eee1313: (SV - smells like hand)
So a while back, [livejournal.com profile] sunbrae was poking at people to come back to LJ, and this morning I have a little bit of free time, so here I am. Hi, sunny! Hi, [livejournal.com profile] missrachael! Hi, anyone else who may still be here!

There's been a lot going on in my life since I last posted. Both of the kids had birthdays, which went well. MDR came first -- he's now two -- and we had a Kung Fu Panda themed party for him. He didn't really seem to grasp what was happening, but he knew to try to blow out the candles on his cake. Then VEE turned five and we had a DC Superhero Girls party for her. She got so many gifts. Holy Pete. Being the only granddaughter/niece on both sides of the family makes for a very spoiled little girl.

She's doing great in preschool. She's READING. Like, legitimately reading. Now every night at bedtime she insists on reading a book herself (which makes the bedtime routine last much longer than it should, but she's reading, so I shouldn't complain). I'm really so proud of her. And MDR is starting to talk a little more than he was a few weeks ago. He's very tight-lipped, but he likes to try to recite the alphabet along with us. He's also lately obsessed with Super Why on PBS, which is fine by me. I'm convinced to this day that VEE's obsession with that show is why she knew her alphabet at such a young age.

So the big event that happened in my life recently is that I had THE BEST WEEKEND EVER last weekend when my sister came to town. Many, many months ago, I got an e-mail from [livejournal.com profile] deeablo saying that a friend of our mutual friend was trying to get a group together to go in on early group sales for Hamilton in Chicago. So I called my sister, who said if it was a Friday or Saturday she'd fly in from RI to see the show with me (considering she can't get tickets in NYC). It turns out our group got tickets for last Friday, so on Thursday night she flew in after work. We spent Thursday night at home playing with VEE's Fashion Plates together. Friday morning we took her to preschool and then afterwards the four of us, MDR included, went to Portillo's for lunch so [livejournal.com profile] yakgirl could get a Chicago-style hot dog. Then we came home and played Wii bowling with VEE and got ready for the show. We dropped the kids off, then headed downtown.

It was pretty awesome to see how genuinely excited [livejournal.com profile] yakgirl was to be back home in Chicago. She's lived in RI for so long, but Chicago's still home. She kept snapping photos of the skyline (which is the most impressive skyline in all of the US -- sorry not sorry, NYC) and she got pictures of all the congratulatory Cubs World Series signs. We found parking right near the theater and then walked over to the Palmer House Hotel so she could use the bathroom in the lobby. Dear God, that hotel is swanky! I've always heard of the Palmer House but never went in. It's all mosaic ceilings and gilded statues holding lanterns and wow. The hotel was a block across and over from the hotel where we were seeing Hamilton, so she got a bunch of photos of that to show people at home. Then we walked over to Daley Plaza to go to the Christkindlmarket, which she'd never done before. We looked at all the little shops, bought mugs of mulled wine, and then she got some candied nuts (amaretto and rum flavored). THEN we found a vendor selling baked apples filled with marizpan, nuts, and raisins and glazed in cinnamon sugar. OMGGGGGGGG yum.

