Comparing Christmas!!

Another befor eand after photo. Last Christmas vs. this Christmas.

Last Year!

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This Year!

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I will post more photos tomorrow but I had to post this. I hope you all had an Absolutely Fabulous Holiday. I know I did.

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah!!

I celebrate Christmas but I have a lot of Jewish friends whom I adore so I want to wish everyone a happy holiday for whatever you are into.

This is my last post until after Christmas.  I am wrapping presents but I had to take a little time out—boring.  Honestly, I’d rather do dishes.  I wish I had enough bags so I could just throw every present into a bag but in our new quest to save money because of new baby I am wrapping.wrapping

This afternoon I go to my sister’s so we can make the appetizers and desserts for tonight’s party.  My niece shows up and we all cook together.  I wish Sarah could be there but she has to work.  It was more fun when it was the four of us but times change which to be honest with you I always have a tough time with.  I am a glutton for routine but things are going to be changing for me fast in the future and I will just have to roll with it.

Tonight we attend the party and tomorrow we go to Obie’s father’s and step mom’s  for dinner.  Usually we go to my sister’s but from now on we are going to alternate families.  Fortunately Obie’s family is awesome and I am sure we will have a great dinner and a wonderful time.  They are very laid back and fun to be with.

I’ll take lots of photos and hopefully videos.

I want to take time now to thank all of my wonderful blog buddies for a great year.  You have all been there for me through thick and thin.  I can’t believe I am fortunate enough to have made such good friends.  I don’t say this lightly either.  I really freakin’ mean it. I love you all.

Merry Christmas and to all a Goodnight!!!

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My Intentions are Good!!

I go through this every Christmas.  About the middle of November I get all excited about making crafts and baking for the Holidays.  I plan ahead and then suddenly it’s Christmas and I have hardly anything finished.  How does Christmas just crawl in on me without me knowing it?

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Here I am tonight trying to finish all the cookies we should have done by now.  Sarah did tons of baking but we still don’t have enough and she doesn’t have any more days off until Christmas.

Well, it’s OK, I work fairly well under pressure.  Barry and I went to Target to finish up my Christmas shopping this morning and now I am making chocolate covered spoons.

We decorated the tree on Tuesday night.

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The tree is smaller than what we usually buy but it is still a good size.  Barry and Sarah even put lights on some of the bushes outside.

I’m one of those people who hurrys to get everything done but actually doesn’t seem to get anything done.

Well, I am going to go make some more chocolate peanut butter balls and somehow not eat any.  Oh, I almost forgot, we are supposed to get a foot of snow tomorrow.   Maybe we will actually have” A White Christmas”.

I’ll leave you with one of my all time Christmas songs.  I especially love this version with David Bowie and Bing Crosby.

I have to put this song on too.   Bing singing  “White Christmas”.

Going To The Vineyard!!

Tomorrow morning Sarah and I are going to Martha’s Vineyard for the weekend. I will miss weight watchers but I think I have lost about 2 pounds this week. Sarah got tickets to the play “It’s A Wonderful Life”. We have front row seats thanks to the wheel chair. They are having a great Christmas celebration over the weekend in Edgartown.

To me, doing things like this with Sarah is what Christmas is all about. I am really looking forward to this.

Your pregnancy: 14 weeks



How your baby’s growing:

This week’s big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he’ll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you’re having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb.In other news: Your baby’s stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His body’s growing faster than his head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that’s in proportion to the rest of his body. (His legs still have some lengthening to do.) He’s starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Your baby’s liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it’s doing its job right — and his spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though you can’t feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, your little pugilist’s hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.

So baby has gone from a shrimp to a lemon. I wonder if they will continue to compare baby to food. I guess baby will be an orange soon.

I did what little shopping I had to do on Amazon today. The Vineyard has some awesome shops so I might pick up a few things there.

I have to make this short because it’s late and I have to pack and get ready for tomorrow. I hope you all have a great weekend. I will try to post tomorrow while Sarah is working. I will take lots of photos too.

Ha! Ha! You’re Stuck With Me!! I’m Going To Live!!

