Showing posts from December, 2007

Christmas Craziness

Christmas 2007 is over. Whew! It was a rush of cleaning, cooking, visiting, wrapping, and very little sleeping. It's always a lot of fun, and I'm always glad when it's over! I feel utterly exhausted now, and ready for a long winter's nap.

The Hubster and I spent Christmas Eve Day cleaning the house, baking a cake and putting together enchiladas for Christmas Eve dinner. The Hubster's family celebrates Christmas on Christmas Eve with a Mexican feast. A little unorthodox, but if you knew his family...not really! They are all great people, very relaxed and welcoming. We always have a great time there.

Sarah, Rachel and Drew came down in the afternoon and spent the night at home. Rachel helped me put the tree up, because I hadn't gotten around to it yet, and because I'm a grinch! (It came down this morning, first thing!) It was kind of a big slumber party. I bought an Aero Bed. Those things are just like a big trampoline!

We were all up by 7:30 on Christmas morn…

Carol of the Bells

Oh, I am in the spirit now! Look out, world! I just got back from the high school vocal music Christmas concert, and I am feeling Christmas-y. It takes me a while to warm up, but I get there. Listening to Christmas music always helps. That, and loads of egg nog!

Last night at church was the kids' Christmas program. It was small this year, just four kids. Our Sunday School department is going through a "rebuilding year." It was a really special night, though, and the kids did a great job. I want to mention them all by name: Jessica Coldwell, Conner Coldwell, Alexis Coldwell and Brittany Guevera. They read scripture, played the piano and sang carols. The Ark Highs even came and sang several songs for us. It was really good, and made me start thinking about that Babe, born in a stable 2,000 years ago.

Now, I just have to get all those presents wrapped! By the way, I have sent out 52 Christmas cards so far this year. Let me know if you didn't get one. I keep going back to …

The Great Ice Storm of '07

It started last Friday. A cold, heavy mist that turned to sleet after sunset. By Saturday morning, a transformer blew and part of our city was without power. It returned after a few hours, but The Hubster and I spent the remainder of the weekend vegging out on the couch. Ice is piled up like snow outside, and it looks like the worst of it is yet to come!

Our pastor cancelled church on Sunday, due to all the ice. We have some elderly members and he didn't want them taking any chances. It sure was strange not to have worship services, though. We spent the day watching old Christmas movies and baking bread and cake. How nice to have a few days to ourselves, just relaxing.

I used the quiet weekend to start working on my Christmas cards. The gifts are all tucked away, I just need to wrap them. If you know me, you know that will be the really tough part. I'm wrapping-impaired. I have a lot of artsy people in my ancestry, but that gene certainly skipped me!

It was too icy to go to the …

Noisy Ned

He's back! When I went into FitZone this morning...there he was. Puffing and groaning on the treadmill. Oh, yeah, and coughing without covering his mouth! Did I mention I'm a bit of a germaphobe? It's cold and flu season, people!

Noisy Ned then proceeded on to the free weights, his specialty. "Ned" is a twenty-something dude who likes to throw the weights around...literally! He grunts and groans over the hand weights and then throws them down with a crash to the floor. This goes on for approximately 30 minutes or so. It's great!

Sorry about that rant. I know it's not a library, but I still like to think and watch the news or Gilmore Girls when I work out. One of the main reasons I started exercising is because I needed a stress reliever. Working out is very relaxing for me. I take out a lot of frustration. Besides, it saves me hundreds in therapy bills!

Someone asked me the other day what my favorite Bible verse was. That was a toughie! It's like asking …