Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Talking to my friend, Bonjour Madame, just made me realize: I am the Tracy Flick of the holidays. It seems that no one else keeps a spreadsheet of activities and gifts going back 8 years, as well as a database of Christmas card addresses. Any of my homies out there doing the same thing?
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
On Sunday we had a party to celebrate my Grandmother's ninetieth birthday and her new house (an addition to my parents' house). Funny story: Grandmother is a twin, and she spent her actual birthday with her twin sister. Even at their ages, these ladies are CRAZY competitive. [You do NOT want to play a board game against them.] My mom called my great aunt and asked how her party was; when she asked how many people did she have, she told my mom, "About... 51." You know, roughly. So our goal was to beat that number. We had 76. Or so ;-).
This is a bad picture, but we were able to play some of her favorite records on an old Victrola my parents have. She likes Big Band.
From the florist.
I made cheese crackers, pecan tassies, and chicken salad finger sandwiches. We also put out cheese and crackers, fruit skewers, nuts, and of course a cake.
Sherbet punch -- now it's a party!
Winnie will kill me for posting this, but I thought her jacket was so cute.
My family really knocked themselves out trying to get the house ready for the party. They are still rebuilding after Hurricane Ike did so much damage last year. This is the new downstairs bathroom, which Annie put together last week. Everyone loves the faucet.
Close-up of the creepy hand soap. Don't you love it? Available here.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
This was really and truly coincidental, but today's Amazon Gold Box deal is the box set of Seasons 1-4 at 60% off regular price (in case you're interested). If you order it, make sure to get the Christmas DVD at the same time, because you'll get another $10 off.*
*Disclosure: I bet I get a shiny nickel out of it if you order through that link. Which is obviously the only reason I blog -- for all the phat loot.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
You know that calendar that Martha has in the front pages of her magazine? She has it on her website, too, only it's more detailed. You can display her calendars for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Homekeeping, and Gardening.
And! You can put her calendars on your own Google calendar (or Yahoo!, Outlook, or iCal calendars). Of course, you may not want to display them all at the same time, but they will be there in the sidebar when you're ready for them.
Ooooh, I'm so excited.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
At the kids' school they have a "book character parade" for Halloween. Every kid is supposed to dress up as a character from a book. Emmet and Becca decided that they wanted to be their own characters that they made up. So they each wrote a book with those characters. I decided that would have to count.
Emmet is Emmet from the Emmet-Power Aquarium. His story involves rescuing seven crystals or something. You can't see his costume very well. We wrapped duct tape around an old t-shirt; the blue is a painter's tape bandolier. There are also some plastic "crystals" on there. The bottoms are sweatpants with crystal compass points on the left hip.
Becca is the Beccatron. She's wearing a bike helmet covered in foil and two foil roasting pans attached with duct tape. The buttons on the robot are condiment cups that she colored and I attached with hot glue. [There are also buttons on the top of the helmet.] Her outfit is complete with the famous shiny pants and silver glitter shoes. Oh, and she put crystal jewels on her costume, too, because, well, they were shiny. That's really all that matters.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
We had a Halloween party Saturday night. Becca and I worked together on the decorations; I liked the way they turned out.
The ghost luminarias are made from milk jugs (I'm sure you totally couldn't tell). I used flameless tealights inside. I thought the tealights worked great, but if you buy them, be advised that there will be a lot of duds in every package. The first package had about 50% duds; subsequent packages had maybe 25% duds.