I just got back from the Doctor and grocery shopping.  I’ve known My Doctor for years and I brought her some recipes she asked for months ago.  She’s great because she doesn’t rush you out the door. She even talks about her personal life to me. Anyway, when I told her my symptoms she didn’t skip a beat and said she knew positively that it was because I am slowly lowering my doses of prednisone and valium.  She said there is a nerve back there that probably, sort of, went to sleep for a while because of the valium and by cutting down on it said nerve is waking up. She said it will work itself out.  So, I guess I’m not going to have a stroke or have a blood clot explode and I probably don’t have a tumor.

I guess there aren’t any appropriate photos to post for tumors and blood clots so no photos. No, wait I do have a picture and I am adding now.

The inside of my doctor’s office.  See, I do bring my camera everywhere.

Some interesting info about today:

Monday
August 25, 2008
12:01:01 PM (EDT)

4:01:01 AM (UTC)
Absolute date: 733,279
Day 238 and Second 20,563,261 of current year
122 shopping days until Christmas

Phase of moon: waning crescent
Age of moon: 6 days (until next new moon)

So we have 122 shopping days until Christmas.

Have you started your shopping?

Also

Births

Ivan the Terrible (478 years ago)

IVAN WAS A SCARY LOOKING DUDE!


Leonard Bernstein (90 years ago)
Sean Connery (78 years ago)
Regis Philbin (75 years ago)
Gene Simmons (59 years ago)

Deaths
David Hume (232 years ago)
Sir William (Frederick) Herschel (186 years ago)
Michael Faraday (141 years ago)
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (108 years ago)
Antoine Henri Bequerel (100 years ago)

I’m too tired to do the meme I was going to do and too tired to think of anything else to write. I partied too much this weekend again.  Oh, well, I had so much fun.

3.4 lbs. I Wonder Where It Went? Cause I Don’t Have It Anymore!!

Yes, Ladies and Gentleman, I lost 3.4 pounds this week for a total of exactly 80 pounds. Hoo Rah!!

I keep thinking that I should look down at the floor and I’ll actually see the fat that I’ve lost. There should be trails of it all over the house. To have it just disappear is not fair. I want to see it first, a big 80 pound pile of fat. It would encourage me to keep going and make the pile bigger. I’ll keep going anyway because I can imagine what it would look like.

NOW THIS IS AN 80 POUND PUMPKIN. OF COURSE, 80 POUNDS OF FAT WOULD BE DENSER AND TAKE UP LESS SPACE BUT 80 POUNDS IS 80 POUNDS. IMAGINE TRYING TO LIFT THAT SUCKER! I JUST NOTICED THAT THE WOMAN IS HOLDING A SIGN THAT READS 1075 POUNDS. SO I THINK WHOEVER LABELED THIS PUMPKIN PHOTO AS BEING 80 POUNDS SCREWED UP. DAMN, I THOUGHT I LOST THAT WHOLE PUMPKIN.

THIS IS AN 80 POUND PUMPKIN!! OOPS!! IT STILL TOOK TWO PEOPLE TO CARRY IT!!

THIS IS DR. LAWTON HIMSELF. I COULD ALWAYS TRY THIS IF ALL ELSE FAILS. SERIOUSLY, THERE REALLY IS A SUCKER BORN EVERY DAY BECAUSE ONLY A SUCKER WOULD HAVE BOUGHT THIS.

JUST HAD TO THROW THIS OLD AD OUT TO YOU. THORAZINE: It is principally used in the treatment of schizophrenia, though it has also been used to treat hiccups and nausea. I BETTER GET CONTROL OF MY CANE. I DON’T WANT TO BE FORCED INTO TAKING THIS CRAP.

I thought I was going to be alone all weekend but the wasband showed up last night. He tried to drive us to see the fireworks but we left too late. I did get to see the last 45 seconds though. It was beautiful. His girlfriend came down this morning and is staying the weekend.

I TOOK THIS SHOT THIS MORNING.

They are off to the beach right now. Tonight we are all going out to dinner. Poor wasband can’t get a word in edgewise when she and I are together. I really like her a lot and she’s very smart and funny. I’m not just saying that L because I know you’re reading this. It’s all true.

