Monthly Archives: December 2006
Yes, I’m here. I’m enjoying having the week off from work. I have been keeping up with the laundry and the housework, but that’s about it. The best part is waking up in the morning and knowing that I don’t have a huge “To Do” list to work through. I’ve been spending a nice amount of time on the couch watching trash TV and the DVD’s that I’ve bought but haven’t had a chance to watch. Oh, yea, and I’ve been catching up on “The Young and The Restless” – truly the highlight of any vacation week.
The dogs are enjoying having Mommy home this week. Extra cuddle time. Extra opportunities for dog treats. Taking Luci for walks. Playing fetch in the back yard. I feel sorry for them (and me!) when I have to go back to work next week.
Even Hubby has enjoyed having me home this week. He has to work but he has a break in his bowling schedule for the holidays so he’s home every night. I’ve actually gotten to cook real meals this week. No TV dinners for us this week.
Took Luci to the vet the other day for her annual checkup and shots. The vet told me that she’s a beautiful and healthy dog (like I didn’t know that!) but told me that she’s a bit overweight. Seems that Mommy has been overfeeding her little baby just a tad too much. I’ve been giving her the same amount of food that I give Blacky and it turns out that she needs less than that. Luci will be going on a diet after the first of the year. Just like Mommy and Daddy.
I’ve been doing a lot of web surfing. Reading blogs. Haven’t been able to spend a lot of time on the computer because Luci doesn’t like when Mommy is on the computer. She’ll grab a toy and put her head on my lap to get me to play with her. If I don’t respond fast enough for her, she’ll start nosing the keyboard. Like she’s doing now.
Okay, I get the hint. Guess it’s time to go play fetch with Luci.
All the presents have been wrapped. I’ve eaten way more food than I care to think about – and that includes cookies, cake, pie, fudge. I’ve visited with my family . . . I’ve visited with the in-laws. Got to see two of the grandkids.
Now for the best part. Sitting on the couch with Hubby and enjoying a very quiet evening. Just me, him and the dogs. After the noise and commotion of the two families over the past two days, this is a great way to end the holiday.
And, according to Hubby, it’s the best part of Christmas.
Merry Christmas, everyone!
I got all the stuff done at the office and was only a half hour late getting started on my Holiday Vacation. Not too bad considering the size of the To Do List. Now I can enjoy my days off without having to wonder if I forgot something.
Yesterday was my day to clean the house and run a couple of errands. Had to get Blacky’s arthritis meds. Bought the last couple of gift cards. Had lunch and watched "The Young and The Restless" – what a great way to spend an hour! I just love Victor Newman . . . but that’s a blog for another day!
Got the housework done. Got most of the laundry done. Even managed to get a few presents wrapped. I put up the baby gate to the door of the den so that Luci wouldn’t be tempted to come in to "help" me. I thought that she’d be perfectly happy being downstairs with Hubby and Blacky and wouldn’t bother me. Wrong . . . the minute she realized that I wasn’t downstairs anymore, she had to come see what I was doing. Poor little dog sat outside the door to the den and rested her chin on the top of the baby gate. Awww . . . . so I had to take a break and go play fetch with her for a while. Needless to say, the presents aren’t totally wrapped yet.
So today is cooking and baking day. Baking cookies. Making food for Christmas Eve dinner at my Mother in law’s. Making food for Christmas Day dinner with my family. Potato Salad and Deviled Eggs. Have to make the Oatmeal Cookies for Hubby – those and the Magic Cookie Bars are the only cookies that I make from scratch. Everything else is Nestle’s or Pillsbury ready-to-make cookie dough.
That’s it for now . . . must get going to I won’t get it all done in time. . . .
Today is my last day in the office for a week. For the first time in several years, I’ll be off work between the Christmas and New Year’s holiday. I do have to come in one day next week to catch up on stuff, run payroll, and make deposits but that’s not bad considering I get a week off . . . .
But . . . I’m running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to make sure that I get all the stuff done before I go. And I have to make sure that I have written instructions for the things that need to be done while I’m gone. Like switching the backup tape on the server and turning off the Holiday Message on the answering machine.
No matter how carefully I plan my workload so that I can have a week off, the day before I leave is always hectic.
Always. Never fails. Sucks to be me.
Excuse me while I try to pull off a few more miracles . . .
Blacky and Luci got me up at 2:45 a.m. because they had to go potty. I’m not usually a happy camper when I have to get up in the middle of the night to let them out – especially when it’s 30 something degrees outside – because they insist on having me actually go outside with them and walk around in the yard while they do their business. It was cold. I was tired. I was grumpy because I was up at 2:45 a.m. They were good little doggies, did their business, came back inside without me having to chase Luci around the yard, and went back to sleep rather quickly.
I wasn’t able to go right back to sleep. Lucky for me because I got to listen to the sound that I love most in the world. The sound of Hubby and the doggies snoring. I can’t explain why I love to listen to them snore, but it’s a very comforting sound for me. Mainly it was Hubby and Luci snoring. Blacky doesn’t snore much, but he does make a lot of noise when he’s getting settled into his sleeping spot. Luci snores almost as loud as Hubby.
