Saturday, December 29, 2007

Blogging Through the Year

Found this fun meme at D...'s blog, who found it at Patois' blog - so I had to get in on the action!

Post the 1st sentence (or 2) from the 1st post of each month of 2007 - I'm even doing links, like D... did! This ought to be a fun way to look back on the year....

January - "My favorite part of New Years is starting a new calendar. It's like a clean slate - open to all the possibilites of things I will do throughout the next year."

February - "Take a look at my new nephew!!! Isn't he beautiful?!?"

March - "Just got home from spending a wonderful week in my Happy Place - Disney World."

April - "Baseball is back, and our Houston Astros played the Pittsburg Pirates tonight at Minute Maid Park."

May - "Inspired by cjh, who was inspired by geek and 10 on Tuesday, here is my list of Ten Movies That Make Me Cry (this was not a stretch for me because almost ALL movies make me cry!):"

June - "OK, all you dream interpreters - figure these out!" (This is actually the 2nd post for June because the first was a Friday's Feast.)

July - "I got an e-mail from an old friend recently and she told me that she and her husband were getting ready to build their "dream house". That got me to thinking - what defines one's "dream house"? "

August - "Tomorrow morning - and Saturday morning - I'll be up bright and early for My Big Fat Garage Sale." (This, too, is the 2nd post of the month because the first was Wordless Wednesday - thus NO WORDS!)

September - "Not one but TWO awards for me this week! Wow - I'm feeling really special right now."

October - "That's what a cancer diagnosis is. A sucker punch. Life can be going along just fine and then BAM! You're battling a serious disease."

November - "Poor Thanksgiving. Now that Halloween is over, it seems we are headed straight to Christmas!"

December - "We're home from another fabulous trip to Disney World!"

Now THAT was fun! What a great way to look back on the year! Happy New Year, everyone - may 2008 be even better than 2007 for you!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Friday's Feast #26

It's the final Friday's Feast of 2007!

Name 2 things you would like to accomplish in 2008.
1. significantly decrease debt
2. travel someplace I've never been before

With which cartoon character do you share personality traits?
Minnie Mouse - because I love Mickey!

What time of day (or night) were you born?
Dinner time - about 6:00 in the evening.

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Tell us something special about your hometown.
I still live in my hometown! I like it because, as I mentioned in a previous post, I'm half-way between the big city of Houston and the historic coastal city of Galveston.

If you could receive a letter from anyone in the world, who would you want to get one from?
an old friend I haven't seen or heard from in a long time

Thursday, December 27, 2007

These times they are a-changin'.

When I was about Daughter's age - 13 or 14, I guess - I read Judy Blume's book Forever. It was very scandalous - pretty explicit sex, if I remember correctly - and I and all my other friends hid it in other books so our parents wouldn't know we were reading such stuff. It felt kinda naughty.

Tonight I was in Barnes & Noble and saw this book in the Teen section - featured on an end-cap with other romance novels for teens! I was shocked! Shocked, I say! Times sure are different now, aren't they? I just don't think I'm ready for Daughter to be reading that kind of stuff yet. I know she's not completely naive, but still. Thankfully she prefers historical fiction and fantasy right now. But nothing is forever.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Sunday, December 23, 2007

The Gift of Love and Friendship

Last night we celebrated Christmas with D's family - we had a fabulous dinner at our favorite restaurant (complete with apple pie, of course!) and came back here to exchange presents. D really oudid herself. The first gift I opened wasn't exactly from her - it was from Coastie Bro, and it's a spoon from the place he was stationed so long! THANK YOU, Coastie Bro! You know I've been wanting one! Next I opened the cutest. mug. ever. D knows I drink hot tea every morning, and now I can drink it from my awesome Elvis Christmas mug - on the back it says "Merry Christmas, Baby!" I love it. But the last gift - well, it brought me to tears. D made a CD for me - the cover of it has our picture on it, and it is titled "Of Best Friends, Queen Sloths, & Apple Pie Splurges". And it has 20 songs of love and friendship on the CD - 20 songs she chose and downloaded just for me.

I am so blessed to have D in my life - to be my friend, my rock, my confidant. I love you, D. Merry Christmas.

