Sunday, December 21, 2008

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeww!

I know, I know...
Bad Blogger!!! Bad Bad Blogger...

I have been so busy, it's been maddening... but I am finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel... or is that only dust in my eye? Hmm...

Well, first things first, my dental visit...
and my first chance to play Mrs. Claus...  (I love this part!!!!)

Dr. CutiePie is a gamer.  Now, he's an XBox360 Gamer... but I can't even begin to imagine a character from XBox that I would/could due any form of justice to via crochet...
so.. I went with SackBoy.    Pattern purchased here: SackBoy Pattern
 
Sure Sure.. I could have done Mario.. or PacMan (old schooled it..) but they aren't XBox either...
besides, his favorite game at the moment is Guitar Hero.. or was it.. Rock Band...
Hmm...
I forget...  which is why I got him a gift card for Game Stop, so he could get whatever he wanted!
Me, I just stick to my air guitar!!

And... of course, I couldn't forget Katie (his secretary/receptionist/office manager/all around go-to-gal)
Kitty Pattern purchased here: Alley Cats 
OH ... ALRIGHT, alright.
YES!! it's MY type of pressie!!!
But I don't know a single woman who wouldn't appreciate some good chocolate... and a ice-cold cup of coffee!!!  (Well, okay - but Katie likes Iced Coffee too!! - Must be a New England thang!)

Then, of course, there was the tree to decorate...


Each year, it is the one and only thing I ask for from Hubby.  I am not to much a material gal - I enjoy the simple things... and having a live Christmas Tree at Christmas is the most 'simple' and (to me) traditional.
...
but ... had I known that 3 more Christmas Pressies would just seem to appear overnight... I would have decorated it even faster!!!
Ain't they just the sweetest???  The 2 smaller dolls (peach and lilac) were done using a Size 1 hook using yarn.. and the larger one (pink - which is for a 3 year old) was used with a larger hook... I want to say a C hook.. 
Oh Lord, I'm having a hard enough time just remembering what I did this morning when I got up.....

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
that's right...
I figured, since there wasn't much else I could do.. and since my hands are hurting so very much from crocheting like a mad feind!! (There is another smaller pink fairy which is about 85% done, but still needs wings, tiara, and wand... I think I will work on that tomorrow night-talk about pushing the Christmas Eve deadline huh?)...
....
I started my baking.. (FINALLY!!)
This is the box of goodies went with Hubby to work this morning... and boy do they ever need the sugar rush!!! (hee hee)
There are 3 different kinds of chocolate chip cookies, brownies, butter cookies, peanut butter cookies, sugar cookies ... and my own little touch, a little bit of Italy.. Pistachio Loaves and Almond Biscotti (my Nonna's recipe *grin*)
Yeah... I'm sure this was a welcomed *surprise* this morning when they all had to show up at 6AM... Yes, 6!! On a Sunday...

oh?  Did I forget to mention??  Why is it that "
wasn't much else I could do" a mere 4 days before Christmas?
Well Hubby and crew are on "Storm Hours".. which means 18hours on.. 6 off - or rest..
because it started snowing Friday afternoon at about 2:30 and hasn't stopped yet.. LOL
And you want to know the SADDEST PART...
we probably still won't have a "White Christmas"...
Tomorrow it is supposed to snow in the AM... then turn to rain and sleet by mid-afternoon...
then Wednesday night... Christmas Eve... there is a 60% chance of RAIN!!

*sigh*

At least I will have the piccie ...

Seasons Greetings friends..
May your holiday be bright and all your wishes come true!

Friday, December 12, 2008

How are you Christmas?

Inside a snowflake, like the one on your sleeve,
there happened a story, you must see to believe.

Way up in the mountains, in the high rage of Pontoos,
Lay the small town of Whoville-- The home of the Whos!
Ask any Who and they'll have this to say:
There is no place like Whoville around Christmas Day.
Every window was flocked, every lamp post was dressed
and the Whoville Band marched in their Christmas-y best.
Arbor Day was fine and Easter was pleasant,
and every Saint Fizzin's Day they are a Fizz pheasant;
But every Who knew, from their 12 toes to their snout,
They loved Christmas the most,
without a single Who doubt.

** ANOTHER MINUTE CLOSER TO CHRISTMAS **
Most years, it is easy to say that I could fit right in with the small town of Whoville -- well, minus the 12 toes and snout part anyway. 

