Day 245: Baked Awesome

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This is the lovely before picture of my taters, onions, corn and maters bake. In the center was a small pork roast that (surprisingly) came with a pop up timer. I was totally prepared with my meat thermometer but instead I put my faith in the little green button.

This bake was pretty difficult to gauge because potatoes suck up any amount of seasoning you throw on them and the tomatoes and corn were canned which means they were pretty darn bland too.

Maybe not my best experiment ever but I was ultimately pleased with the result. It tickled me how very similar my before and after pictures were. Please note the steam.

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Day 244: Spoiled Rotten

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I don’t know who is more spoiled rotten, my hubbster or my dog. Just kidding. I believe I know the answer to that! How long has it been, two days since my last cute animal picture? I promise that I live on a farm and there are more than two animals. My cat and dog are just the cutest ones on the farm.

This is truly an action shot that I will have to video and properly share with the  world. You know how dogs roll onto their backs and wiggle like crazy to scratch? That is pretty much what Tybalt is doing here.

Except there is lots of snuffling and really excited breathing. He loves doing this when he is sitting between Kit and I so he can really wiggle and bother us.

 

Day 243: Sonic Tree

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Drinking wine, playing cards and decorating trees. They all seem to go hand in hand, right?

We decorated my brother and SiL’s Christmas tree. They threw on the lifts and balls but realized they didn’t have a tree topper.

Problem solved with this bendable, posable Sonic action figure. If you knew my sibs you would understand exactly how perfect this is for them.

They got a couple if other small action figures and ornaments they added later on.

Yes, this whole blog post was just because I wanted to show off this awesome tree topper.

Day 242: Reading Christmas

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We started reading our Christmas book before we went on our road trip but it is difficult to take pictures of people reading and make it look exciting.

Kit and I read Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich as part of our December Adventivities.

The book was decent and amusing. Our favorite characters were the black best friend because of her shopping on Christmas Eve insanity and the horn-dog grandma who looks for potential boyfriends at funerals.

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Day 241: Holiday Pops

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Part of our December Adventivities.
This was our the destination for our Road Trip.

Fun times were had by all. The orchestra and the choir did an awesome job.

Selections from Puccini, some wild song about shepherds and mutton, and a freaky arrangement of 12 Days of Christmas.

After the concert we went back to my brother and sister-in-law’s house for pajamas, wine and Squeak (until my eyes refused to stay open).

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Day 240: Merry Christmas

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I was going to take a break from blogging these two days but I have come to a standstill in family visiting.

The issue, stockings. When we were kids, we woke up at the crack of dawn and opened stockings. We weren’t allowed to wake up anyone before 6AM. Mom and dad always hoped we would magically sleep past six.

Now that we’re all adults (I’m the youngest of five) it seems consensus to sleep in to a more human time. Last year, the vote won out for 10AM, which was a torturous wait.

This year we are waking and opening stockings at 8:30A. Much better except I was awake at 6:30.
Now you understand my dilemma.

I’m not necessarily all about the presents. I just want people to be awake because Christmas before light is so magical.

Also, when my brother wakes up he can tell me how to figure out their fancy coffee pot.

Just some of the cool things that happened this year:

-Learned to drive stick and bought a “new” car.
-Got out a job I hated
-Got to work with the hubster at NP
-Had first garden with hubster (drought)
-Made tons of crafts via pinterest
-Led tours with my hubster at work
-Couple of my sibs got new and better jobs
-Graduated college (late but whatever)
-Purchased presents for my first Angel Tree kid
-Canned tons of things from the garden! –Pasta sauce, pumpkin, pickles and more.

This morning I awoke 2 hours early and in that time I…
Took pictures of the Christmas tree and “stockings”, read some funny gift reddits, almost tripped over my mom who migrated to sleep under the tree, played all my draw something friends, scrolled through new instagram, scrolled through new tumblr, peed, and tried to wake up people in vain.

Oh yeah and I wrote a blog….20 more minutes.
[My brother’s alarm just went off. Sweet!]

MERRY CHRISTMAS, to my darling readers!

Day 239: What’s in Your Stocking?

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I know there are many, many lists out there for what to put in your husband’s stocking but you know what, we need one more blog about it.

My hubster isn’t your typical hobbyist. He likes hunting and fishing but hasn’t been in years so he doesn’t need extra tackle or extra paraphernalia.

He’s not a guy who gets into baseball/football/basketball and there just isn’t much swag for people who like Professional Bull Riding. My hubster is really one of those guys who is hard to shop for.

Let me also preface my list by saying that items that go in stockings should be food or small gifts that cost under $5-10.

The exception to this rule is for adults. Many adults don’t want as many toys–instead wanting practical items (think kitchen utensils) or want a fancy accessory. By that I mean putting classy tie, jewelry, cufflinks, etc.

Kit and I don’t have a ton of money to spend on each other so any big presents are just wrapped under the tree. We bought all our small gifts at Everything’s a Dollar store. Small inedible gifts are typically wrapped in tissue paper.

Here’s our list of stuffers:
Scented candles,
Peanuts, cashews, pistachios, sunflower seeds,
Chocolate covered coffee beans,
Soft (old fashioned) peppermints, life savers mints,
Caramel creams,
Lindt truffles,
Jolly ranchers,
Beef jerky (traditional),
Chocolate covered cherry cordials,
Key chain light,
M&Ms,
Beenie Weenies, and
Oysters (this was a gag but we are weird and love eating them).

One of the sweetest gifts I gave didn’t come from a store. I wrote a letter to my husband and stuffed it into the stocking too. He wasn’t expecting it and read it straight through. He won’t want me telling but I saw him wiping the corners of his eyes.

I wrote about the fun and trials we had this year. My hopes for next year. How much I appreciated his love and support through hard decisions and teaching me to drive a manual.
It helps that he is an awesome partner, so writing the letter was easy. It means a lot to receive a hand written letter. It is something that takes time and he knows I was thinking about him the whole time I wrote it.

We will be traveling on Christmas Eve and Day to our family’s house so we’re doing our gift exchange early.