Monday, December 22, 2014

TWTW - short scenes from the weekend before Christmas

Sorry for any doubles from Instagram, Sunday night was lazy town.
1 - Greenery to fill the wall vases.
2 through 5 - Dad & Carol's annual Christmas party. The majority of the food I ate this week was cookie-ish in nature. Hashtag holidays.
6 - Friday night was grocery shopping and macaroni salad making. Then I got a massage and rolled into HomeGoods while I was feeling loose and spendy. I picked up this rack then proceeded to purge and reorganize all of my health and beauty products.
7 through 9 - Sunday with Lori. We hit Target and PetSmart. Mae got some new gear. Then we had linner with my brothers and their ladies at Georgine's. We were in pajamas by 5:30 p.m.
10 - This weekend you may have missed my fall goal report and my winter goals.

Other than that, a lot of purging and reorganizing around the house in anticipation of Christmas and a lot of time with the dogs who are clinging to me like glue since we returned from vacation.
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Congratulations to the winner of my Ho Ho Ho Mofos giveaway, Erika. She won $50 and chose to have $25 donated to The Kelsey Smith Foundation as the charity of her choice.

Christmas week - are you ready?

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Linking up with Biana at B Loved Boston for Weekending

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Winter Goals

Tis the season to get some winter goals up here. 

1. Finally make a pie crust/pie from scratch. I failed to do this in my October Choose Your Own Adventure Food Theme Challenge and in my fall goals. Time to get this shit done.

2. Host dinner party so people help us eat the turkey I have in the freezer.

3. Make a 40 by 40 list of uh, 40 things I want to do before I'm 40. I turn 38 in March. I need time for some of them.

4. Book Airfare for wild west trip.

5. Organize and catalog loose photos, including possibly using a pay to scan service.

6. Stick to my exercise schedule.

7. Creative writing off the blog once a week.

8. Try three new to me restaurants.

9. Get the Be Nice Box project going.

10. Go through beauty products - keep, toss, reorganize, share.

Have you made any winter goals?

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Fall goals - how did I do?

Well here we are, the final day of fall. Winter is upon us in name as well as feeling. Here's how I did on my fall goals. 

1. Major wardrobe overhaul - both summer and winter - all clothes and shoes, special occasion clothes, everything down to socks. Purge, update, and upgrade. And dry clean the winter coats while I'm at it. Dunzo. I got rid of a lot of clothes and consolidated. I actually have extra room in my drawers. And the winter coats were dry cleaned. 

2. Get up 15 minutes earlier three days a week. This happened once a week for a while, then it didn't happen any more. Bomb.

3. Stretch every night before bed. This didn't happen every night, but it happened at least four nights a week, which is four more nights than it ever did. 

4. Daily dog walk unless it's raining. I should've added or unless it's frigid - they don't like that. I mean, I don't either, but they really don't.

5. Try new recipes: one new app, main dish, veggie side, Sunday soup, dessert, and pie crust/pie from scratch. All links go to pins on pinterest.
      App - pepperjack cheese dip
      Main dish - lazy Sunday casserole, Minnesota hot dish, easy italian chicken bake
      Veggie side - Cauliflower tater tots
      Sunday soup - Shrimp & Corn Chowder
      Dessert - pumpkin pie cupcakes
      Breakfast - spinach muffins
      Pie crust/pie from scratch - I made mini apple hand pies, but the crust was not from scratch. Halvesies?

6. Outdoors:
       a) Clear out both sheds and find new storage for cushions Dunzo
       b) Winterize flower beds Dunzo
       c) Major cleanup of side yard Dunzo
       d) Pray for Yard Crashers to materialize as I'm working my ass off and fending off spiders.                       Done, but the bastards didn't show.

7. Go see a beach sunrise at the shore. Dunzo - November 8. 

8. October wallet watch. Results are here.

9. Vacuum/wash window treatments and clean baseboards. Done, hatefully. 

10. Take my car in for a tune up. Newp. I took it to get inspected, but that's it. Bomb.

Did you make fall goals? How did you do?

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Pipe Dream Wish List

I've seen a lot of wish lists on blogs over the past month. Tis the season to put all your wishes out there, right? My list is not as simple as an awesome mug or sparkly flip flops. These are things I really want but things I know I'm not going to get.

Things like...

