Dec 28 2007

Let it…

Look what we woke up to today!

To be honest, we knew it was snowing last night. It got REALLY quiet at one point, and I said to John “Is it snowing outside?” He said “I don’t think so.” But when he opened the blinds to look, it was! It never gets that quiet unless there’s snow.

(I was RIGHT, suckah! I’m the snow sensing GODDESS!)


Cole was VERY excited and kept hollering “It’s NO-wing!” He wanted to throw it instead of getting into the car to go to school. I had to promise there’s be snow at daycare before he’d budge.

I love living at this elevation. We occasionally get a couple of inches (and the last two years we’ve had a few freak dumps of a couple feet each), but it rarely impedes driving and it’s usually gone before too long. It’s so nice to have it but not have to live with it constantly, something we hated about winters in Pittsburgh. We can drive to nice, deep snow in less than an hour (and it’s a GORGEOUS drive) and we pretty much never need to shovel. Perfect!

Speaking of nice, deep snow, we went sledding last weekend. Despite how apprehensive he looks in that picture with my dad, Cole had a great time.

My sister was there, too.

What, can’t tell we’re sisters? Here, how’s this?:
(Okay, even I think that’s just weird. And creepy. But mostly weird. I mean, pictures with me without makeup? SCARY.)

Dec 26 2007

The Reason for the Season
Chawcowate! from Heels on Vimeo.

He’s WAY more delicious than Superman, anyway. So’s chocolate.

Our Christmas was nice, though full of spoiled children. We had a great dinner last night with my family. Mom may be a bit disappointed to learn that my favorite part of it was the potatoes, no matter how good the prime rib was (and it was good, but I just don’t like beef that much). The potatoes were twice-baked and amazing. Only the apple pie could top them.

I was FORCED to play Santa and eat all of the cookies. My mother and sister half-heartedly nibbled on the carrot and cauliflower for the Reindeer. I may now look like a fat cow, but at least I’m a jolly one!

I bitched and moaned so much about John not getting me a present that he went a little nuts and ordered me a present at the last minute. He had me totally fooled. He leaned over to me on Christmas morning and said “I’m sorry I didn’t get you a Christmas present” and tried to give me a kiss. I ducked a little because I was trying to hide that I was choking up. Then he stuck a piece of paper in front of my face and said “except this.” It was a photo of the mP3 player that I will be receiving tomorrow. He’s redeemed.

(Really- it’s not about getting stuff, it’s just about showing the people you love that you thought of them and found something that you thought they would like. It could have been the cheesiest present in the world, as long as I could tell he put some thought into it, and I would have been happy. It was the thought that he hadn’t done anything that got me choked up, not the thought that I wasn’t getting more stuff. The fact that’s it’s something I really wanted and can use was just a total bonus!)

(Of course, I found out today that the ungrateful bum was disappointed with his presents. Not really sure what to do about that one…)

I also got official confirmation that we’re all going to Hawaii (Kauai- WOOHOO!), some really awesome books from my sis, a very generous present from her boyfriend, the obligatory socks (not that I’m complaining!), and more fodder for cellulite than I’ll ever know what to do with.

We did miss a few friends (ticknart! I’m looking at you! We had a present for you and everything!), but we somehow struggled through, though the pain was tremendous. Cookies helped.

I’m glad the holidays were here but I’m happy to see the back of them. For one more year, anyway.

How was your holiday/time off?

Dec 21 2007

Ok- Maybe not the VERY last…

Dude- there are rum balls (are they Schwety? Yes. But it is Goooood) and home-made, spiked eggnog in building C. Come on down! Party at my cubicle after!!

Dec 21 2007

My Best Gift Is Pictured Below.

Last weekend, Cole got his first Christmas present:

He’s in LOVE, and it’s almost all he wants to do when we’re at home.

(That and watch every Pixar movie ever made about 50 Gazillion times)

He also got his second christmas present/early 3rd birthday present:

Adorable hat from Hannah and Jonah, the loves, along with one of the best holiday cards I’ve ever seen- from the hand-drawn “By Hannah” cover to the awesome list inside, it was a FANTASTIC card. And, of course, this is the first thank you they’ve gotten from us. BECAUSE I’M AWFUL. (Hi, guys! Thank you SO much!! We miss you!)

And this will probably be the last post until after Christmas, so have a great break! And a happy holiday, if you’re into that kind of thing.


Dec 21 2007

Oh Dear.

I feel so unclean.

Dec 19 2007

He’s No Buffy, But…

He sure kills those giant, stuffed monster-spiders D.E.D: DEAD.
The Slayer from Heels on Vimeo.

And he does not love you. Not at all.

He is vicious, that one.

Dec 18 2007

Why do I bother?

I’m sick, I’m swamped, I have a huge meeting tomorrow that I AM NOT PREPARED FOR, and I STILL have impossible people to shop for.


I have a video to post but it won’t load for another 10 minutes and I AM GOING HOME. NOW.

Dec 14 2007

Because I’m sick and snot is flooding my brain…

A meme that I’ve seen all over the place, but first at Hotfessional’s.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper, unless the gift is just too awkward to wrap. This year I managed to use both wrapping paper and a bag on one gift! That’s skill…

2. Real tree or artificial? Real at my house. I still love the smell more than I hate the mess.

3. When do you put up the tree? When we get around to buying one.

4. When do you take the tree down? After New Years

5. Do you like eggnog? Yes, but ONLY with whiskey. LOTS of whiskey.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? I remember a train set that I liked quite a bit. There was also a chemistry set one year that I was really excited about until I tried to use it and was forbidden because I might hurt the carpet. Oh- and one year my grandma gave me a giant cookie-bouquet!

7. Do you have a nativity scene? HA! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! No.

8. Hardest person to buy for? Ugh… My parents.

9. Easiest person to buy for? COLE!

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? A wee, pink, plastic jewelry box complete with spinning ballerina… WHEN I WAS 17!

11. Mail or email Christmas cards? What’s this? I’m supposed to send CARDS?!

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Spinal Tap!

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Whenever I see something that I think a recipient will especially like.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? No.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Stuff that’s free and full of fat and sugar. If I didn’t buy it, the calories don’t count.

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? We have colored on the tree, but clear outside.

17. Favorite Christmas song? Most anything by the Squirrel Nut Zippers.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Stay at home. Though that’s easy since we just live across town from my parents.

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? No, and I don’t plan on learning.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? STAR!! I just got it for 50% off from WalMart!

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? MORNING. I hate opening any the night before.

22. What’s the most annoying thing this time of the year? Grinches.

23. What I love most about Christmas? Finding presents for my friends and family that I can’t wait for them to open.

Dec 13 2007

Heh heh- OOOPS!

Ummmm… I drank this wine (the first one). Without knowing how much it was (it was from my company party- they hand out free wine from our customers’ wineries to each guest). While we were already drunk. And we thought it was only kind of okay.

I feel like kind of an ass and, at the same time, I’m glad that I didn’t know because it certainly dispelled the whole Emperor’s New Clothes thing that may have happened had I realized.

We actually drank another bottle of something before this (which we thought was even worse) and I SO wish that I could remember the name so I could see how much THAT one was…

Dec 13 2007



Now we CAN afford to have another one!!