Monday, December 23, 2013

Things I'm Loving Lately

People who know me know that I get a little obsessed about things that I think are awesome. When I was in college, I was all about the Jane Austen (Still am. Check the blog, and the cat), followed by Grey's Anatomy, Bones, Jane Eyre, Harry Potter, etc etc. As a prelude to Christmas, I thought I'd share some things that I've been enjoying lately.

Christmas Cookies. Last weekend, I helped my sister bake about a million sugar cookies for her employees as a Christmas present. It was long, hard work and I'm so glad that we're finally able to enjoy the fruits of our labor now (ourmom, aunt and cousin helped decorate them on Thursday, which made that part go faster). They're pretty tasty, just so time intensive.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Okay, so I've been a Joss Whedon fan since high school, but this week, my love of all things Buffy came back with a vengeance. I got to talking about it with my work friend, Leah, who is also a fan, and I've been looking through the episodes on Wikipedia, and now I'm watching it on Netflix. It's like when you look for hidden meaning in great works of literature. I look for hidden meaning early episodes to make sense of later ones. Yes. I'm a nerd.
Small Houses. I've been wanting to get my own place since college. I lived alone for about six months, and enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. Awhile back, I discovered tiny houses, specifically from Tumbleweed Houses. They have super tiny houses that go on trailers, that you can take with you, but those are too small for me. They also have small houses that have a foundation, that are more my style. I'd love to build one, and set up shop writing stories. They look so comfortable and cost-effective.
This is the Exterior of the Whidbey model, built by a woman in Arkansas:
And this is the interior. It's so open and bright. I love it.
Check out the whole house here. So adorable.

Christmas Decor. We never really have a theme outside of "Christmas" for our house for Christmas. Just well loved ornaments that we've treasured for years. And my mom's Nativity obsession. We have at least three Nativity scenes up right now, some we've had more than others.
We've had this set since I was a little kid. 
The latest addition, made by a friend at church. Sorry for the grainy quality.
Last year, my mom got four Peanuts figurines (Charlie Brown-Saxaphone, Snoopy-Electric Guitar, Lucy-Flute, Shroeder-Piano) that wirelessly connect to each other and play music. This year, my mom discovered that they'd also come out with Linus last year, so my dad bought it for her. He plays trumpet, like I did. Linus was always my favorite.

Hot Chocolate. Last night, before my church's third annual Song & Story, my dad and I stopped at Starbucks for Hot chocolate. It's been so cold in Iowa lately that hot chocolate all the time sounds wonderful. I'm also debating making the Polar Express Hot Chocolate for Christmas Eve.

Candy Crush. I will fully admit that I'm totally obsessed with this game. ANd when I have to wait for more lives, I got a very similar game called Frozen Fall, based off Disney's Frozen, that I got for my Galaxy S III. Instead of breaking apart candy, you break up ice. And you get the added benefit of having Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff helping you. So fun!

That's pretty much it. I'm looking forward to Christmas. It's at our house this year, which makes it easy for me to slip away for a nap, if I need to. I'm really looking forward to seeing my favorite cousin, Laura. She's thirteen years younger than me, and my Mini Me. I haven't seen her in forever, so I'm definitely looking forward to that. I'm also looking forward to seeing her Airman older brother, who recently graduated from Air Force boot camp. I talked to him a few weeks ago, and he seems to be doing really well. It'll be nice to see him. As he's now an adult (how did THAT happen), his life will be as sporadic as the rest of ours. 

Disney Dream, September 20ll

Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas Time Is Here

And I am keeping as busy as I possibly can (she says, sitting in her jammies at 11:17 AM on a Monday morning, watching Food Network). Actually I'm on a break. Last week was SUPER busy, with my church's Ladies Christmas Dinner on Thursday, the Women of Faith Telecast at church on Friday night, a Celebration of life concert on Saturday evening, Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon. We have three more performances this coming weekend, and then we'll be done until Spring. A week from Sunday, my sis and I are also the Emcees of our church's Song & Story Variety Potluck Dinner show. This Friday night, I have a Christmas party (my second of the season, actually. I almost never do Christmas parties).

The kitties are ready for Christmas.

Janie's ready for Christmas!

Miss Tris believes she's a present.

Quite the dapper Henry.
The concerts this weekend went really well. I'm singing "Who Would Imagine a King" as a duet with my dad. I hope to get a video of it this weekend (My videographer opted to treat a friend to a much-needed girl's day, but promised she'd get it this weekend). To see the kind of performances we do, here's a video from about two years ago, last time dad and I sang (I wasn't singing with my dad for this song. That's Ron, the then-president). We were singing a song called "This is Our Son," and it's by far, my favorite song from any of the seasons I've sung with the group.

**Fun Facts: My parents met in the Celebration of Life Choir back in 1980, and my dad started working with them in 1975. I feel I owe this group my mere existence, so thanks, COL!

Our current group.
Earlier last week, we decorated our tree. I'm glad it's finished now, because when just my ornaments were up, it looked a little sad.

I don't know if you can see it, but my computer is making the lights twinkle.
We don't have twinkle lights! So cool!
We also got snow yesterday, but it's supposed to get into the 30's later this week (Thank God), so I don't think it's going to last long. How's the weather been for you? I've been absolutely freezing! To the bones, even. My bones and joints have been sore because of the cold. Not cool, soda pop.

I'm looking forward to Christmas. It's at our house this year, and might be the last one we have here (My 4-person family unit is hoping to grow out and go our separate ways. Or at least split down the middle. My parents together, then my sis and I), so I'll enjoy it while it lasts. 

I'm hoping to spend more time blogging in the future, so here's hoping I succeed. Enjoy those Christmas movies! We've already watched Scrooge, Miracle on 34th Street, The Santa Clause and The Santa Clause 2 (Don't hate). Last week, my sis and I also saw Frozen, and I can't recommend it enough! I mean, just watch Idina Menzel's showstopper as Snow Queen, Elsa.

Wonderful story about the love between sisters. Glad I saw it with mine. I totally want to see it again! I think I've even convinced my sister to run the 2015 Disney Princess Half Marathon with me as Elsa (Kiri) and Anna (Me). Now to get on that. :-)