And Merry Christmas to all you bloggers out there - and God bless us, every one.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Ten New Year's Resolutions

It's hard to believe a new year is nearly upon us - I'm not much for resolutions, but here's my offering for this week's Ten on Tuesday - Ten New Year's Resolutions:
  1. get our finances in order and stay on budget (hmm...this seems to be on my list EVERY YEAR)
  2. read more - I used to read a lot, but now I seem to spend more time on the computer and less time with a good book
  3. in relation to #2, read my Bible more; I need to spend more time in God's word
  4. worry less, which should be easy if I do #3
  5. get more exercise - ever since I stopped teaching dance I have become rather, um, sedentary; I need to get back into some kind of physical exercise, be it dancing again, walking, whatever
  6. travel someplace that I've never been
  7. take more pictures of our everyday lives and not just holidays and vacations

Only 2 weeks left in 2007! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Sole Survivor

Finally the person I was rooting for won Survivor! Congratulations, Todd! You outwitted, outplayed, and outlasted - in my opinion, you played a helluva game. You deserve the $1 million.

Next stop for Survivor - Micronesia. The fans vs. the favorites. Should be interesting!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Island Christmas

One of the things I love about living where I do is that I'm half-way between the big city of Houston and the historic Gulf Coast city of Galveston - granted, Galveston beaches are not the most beautiful beaches, but I still love living this close to the coast. I love the water, the boats, the fresh seafood, the sound of the seagulls and ocean waves. My house is even decorated in a beach/nautical theme. It's part of who I am.

Today our family - my parents, Hubby, kids and I - spent the day at The Strand on Galveston Island. We shopped the quaint shops and had a delicous meal at Willie G.'s - we started off with raw oysters served on the half-shell - delicious!

Then Hubby and I split the Shrimp Platter, a feast that would make Forrest Gump proud: shrimp gumbo, stuffed shrimp, fried shrimp, blackened shrimp, shrimp creole and shrimp au gratin. It was fabulous!
Of course everything was decorated for Christmas, and I even bought a few ornaments for my tree.

We topped off the evening with chocolates from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Even tho it was windy and cold, we had a great day. No stress - just a day with the family enjoying the Christmas season.

Merry Christmas, everyone. Now let the comments about how gross you think raw oysters are begin!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Friday's Feast #25

Happy Friday - Happy Feasting!

Make up a word and give us its definition.
Wonky - not sure if it's a real word or one I made up, but it means screwy or messed up

What is currently your favorite song?
Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas Eve Sarajevo

What’s at the top of your Christmas wish list this year?
a new digital camera

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Name a scent that reminds you of someone special in your life.
Pond's cold cream will always remind me of my grandmother

Who is someone on television that you feel probably shouldn’t be, and why?
Howard Stern, because he's a lewd jackass

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Here's what's going on at my house.....

Except we're not British...

Ten Things I Want for Christmas

Another tough Ten on Tuesday for me this week - I really don't want much for Christmas, and some of the stuff I do want is expensive and I don't expect to get it. But since I didn't play last week, I'll take a stab at it this week.....
  1. a new digital camera
  2. new comforter for my bed
  3. chair or loveseat for my den
  4. bubble bath
  5. pajamas
  6. clothes - mainly cute tops to wear with jeans
  7. silk plants for the plant ledge in my bedroom
  8. money to pay off bills

That's really all I can think of! I'll be happy with whatever I receive - we all know it's not about the gifts anyway. Happy Tuesday!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Do they know it's Christmas?

This was 23 years ago. How much has changed?

On the 13th day of Christmas my true love gave to me....the overlimit credit card bill.

Wow. According to this article, the true cost of the 12 Days of Christmas is $19,507! That's a lot of money, yo. Here's the breakdown:

I wonder how much all of those items will be selling for on eBay after Christmas?

Saturday, December 08, 2007

No Winter Wonderland here...

Houston Metro Forecast

With moisture and warmth moving into the area over the last 24 hours, we've seen high temperatures around 80 degrees. Expect this warm pattern to continue on into the weekend. However, with moisture building, we have a slight chance of showers on Saturday, and a better chance on Sunday. Each night we'll have sea fog at the coast and patchy fog inland, so be careful! It won't be until Wednesday that we see a big cool down with a cold front rolling through.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Friday's Feast #24

Time for another Friday's Feast!

What was the last game you purchased?
I purchased a game as a Christmas present just today! Can't say what it is tho....shhh!

Name something in which you don’t believe.