After that, we headed over to Italian Village, a mainstay restaurant downtown, for dinner. She hadn't been there since her senior year in high school, 1992. It's where she and her BFF went for dinner before prom. We kept laughing that he tried to ask for the wine list and the waiter just snapped back "NO!" and walked off. She was all "Do you think we could get wine tonight?" and that made us giggle. Maybe you had to be there... So we had dinner there and then headed over to the theater to meet our group at 7 for the 7:30 show. It was me and [livejournal.com profile] yakgirl, [livejournal.com profile] deeablo, [livejournal.com profile] xica_s, [livejournal.com profile] mei_x, and a last-minute [livejournal.com profile] fishdoctorpost. And of course deeablo's and my friend who set it up, along with her son and then two more acquaintances. We were all geeking out the whole way inside, and then there was the requisite buying of merchandise. (I got a t-shirt with the Chicago flag on it, except all the stars are replace with Hamilton stars.) Our seats were way high up, but it was actually not bad at all, as the higher seats gave us a chance to really watch all the choreography (which was non-stop -- get it?) as well as watch how the turntables worked. The show was A.MAY.ZING. I can't even tell you how great it was. And the cast in Chicago is TIGHT. Migeul Cervantes, the Chicago Hamilton, is really good. The man can rap AND sing, which is great. Both of the Schyler Sisters were phenomenal (and Peggy). Laurens, Mulligan, and Lafayette were good, though the guy who played Lafayette was better as Jefferson. Washington had a great voice (though he's no Chris Jackson, but NO ONE can sing like that guy), and Burr... Wow. The guy playing Burr had a different take on it that I expected. He played the role more angry. You could physically see him start to rage out and then he'd just pull it back in, and dear God his voice. Wow. When he finished "The Room Where It Happens," I honestly thought he was going to get a standing ovation right then and there. It's just SO GOOD. If any of you get a chance to come to Chicago to see the show, DO IT. Afterwards [livejournal.com profile] yakgirl and I hung out by the stage door for autographs. We met Hamilton, Washington, and Jefferson. It was a really great day all around.

So that's what's been keeping me up and running this week. Which, considering my children's sleeping habits, is good. As for today, I have to finish cleaning the house, straightening the kids' room and the playroom, and then start getting ready for our Christmas party tonight. It's supposed to start snowing this afternoon, so I wouldn't be surprised if people start dropping out because they don't want to drive in the snow. We'll see. We have the house all decorated and it looks very nice. Hopefully we'll be able to get everything ready for tonight in time. Which means I really should get off the computer and start cleaning up.

I hope you're all well. If I don't post again before the holidays, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas or Hannukah this year. And best wishes for a wonderful New Year. 2016 has been a shitshow, and 2017 doesn't hold much promise, but fingers crossed! Take care, y'all.
eee1313: (HIMYM - slapsgiving)
Hi people! I know it's been FOREVER since I last posted. I swear, every time I try to post something happens and I lose my entry and then I get frustrated and give up. But seeing as how today is Thanksgiving (here in America - sorry, Canada, you had your day) I thought I should post and say hello. I also want to tell those of you who are reading -- all five people who are still checking and reading LJ these days -- how thankful I am for your friendship. Some of you I've known online for more than 15 years, which is just crazy. I'm so glad to have such a mix of friends who are so interesting, kind, and supportive. I am thankful to know each one of you.

So what's been going on with me, you ask? Well, there's been a lot of work. Big shakeups, some demotions (not me, thankfully), new "plans" for improvement that don't really seem to have any direction... Basically, work isn't much fun these days. For a while I just gave up talking with people and listed to the "How Did This Get Made?" podcast for hours on end. It's hard to be upset at work when you're listening to comedians riff on how bad Howard the Duck was. Lately when things get really toxic at work, I like to call it "cuckoo-bananas." Because whenever I say that, I can't help but smile. And smiling always helps.

Things are going fine with the Scientist at his job, so that's great. He got a raise a little while ago. His boss is very happy with him. VEE is doing well and is enjoying preschool. Every class results in some kind of adorable art project. The other day it was a "forkupine," which was a picture of a porcupine which had its quills added on by having the kids dip plastic forks in paint and then decorating the animal. She made a turkey headband last week, but I think I'll be hard-pressed to get her to wear it today. And little MDR isn't so little -- the guy's almost 30 pounds now and is wearing between 12 and 18 month clothes. He's up and walking all over now and he's QUICK, so we have to keep an eye on him or he gets into things. Specifically the cat's food, which he likes to throw all over the place. The other day we found out that he'll talk over at his grandma's house, but he doesn't talk at home other than "mama." But over there he'll also say "ama" (grandma), "up," "down," and "meow" when the cat walks through. I have no idea why he won't talk for us. I think he's just lazy and lets us do the talking for him.

