ve got my eye on these cute kitchen witches and I think I need to pick up one…or three (can’t leave out mom and SIL). 

Normally, this hall is completely empty and desolate, but at this time of year it’s bustling with people and Christmas music…and it’s full of pretty, sparkly things.  It’s a great way to get some holiday cheer while you wait for a train…even if you don’t buy anything. 

I can’t tell you everything I’ve bought from here because a lot of people’s Christmas surprises would be ruined.  However, I can show you this…

That, my friends, is today’s present.  It is a coffee mug with pink rubber angel wings as a handle.  It is from Pylones, which is a store here in NY that offers everyday, useful items, but with a touch of whimsy…like this mug and dustpan sets that look like women wearing ballgowns and and cake servers that look like dogs.  I have one of these mugs on my desk and it brightens my day just a little bit when I see it.  It’s also a really good conversation piece!

The rules for this week are the same…each comment earns you one entry and if you post about the 12 days of Christmas event you earn three extra entries.  (Don’t forget to send me the link if you post.)  It’s a new week, so we are starting fresh and everyone is eligible to win…even if you won something last week. 

Speaking of last week’s winners…they are…

Day #1 – Ornaments  –  Foxy

Day #2 – Frozen Hot Chocolate  –  Brooke

Day #3 – Philosophy Gift Set  –  JMJE

Day #4 – Movies  –  Steph

Thank you to everyone who entered. 

There is more great stuff coming your way this week…so don’t forget to enter and good luck!

Random Musings Friday…

Ahhhh…Friday…my favorite day of the week.  As much as I’ve been enjoying the 12 days of Christmas, I am happy to do a random musings post today.  I have lots to tell you this week…

  • On Sunday, J and I went to the Giants’ game and, man, was it freezing…
    All you could see was my big, red nose…like Rudolph…I’m so seasonally appropriate.

    I was a giant popsicle and I was not happy about it.  Of course, it was a really good game and J refused to leave.  It was really windy in the stadium and the goal post were vibrating.  J turned to me and said “Honey, look, the goal posts are colder than you are…they are shivering.”  It’s probably a lame joke, but it made me laugh.  I tried to take a video of the posts, but I was too far away.  After we got into the car, it took me almost a half hour to get feeling back in my feet.  I can’t wait for the next game!!!

  • J is off this week and he’s been doing some home improvements to the house that crack built.  The other night, after I got home from work late, I found him in the basement, removing the door that leads to the garage.  The hinges were loose and he wanted to tighten them.  He found that the screws holding the top hinge weren’t actually anchored into anything…the wood beneath them had split when the screws were put in.  Of course, it had never been fixed…like everything else in the house, it was just patched over to look ok when it was really falling apart underneath.  At first, J got really angry, but then we started cracking jokes…because, really, what else can we do but laugh about it?  So we decided that from now on, when we discover these kinds of ridiculous things we are going to refer to it as “being Santucci’d” (Santucci being the last name of the people who built the house).  This particular finding was a doozie, but the best example of being Santucci’d happened when we discovered old t-shirts shoved into a wall in lieu of insulation.  That one was classic.
  • Speaking of houses…we went with our realtor to see a house last Saturday.  When she opened the front door a cat came running out.  She freaked out because she wasn’t sure if the cat was supposed to be outside.  She started chasing the cat and the cat ran away from her.  Enter J…all cool, like he’s the Caesar Milan of the cat world.  He was all…I’ll handle this…and he walked over to the cat all calmly, talking to it.  The cat sat down and let him pet her.  Then she stayed still while he picked her up and started to carry her into the house.  J was very smiley and proud of himself…until the cat decided the whole thing wasn’t working for her and she wanted down…and she clawed him in the face to make her point!  He had to pull her little claws out of his skin and he had three nice little punctures that bled for over two hours.  We decided that if we end up buying that house, we are asking for a credit for pain and suffering. 
  • Speaking of J’s face (don’t you just love the segues today?)…on Wednesday night, J stabbed himself in the face with a screwdriver.  You see, he was trying to pry a piece of metal apart using said screwdriver and, of course, the screwdriver slipped…and hit him right in the lip.  The whole scenario had disaster written all over it from the first second he started, but I didn’t say anything because he never listens to me anyway.  So, he stabbed himself in the face, said he was fine and went back to what he.  Then a few minutes later, there was blood everywhere.  I was panicked…because I’m not a huge fan of blood and I really thought we were in for a trip to the emergency room.  J has…well, he had…a goatee and between that and all the blood, I couldn’t see  how bad the cut actually was.  Luckily, after he shaved and cleaned up the area, we found that it was a pretty small cut and we eventually got it to stop bleeding without a trip to the hospital.  The really awesome part is that I am being blamed for the whole mess.  He swears I said something that distracted him and caused his hand to slip.  The truth is…I was watching something on TV and not even paying attention to him at the time.  This was all his idiocy.  I take no responsibility.
  • On Wednesday, I had to come into work late and I never ate breakfast.  When lunch time came, I was starving.  I ordered some chicken and, for kicks, a piece of chocolate cake.  I have no business eating cake in the middle of the day…and apparently the universe agreed.  Because I could not open the cake container to save my life.  It was totally stuck and no amount of pulling would release it.  I was feeling like maybe I shouldn’t eat the cake and just toss it when it finally opened.  Thank goodness it did…because that cake was simply divine.  (BTW – when I say it finally opened…I mean that I took a really sharp scissor and sliced open the plastic.)

And last but, certainly not least…

  • This week someone found my blog by googling “dog sex woman you tube”.  I’m not really sure how that combination led them to me…but I’ve got the sudden urge to go remove all mention of sex from every post I’ve ever written…just so it never happens again. 

So that is what went on in my world while I was carrying on my 12 days of Christmas. 

And speaking of the 12 days of Christmas…a refresher on the rules…every comment earns you one entry…every mention on your blog earns you three additional entries.  All comments and mentions for this week must appear before midnight tonight.  Tomorrow morning, I will put all the entries into Random.org and choose 4 people to win this week’s presents.  You can only win one item per week.  If you are related to me…I welcome your comments and look forward to them, however, they do not earn you entry into the contest.  I will notify the winners over the weekend and post the results on Monday…when we start back with the fifth day of Christmas…and 4 more really good presents. 

Also…someone asked me this, so I thought I’d mention it here…these 12 days of Christmas giveaways are not sponsored by any of the companies or products being featured.  The whole thing is being sponsored by me and the items featured are things that I truly love and use all the time.  I am not being compensated in any way.  This is simply a thank you to all of my readers who have made this such a great year for me here on the blog. 

Wow…this is a really long post.  If you are still reading, I thank you for allowing me to go on…and on…and on.  Have a fabulous weekend everyone!!!