Thursday, December 29, 2011

Back in the saddle.

Life has a way of running away from me when I am not looking.  The "Intentional Christmas" I had envisioned for myself and my family was not what I planned, but it was meaningful and enrapturing just the same.  

I am a "Let's-make-it-look-like-Christmas-threw-up-in-here-the-day-after-Thanksgiving" sort of girl.

That.  Didn't.  Happen.  

For obvious reasons, moving in December didn't accommodate that tradition.

Consequently, the Christmas season seemed abbreviated.  And simple.  That was sort of my intention, so perhaps God knew what was best after all. 

We were able to enjoy one full week of Christmas decor (which we wisely limited to the big tree, a small tree, the nativity scene and a wreath on the door).  Originally, my stellar hubby decreed that the tree, along with its accompanying decor would be up until the end of January since we'd hardly had time enjoy it.  However, thanks to my sweet princess (mostly my 2-year-old Lovey), I have a wiseman missing a hand, a wiseman missing his pointy hat, a box full of broken ornaments to fix and partridge in a pear tree.  


They will boxed up today.  With hubby's hearty approval.


We are finally starting to feel settled.  There are many boxes tucked away in the basement to be gone through later.  A large bag of Christmas gifts remains missing, but what a surprise it will be when we find it (unless, of course, it was inadvertently thrown away with all the other trash that amounts during a big move.)

 Coffee in hand.  And a lovely book awaiting me on the coffee table.  Now if it would just snow...



Monday, December 19, 2011

In the nick of time...

I'm back.

A few thoughts:

Moving this close to Christmas should be illegal.  (Still missing one large bag of Christmas gifts.  My sweet hubby asked if it could have been mistaken for trash.  Please, don't even go there.)

The novelty of a laundry chute will consequently produce more laundry.  And invite temptation to do things like send a ball hurtling down at whomever's head may be beneath aforementioned laundry chute.  (Here's hoping that both of these things will lose their sparkle soon...)

I should always ask for help before moving a dresser up the stairs by myself.  (And that's all I am going to say about that.)

I don't believe I have ever been this tired in my entire life.  

One of the best decisions I made in the last two weeks was packing my coffee machine last and unpacking it first.  (Probably the one and only thing that went according to plan.)

I have the most incredibly fantabulous friends who have 100% spoiled me by helping me clean and pack, moving an endless assortment of boxes, bringing me dinner so I didn't have to cook (more than once),  taking care of my kids and just letting me cry once in awhile, too. 

There has never been a better time for coffee...


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I am not her.

It has recently come to my attention that I am not her.  (Come on now.  Don't act so surprised.)

I do not have a cape.
I do not wear tights.
I am not a masked avenger.

I cannot do it all.

At the present, I am drowning in boxes, tangled in packing tape, and barely finding time to breathe in between.

Consequently, I am on a brief hiatus.  

Perhaps only for a week or so. (If I can stand it!  I have so many stellar Christmas things to write about!)

 Live long.  Drink coffee.  And Merry Christmas. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Free Shipping Day!

I live in small town Iowa.   

(Read more about that here:  Going to Town.)  

Outside of Walmart, the farm store and the good ol' "five and dime," decent shopping is rather scarce around here.  You have to drive at least a good hour if you're looking to burn serious cash and I don't get to the city nearly as often as I'd like.  Consequently, I do a lot of shopping online... especially at Christmas.  (Armies of greedy people make me grumpy.) 

Friday, December 16 marks the 4th annual Free Shipping Day!  Over 2,000 merchants are participating.  A few that caught my eye in are:  Best Buy, Radioshack, Kohl's, Ulta, Snapfish, Apple Store, Walgreen's, Ghirardelli Chocolates, Melissa & Doug, Macy's, Helzberg, and Scheel's, just to name a few.  

You can check it out here:  Free Shipping Day.

To find more great shipping deals all year-round, check out www.freeshipping.org.

If you have Christmas shopping left to do, consider holding off until December 16 to save some extra cash.  (And if it were me, I'd use the extra to go splurge on an afternoon Starbucks...)


BONUS:  More free Christmas music!!!!  Head on over to www.Amazon.com for the 25 Days of Free Christmas Music event.  (My favorite free song so far is Celtic Woman's Ave Maria.)


There's nothing sweeter than a cup of bitter coffee.  ~Rian Aditia


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Monday, December 5, 2011

Focus.

Breathe in.  Breathe out.  Breathe in.  Breathe out.

"Hello, Monday.  How kind of you to drop by..."

I know full well that for me these next two weeks will be a challenge.  

I am:

a.  moving to a new house.
b.  directing a Children's musical.
c.  preparing to host all my family for Christmas in the aforementioned new house.

Not to mention keeping up with all the regular things like having clean clothes to wear or feeding my family.  Or all the Christmas things like addressing cards and wrapping gifts.  

*sigh*

After the kids were in bed last night, my handsome hubby looked at me and directly told me I was not allowed to talk about anything stressful for the rest of the evening.  We have two weeks of that to look forward to.  So he played a video game while I watched Cake Boss and played on Pinterest with a cup of hot peppermint tea.  Wonderfully relaxing.

And today we will tackle a massive agenda that rivals Santa's famous list.  At the top of that list is locating this:  Mocha Nog.  I love eggnog almost as much as I coffee.  Almost.  Anderson Erickson, an independent Iowa dairy, make the best eggnog.  Nothing comes close.  Last August, while attending the Iowa State Fair, I had the opportunity to sample this new creation.  Verdict?  Mocha Nog is pretty much heaven in a cup.  And it's officially beginning to arrive in Iowa grocery stores.  


So armed with a steamy cup of coffee, an iPod full of fresh Christmas music (just downloaded this one for $5:  100 Classic Christmas Songs)  and hopefully a tall glass of Mocha Nog later... I am ready to go all Chuck Norris on my list.  

"Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am"
Philippians 4.13 (MSG)


Think about this...



Friday, December 2, 2011

The Coffee Man.

"Look, Mommy, it's the coffee man!"

We were out for a day of shopping amid the masses of Christmas paraphernalia also out in full force.  Santa Claus, candy canes, Christmas trees and...

Coffee men???

I asked my little Lovey to repeat what she had just said and clear as day she sang, "Run, run, as fast you can.  You can't catch me, I'm the coffee man!"

Aha!  And then it clicked.  I have been sampling a new holiday coffee in the flavor of Boston's Best "Grandma's Iced Gingerbread" and of course, who would appropriately grace the package?  Gingerbread Man.  Apparently even my 2-year-old is keenly aware of my coffee habit. 

(Just for the record, the coffee wasn't too bad.  I thought it mediocre at first, but it grew on me.  This morning, I  opened a fresh bag of "Frosty's White Chocolate."  Not crazy about it, but maybe it will grow on me, too...  It's hard to top Starbucks or Cameron's.)


Forever:  Time it takes to brew the first pot of coffee in the morning. 

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