So the holidays are coming up, which is good. We already have our weekends in December booked up. Office party, kids' visit to Santa, wine & cheese party, holiday lights at the zoo... But because I'm anal retentive, I already have a lot of my shopping done. Packages for my sister and her family are in a box, ready to go to my parents' house so they can take them to her when they see her. Christmas gifts for my parents are also done, as is the Scientist. (He's just getting one BIG gift from me, though he could probably use another gift from the kids.) And we have gifts for VEE and MDR already, except the Scientist is currently out doing some shopping for Thanksgiving specials so maybe they'll be getting some new books.

In regards to fannish stuff, there's not much to report. We've been watching Supergirl, which is A-OK thus far. Last week's episode had Lacey from The Middleman as the bad guy, which resulted in several "ART CRAWL!" jokes. I'm still watching Castle, though this stupid separation storyline just annoys the heck out of me. Come on, already, these characters are past this crap already. I'd like to watch Jessica Jones on Netflix as I hear it's even better than Daredevil, so that's probably my next binge. And I haven't seen Mockingjay Part 2 yet, though it's on my schedule. I've promised to take VEE to see The Good Dinosaur, and then coming up next month is The Force Awakens, which I am SO EXCITED TO WATCH. Seriously. So excited.

There's other stuff I could talk about, like how Donald Trump is a total dickhead and how my friend totally schooled him on Twitter and went viral around the world. I could talk about the Paris terrorist attacks and how scary all that is. I could talk about the Laquan McDonald shooting and how the leaders of Chicago completely screwed up... But what hasn't been said about all that stuff already?

Instead, I'm going to watch the WGN Thanksgiving Parade on TV. My grandpa always used to watch the Thanksgiving Day parade and so it's a tradition I'm trying to continue with my kids. Plus, the WGN parade is always great because they put a giant, colorful decal in the middle of the road with the parade logo on it. And every year, either a horse or a donkey will walk up to it, take one look, and go "Aw hell no, I'm not walking on that! I don't know what that is! Screw you, I'm not moving another inch." And then the rider has to coax the animal around the decal on the side of the road and the others follow and it gums up the entire parade and I laugh every time. Plus, unlike the stupid Macy's parade from NYC, all of the performances happen before the parade starts, so you don't have to sit through some dull performance to see the giant balloons.

And on that note, my daughter is now awake, so I'm logging off. Happy Thanksgiving to you all, take care, and I'll do my best to post here more often.
eee1313: (Fruitcake!)
I have to post quickly before the baby wakes up. VEE is down for her afternoon nap with little fuss (hallelujah!) and so knowing how these kids work, one goes down and the other wakes up...

Things went well with our party this past weekend. Everything got done, though some of it was half-assed. There were things hidden in our laundry room and our bedroom wasn't as clean as it should have been, but oh well. Everyone seemed to enjoy the party so that's what counts. Thanks to the city folks for driving out to the burbs ([livejournal.com profile] aj, [livejournal.com profile] xica_s, and [livejournal.com profile] fishdoctorpost), as well as [livejournal.com profile] mei_x for driving down from her burb. It was great to see people. We have a crap-ton of leftover cheese. And despite starting the party out with 91 bottles of wine, we now are down to only 87 bottles thanks to people contributing their own libations. 87 bottles of wine in our house, 87 bottles of wine...

Christmas is coming along. I have almost all my shopping done. I just need to go pick up stuff for a few people, which requires driving all over God's green Earth to different stores for gift cards. I'm going to need at least one day where I leave VEE with her grandma so that I can zoom around everywhere without her. She's a pain to shop with. And then I'm going to need yet another day with her at her grandma's so that I can wrap presents. Thankfully she likes to "help" in the kitchen and we can do our baking together. I'm going to (try to) make chocolate peppermint chip cookies, lemon bars, fruitcake cookies, sugar cookies (from a mix, don't judge me!), and spritz cookies with the cookie press if I have time. That's a lot to do in the next ten days.

Not much else is up, really. We went to the Brookfield Zoo yesterday for their "Holiday Magic" light display. So many Christmas lights! VEE loved it. Of course, due to the unseasonably warm weather around Chicagoland and the Groupon deals they've been running, I think probably every parent in the tri-state area was there with their kids. It was a madhouse. Alas, this year we didn't get to see any dolphins having sex or posh old men pushing Real Dolls in wheelchairs. Man, that was a Christmas outing to be remembered...

