Christmas 2008

Almost as fast as it arrived, Christmas is now over. So much preparation for just a few days of festivities, but it was worth it.

Christmas Eve started out with the exchanging of gifts with my dad, step-mom, sister and favorite dog, Eily, at Sister Catherine’s house where I received my annual new Vera Bradley bag from Sister Catherine and a nice check $$$ from dad. We then went to step-mom’s sister’s house for the big Christmas Eve party where I caught up on lots of family gossip (there was quite a lot this year – that’s always fun). I left that party around 8:30pm to go to my mom’s house to set up for their “after midnight mass party”. Every year my parent’s host a party for church goers that begins at approx. 12:15am and lasts until about 2am. This year, we were (un)lucky enough to have the last party goers stay until 2:45am (c’mon people, leave already!). Then it’s sleep for a few hours and up for exchanging gifts with my mom, step-dad and step-grandmother and two crazy border collies. Mom and stepdad got me this lovely lamp that I requested and lots of socks, yarn store gift certificates and some other fun stuff.


We had a small family get-together (about 12 people) on Christmas Day at my mom’s house where I got to meet one of the newest members of the family – 15 month old, Bowie (son of my cousin). Bowie and his 3 year old brother were such a treat to be around. What smart, happy children they are and were lucky enough to be able to sit on the lap of Santa Bill.

The day after Christmas, I hosted a German dinner for dad, step-mom, sister, sister boyfriend and nephew. One of the highlights of the evening was watching a DVD of old home movies that my dad compiled. The ABSOLUTE best moment captured on film was of my step-mom disciplining my approx. 4 year old sister on tape (which my sister claims is child abuse). It was a priceless moment. I will try to obtain said video and post the clip in a future post. We also had fun watching video of nephew as a gorgeous little baby (he’s now a rock star) and of my sisters countless hair styles. For this dinner, I was able to use the cutest-ever placecard holders in the world that I bought last year in Northampton, MA. Mini reindeers!

Saturday night brought me to Cassie & Mike’s house for a lovely Christmas party. JoAnna, Marissa, Leila and Joey also came and we had a lovely dinner prepared by Mike, and Cassie surprised us all with a FROM SCRATCH homemade chocolate cake, complete with candy cigarette “candles” in honor of my non-smoking status. That was super sweet. It was the last hurrah before Cassie starts nursing school in a couple of weeks. One of the cutest gifts that I received this Christmas from Cassie was this night light – how freaking cute! Sock Monkey has a new friend!

Today I went to lunch and some post holiday shopping (didn’t spend much) with Jayne & Steve, then went back to their house for exchanging of gifts. Jayne always gets me thoughtful gifts along with my favorite William Wegman calendar.

I’m tired and am looking forward to a quiet day at home tomorrow – hopefully being spent on the couch in my PJs!

Published in: on December 29, 2008 at 4:22 am  Leave a Comment  

I think my answering machine is Canadian

When ever I hit the delete button on my answering machine, it says “All old messages have bean erased” instead of “all old messages have been erased”. Do you think my answering machine is from Canada, eh?

Published in: on December 24, 2008 at 2:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Christmas Haiku

This Christmas morning
A walk with border collies
Starts the day out right

Published in: on December 24, 2008 at 2:18 pm  Leave a Comment  


That’s allota Christmas cards…


Christmas presents…img_1456

Christmas cookies…xmas-cookies-2008-001

All done for this year.

Published in: on December 22, 2008 at 1:16 am  Leave a Comment  

Snug as a bug in a Rug

How does it feel to
be such a GIANT doggie
in a small sweater?dsc00187

Published in: on December 15, 2008 at 1:57 am  Comments (2)  

You can’t always get what you want

I want this.
But I can’t have it. It’s sold out. Nowhere to be found. Finished. Gone.

I saw it listed in House Beautiful magazine’s December 2008 issue on a list of 100 stocking stuffers. It won’t be stuffing my stocking this year.

Published in: on December 8, 2008 at 6:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

The First Snow

I love the first snowfall of the year. I know it isn’t much snow, but seeing the first flakes makes me happy. It was nice to wake up this morning with a dusting on the ground. It makes it feel like it’s a little bit more like Christmas. I went with Sue and Jayne to Newport, RI on Friday for some mansion viewing and Christmas shopping and lots and lots of laughing and fun. We went to Marble House this year for a glimpse into the good life. Then we went for a so-so lunch at a new place called the Barking Crab **Insert vulgar STD joke here**. The rest of the afternoon/early evening was spent shopping in Newport. The recession has even hit Newport – there were many empty storefronts and the quality of shopping has really declined. So sad. We did find some great gifts though in a few of the stores, so we can’t complain. I think we’ll go to Northampton, MA next year instead of Newport as the shopping is so much better. The last thing we did was to stop at Starbucks for a pre-travel coffee. This Starbucks is the best Starbucks in the world. They have the nicest staff and go above and beyond to help the customer. It is the second year in a row that we were treated so well there. My favorite part of the Starbucks experience was the holiday decor they are using this year – yarn themed! Check out this wreath:

Love it! Since they aren’t for sale, I’m going to have to copy the idea and make one for myself.

Off to finish my Christmas cards… they are the death of me this year. I should have started them much earlier – oh, well!

Published in: on December 7, 2008 at 4:15 pm  Leave a Comment