christmas


The title sounds ominous, doesn’t it?

As I said previously (my last post?), Paul and I opened our gifts on Saturday.  I wasn’t expecting it, but Paul’s parents came over to watch us open everything and I was completely caught off guard!

Pretty much all I’ve wanted all year, besides crafty stuff, is a Nintendo ds lite and Super Princess Peach.  I don’t even LIKE the color pink for the most part, but when I saw they’d come out with a pink ds I hadda have it!  Alas, my dreams were dashed when I was told that it just wasn’t in the budget.  So, I wasn’t expecting to open all this:

Not only did the booger get me my shiny, beautiful ds lite, but he also got me the Super Princess Peach game, Resident Evil Deadly Silence (which I absolutely LOVE, RE is so much fun!), a Strawberry Shortcake game (the instruction manual is strawberry scented lol!) and March of the Penguins.  He also bought me the Princess Peach tin that came with a case (hot pink, no less), pink headphones, 3 different stylus’ and a vinyl Princess Peach skin.  What a haul!  Having not expected ANY of this it was a huge surprise!

I got Paul the Spiderman trilogy since he LOVES Spiderman.  I know they’re going to be making more, but we didn’t own any of them and now seemed to be as good of a time as any to pick them up.  I also got him the super special, loaded dvd of Transformers because he’s still a 10 year old at heart and goes ga-ga over anything to do with them.  I think he liked the Transformers hat even more than getting the movie!  I also picked him up the cd/dvd of Good Times, Bad Times by Godsmack.  He was at the concert where they filmed the dvd and I about had a heart attack from laughing when I saw him with his arms thrown up in the air and silently saying “Holy fuck” as the camera went right over him!  His big gift was a new mp3 player.  His old one was MY old one and it only held about 30 songs or so.  He’s intimidated by my 30 gig, so I got him a 2 gig with a little screen.  It has all the bells and whistles, but an easy interface so he’s been listening to it pretty much non-stop all this time.

After his parents went home I finished cooking dinner and we just spent the rest of the day vegetating, watching movies, playing with our new toys and then eating way too much turkey/mashed potatoes/cranberry sauce.  It was awesome 😀

For some reason I couldn’t sleep on Christmas Eve.  We went to bed around 2:30 in the morning and I layed in bed until 4 am.  I finally said screw it and got up because I hate just laying around.  I have to keep my hands busy or my mind goes a billion miles a minute.  I decided that since all my Christmas crafting was finished I would finally find a project to work on for myself that didn’t have a deadline.  I started a fair isle snowflake hat for myself since everybody and their mom gets warm handknits from me and I still don’t even have a pair of fingerless gloves to warm my poor wittle hands with!  I put it down after four rounds lol!

I went to bed at 7:30 on Christmas morning and had to get up to get ready to go to my mom and dad’s house at 9 am.  I dragged myself out of bed, downed a 32 oz cup of coffee and we made it over there only 20 minutes late.  We took Transformers over for my Dad to watch (yes, he’s perpetually 10 years old too!) and after we had some pull-apart bread for breakfast we opened our gifts.

Now, I’m going to be really honest here.  I’ve spent most of my life knowing that I was second best to my sister.  I’ve also spent most of my life thinking that my Mom didn’t really care about me because she’s never really shown it.  That’s why it was no big surprise when she handed me a candle and said Merry Christmas.  I wasn’t expecting more and when she handed me a second bag I was a little surprised.  I opened it up and there was a letter on top.  I won’t go in to it here because it was pretty personal, but below the letter was her Madame Alexander doll.

My mom was born in 1943.  Her parents bought her this doll when she was 13 and it was the last childhood toy she recieved.  She’s kept it all these years and every so often she would take it out and tell me about it.  I helped my Mom re-joint her when I was 14 because she was so old that the elastic bands holding her together disintegrated.  I never in a million years would have expected this gift from her, because frankly I didn’t think she felt I was worthy of it.  It’s the only gift I’ve recieved in my entire life that made me cry and the letter that she put with it means as much to me as the doll.  I really can’t even explain the emotions that I had when it hit me that maybe my Mom loves me more than I give her credit for and maybe she’s just not very good at showing it most of the time.

