Wednesday, November 28, 2007

"A Regular"

This past Monday my aunt was given tickets to the Maverick's game...of course, I managed to clear my schedule and attend! They didn't win, but win or lose, it's more fun to see in person. I took this picture for you, Holly. Look who has the ball...The Maverick's as a whole need a little work, Dirk was right on target.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Oh, Christmas Tree

This is not this trees final resting place (it's just the only Christmas decorations I have out, which is hard to believe considering how long I've been playing Christmas music on my radio). Anyway, this tree is for my Mom. I bought a little four foot tree this weekend for my Mom and all the pink ornaments and flowers to match. My favorite ornaments are these little pink birds, there are some pretty cute ornaments I was able to find, including some real diva pink crystals dangling randomly throughout. My Mom's favorite color is pink, and it was another year of pink problems and pink victories, so I wanted her to have a little something to commemorate the year's events (and those prior). AND this also serves as an illustration of one of the things I bought on my shopping marathon this holiday break. They were reporting on the millions of dollars that were spent on Black Friday alone, and I was doing the calculations in my head, I think I'm responsible for at least half of the spending reported in the media this Monday morning :O)

B to the Third Power


This Sunday I helped my cousin, Brian celebrate his 18th Birthday. We went Bowling and out to eat. Five of you had birthdays over the break....I'm worn out just thinking about it, so I'm only reporting on the official blog regarding 1/5th of the celebrations that took place over this long weekend, but happy birthday to you if you are reading this and too had a celebration this break. This blog was brought to you by the letter "B."

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Stars Vs. Toronto



Nothing says "the holidays" like time with gal pals, a great hockey fight, and dollar hot dog night at a Star's game. Stars won tonight against Toronto Leafs 3-1.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Harvesting Memories 2007

Lilly and Max helped me carve the turkey this year, but they spent the rest of the day looking in the backdoor as family arrived to celebrate Thanksgiving (and an early Christmas exchange with Jimmy and Lydia). We managed to consume a great meal and get in the annual game of T U R K E Y. Brian is this year's champion. We also were able to get in a trip to the movies tonight to see Enchanted, a super cute movie. I'm headed to bed now to pile up strength for my four am shop-a-thon!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Pedicures to Pies




You are getting a play by play of my day by day right now....I'm having fun with projects. Today Holly, Lydia and I went and got pedicures and then headed to a tea room for lunch, you know any day that starts with a pedicure has to be a good one :O). The rest of the day I finished up a few mini projects. A few days ago I baked some leaf shaped cookies to bag up for a fun table decorations, it's a friend's recipe I've been wanting to try out (I've tried it once, but I wanted to try it again.) I baked an apple pie and played around with little apple cookie cutters, and then I marked another thing off of my 101 To Do List-make a holiday arrangments, they are just baby arrangments, but I made some candle holders for my table this year.

If I were twenty years younger....

There is a little old lady that lives inside of me that tells me every fall to hire someone to rake my leaves....she has raked 18 bags of leaves thus far, but she still looks up (when her aching back allows) and seeing 7 full trees. It's been a strange, warm fall, so the colors aren't that impressive up above, it's either green, or dead on the ground. Unfortunately, there is also an accountant that lives inside of me that says I can't pay someone to do something I can do myself. I was just telling someone the other day that if I were 20 years younger I would have LOVED having so many leaves to play in, I can only imagine the piles I would have built, and the friends I would have buried under leaves, but now as I rake I'm very careful to avoid the leaf dwelling bugs and grasshoppers in each pile. Bugs didn't exist when I was busy playing childhood games.....but they are definitely a part of the fall season now. Regardless of it all, I do love the trees...and the leaves, it means it's fall-my favorite season.

Mavericks VS Toronto

This evening Holly, Brian, Lois, Mom, Lydia, Jimmy and I headed to the Maverick's game. They played the Toronto Raptors. Who knew a game against a Canadian basketball team could be so exciting? They spent most of the game behind...by as much as 20 points the first half, but they came back to win it, per our request. I heart the Mavs!

Posting Frenzy


One of my goals over my holiday break is to post as much as possible, just to make things a little more lively around here. I'm finally completely well, which is great, and I have a three day break, and I didn't even bring home THAT much work which means I can't work even if I wanted to (or rather, felt like I should be working). I had my flu shot this week to hopefully prevent future illnesses (here's hoping) and I have the best little four legged nurse in town, she doesn't cure my illness, but she likes to cuddle when I don't feel well and go to bed before the sun....so here's my latest Lilly picture, I was loving her leg position when I captured her picture here. Silly puppy.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Bob Beamon

To make a long story short (which is not something I do very often). Olympic Gold Medalist Bob Beamon came to my school today for a national Diabetes campaign. It was a big deal, and it will be on the local news channels and local newspapers as well as National news stations and papers (USA Today is one of the newspapers I know was there, but there were at least 20 different media outlets). For those of you who don't know (myself included until recently) he holds the record at the Olympic games for jumping 29 feet 2.5 inches in the long jump. Just seeing the visual of how far that is was pretty incredible. Anyway, to my knowledge I've never met any other Olympic Gold Medalist, so.....I just thought I'd share. As for pictures, I don't think I can legally take or share those, so you'll just have to pick up a paper. The kids were super cute though, he was talking about the 'highs' and 'lows' of his life and the low was his Diabetes diagnosis and treatment and he was discussing the nutrition aspect of leading a healthy life and he asked the kids what sort of things they should be having for meals and one little Kindergartener without missing a beat said, "Steak and Sandwiches"....maybe you had to be there, but since I was, it made me smile.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Warm Fuzzy of the Week

The age old question in schools (regardless of the grade) is-"What do you want to be when you grow up?" It's talked about, written about, drawn, played out in centers-you name it, they have done it (and yet so many of us are still so confused as adults about what we want to be when we grow up ;o)). Anyway, this week it seems to be popping up in my face a little bit more than usual. A third grader wrote about wanted to be an alien when he grew up in one of the small groups, and today as I was walked down the halls I saw a chart where the Pre-K teacher had scribed each students response, and then they wrote their name next to it....and here were a few of my favorites:
-A Princess
-A Baseball
-A Power Ranger
-Big, Big, Big, Big
-A Mermaid
-A Sleeping Beauty
-A Strong Doctor
-Barbie

Friday, November 09, 2007

Aimee's Baby Shower





Yesterday I helped host a baby shower for Aimee, who is expecting a little girl at the beginning of December. We went with all sweets (pink, of course), and tried to make it as low key as possible, which is absolutely Aimee's way, it took us awhile to even get her to let us throw her a shower! In the end, we all had a good time. There were about 25-30 people there to celebrate the big event, which has been a long time coming :O)

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Stock in Kleenex


If I knew how long I was going to be congested, I would have invested in kleenex. I'm recovering from the 'stuff' that is going around...so---->no blogging for the last week or so. The highlights of my last week that didn't involve sleeping or popping cold pills included a huge project at work that will end in May (h-e-l-p), the start of Saturday school, and lots of birthday parties and a baby shower. The birthdays were this past weekend (Maggie and Kelly), November is full of birthdays, I have 9 good pals celebrating (that I can think of right now, I won't name them in case I'm forgetting yours :O). I'll attach one of the two cakes that MADE it onto a table this weekend with people celebrating the big events. I had a typical Christy Cooking Disaster: two cake mixes later and four pans in the oven (the first two even LOOKED funny and I double checked before making the second, but still overlooked the fact that-I forgot the eggs, needless to say, it was a long night.