Sunday, December 28, 2008


First, I want to wish my friend Christine Berg a Happy birthday! (I know I'm a day late at this point, but it's better than never, right?) HBGF!!

Now I would like to recap the events of our holidays so far:

On Tuesday we left Charlotte for Richmond to spend the night with Kate and Rob, to visit and do gift exchange. They were quite generous this year (thanks you two!) and gave me snow shoe clip-ons, "Squeaky Green" the book by the method guys (which I have already finished and am sufficiently freaked out by my toiletries bag), a bag of sample products from Occitane (one of my faves!), and a vacuum sealer with bags! Jim got Seasons 1-3 of Arrested Development, a Simpsons lamp for his desk, and a watch! On Wednesday we left in the early afternoon for Fredericksburg.

We got to my house and just hung out most of the time, nothing too fancy. Always yummy food there too! Thursday early afternoon, Mom and I have been prepping and cooking food, Ryan and Melysa arrive with cute Pharley. We open presents--another fantastic haul for us! I am sure I will leave things out, but here is a highlights list. Megan: clothes steamer, beautiful rug, antique wedding box, UVA PJs/shirts/sweatshirts, ornaments from my dad, a little purse that was my mom's, SOCKS out the wazoo!, take-out menu box...I can't remember anything else now, but there was lots!

Jim got: Wii Fit, 2nd guitar for Rockband, watch with a jump drive attached, an 8-bit avatar created by Ryan, socks and tie, Ali G DVDs, a wall clock...I can't remember other things now!

After a meal that could feed 80, and I was stuffed to the gills, we visited with Marta and her parents! I always love catching up with them. Marta, as everyone knows is one of my best, very dear friends, who lives far far away in Budapest. So I love seeing her when I can. And her parents are going to be missionaries in January in Indonesia, so it was good to see them before they left!

Friday we left for Iowa to visit Jim's family! We got the non-stop flight from DC to Des Moines, which I highly recommend! Smooth sailing the whole way, and no flights to miss in the bad weather. We arrived, went for a tasty dinner at Nick's, which is one of our fave restaurants here, and then came home and opened 2 presents. I opened PJs (which I am wearing right now!) and a grey sweater, which is exactly what I wanted. Jim opened CDs, and I don't remember the titles.

Then the next morning, we got up and opened the rest of the presents. Megan got a nicer grey sweater for work, a brown wallet, Julia Child cookbook, Tales of Beedle the Bard, body cream of my perfume, scarf, Burt's Bees products, reusable bag for my purse, office supplies, prep bowls for the kitchen, good vanilla extract, soaps, a Pinocchio ornament, and a bunch of other goodies that I can't remember now (I know it seems strange that I can't remember things that happened less than 24 hours ago, but my short-term memory has turned to complete mush lately. I can only remember things that are work-related in the short-term, and even then I still write it down.)

Jim got a butt-load of CDs, a new computer bag, which he needed so badly I could weep over it, iLife, a guitar book (he wants to learn the basics), and other things that of course, I can't remember!

A wonderful breakfast followed, and because there was a tow-ban in Des Moines (which literally means that if you venture out on the roads that you've been told are so terrible, we will not tow you if you end up in a ditch. We will come get you, but we will leave your car in the ditch until Spring thaw), we stayed around the house and ate and watched TV. It was glorious!

I think today we will venture out into Des Moines, since the ice is supposed to melt a bit. At least the windows aren't iced over anymore--that's a good sign!

Hope you and yours had a Merry Christmas, and enjoy a wonderful New Year!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

7 Things People Don't Know About Me

This was passed on from my husband, so I guess I should do it, right? Wifely duties...
This is difficult for me, since I am chatty, and tell pretty much everybody everything.

1. Until this year, I have never lived outside of Virginia.
2. I originally went to college to be an architect.
3. I was born 2 weeks late.
4. My favorite number is 19.
5. I love to clean.
6. My favorite Christmas song is "Oh Holy Night". It literally brings me to tears every time I listen to it. Can you think of the last time that your soul felt its worth?
7. I am currently obsessed with birds.

So I don't want to call anyone out specifically, but if you read my blog, and have a blog and want to reveal your inner secrets, post a comment with a link to your blog! Happy Holidays!!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Craft Orgy

This has been a fun weekend for me. Jim said that I was having a craft orgy, and I think he's on to something. I've gotten a lot done--most of it in the World of Craft (not to be confused with World of Warcraft, which I hate. That's right, I said it.) I can't say too much about what I've been up to (Santa's elves never craft and tell) but I think some people will be happy!

One word of advice for Santa: If you're going to wrap all of you presents in white craft paper, be prepared that gift recipients do not actually have to unwrap the goods to see what they've gotten. That's right, white craft paper is totally see-through. Boo on white craft paper. I've come up with a few "creative solutions", but I am still mad at white craft paper.

Another great week at church--about the Winter Grace. It was hard to focus on the topic, however, since it was approximately 65 outside today. I walked home from the mall, and fell totally in love with the day. I even convinced Jim that he should also go on a walk later.

Then I donated platelets, totally sans probleme. And I got a Tshirt AND an apron!! Total score!

Now to clean the house a bit. We're having friends over for dinner tomorrow, and I don't want to get stuck leaving everything until tomorrow. TTYL!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Happy Birthday, Mama V!!

Happy birthday to my wonderful mother-in-law!!! I lucked out majorly with my in-laws, and as the head of the crew, Jane is extra awesome!!

Hope you two enjoy a nice night!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Happy Birthday, Sarah!

Happy Birthday to my friend Sarah! I hope Maddie and Andy make you feel extra special today--and everyday!

While I'm here, I'll report that we had a great Thanksgiving weekend in Fredericksburg and DC. Delicious food, quality family time, and safe travels for all--what more could a girl ask for?

We have so much to be thankful for this year, I don't even know where to start. I'll post a short list soon.

I hope that everyone reading this feels that they also have a lot to be thankful for--a great blog to read should top the list, right?