If you could choose a celebrity to be your boss, who would you pick?
Matthew McConaughy - he seems pretty laid back and oh-so-nice to look at!

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What was a lesson you had to learn the hard way?
Getting married too young (not to current hubby).

Describe your idea of the perfect relaxation room.
Dim lights, soft music, a hot bubble bath, candles....aaaahhhhhh!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Elfin' Hilarious!

Sometimes I watch this just to make myself laugh.

Yep, that's the Bubba's Sis Family.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

The Reason for the Season

This is on D's blog, and it's so precious I had to put it on mine, too....

"Logan is a 13 year-old boy who lives on a ranch in a very small town in Nebraska. Logan listens to Christian Radio station 89.3FM KSBJ which broadcasts from Houston, TX. Logan called the radio station distraught because he had to take down a calf . His words have wisdom beyond his years. Since airing the audio of the phone call and now the making of the video clip, it has taken on a life of its own. People are forwarding it all over the world. We encourage you to share the love of Christ with anyone you can.

(**Sky Angel is a family safe broadcasting service that is offered on satellite. KSBJ is a local Houston Christian music radio station. Video clip produced with love by Frank Lozano. Hear the entire message at"

O Christmas Meme, O Christmas Meme...

Found this one over at The Middling Monettes and it just seems more cheery than this week's Ten on Tuesday list (Your Ten Favorite Things to Complain About):

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?

Both! All my wrapping paper and gift bags match, of course - this year it will all be Disney wrapping!

2. Real tree or Artificial?

I love a real tree, but because of the cost we have an artificial one. I must admit, it is nice that it just unfolds and is pre-lit! But I miss the smell of a real tree.

3. When do you put up the tree?

Usually the first week of December - we don't have ours up yet this year, but hopefully this weekend we will.

4. When do you take the tree down?

Before New Year's - by then I'm over it.

5. Do you like egg nog?

Yes! But not with bourbon in it. Just plain, please.

6. Favorite gift received as a child?

A Madame Alexander baby doll

7. Do you have a nativity scene?

I have three!

8. Hardest person to buy for?


9. Easiest person to buy for?

Darling Daughter

10. Mail or e-mail Christmas cards?

Definitely real mail. I love sending Christmas cards!

11 .Worst Christmas gift you ever received?

I've gotten some pretty ugly jewelry - no, not from Hubby!

12. Favorite Christmas movie?

Hands down, Christmas Vacation.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?

Usually in November - but I've only bought one gift so far this year!!!! (It's D's!)

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?

Kinda - when I was a dance teacher I got a lot of "teacher gifts" from the kids - I have taken one or two of those things to gift exchanges at parties. Does that count?

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?

chocolate covered cherries

16. Clear or colored Christmas lights?


17. Favorite Christmas song?

"O Holy Night" or "Mary, Did You Know?"

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?

There's no place like home for Christmas!

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder and Blitzen. And Rudolph!

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?

We've had both - right now we have a star.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?

The kids get to open ONE present Christmas Eve - and it always turns out to be pajamas! The rest must wait until Christmas Morning.

22 . Most annoying thing about this time of year?


23. Favorite ornament theme or color?

All the ornaments on my tree match the theme of my house - nautical/beach.

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner?

Honeybaked Ham

25. What do you want for Christmas this year?

I would love a new digital camera. One like D's - she let me use it on our vacation and I didn't want to give it back! Hey, D - you should give me your camera for Christmas!


Monday, December 03, 2007

No More Dancing

I'm so sad. It's Monday and there's no Dancing With the Stars to watch! I missed the finale while I was on vacation, but it was the first thing I watched on the DVR when I got home and I was SO HAPPY that Helio and Julianne won!! It was another great season!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Honey! I'm home!

We're home from another fabulous trip to Disney World! This was our first time to fly there - we usually drive. I'm very scared of flying, but I did fine. Little Son, however - notsomuch. He threw up three times in the two-hour flight out there. Poor little guy. We were smarter on the way back - gave him some Dramamine and he slept most of the way home. It was his first time to fly - and he says his last.

We had a wonderful week and we came home full of the Christmas spirit from all the beautiful Christmas lights/decorations/events we saw there. Cinderella's castle really does look like the picture I have below. It's awe-inspiring. We also came home exhausted. Good thing we have the weekend to recover!

So it's back to Real Life for us. Sigh. We're already thinking of when we can go back.

Yeah, we've got it bad.