Hey there friends. I hope you are all enjoying yourself a fantastic long weekend full of food, family, friends, or whatever you do that makes you happy. I know I am trying.
We have had a busy week. It kicked off with my family Thanksgiving on Sunday. 24 people, a turkey gravy accident on my couch ( I almost flipped out but kept my cool), and a mess that took most of the next day to clean. But it was great, everyone was happy, Lillian brought me flowers, the food (I made it all beside the turkey my mom brought over already cooked and cut up) was on point, and even though everyone forgot to bring drinks, we ended up with 4 pies and survived on a few beers and seltzer water.
After spending nearly all the next day cleaning (ok, maybe it was only a few hours) the mr and I decided we needed to get out of town so we took a drive to see the snow. All was great until the road froze and we almost skidded of the interstate. We ended up driving 5 mph for like a half hour just to get off. But that was ok, what wasn't ok was after we got home, the mr had to run to fix a toliet. He jumped into the truck and I got a call 15 minutes later. While he was driving, the truck died in the middle of the road. Long story short, we now have AAA and owe my brother in law a big ass thank you cake.
We had the littles sleep over on Wednesday so that they could make birthday presents for their mother. Her (as in Erin) Birthday landed on Thanksgiving this year so instead of doing dinner and cake, we had a moring cinnamon star birthday breakfast. The littles spent the night making paintings of a squirrel and and glittery octopus (I have glitter everywhere!!) and helping me bake. After the mess was contained, we curled up to popcorn and The Mighty Ducks 3. (then there was popcorn all over with the glitter) On Thanksgiving morning/Erin's birthday, we listen to all the Christmas music, sang happy birthday, Paul ate half the star, Barb drank all the coffee, and we tried to make the baby walk for cookies. We know how to have us some good times.
As usual went the the mr's family for Thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving at their house is the big family holiday so everyone (usually) comes home for it. This year everyone did and it was great for all of us to be together. I didn't bring anything for the actual meal, but I brought over a cinnamon star for breakfast the next day, which I am glad because there was so much food already.(Qui and Joanie went all out) so I was more helpful just washing all the dishes. We ate, we laughed, they drank. I left. I love that family so much, but alas I am an old lady and get very tired early. We left before things got to crazy as I am sure that they did. All in all, another successful Thanksgiving.
Friday was spent with a social hangover and cleaning the house again (the glitter never stops). We managed a good walk on the beach to get some air and nature then it was onto the Christmas decorations!! The mr spent a good chunk of the day being amazing and wiring an outlet outside so we can hang up the Christmas lights. which brings me to the Christmas lights... It's been rough and we (or I) still don't know what to do. It's because of the LED's. I hate them, or very much dislike them. I much prefer the incandescent lights because they are prettier to me. But we need new lights and we really should buy LED, but they are ugly, or most of them are anyway. So The mr and I have bought 5 different colors and brands of LED's and are currently trying out sets on the house. We have some colored ones up now and they are ok but I am not sure and might just go white but aaaahhh. I am driving the mr crazy, driving myself crazy, but I want to actually like the lights on my house. I guess I'll figure it out.
Besides getting the dang Christmas lights up, I am not sure whats gong down today. Probably going to listen to Sufjan, Hanson, and Charlie Brown Christmas albums all on repeat. Maybe make a few loaves of bread, start my knitting projects, finish reading my book, and just enjoy not having to deal with a house full of people who spill turkey gravy on everything.
Internet links from the past week.
-Adult Siblings Can Make Our Lives Healthier And Happier This had better be true because I spend a lot of my time with my adult siblings. (love you guys)
-What your Christmas lights will do to your electricity bill. This is part of my problem with the lights. Because I really do like the incandescent so much more.. So annoying, Why can't the led look better?
-Sufjan Christmas has been on all week, but so has this album. So good. First Listen: Sufjan Stevens, 'The Greatest Gift'
-Don’t Force Young Girls to Hug Their Relatives, the Girl Scouts Say Finally! It drives me crazy when parents make their kids hug people. If a kid doesn't want to hug you, respect that.
-Ah, Prince, so beautiful you were. Dig, If You Will, Some Never-Before-Seen Pictures Of Prince In 'A Private View'
-Idaho Dims The Lights For One Of The Best Night Skies Anywhere I think camping in Idaho just made my list of things to do.
-Terrifying is right, I am allergic to yellow jackets . This 'Granddaddy of Hornet's Nests Is Terrifying, But Not All Bad
-Good Vegan, Bad Vegan. This was a good article. I know a few vegetarians and vegans that eat shit and they think they are healthy because they don't eat meat and those people that think a meal isn't a meal without meat.
-Quirky Cartoon Toys and Vases Carved from Wood by Yen Jui-Lin. I love these and want them for myself
Pictures from the week.