Christmas cards addressed and mailed out on Black Friday.  Walking around singing and/or humming cheery Christmas music. 
Major shopping done by the end of November and wrapped throughout December.  Leaving only the tree to be dressed, the lawn to be decorated and more lights than who-manly needed, to be strung...
Each year I add more lights and/or more decorations. 
This year, I purchased 2 white lighted trees, a 'fireplace' DVD and a light show thingie that will make the lights dance to the Christmas Music.

Oh well, at least I am not stealing the light bulbs out of the refrigerator ... yet.

Then of course, there is the baking...
Now if you listen to Hubby, he will claim that the only time of year I actually 'cook' is the holidays... and that is "only baking"...

But truth-be-told, it's just his favorite part of the holidays and he looks forward to all the sweet goodness that flows from my oven (yes, all made from scratch!)  

It is the one time of year that I don't monitor his 'sweets' or give him the 'look' for over-indulging. 
It also doesn't hurt his 'status at work', that I am one of the only wives who sends in baked goods for the boys.  *grin*

Leading up to the days before Christmas, there is usually some Christmas movie or another in the DVD player or on the television.  Last night, as if you couldn't gather from my intro, 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas was on.. LOL
(It's one of the only movies I can stand with the over-actor Jim Carey -- because Suess is so 'over-the-top-odd' with his characters, I can't imagine "The Grinch" being played by another actor and lending the eccentric-ness needed to make the movie entertaining.)

Christmas Eve is when the girls take control of my kitchen and bake their Sugar Cookies for Saint Nic... well, they need to be soft and warm for thim..
... and while other 'good little children' are leaving a glass of cold milk or even a mug of hot chocolate; we give Santa a big ole piping hot cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee.  

After all, he is pulling an all-nighter with no one to keep him company but 8 tiny reindeer.

Before bed, the kids and I curl up in the 'big chair' or on the love-seat and read Twas the Night Before Christmas.

and never fail, each Christmas of their 7 and 8 years on this planet so far...
Santa Claus leaves plenty of pressies under the tree and one small package at the foot of their bed. 

2 years ago, he even accidentally left one of his jingle bells...
must have fallen off his toy bag, or perhaps off his suit, 

but it began a *new* Christmas Tradition: 
Last year, right before bedtime, we each took turns shaking it - as long as it jingled for us, Santa would come and answer our wish list...
but if ever it doesn't jingle, *sigh* that means either we've lost the magic of Christmas (and no longer believe) or we've been so bad that Santa is going to skip us.

I'll let you know what happens this year.. *grin*

Well, those are some of my Family Christmas Traditions...
I would be very happy to hear some of yours.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Needing a little Christmas Spirit..

*sigh*
What I actually needed this morning, was one of those 1-800 'Don't Beat your Kid to a Bloody Pulp' numbers.

I think that the stress of the holidays is really getting to me.
I've got so many things to do, and it seems like so very little time in which to get it done.

I am battling with an online company at present (do NOT buy from Buy.com) after they charged my credit card some $600.00 for something that was only in my shopping cart.  (I was comparison shopping between like 4 different online stores... had things in carts to see total prices)... next thing I know, I get home and check my email for something else completely.. and there is a "Thank you for your order" sitting there...
Now they claim, that although I told them 5 days ago to 'cancel the order' (that I never actually placed); they've mailed out the merchandise.
HELLO?!? 
Which means that $600.00 worth of funds are tied up either for the next 30-60 days (going thru cc and disputing charges) or until they refund (if under 30 days).  So needless to say.. that's got me a bit... miffed.

I've got 3 of the (now) 4 needed dolls crocheted .. (3rd needs to be sewn together) which all need to be ready by Friday (vacation time is a wonderful thing, isn't it?)..
I've gotten done both of the Dental Office Christmas Pressies...
But have yet to start on the Tree or Candy Cane covers for the girls' classrooms..
Not to mention getting Hubby's Lineman Doll all done in time for his Christmas debut (since I missed the birthday one.. as it was YESTERDAY!!)

I've got about 30 dozen cookies to make next week...
along with several cakes...

a tree to decorate... which ... don't even get me started on 'Why do men ALWAYS go for the biggest tree on the lot????'.  
Every year, I feel like I am in a Christmas re-run of 'Home Improvement' ... and I swear, if Hubby starts 'grunting'... I'm gonna take a vacation in one of those buildings where they give you those ever-so-fashionable tight little white jackets and strap you in your bed at night.

