Category Archives: Holidays
The Female Poem
I want a man who’s handsome and strong
A man who will listen carefully and long.
One who thinks, before he speaks.
One who will call, and won’t wait for weeks.
I want a man who is gainfully employed,
And when I spend his money, won’t be annoyed.
A man who holds my arm as he opens the door
And massages my neck as he asks to do more.
I guess what I want is a man who loves to the end.
A man who will always be my very best friend.
The Male Poem
I want a deaf-mute nymphomaniac
with huge boobs who owns
a liquor store, a bowling alley,
a big fishing boat, and a golf course.
I know that doesn’t rhyme,
but I don’t give a sh#t.
If you actually recognize the day, Happy Valentine’s Day!
[Reprinted from my MySpace blog, 11/19/2006]
When I look back, I feel like 2013 fell into the “unlucky 13” category. Events from this year have felt more challenging than fun.
Highs from the year:
- Vampire Boy turned 18 (where have the years gone?!)
- For his birthday/high school graduation present, I took him on The Rock Boat (it was an awesome trip!)
- He did graduate! (woot!)
- I sent my first born off to college (holy crap, I’m getting old!)
- OBX vacation with good friends! (thanks to Flawed Memory for taking me!)
- I road tripped with friends to see Red Wanting Blue (seriously, I ❤ this band!)
- Conference in New Orleans (I ❤ NOLA!)
Lows from the year:
- Car issues, both mechanical and accident-related; tickets for expired inspection (totally my fault); and the car has been running like crap since the summer
- Relationship issues (having a more ‘off’ than ‘on’ year)
Hmpft, how about that? When I sit down to think about all that happened over the year, the list of highs is longer than the list of lows (although both the car and relationship shit was a bit (::cough, understatement, cough::) overwhelming this year). They say “that which doesn’t not kill you makes you stronger,” right? At a few points in 2013, I wondered if I could keep my sanity while tasking my way through the challenges that life was throwing at me. And here it is, December 31, and I made it through the year!
So here’s wishing you a longer list of highs from 2013 and a happy and healthy 2014 filled with new fun and adventures!
Happy New Year!
I slept in a bit this morning (7:30, yay!) but had enough time to turn on the coffee and put my breakfast casserole in the oven before grabbing a shower. Kids planned to wake by 10 AM so I could enjoy the peacefulness of the morning.
Once they both came downstairs around 10, it was time to pass out presents!
Presents for them and presents for me! In addition to the items in the picture, I also received a few gift cards (Amazon, Macy’s, and Starbucks!) and a nice gift check! I’m already researching ellipticals on Amazon and the gift check will get tucked away for my cruise in February. I’m looking forward to testing out the ice cream maker for my KitchenAid. Can you say Ice Cream Par-tay?!
I texted the ex to tell him that I’d like to watch Social Diva open her present since it was a joint gift. He was actually receptive to bringing it over here for her to open in front of both us. She was pleased (and I can’t wait to play with her new camera). Vampire Boy’s gift was an easy transfer of cash from my bank account to his. They also had a few things in their stockings as well.
After the kids left, I resumed my Christmas Day tradition of seeing a movie, American Hustle. I made myself a nice Christmas dinner and have enjoyed a quiet house to myself.
There were no drinking plans for the evening, so it will be two Christmases in a row where I will wake up hangover free. I’m both happy and sad about this.
Now the question is do I want to go out shopping tomorrow morning? Hope you had an enjoyable day!
Thanks to the summer birthday card fiasco involving a missing birthday card mailed to my nephew and the shit storm that resulted afterwards, I wasn’t planning on driving to my mom’s on Christmas Eve. I had already asked the kids about it, and they said they were ok with not making the visit.
Over the weekend, I made sure to send a package to my mom’s address with Christmas cards for her, my step dad, and my two nephews. To avoid any “we didn’t get anything” fiasco like the birthday card, I made sure to send it Priority Mail with tracking.
Package was delivered today and I get an email from my mother asking if I’m not coming up for Christmas Eve. Immediately followed by a text from the sister asking the same question. And here’s where the “Are you fucking kidding me?” comes into play.
Mother and sister said some shitty things back in the summer, and now they’re expecting me to show up for Christmas Eve? I really don’t think so.
