Sunday, November 28, 2010

White Christmas

i've officially kicked off the Christmas season by watching White Christmas with my parents. this movie is great and it is extremely difficult for me to pick a favorite scene, but if i was forced i might pick this one:

Sunday, November 21, 2010

back in black

well, shades of gray anyhow. my favorite background is back! it's a little different, but i'll take what i can get.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

it snowed last night...

okay, technically it was this morning, but i was still in bed. that counts, right?

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Truth for Mature Humans

i would like to take credit for this, but i can't. it was sent to me by a friend. that said, you should know that i agree with everything on this list.

1.  I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.
2.  Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the devil are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray?  I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

17. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

19. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

22. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

23. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time!

24. The first testicular guard, the "Cup," was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974.  That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.
Ladies.....Quit Laughing.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

setting the stage

are you looking forward to an epic thanksgiving celebration? i know i am. as i mentioned earlier, it makes me sad that thanksgiving is the middle child of the holiday season, overshadowed by it's siblings halloween and Christmas. poor thanksgiving. in an effort to boost thanksgiving's self esteem, i am attempting to help you all set the stage for your own celebrations. how? by making a list of course.

awesome list of things that you can do to make thanksgiving feel better about itself:
  1. plan your menu
  2. make handprint turkeys
  3. tell the true story of the first thanksgiving
  4. dress up like a pilgrim
  5. dress up your home too. thankgivingy colors ought to do the trick
  6. break out the fine china for the big day
  7. schedule a "turkey bowl"
  8. exaggerate like crazy when you tell the story of your "turkey bowl" win (even if you lost)
  9. make leaf prints. hurry before all the leaves get raked up!
  10. make a list of your own. a gratitude list to be specific. this may take many forms. mine is on post its.
i will award 12 awesome points to anyone who sends me a picture of their participation in any one of these items.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

whoa, nelly!

ran to the store last night on a quick errand and, to my horror and dismay, they were playing Christmas music. Christmas music! already? NOT OKAY! it's not even thanksgiving yet. don't get me wrong, i love Christmas, and i love Christmas music, but not until thanksgiving has had its due. poor thanksgiving, always getting overlooked. sad face. i love thanksgiving. a lot. partly because autumn is my favorite season and partly because it's awesome! seriously, it's the one day a year you get to stuff your face and nobody can judge you. you are supposed to eat a little bit of everything and you are supposed to go back for seconds (or thirds, or twentieths...), plus the leftovers are amazing. what's not to love? i guess i shouldn't be all that surprised. thanksgiving has been fighting an uphill battle since the beginning.

what we think of as the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 when the plymouth colonists and wampanoag indians shared an autumn harvest feast. they probably did not eat turkey. from that point forward days of thanksgiving and harvest celebrations were held by individual colonies and later, states. nothing national. in fact, many parts of the country remained oblivious to the tradition for quite some time. centuries. in 1827 (206 years after the celebration in plymouth) sarah josepha hale decided it was time to spread the love and launched a campaign to create a national holiday. for 36 years. that's longer than i've been alive. in 1863 (now 242 years after plymouth) president abraham lincoln finally headed her request and, in the midst of the civil war, declared a national holiday. sort of. he entreated all Americans to all Americans to ask God to “commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” and to “heal the wounds of the nation.” he assigned the last thursday in november to the task. it worked. thanksgiving had made it onto the calendar. fdr tried to move it once, but that didn't go over very well.

see what i mean, an uphill battle. and we've gone and made it worse. we've taken the one major holiday that has managed to avoid becoming an over-commercialized version of itself, and basically tell it it's not good enough. shame on us. i realize there is little to nothing that i we can do about the retailers and their attitudes towards the holiday i love so much. in fact, i kind of like that they haven't thrown thanksgiving on the lost-its-original-meaning bandwagon. the thing is, we shouldn't be so quick to join them in their disregard for this celebration. if you love me at all, or even like me a little bit, do me a solid and wait a couple weeks to start celebrating Christmas. do yourselves a favor and give thanksgiving the celebration it deserves. you can thank me later.

side note: if i had a horse, i would totally name it nelly.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

ode to autumn

i don't know about you, but for me autumn isn't just a transition from summer to winter. it is it's own wonderful, magical entity, the days grow shorter, the nights grow colder and the clothes get cozier and the world just seems to chill out a bit. it's perfect. have i mentioned that i LOVE this season? i totally do. so, as with seasons past, i have graciously compiled a glorious playlist for your autumn listening pleasure. consider it my love song loaded mix tape for the wonderful season.

awesomely autumn
  1. quelqu'un m'a dit--carla bruni
  2. flightless bird--iron & wine
  3. windmills--mutual admiration society
  4. somebody loved--the weepies
  5. today--joshua radin
  6. the house you're building--audrey assad
  7. daydreams--adele
  8. a little love--meaghan smith
  9. you send me--sam cooke
  10. dancing shoes--gavin degraw

Monday, November 1, 2010

spooktacular!!!

i kind of love halloween. i honestly enjoy getting all dressed up and making a fool of myself. does that make me weird? no, it makes me AWESOME! this year i let the kids i work with vote on my costume. some might call that a mistake, but i call it genius. especially since they unanimously chose this:

that's right. i went as flo the progressive girl and i totally rocked it! seriously, if something tragic should befall the real flo, i'm ready to step up to the plate and fill in. for realsies. just say the word and i'm there.
so here are these children that chose the perfect costume for me? feast your eyes on this little jewel filmed at the halloween party we had for the kids on friday:

video

have i ever mentioned that i really love my job?