Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Getting to know you, Christmas edition

Megan emailed this to me a while ago....

Welcome to the Christmas edition of getting to know your friends Okay, here's what you're supposed to do, and try not to be a SCROOGE !!! Just copy (not forward) this entire email and paste into a new e-mail that you can send.
Change all the answers so that they apply to you. Then send this to a whole bunch of people you know, INCLUDING the person that sent it to you...... Tis the Season to be NICE!

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
wrapping paper

2. Real tree or Artificial?
I prefer real, but we have had artificial since I was about 5 because I almost died in a fire or something

3. When do you put up the tree?
right after Thanksgiving

4. When do you take the tree down?

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
I don't know. Maybe my yellow sweatsuit with bows and buttons all over it

7. Do you have a nativity scene?
My mom has one and I like to put the animals on the roof. She gets mad at me, though.

8. Hardest person to buy for?
everyone in my family is pretty easy to buy for

9. Easiest person to buy for?
my mom

10. Mail or email Christmas cards?

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
nothing that I can think of

12. Favorite Christmas movie?
we have a while tape of retro ones from when we were kids that I love to watch

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
as soon as I see something that I want to give to someone

14 Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
my mom's Christmas candy

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree?
clear or all red

17. Favorite Christmas song:
The Christmas song, All I want for Christmas is you, Joy to the World

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
we always travel

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
sure can

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
an angel that my great aunt Fern made

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
presents whenever we are all together, stockings on Christmas morning

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?

23. Favorite ornament theme or color?
hodge podge

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner?
one where I am with my family

25. What do you want for Christmas this year?
just to hang out

26. Who is most likely to respond to this?
no one, this is a blog...maybe Angie

27. Who is least likely to respond to this?
Megan. She sent it to me

Merry Christmas 2007

I was fortunate that I was able to spend Christmas with my family this year, despite the fact that it involved a lot of traveling. On Friday I went from Chicago to Burlington to Early, Iowa. After spending the night at my grandparent's farm, we headed to Rock Rapids, IA for my dad's family's Christmas dinner. This is always a nice get together, as I usually only see these members of the family every other year.

We headed back to the farm where we had my mom's side of the family Christmas on the 23rd. We had a nice dinner and played some traditional Domino BINGO. We were all winners. On the morning of the 24th, we were up early and back in the car for 5.5 hours back to my parents new house in Burlington. We had a nice dinner, opened gifts and attempted the casino...but it was closed. Christmas morning we woke up to stocking stuffed by the chimney with care. We had the laziest Christmas Day in history. I was still in my pajamas at 3pm and layed around and watched sports most of the day. We did have a vicious mid day game of Monopoly, where I cleaned up.

Tomorrow morning I will head back to Chicago bright and early.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

Monday, December 10, 2007

my crazy busy never ending life

People tell me all the time that I am too busy and I am crazy. I personally like my life busy and don't like to have too much spare time in which I am allowed to let my brain rot...and we have always known that I am a little weird.

This past week was exceptionally busy. Tuesday night, Mel came into town for a 5 day stay as she had a conference in the city. I am pretty sure she just went to a book fair, but insists it was a conference. Starting on Wednesday, I am on an 8 day stretch at the hospital, which is extra busy because we are full with kids right now.

Thursday I worked 14 hours at the hospital then went to Oak Park to meet up with Sanj and hang out for a little while. Since it is the holiday season there were even more social commitments...like a Wig Out it's the Holiday's party on Friday night that a friend from college was hosting. Mel, Lisa and I threw on out hottest wigs and made an appearance at the party. A very fun theme with some interesting hair pieces.

Saturday proved to be another long day as I worked at the tanning salon, the hospital then attended my work holiday gathering. The work holiday gathering was definitely a quality over quantity attendance and a blast. We had so much fun hanging out outside of work.

Megan was also in town for a conference so I had the opportunity to have lunch with her and a few hours of quality hanging out time before heading back into the hospital. Tomorrow is another long day of tanning salon and hospital with a break from work on Wednesday.

I really need to get to work on my Christmas cards. I am pretty excited about the one's I picked out this year, so it would be a shame if they didn't make it in the mail.

The biggest thing I am looking forward to this month is heading home for Christmas. I have 5 days off and can't wait to bub it up.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

new favorite

For quite some time I have wanted to try Brussels sprouts. Well, I made some the other day and they were amazing. I love them. They might be my new favorite vegetable.