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Dreary day

November 30th, 2010 2 comments

Today has been one of those days where you just want to pull the covers back over your head and NOT get out of bed. The only difference between today and other days like this is the fact that… that’s exactly what I did.

See, I had a great time last night at the tree decorating party, and I came home riding a high from that. But then once I got into bed, snuggled down to sleep, the brain clicked into the “On” position and would not shut off. So I laid awake until well into the morning, before my exhausted body took over my brain and wrestled it into sleep mode.

I then proceeded to just not want to get up… especially since I found out (thankfully!) I’ll be working tonight. So while most people settle in for a cold, wet night at home, I’ll be heading off to work. Kinda like how when everyone was going in for a cold, we DAY at work, I was settling in to go to sleep.

Yes, I live my life backwards from everyone else some times. Not always, but sometimes. And today was one of those days.

Someone have a cup of hot chocolate by the fire for me tonight!! I took a nap for everyone else today.

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The party you wait all year for…

November 29th, 2010 2 comments
Crown ornament

My Crown ornament in 2009.

There are days in the year that you wait all year long to arrive. Birthdays. Christmas. Maybe a certain sporting event. Prom for those in high school. Your wedding anniversary.

Well, crazy as it might sound to most people, I look forward to the tree decorating party I’m attending tonight. I wait all year long for this night, because its crazy-good fun.

The bar in downtown Nashville that I sometimes work at, other times just go to so much that it is my second home here, has a tree decorating party every year. Only the closest regulars are invited to attend. (Similarly, we have a Christmas party, which I also look forward to every year… but the decorating party is simply “off the hook.”) You come, preferably, with the little bottles of liquor you get at the register at a liquor store. Then, when you arrive at the party, you drink your ornament.

Drink your little bottle of liquor. Or perhaps a can of beer. Then, with the decorating items (often provided by fellow-regulars,) you decorate your bottles and cans. Glitter flies. Stockings are hung. Lights are strung up around the stage. The bar turns into a Christmas wonderland fit for Santa after a hard day of work with the elves.

One year, we hung a Bud Light sign over the top of the tree as its “star.” We have ‘Reinbeer” and Patron bottles decorated as angels. It’s all in good fun, and you’re guaranteed to go home with glue and glitter in your hair. If you leave NOT in the Christmas spirit, its your own darn fault. You can’t spend an evening surrounded by friends, hanging Christmas decorations, and not feel that spirit start to grow deep down inside.

I can’t wait. Is it time to go, yet? Bring on the glue gun!

Weekly Winners (Nov. 21 – 27)

November 28th, 2010 13 comments

Weekly Winners is a fun little thing bloggers do to showcase some of their favorite photos from the previous week. It is brought to you, me and everyone by the lovely Lotus, aka Sarcastic Mom. Visit her site and find all the participants. See some amazing photos brought to you by bloggers around the world. Leave a little love when you do — its like food for the soul!

Weekly Winners

I took a lot of pictures this week! Couldn’t just go with my Project 365 images. I had to mix it up.

Waving in the breeze

The last few leaves hang tight.

A peek of spring amid fall leaves

A bright spring color amid fall leaves.

013: Bright red leaves

Bright red leaves... used on Nashvillest this last week.

015: Sunrise

Sunrise

Vignette Cam :: Traveling

I rode with my husband as he drove the bus this week. I had to capture a cliche shot of my feet up as the road came at me. This was also my "Wordless Wednesday"entry on this blog. Taken using Vignette for Android.

Hot Springs, AR

I thought these buildings were SO CUTE! On the outskirts of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

016: Ready for the game

Ready to watch some football!!

017: Entering Tennessee

Heading back home. I was surprised I FINALLY got a clear photo of the Tennessee sign at night.

018: Christmas decorating

Decorating our house for Christmas.

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Photos taken using a Nikon Coolpix L20 or my Droid Incredible.
View all of my photos and detailed captions on my Flickr stream.

Caught the spirit, finally

November 27th, 2010 1 comment

Earlier this week, I wrote about how I was not ready for the holidays. However, I am excited to report that I have caught the spirit. At least a little bit. Oh, it wasn’t any sort of miracle moment. It just snuck up on me and I found myself getting into the right frame of mind.