*Four day work weeks and three day weekends or European company vacation time at American companies

*A lifetime supply of Sanuks

*Canada's maternity policy for American families

*Equal pay for equal work across the board

*For no one to stop dead in the middle of a walkway or doorway like they own it

*For a consenting adult of sound mind to be able to marry whoever they want

*For no one to be hungry or without clean water or shelter

*An overhaul of the welfare, justice, and education systems in America

*A cure for childhood cancer. Cancer is a douche warlord in general, but childhood cancer destroys me.

*Term limits for all politicians - 5 years of service and you're out. Politics should not be a career.

*A good, safe, loving home for all children

*A huge fenced in farm and the funds to operate it so I can house all the unwanted and mistreated dogs out there.

*An end to multi-media and people playing MFing videos when TV or radio is on or having radio and TV on simultaneously. It is annoying as fuck and it must stop.

*For vaginas not to be political agenda items

*Less need to be right and more of a need to understand and be understood worldwide

*Teleportation abilities

*Peace on earth, the biggest pipe dream of all. People have been fighting over power, greed, religion, control, land, money, and resources since the beginning of time and it will continue on until the end of time unless we start evolving a lot more quickly. Still, it's nice to dream.

I could go on forever but it's Friday and I have shit to do. Come sit on my lap and tell me what's on your far out wish list.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thursday Thoughts

1. Christmas Day, seven days from today. You heard it here first. Or probably last. Whatever. I love our new Advent Calendar. I wanted to buy all the available Disney Victorian Christmas stuff but the store was so crowded at 11 p.m. I almost started karate chopping pushy motherFers in the neck so I had to grab the countdown calendar and get the F out of there.
2. Philly Friends: Do you know about Rosa's Fresh Pizza? Located at 25 S. 11 Street, slices are always hot and fresh and just $1. Beyond affordable pizza, Rosa's believes in giving back to the community - when you buy your slice, you can pay another $1 to go towards feeding residents of Philadelphia in need. Can't get to Rosa's to donate? You can pre-purchase a hot slice of pizza online for one of the many homeless Rosa's serves by clicking here. I think this is pretty awesome. Even more awesome? Rosa's has paired up with Rush Order Tees to feed AND clothe the homeless this winter. If you buy a short sleeve t-shirt ($14), you contribute seven pizza slices for homeless visitors. If you buy a crew neck sweatshirt ($40), they donate a matching crewneck to homeless visitors. On the inside of every sweatshirt is a tag with schedules and locations of meals and classes for the homeless. I freaking love do-good companies. I spoke to them on the phone on Tuesday about my sweatshirt order and they were so nice. They're giving clothes out to homeless on 12/20. Stop around to see some good in the world if you're in the city. Check them out please!
3. Speaking of do gooders, my friend the lovely Kerry at Till Then, Smile Often sent me a holiday care package. The cookies were le bomb. MFD even got a mug! I absolutely love everything inside, it's perfection. Thank you Kerry!
4. Today is the last day to enter my Ho HO HO mofos holiday giveaway, where you can win $50 Amazon Giftcard OR Paypal cash for yourself PLUS a $25 donation to the charity of your choice. Click here to enter if you haven't already.

5. Do you guys read Emily at Martinis & Bikinis? When I post recipes on Tuesdays I link up with her. Is it wrong to like to read her more in the winter because it's usually shitty and gray here and she lives in sunny FL? Regardless, check her out by clicking on her blog name above. And check out her pepper jack cheese and corn dip recipe if you need something to bring to a party this weekend.

6. Bloggers or anyone looking for new blogs to follow, check out Blogger_Gram on Instagram run by that idea wunderkind Helene from Helene in Between.
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7. Did I tell you Nordstrom Rack opened a block from my office? I heard a rumor that Santa has gone crazy for me this year. This may or may not be related to sentence #1.

8. Grinch alert: I loathe wrapping gifts. I miss the days when KVSR would come home from college or NYC after college and wrap all of my gifts for me. Speaking of people doing holiday things for me, shout out to my Mom for baking the cookies MFD needed for his office Christmas cookie swap. I was sick this week and unable to and her baking is far superior to mine anyway. HO HO HO mofos. Tis the season.

9. I wonder if I could hire George Michael to call me and sing Last Christmas every year?
I sincerely love it. It's the best Christmas song aside from The Fairytale of New York by the Pogues. Have a listen to both:
Last Christmas by Wham! on Grooveshark
Fairytale Of New York by The Pogues Feat. Kirsty MacColl on Grooveshark
10. E-card of the week.


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