Okay, that's all I've got for now. I'm sure I've forgotten a ton of things I was going to write about. That's life. I hope your lives are going well.
eee1313: (Peter Pan)
It's not a snow day in my house today -- it's a black ice day! Normally it takes me 25 minutes to get to work. Yesterday it took me 50. The highways were covered in blowing snow, and I saw a ton of cars on the shoulder facing toward me (having spun out), stalled cars, and one instance where paramedics were pulling someone from the ditch where they'd spun out. But I went in to work, because my office is run by management who'd rather not lose money than employees. BUT WHATEVER. Today I woke up to find the traffic reports were twice as bad as yesterday's. While the roads may look clear, they are covered in black ice. No way. No freaking way. My job isn't worth dealing with that. When IDOT is saying "Please stay off the roads if you don't need to be out. They're really dangerous" then I'm going to listen. So I called in.

Of course, the Scientist had his work cancelled on Friday and yesterday, so considering today was a noon start he was chomping at the bit to get back to the lab. I can't say I blame him. After four days essentially stuck in the house due to the cold, I'd be stir-crazy as well. Add on the fact that he likes being at work, and I'm sure he's happy as an old mole in soft dirt right now.

I've been spending the day semi-warm (even with the heat on, the house is still cold). I've tried to organize VEE's room a bit. After her birthday in November and Christmas in December, our house looks like a toy factory exploded in it come January. There are books I need to pack up and books I need to reorganize. There are games that need to find a home. There's just so much. I also need to go do some more laundry and put away dishes. But the postman delivered the bed rail for VEE's bed, so I got that all in place and changed her bedding. Right now she's napping in her bed and won't fall out, which is wonderful. Hopefully now she'll like sleeping in her big-girl bed and won't want to sleep on a nest of blankets on the floor of our bedroom any longer. Fingers crossed, people! She's all excited to go to bed now because "Peter Pan comes at night." For weeks now she's been on a Jake and the Never Land Pirates kick, which has recently morphed into an old-school Peter Pan obsession. She wants me to read books about him over and over, and any toy she has that is green (dinosaurs, dragons, etc.) are now all named Peter Pan. Oh, and Peter Rabbit is now Peter Pan as well. Hey, if thinking Peter Pan is going to come at night take her to Never Land is all it takes to get her to sleep in her own room again, I am all for it.

So what else has been going on? I feel like all I ever talk about here these days is work or the kid. But then, that's pretty much the extent of my life right now. The holidays are done. We got 98% of the decorations packed away over the weekend and the Scientist returned them to the garage rafters yesterday. But we keep finding little things we forgot to pack up, like the Santa and reindeer rubber ducks in our downstairs bathroom. Whoops. This weekend we're celebrating my sister-in-law's birthday with sushi and and a winery visit. That's really about it. Oh, we've been battling our cable since mid-December and it's finally fixed. Hooray! It seems the last three technicians/installers who came out set up our TV input incorrectly. So now we just have it all plugged in to a different jack and everything's working great. Plus, they gave us three months of HBO to make up for our hassle. Of course, it's not Game of Thrones season, but good enough.

Okay, I gotta go take advantage of my kid being asleep and get some work done. I hope you're all doing well. I have been reading your entries -- it's just hard to reply coherently on my phone's tiny keyboard.
eee1313: (Fruitcake!)
Today marks the first official day of my Christmas vacation. I was really looking forward to sleeping in. Instead, some jerkface called my husband's cell phone at 6:50 a.m., let it ring just once, and it woke me up. This is my normal wake-up time! If the call had come in at, say, 4 a.m. I would have just gone back to sleep. But a phone call at the same time your alarm clock normally wakes you up just ruins everything because it's your normal schedule. So instead I got up and putzed around online a bit. Then the Scientist woke up and we spent the rest of the morning assembling the Fisher Price/Disney singing princess palace that Santa Claus will be delivering on Christmas morning. (Better us to get it ready in advance than to spend time trying to do it in the morning amongst all the Christmas fallout while she's begging to get her hands on it.)