The temperature has dropped, and we had a lovely Thanksgiving. Now I look for houses lit up. I have dug out my Christmas socks, and I’m already planning what to wear to various Christmas events. I have all but two of my Christmas gifts ordered, and I can’t wait to start sneaking Christmas music in here and there.

I’ve decorated the inside of my house as much as we ever decorate. I plan to convince my husband to help me put the lights up outside tomorrow. We have a tree decorating party on Monday, and the Nashville Christmas Parade is Friday. My Christmas cards have arrived, and I hope to get them addressed and in the mail in the next week or two.

Its time. Time for the holidays. I’m sure my spirit of the season will grow as I go along.

As I’ve mentioned in here before, I am Catholic, and my faith is important to me. I don’t post very often about it, opting to keep my blog topics neutral (in general). However, tomorrow is the first Sunday of Advent. As such, the next four Saturdays, I want to end my post with a little reflection for each week leading up to Christmas.

Week 1: HOPE

Hope. Something that I hold on to with both hands every day. Hope for things to improve in one way or another. Hope for peace. Hope for understanding. Hope for forgiveness. Hope for life eternal. Hope for a safe, healthy, happy, beautiful Christmas to come.

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.
Psalms 31:24

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Black Friday, Smack Flylay

November 26th, 2010 1 comment

I’ve never done Black Friday. And I don’t plan to start doing it any time soon.

Oh, I’ve heard people talk about how its a rush to do. An event in its self. Some people can’t imagine the holidays without it. However, I am not one of those people. Nor am I a Christmas Eve shopper. Nope. Not going to do that either.

First of all, I strive to keep shopping and holidays separate as possible. I don’t want to spend Thanksgiving preparing for shopping. And I don’t want to lose the magic of Christmas Eve to retail either. I want to focus on the days and what they mean in my heart.

Second, I like to do my shopping at my leisure and with careful thought. I like to keep it as stress-free as possible, and, personally, the thought of waiting in line and rushing a store “for the thrill and the bargains” just doesn’t fit my stress-free goal. Plus, friends and family who work in retail, who have to work on Black Friday, all dread that night into day madness. I feel for them. I really do. I don’t want to add to their stress either.

So, while everyone is out shopping for bargains and deals, I’m going to go about life outside of that. I’ll get my shopping done between now and December 25th. I actually have a little of it done and on its way to me already. All great deals. I’ll do my bargain hunting at my own pace.

Good luck to all Black Friday shoppers! More power to you for daring those crowds. I admire your adventurous spirit. But, its just  not for me…

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Things I am Thankful for…

November 25th, 2010 3 comments

Happy Thanksgiving!!! I hope everyone finds a moment to pause and realize all they have to be thankful for… this day isn’t about turkey, dressing and football (okay its not ALL about that), its about being thankful for all our many blessings. Because no matter how horrible things may be for a person, there is always SOMETHING to be thankful for… even if its just to have the clothing on your back.

That being said, things I am thankful for:

Life lessons. Its a crazy, crazy life. I am thankful for the ups and downs this world throws my way. Everything from the surreal to the devastating… it all has its purpose and lesson to be learned from it. I am thankful for those lessons.

Family. I am SO blessed to have the most amazing family in the world. I wouldn’t be who or where I am without them. I couldn’t begin to thank them for all their have done for me nor put into word what they mean to me.

Friends. Old friends. New friends. Texas. Nashville. Online. All of them. I am so thankful. If a person’s wealth were measured by their friends, I’d be a multi-millionaire.

Freedom. We live in a time when it seems our freedoms are slowly being taken away, one by one. But in the end, I still have amazing freedoms that so many others don’t have. I live in a country where its okay to complain, pray, praise, and love who I love. We have countless freedoms we should NEVER take for grated.

Necessities fulfilled. I am thankful for a roof over my head, food on the table. I am thankful for work to do to provide us those things. I am thankful for hope to keep us going, and faith to keep that hope alive.

Countless other things… From the silly to the serious… I have so very much to be thankful!!

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