Saturday, December 20, 2014

7.20 Lesson - Still Never Learned

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twentieth day of each month is "Lessons."
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Every damn year. I know that finals and the deadline to get things mailed for Christmas Day coincide. I know this. I have it on my calendar.  I get mentally prepared and right after Thanksgiving I make lists and then...life happens. I buy about half the gifts in the first week of December,  I get swamped with grading and prepping classes and making cookies and dentist appointment and new tires for the car and waiting for the results of the MRI my mother-in-law has and picking out the photo for the holiday card and WHOOMP.  Final grades are due and all the presents will be late.
But look!  Some gifts are purchased! Some are even wrapped! But there are many empty boxes to be filled still.  And I didn't even get my cat a gift this year (unless you consider the off-label Furminator to be a present and I am 100% sure she does not), so I am a bad kitty friend.  I'm going to go hide in my closet now.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Friday, December 19, 2014

7.19 My Best Friend - Boxes and Boxes

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the nineteenth day of each month is "My Best Friend."
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My husband doesn't complain, ever, even though he is in some sort of discomfort about all the time. The fact that he is uncomfortable to some degree at every moment in the day is something I just recently learned about him (and we've been married for over six years) because he never says anything about how much he's hurting.  Anyway, so when he took to bed yesterday afternoon and by dinnertime was outright moaning when he took a step, I knew it was SOMETHING BAD.

And it was bad, although not the worst thing in the world and he'll be fine, but the six hours we spent in the emergency room last night taught me a few things. 1) I was right to pack a cooler of food for myself to bring along. 2) I would much rather be the person in the hospital bed than the person who is pacing outside the room. 3) The old man who kept reassuring the old woman that she did, in fact, know who he was, and that she shouldn't worry about the dog because he had already taken him for a walk, is a true hero. He must have repeated himself about a million times and each time he was so patient and loving and oh, I am not like that man at all, but I want to be.

Oh, and 4) there's no one else I even consider calling or texting when I'm alone and kind of scared than my Bestest Friend. She was properly concerned, but made me laugh and distracted me, too.  I don't know what I would do without her and I hope she knows that.
This is my Christmas box from Bestest Friend. It's now under our tree and I can't wait to open it!!!
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

7.18 Favorite Memories - Greetings From Everywhere

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the eighteenth day of each month is "Favorite Memories."
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Every year I hang a red and green ribbon over the doorway to our bedroom and use teeny tiny clothespins to display our holiday cards. (Maybe this is hyperbole. I don't do this "every year." I've done it every year we've lived here which is three years now.) This is what we have so far this year.
I am in total agreement with RA that every year I struggle with what to do with them after this step. Dr. BB doesn't let me keep the card display up much longer than New Year's, but it seems wasteful to just toss the cards into the recycling bin. A lot of them go into a photo album, a few of them get made into gift tags, and then I'm stuck. 

RA's solution is to make a sort of photo book with it and I might try that. But I just imagine a photo book will end up getting tossed into the same dark hole my photo albums go into. 

I don't really know. But until I have to figure that out, you should know that I get a lift every single time I look at this display. It makes me feel festive and loved and surrounded by the best people in the world.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

7.17 Bedtime - Cat Crazy

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the seventeenth day of each month is "Bedtime."
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 So many nighttime chores revolve around the cat. She needs to be fed, brushed, her litter needs to be taken out, and then, juts before we turn out the lights and go into the bedroom, I track down her brown ball and "put it away."
 The thing is that Zelda loves this ball. She'll use the scratching post (the reason the toy was originally purchased - it's a Petlinks Rope Around, $14.97 at Amazon*) occasionally, but she plays with the ball constantly.  We find it in her food dish, in the bathtub, on the couch, under the table, and, most frequently, down the stairs. I feel like I've met cats before who would play fetch and bring toys up once they had knocked them down, but Zelda waits for us to notice her ball is at the bottom of the stairs and then she waits for one of us to go down there to throw it up for her.
It's a good thing she's super cute.  She knows that she certainly deserves queenly treatment.

*No affiliate links used. Seriously, I paid my own money for this thing and ZZ Top loves it.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

7.16 Beauty - Reasons to Major in Business

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the sixteenth day of each month is "Beauty."
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I went to the business school because we had taken ornaments off this tree.  Each ornament had the name of a child, his or her age, and a gift request.  We took a 12-year old boy, 12-year old girl, and an ornament sadly labeled "necessities," which we learned was code for socks, hats, and mittens. So I gathered up a giant box of things I ordered off of Amazon (our 12-year old boy is going to be the most popular 12-year old boy ever) and took it to the drop off location which was in the business school.
The business school is full of delightful art, lovely wide open spaces, and there's a giant coffee shop where students sprawl out.  The building where my office is has been recently renovated and it's nice, but the closest thing it has to fine art is the snowman.  I was almost embarrassed when someone turned the corner and I was taking pictures, but not really. If your building is like an art museum, folks are going to gawk!
Today's Christmas song is This Love by Taylor Swift. No, I don't really care that it's not a holiday song at all. 1989 is on repeat at my house and you can't stop me from loving it.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Monday, December 15, 2014

7.15 Inertia - The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the fifteenth day of each month is "Inertia."
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Why is my cat posing like a goofball in a pile of boxes? Well, it's because I exerted all of my efforts in obtaining presents, wrapping material, and boxes and now I can't really muster the energy to do anything about this mess in my office. Anybody want to come wrap it all up for me? 
I had my first final exam of finals week today. There were no strident voices of complaint that it was too hard, so I'm actually mildly concerned that it was too easy.

Today in "it's hard to be an adult" news, my hosiery really let me down today. At first I was wearing some black fishnets, but the adhesive was leaving a red welt on my legs, so I went home and changed into some black hose, but by the time I got out of the exam, there was a giant hole in them on the back of my left knee. As I left my office, I kept trying to hide the hole because there is nothing trashier or tackier than giant holes in nylons.

For our Christmas song today, I'm going to go with Fairytale of New York by The Pogues and Kristy MacColl, for no other reason that once it was introduced to me by the good folks at Pop Culture Happy Hour, I listened to it nonstop for three days.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

7.14 Reach - Lights Up

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the fourteenth day of each month is "Reach."
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To nobody's surprise, Dr. BB was not feeling well for most of the weekend.  Plus, it was foggy and rainy, so beyond watching holiday-themed episodes of Chopped, we didn't do much to celebrate this holiday until early this even when we went to the light show at the botanical gardens in a town not far from here.  I'll be honest, for $5 a person, I wasn't expecting a lot.

But.
It really was lovely. It seemed that the cohorts most likely to be represented were children five and under and the elderly, complete with walkers and the inability to use their cell phone cameras in a timely manner.  Dr. BB and I allowed ourselves to be sort of corralled into whatever direction the vulnerable populations wanted us to go.
One  of my favorite moments was when we got to this display above with Santa's sleigh.  One of the senior citizens walked up to the fence, took a look, and just said, "Nope."  As she walked away, we could hear her muttering about the bad economy and how all the lights are just not as good as they used to be.

From that point on, whenever some kid was being whiny or some old person ran one of us over, I would just say "nope" and Dr. BB would make a snarky comment about the Christmas spirit.
The holiday song of the day is A Snowflake Fell (and It Felt Like a Kiss) by Glasvegas. Dr. BB got it on a free holiday sample from iTunes and we both really like it, so it's a win-win.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.
 
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