The Scientist went out with his dad to H-Mart to get food for tomorrow night. His family's Christmas Eve tradition is to watch Christmas movies (usually White Christmas), play games, and eat Asian appetizers like pot stickers and crab rangoon. Then they're also getting Honeybaked ham for Christmas Day, and then the Scientist has to go to the Comcast HQ to return our cable box. Ever since Dec. 13 our cable has been randomly going out. The screen goes blank, the sound cuts out, and every now and again we can see either a blue or black negative image of what's on the screen. Yesterday we had a service call, and not 30 minutes after the guy left the problem started up again. VEE was watching Jake and the Never Land Pirates, and it looked like scrambled porn. No good. So the Scientist got fed up and is taking the box to them for an exchange. Hopefully this will solve the problem. I don't know what to do otherwise. Cut cable and go with Hulu? Beats me...

So today I had to run to Target to get cat food, and the place was packed with last-minute shoppers. (And yes, I'm still going to Target despite the security breach. I only use their credit card at the store, and so it's easy to tell what's my purchase and what's not. If it wasn't sold at Tinley Park or Woodridge, then I didn't make the charge. The end!) I was going to get supplies for baking, but I forgot to check what I had on hand and what I need. I was going to make my fruitcake cookies today -- even people who hate fruitcake like these cookies -- but I got home to find that I was out of candied cherries. I have no idea where I'll find those. So perhaps fruitcake cookies aren't on the menu after all...

Man it's nice not to be at work today. Even if I'm not really getting anything done except laundry. But hey! I got my daughter to eat lunch AND take a nap, and all before 1:45. Woooooo! It's a red-letter day, my friends.

Anyway, who knows if I'll be able to check online again before the holiday. So for all of you who are celebrating, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! And happy belated Solstice for those of you that celebrate that holiday as well! May your holiday season be filled with happiness and laughter and safe travels if you're going anywhere.
eee1313: (Domestically disabled)
This is not a post about steampunk stuff. This is a post about steam cleaning. My husband got a steam mop on sale two weekends ago, and this is the first time it's been used. Holy Pete, this thing is great! You should see our tile, it's beautiful! I can't believe I'm excited about cleaning, but this is the easiest and best cleaning job I've done in forever. Hot damn.

In other news, I took today off to get stuff done. I ran errands this morning: to Sam's Club to pick up a Christmas gift, then to a local store to get a coworker's gift for her son (the store is 3 minutes from my house, 40 from hers). After that to IKEA to get a gift for VEE from my sister and her husband, as well as a few stuffed animals for Toys for Tots. FYI, IKEA gives to UNICEF children's education for every stuffed toy bought, so buying these for Toys for Tots gets you a double charity boost. Next to the city hall to drop those off, then to the library, and finally to the post office to mail a small package. Would you believe it took longer to get through the post office line than it did to get in and out of IKEA? Anyway, I feel all productive.

But now the floors should be dry enough thst I can walk on them and get to the bathroom to clean it. Happy Friday the 13th, everyone!

Snow!

Dec. 8th, 2013 09:38 pm
eee1313: (Golden Compass)
For some reason I'm utterly and completely exhausted tonight. It's not even 9:30 and I just want to curl up and crawl into bed. Yes, I stayed up way too late last night watching another Twilight movie with my sisters-in-law, but I didn't expect it to wipe me out this much. I'm so tired.

This morning I woke up and snow was falling, and it's been falling for most of the day. There was a respite while we were at my in-laws' for dinner, but of course it picked up as we were leaving and the Scientist had just cleaned off his car. The point is that I'm absolutely loving this snow. It's the soft, powdery kind that's crap for making snowmen but is absolutely beautiful. All of the trees have a light dusting of white and anywhere there are Christmas lights up there's just that extra lovely glow to it all. I'm glad the forecast is cold all week, because hopefully that will mean this snow will stick around. Nothing is more disappointing than having snow fall and then melt the next day. I just want there to be snow for the holiday...