I’d say it was an amazing Christmas after all, and I’m glad that the nasty bah humbugs that were plaguing me a few days before were completely wiped out.  The coolest thing was that it wasn’t all about the gifts, there were some good emotional things going on as well.  This Christmas is the first one of my adult life where I haven’t felt disappointed in some way.  I know that sounds selfish, but I don’t mean it that way.  I’m just glad that I got a little inside look at how my Mom thinks.  You’d think after almost 30 years that I’d have gotten it by now, but it’s just not that clear cut with my Mom and I.

I hope everyone out there had a great Christmas too.  I’ll be looking forward to hearing about it in your blogs, hint, hint!

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Hey!  I just wanted to write a quick post and wish everyone a very merry Christmas (and Yule!)  I’m probably not going to get the chance to post again until after Tuesday (though don’t quote me on that.)

I got my shopping done today, FINALLY.  I got Paul some really great stuff and I hope he loves it all.  I got about three or so hours of sleep last night and I’ve been up shopping and wrapping and drinking ridiculously copious amounts of coffee to keep going.  I love this time of year but I’m always happy for it to draw to an end.

We’ll be doing our gifty stuff tomorrow afternoon since we’ll be running around on Christmas day to visit family.  Paul’s work was kind enough to give out turkeys, pumpkin pies, cranberry sauce, and all sorts of other stuff so dinner’s figured out for tomorrow for me.  Nice!  My honey is home for the next four days and that’s an added bonus.  I’m finally starting to de-stress and it feels good.

I’ll leave you with a picture of our finished tree.  I just added some candy canes to it!  Don’t mind all the stuff in the background, that corner is the biggest area of free space we have!  (Oh, and the tree really isn’t crooked, promise)

Happy holidays!  I hope it’s a wonderful time for everyone!

Like I mentioned in last nights post, I finished this little snowflake yesterday but had to let the stiffener dry.

I didn’t see it when I was putting it on the tree, but it looks like I AM going to have to get some rustless pins.  Drat.  You can barely see the little rust stains on the picots, but I know it’s there and that drives me crazy!  Maybe I’ll get some in my stocking.  heh.

I used Bev’s 15 minute snowflake pattern and yep, it’s really that quick!  I did go up to a size 5 steel hook instead of the size 8 recommended, but I really don’t see a huge difference in size.  I forgot how much I liked thread crochet!

I’ve got to make a run to the electric company today.  Our bill was a week late and they sent us a shut off notice!  The problem is that they waited until three days before the shut off notice to notify me, and two of those days were the weekend!  Grr.  I suppose I can’t get my panties too bunched up because I knew it was due, but the last time my bill was late (about a year ago!) there wasn’t that strict of a due date.  sigh.  It’s getting taken care of, but it’s just one more thing to stress about, you know?

I’m really late posting today!  I stayed up all night finishing a fair isle hat for my father in law and then slept in late late late.  It’s called the Fake Isle Hat and it’s a free pattern from Magknits.

It was a really quick knit, but as I cast on for it at about 9pm last night, it took until the wee hours of this morning to finish.  I’m not wild about the striping, I should have planned it out better, but I like the overall kind of stained glass look of it.  I’ll have to try the pattern again one of these days with the suggested yarn.

Another reason I’m late with my ornament today is because I made two.  I originally crocheted a snowflake, but didn’t take in to account that it needed to be stiffened before I could hang it on the tree and take a picture.  That will be for tomorrow.  Today’s ornament is cute though!

I really like how this turned out!  I made knitting needles out of bamboo skewers and knit a little seed stitch swatch on them.  I capped them off with purple clay and then wound a little ball of yarn to hang down between the stitches.  Considering my overwhelming obsession with knitting I think it’s the perfect addition to our tree 🙂

Ugh.  I still have to cook dinner and I’m starving!  I’m going to roast a huge ham tomorrow and I’ll be starting it early in the morning so it can slow roast all day.  That way I won’t have to worry about it being almost 6pm and not having dinner even started!