I found this photo of me last night. It was taken on Christmas 1953. I would have been 4 1/2. They used to call me Noni.

SPEAKING OF CHRISTMAS. CHECK OUT THIS OLD AD FOR CIGARETTES.

That’s all I’ve got for today. I still have many episodes of “Heroes” to watch.

Christmas Pigs

My sister, Barbara, and I were talking today on the telephone. First, I have to mention, she lives one street over from me and I hardly ever see her, maybe twice a month. It’s not that we don’t love each other, because we do. She is my best friend, my free therapist, ( I also pay someone for therapy), more like a mother to me than my mother ever was, my confidant. She’s also my daughter’s free therapist and is able to talk to my daughter about me and talk to me about my daughter yet keep the confidentiality for both my daughter and I. She’s not even a real therapist but she’s good at it. It’s just we like to talk on the phone. We don’t need to see each other all the time because we talk on the phone at least 5-7 times a day. Some talks last an hour. You wouldn’t think we would have so much to talk about. There’s a lot of gossip involved. You all know by now I am the neighborhood spy and my sister’s a pretty good spy too. We also live in a smallish town so everyone knows everyone. So there is always someone to talk about. We also talk about our kids a lot.

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Anyway, we were talking on the phone. I was on my cell phone parked in front of the bookstore where she had been just a half hour before me and she was at home. We miss each other in town all the time. I call from my cell phone to tell her what I just bought and she will say “Oh, I was just there.”. We were talking about Christmas and how this year we were both trying to spend less. In the past we have both gotten way too carried away with buying presents for our families. That’s when we decided we were Christmas Pigs. We love getting lots of presents, not like just one or two bigger ones but lots of smaller ones too, so we have lots of stuff to open. We also decided when we were younger we liked surprises under the tree. And I’m not talking that much younger either, but now as we get older we just want what we want. Make a list, give it to who ever is in charge of buying all our presents and tell them to just get everything on it. That’s a Christmas Pig.

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This year is going to be different. No more Christmas Pigs. A couple of gifts each and a Christmas stocking. I guess I won’t be getting the laptop or HDTV I wanted. Since I do all the cooking I envision cooking utensils. Maybe a nice set of wooden spoons and a can opener. But I don’t want to be a Christmas Pig this year anyway. I want to enjoy the season and my family and all that crap. Did I say crap? I meant stuff. No, seriously, maybe I’ll go Christmas caroling on my street. I would have to go in a wheel chair and it’s not motorized and most of my street is dirt. Could be a challenge. The challenge would be getting someone in my family to go with me. My sister, definitely not. She hardly ever leaves her house. We’re both a little agoraphobic. Actually we do fairly well if we don’t have to leave town and she wouldn’t want to push the wheel chair anyway (we know I go to weight watchers and I’m not a light weight). She’d never go. My daughter can’t carry a tune and she knows it and wouldn’t want to embarrass herself. My son-in-law, not on his life. Possibly, my ex-husband but I’d have to do something in return, like his laundry for a year.

I guess I’ll just listen to Christmas music on the radio. I need to get into the non materialistic mode, the unselfish mode, the give to the poor people mode. But it’s hard to stop being a Christmas Pig when you’ve been one for so long, though not having any money does make it a lot easier. A Christmas Pig doesn’t only want presents but loves buying them. My daughter and I can shop for 8 hours at a time easily. But financially we are not where we used to be, probably from spending too much on past Christmases.

So we decorated the tree tonight to put us all in the Christmas spirit. This is a photo of this year’s tree, not quite finished decorating. Notice the size. My daughter picked it out.

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Now this is last year’s tree. I picked it out. Notice how much smaller it is.

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Notice, my tree last year is even on a table. Years ago our trees reached the ceiling. We would buy 10 foot trees. This year’s looks about 8 feet. But I didn’t have to decorate it (I just watched), so I don’t care how big it is.

Once all the presents are wrapped and under the tree, we’ll see if we turn into Christmas pigs or control ourselves and not get into more debt.