So there I was. Snug in my warm bed. Hubby to my left. Blacky asleep on the floor to my right. Luci snuggled in the doggie bed at the foot of the bed. Listening to the sounds of their snoring. Life is good . . .
I’m a 43 year-old lady. I have wrinkles, grey hair, some middle age spread, and a pain in my right knee that I’m betting is the beginning of arthritis. I have to deal with a bit of a hearing loss in my right ear and the symptoms of peri-menopause. I started wearing bifocals shortly after my 40th birthday. I understand that all these things are a normal part of the aging process. Seems like every time I go to the doctor he starts his explanations with "As you get older, . . . " and tells me about the newest thing to afflict my poor, middle-aged body.
What I don’t understand is why am I still getting pimples? I woke up this morning to a huge one on my left cheekbone. Is it some kind of cosmic payback because I never had these kinds of problems when I was a teenager?
Hubby thinks it’s hilarious.
I can’t repeat the comment I made to him this morning before he left for work.
I’ve just finished watching "A Christmas Story" for the first time this holiday season. It’s now officially Christmas . . . at least in my book.
Yes, I got everything on today’s To Do list done before I sat down to watch the movie. Luci was on my lap and Blacky was next to us.
Hubby was in the other room. He’s not as excited about the movie as I am.
I have a strange craving for chocolate milk and chocolate chip cookies . . .
I took the day off today to work on my Christmas shopping. I’m happy to announce that I only have 4 gift certificates left to buy and then I can officially say that I’m done. Then the really fun part comes . . . I have to wrap the presents. Sometimes that’s harder/scarier than actually buying the presents.
I started the day with a To Do list and I’m moving right along . . .
- Christmas shopping – mostly done.
- Taking ebay item to the UPS store to be shipped – done
- Deposit paycheck and pay bills – done
- Get lunch from favorite local pizza place – done and very yummy . . . and even more yummy when I share with Blacky and Luci. No, they don’t eat pizza . . . they get to eat the hard parts of the crust that Mommy doesn’t like.
- Brush Blacky and Luci . . . . you’d be surprised at the amount of hair those two lose on a daily basis.
- Potty patrol the back yard – done with Blacky’s and Luci’s help
Still left to do . . .
- Go to Wal-Mart to get dog food and some other household stuff
- Take Luci for a walk
My goal is to get all this done by the time Hubby gets home from work at 6:15 . . .
Looks like I need to get a move on if I’m going to keep to the schedule . . . .
Please somebody make it stop. Why are they messing with my wonderful childhood memories and making live action versions of cartoons? First it was that horrible live action version of The Cat In The Hat. Even though I love Mike Myers it just was plain creepy to watch this movie. Then they did Grinch with Jim Carey. Aaarrgghhh! What were they thinking? Again, just way too creepy to watch. When you watch something a bazillion times as a little kid you know how the story is supposed to go and you know what the story is supposed to look like. Something about these movies just didn’t jive with my memories of watching these cartoons when I was a kid. I have never been able to sit though an entire showing of either of these movies.
Then Monday night they did it again. NBC did a horrible thing to one of my all time favorite Christmas cartoons. They did "A Year Without A Santa Claus" in live action. The network executive that had the bright idea to do this show should be driven out of Hollywood. Did anybody see this thing? It was awful. John Goodman as Santa? Delta Burke as Mrs. Claus – BTW she looked like she had waayyy too much work done to her upper lip. Every time she was on screen, all I could do was look at her lip and wonder what the heck happened?
But the part that made me just want to cry was the "Heatmeiser/Snowmeiser" musical number. Michael McKean as Snowmeiser? Harvey Fierstein as Heatmeiser? No. No. No. That number is my most favorite part of the entire show . . . . my sister and I would sing that song for weeks after watching that show . . . and they destroyed it. They took one of my most cherished holiday memories and destroyed it. It was so bad that I turned the channel after that part.
But I learned a very valuable lesson. Never watch a live action remake of a beloved childhood cartoon. The memories are way better than anything that Hollywood can create.
I’m working on accounting stuff and that’s never a fun way to start the week.
My legs hurt because I helped Hubby was the cars yesterday afternoon.
I think I’m getting a cold because of washing the cars. In my defense, it was 55 degrees and sunny yesterday afternoon.
I got half of my Christmas cards mailed today. And the line to buy stamps at the post office wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be.
I’m trying to convince Hubby that he’s not a cow. He’s gained about 5 lbs. in the last couple of months and he thinks that he’s a big fat cow.
I almost spit my Coke on my computer screen when I read the news article about Jimmie Johnson (the NASCAR driver) breaking his wrist while riding in a golf cart over the weekend. The guy races a stock car for a living, but breaks his wrist riding in a golf cart? Priceless.
I’m thinking about taking Friday off so that I can finish my Christmas shopping without having to deal with all the horrible crowds that are out and about on the weekends.
Okay . . . now it’s time to get back to my accounting stuff . . .