O-kay...
so if all that isn't enough...
as I've went wayyyyy off the deep end into unchartered areas of information...
there's the issue with my oldest daughter..
*sigh*
I love her to pieces.. truly adore her... honest

but, there are times like this morning when (forgive me) I wonder why I ever had children!
She is at that age where she's going to try 'new things'..
good things... bad things...  
and REALLY BAD THINGS,like LYING!

Now, I can't stand a liar..
Never could.  Not even lies for the 'good reasons'...
I would rather have someone tell me I look like crap.. then spare my feelings and allow me to leave the house looking like something that belongs in a bad B movie.

Well, she lies about EVERYTHING...
the color of her eyes...
the weather...
If you ask her a question.. more than likely, the answer you get will need to be verified.
I've been told this is a childhood phase.. and she will sort of ... outgrow it..
(or at least learn how to really lie so it isn't so obvious that she is lying.)

I was finishing up a crochet project last night..
so I called into her...
"Homework done?"
"Not yet Mommy, I'm working on it."

No reason to suspect that she's lying...  after all the television was off.. and she was 'working on some papers' that came home from school when I'd visually check on her.  She's doing her homework...

Well, due to misbehaving earlier yesterday morning (and because they each gave me issue about going to bed the night before)... both girls had lost 30 minutes - early bedtime.. *grin*

So here we are, 7:30 with an 8pm bedtime...
"Homework done?"
"Yup."
"Room clean?"
".. long pause... and "no...... (in that kid voice that just makes you want to rush right in and clean it up for them)"
"Well, you're burning up tv time.. clean up your room."
"owwww, .... k" 

Now, television is the devil's invention...
it's makes you fat - lazy and steals all your creativity...
...
yeah.. I know, I can't live without it either.

But as far as the kids... I don't care if they miss a night of Total Drama Island.. or SpongeBob Squarepants (okay, so they are really not allowed to watch such nonsense - I was trying to make a point).  
Needless to say, neither child got their 'tv time' last night as it would seem that dinner had slow-motion pills mixed in with the pasta gravy.
Homeworks and cleanups took both kids right up until 8pm to finish up.

So this morning, I wake...
NOT IN A GOOD MOOD...
My cat is in heat AGAIN...
The wind blew over several lawn ornaments and a few plants...
It's dark and gray outside...
I am still wallowing in animosity from yesterdays' shopping.. outing... 
and it's one of those days where you just want to stay buried underneath the covers until about noon.
and.. my child just didn't want to get out of bed either..
(she is so NOT a morning person... she gets it honestly... *blush*)

I grab up her papers from her dresser (her homework, which should have already been downstairs in her backpack) toss her clothing to her and bark at her to "get up and dressed and come downstairs for breakfast"...
and make my way downstairs to get their backpacks together and begin the morning 'school routine'.. which involves way too many "you're gonna be late for the bus" statements.

I notice that 1 of the 3 pages of her homework, isn't done!!!
*grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr*

So, I tell her that she's lost her television privileges for the night.. and to get her little butt in high gear so she can get her homework done...

Well, this entry is already getting too long...
but.. the 'other child'... in her 'best younger sister annoying-but-ever-so-helpful way' reminds me that not only should Big Sister's tv be gone for the night, but also her DS and that she should have an early bedtime.
Meanwhile, I'm getting the attitude from hell.. like it was MY FAULT she lied and got punished...
She's sitting at the kitchen table with a blank stare on her face, not finishing her homework.. not eating... just staring... or was that glaring...
and there's only 20 minutes until it's bus time.

...

YEAH...
it was THAT kind of morning...

and now I am off to shower and go see the Dentist..
Squeezing my fat rear-end into jeans that are probably a size too small so that he doesn't have to see me yet again in the same old sweatpants (I swear that man is one day going to believe I only own 2 pair of pants and both are black and frumpy.) 
The going for a walk in the drizzle with the wind slapping me in the face...
*sigh*
I don't want to go...
but I rescheduled last week's appointment to today...
and I don't want to reschedule again on such short notice..
so...

....


oh and... did I mention that I've not wrapped anything yet?????


yeah...

If you have a little Xmas cheer you are not using...
mind sending it my way???
I will certainly put it to good use.