There’s about a week left until Christmas. I’ve been a baking fool since Thanksgiving weekend!
In lieu of buying gifts for people at work, I spend the weekends leading up to Christmas baking cookies. I then make cookie platters for the physicians I support as well as a handful of co-workers. [They love my cookies so much, they pitched in and bought me a KitchenAid mixer last year!]
I learned a lesson last year. Don’t leave the time-consuming cookies for the weekend closest to Christmas! This year, I began early and baked the time-consuming cookies during my Thanksgiving break.
First up, butter cut outs!
I no longer bake and decorate these on the same day. I’ve been researching different icing recipes to decorate these over the past few years. Social Diva initially began decorating for me, but then received a better offer and off she went! It was fun to sit down and create these. I am so happy with how they came out!
Gingerbread truffles were easy to whip up. I threw the rolled balls into the freezer to dip on a different day. I made Social Diva help me with the dipping!
Next up, my Nana’s Nut Horns!
Followed by nut bread. I made two batches of bread over two days. This is the finished product from the first batch.
Have I mentioned how much I love the KitchenAid mixer and it’s ability to produce bea-U-tiful dough?
This is the dough from today’s batch. I was able to make 9 various-sized loaves from this batch. I like to send a loaf of this and some nut horns to my Uncles from my dad’s side of the family. I used to always make these with my Nana and have continued to make them even though she’s no longer with us. I know they miss her and her baking so I like to remember them at the holidays.
Yesterday’s cookie was a tweaked recipe.
I had a recipe for a ‘chocolate/marshmallow’ cookie. To change it into a s’more-type cookie, I rolled the cookie dough in crushed graham crackers as well as sprinkled crushed graham crackers on top of the marshmallows. I also drizzled these with chocolate.
Also in my freezer (I forgot to take pictures) are red velvet peppermint cookies, rolo cookies, and buckeyes.
I’ve run out of #BakingMondays. I need to finish up a few minor details (like dipping the buckeyes, for example) and then I can start putting my trays together. I’ll be packing up cookie trays all week to haul into work. Since everyone isn’t in our office on the same days, it’s helpful to take in a few trays each day.
If I can gather up the recipes, I’ll add the links later.
The kids and I enjoyed seeing the movie, Frozen, yesterday before I dropped them off at their dad’s for their Thanksgiving dinner. I, however, came home and opened my bottle of wine. Pity Party, party of one? There was no turkey, stuffing, or mashed potatoes for me yesterday. Luckily, I had some leftover pizza for a late lunch (since I’m overdue for grocery shopping). Three glasses of wine later, it was time to change and go out.
Previous Thanksgiving Days have involved a large group of friends meeting at Jack’s on Thanksgiving night. This Thanksgiving, however, didn’t follow tradition. As my relationship ended recently, I wasn’t interested in pretending to happy and jolly around a large group of people, so this year, I just met a few close (and true) friends for a drinks. One drink turned into two, two into three, and I lost track after that. After making his way through a posted beer list, my male friend ended the night with this fruit ornated (but umbrella-less) drink.
The night was filled with stories and laughter. I’ve been hibernating since September and it was great to get out. It was just what I needed!
To top off the fun of the night, I got to stop at Tom’s Diner for breakfast. Why is it that breakfast always tastes better when someone else makes it?
Yes, that is both bacon and sausage you see on my plate!
Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving and survived Black Friday shopping if that’s your thing!
Today, I am thankful for:
- having two healthy and happy children
- having a warm place to live
- having a stable job
- having food on the table
- having a car that gets me where I need to go
- having truly good friends who make me laugh
Today, I am wishing my father a happy birthday. He would have been 68 today.
Today, the kids and I are going to see a movie before they go to their dad’s for Thanksgiving dinner. I will return home, possibly bake some cookies, then meet those good friends for a few holiday drinks. I bought a turkey to bake, but I may wait until Saturday to throw him in the oven (need to coordinate around the baking cookies!).
So wherever you are reading from, Happy Thanksgiving Day!
Extending sincere thanks to all servicemen and women for their sacrifice for the freedoms we occasionally take for granted.
I didn’t join the Facebook/Twitter bandwagon of posting something. It just didn’t seem genuine since everyone seemed to be copying from everyone else.
So if you’re a veteran or have a veteran close to you, thank you for your service to your country!