I spent most of the morning playing catch up and I’m finally done!  For today anyway 🙂

The first one is just a little victorian style candy cone.  I used glittery felt and ribbon.  I’d like to do some really intricate ones one of these days because I always thought they looked beautiful on a tree, but I don’t have a lot of fabric at the moment.  Well, I do, but I need to go through it because it’s all tossed together and I just didn’t have the energy to rifle through it today.

The second, third and fourth are just painted wooden ornaments.  Our friend Jennifer that came to visit brought them for me and I thought they’d work well for my challenge since I did have to paint them.  My favorite is the snowman because after I painted his body white I covered the still wet paint in glitter and then brushed it off.  She brought two others as well but they were so pretty that I didn’t want to cover them up with paint.

The last one is a little fair isle stocking that’s knitted flat and then sewn up the side.  I’d never done fair isle straight and it was a lot of fun.  I had a great time changing the colors around and adding stripes to make it my own.  You can get the pattern here.

I’m happy that I caught up with my challenge.  I’m the type of person that can’t stand to make plans and then give up on them.  I was feeling a little down that I was making such a big deal over it but I sucked it up and just did them and now I’m back on track.  Now…what do I make tomorrow?

I’m a little disappointed in myself for not getting my ornaments done.  I’m such a stickler when I make a promise to myself and I feel guilty for not doing what I said every single day.  I’m trying to give myself a little slack though because really…what’s going to happen if I don’t reach my goal?  It’s hardly the end of the world.

However!  Just because I’m promising that I won’t beat myself up doesn’t mean I’m throwing in the towel!  I like having personal goals and challenges, it keeps me motivated!  So, even though I haven’t had anything to show for the last couple of days (except a really great visit with a friend!) I’ll be trying to catch up over the weekend.  If I don’t, then I’ll get over it.  I’m going to try though.

Our visit with out out-of-town guest was really great.  It was quick and felt like a blur, but it was so much fun.  We visited and ate pizza and played video games and caught up on the last year.  Moxie and Snitch got along famously and poor Mox was so sad when they left.  I felt guilty!  She’s back to her old self today but I was really worried about my moping pup last night!

The hubbin’ is out Christmas shopping right now and that gives me some time to work on a few things as well.  I’ve got most everything done now except something for my father in law (I’m STILL contemplating) a few bath cloths for a friend,  a small handbag for my mom.  I *think* that’s all, but I’m sure I’ve forgotten something or someone and will be going crazy two days before Christmas.  Ugh.  I love the challenge of getting things done by a certain time but I never start soon enough.  You’d think I’d have learned this by now!

I may or may not post this weekend, depending on whether or not I get my ornaments done.  I may take a whole afternoon to catch up and do a mass post of them.  I’ll have to wait and see.

I found a couple of Christmas quizzes on Tickle.com and thought I’d share the results. I think I could totally pull off a Mrs. Claus costume lol!

 

 

  What’s Your Christmas Movie Match?

  My Result: A Charlie Brown Christmas  

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There’s no other way to say it: Like your Christmas movie match, you’re still a child at heart. And while growing up isn’t really a terrible thing, you love to relive the days when life was just a little bit simpler. Playful and silly, you don’t sweat the small stuff.

Of course, you can act your age when it’s necessary, but it’s just not all that much fun. So when the work’s over and it’s time to celebrate, don’t be afraid to have a great time. And don’t worry, no one will make fun of your not-so-perfect Christmas tree. We think it’s cute!  

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  Which Christmas Character Are You?

  My Result: Mrs. Claus  

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That’s right — your unwavering support, hospitality, and comforting touch have landed you the important role of Mrs. Claus. You know how to take good cheer and deliver it wherever you go, spreading warmth even on the coldest winter days.

Secretly, we know you’re the one holding Santa’s operation together. It wouldn’t surprise us at all if you were the brains behind the whole organization with your powers of planning. And you know how to keep the peace, too, whether it’s easing the egos of bickering elves or keeping flying reindeer well fed and ready for flight. You do what needs to get done — even if you don’t always get recognized for it. So keep at it, Mrs. Claus! With your hospitality and good-natured ways, this is your season to shine.  

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