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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


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