Today we went out shopping and ran some errands. Dropped some stuff off at Goodwill, picked up road salt at Sam's, got fancy cheese at Trader Joe's and sugar free candies for my boss from See's. VEE passed out on the drive from Sam's to See's, so she ended up being carried around that store and slept in the grocery cart at Trader Joe's. Of course right now she's wide awake but fighting sleep. I left her curled up in her dad's lap, so hopefully by now she's konked out for the night.

What else is going on? I got my latest project at work off to the printer on Friday afternoon. Hooray! That's one more project done. Of course, this means I have no idea what I'll be doing at work tomorrow, as my backup project's author hasn't delivered new manuscript in over a month. Honest to God, we need something in our contracts saying these people will be deducted royalties for each month they fall behind. WHATEVER. I really don't care about work for these next two weeks. I'm just putting in my time until the holidays hit. I'm quite excited for Christmas this year. Can you tell? ;)

Anyway, that's really all I've got. I want to let those of you here on LJ know that I really do read your posts even if I don't comment much these days. Trying to use the computer at home is hard because the kid always wants to hijack it to watch Sesame Street, so I try not to use the computer or tablet while she's around. So at best, I get to read your posts on my phone's little screen (and Swyping out a reply is much harder than you'd think). The point is, I am keeping up with you whether I've replied to your posts or not, and I'm glad you're all still around. Someone recently referred to LJ as a "wasteland," and that's not far from the truth. But I barely use Twitter at all and Facebook is the devil incarnate IMO, so here I am and here I'll stay. Please keep posting. I like reading about your lives on my work breaks. :)



PS - Eclipse sucked.
eee1313: (Zoolander - jitterbug)
Tonight my sister-in-law J came over to watch The Sound of Music live on TV. I was expecting Carrie Underwood to crash and burn in a spectacular fashion. Honestly, she really wasn't bad at the singing. (My sister and I were texting throughout, and on the "Lonely Goatherd" song I said Carrie was doing quite well. [livejournal.com profile] yakgirl replied something like "Of course she is -- it's yodeling." HA!) Of course, everyone else acted circles around poor Carrie. She was high school drama club acting while everyone else was legit acting. Even Bill Moyer came out looking better than poor Carrie, who was just so WOODEN. (Let us not even compare the singing of Audra McDonald or the woman who played Elsa Schrader to the others, as they were far superior. Audra especially -- get it? Har har har.) That said, I must applaud Carrie on trying to even do this in the first place. It's a thankless job to take on such an iconic role as one made famous by Julie Andrews, it's hard to do live productions when you're not an actor, and it's got to be completely nerve-wracking knowing that it's broadcast to every TV in America and everyone watching is just waiting for you to fail. So A for effort, Carrie. C- on acting, but a solid B to B+ on the singing itself. Everyone else, though, was really quite good. And HOORAY for keeping in the Max and Elsa songs! That makes me happy.

Other media-related things that make me happy: Catching Fire. The Scientist and I went to go see it last night, and hot damn if that isn't one hell of a good movie. I thought they did a really, really good job keeping to the book. The casting was fantastic, the effects were great, and even though I knew what was coming and who was going to get it, the movie still kept me on the edge of my seat. The Scientist hasn't read the books, but he came out of this one with far, far fewer questions than he did the first. (In fact, I think he came out with zero questions. He said he was going to ask me about something afterward, and when I queried him after the movie was over he said he'd figured it out.) Jennifer Lawrence came off as rather wooden in the first movie, but here I think she embodied Katniss much more than before. However, that might also be because I've seen so much more of Jennifer on TV acting like a complete screwball, so when she buckles down to be all intense as Katniss it's much more obvious that she's actually acting and not just being one-note. Katniss is, IMO, much more complicated in the second book/movie than she is in the first. I'm really looking forward to what they're going to do with Mockingjay, but I have no idea how they can translate the book to film without an R rating. That will be interesting.

In other news, my Christmas tree is complete. Hooray!

And changing topics completely, I find I'm quite shocked about Nelson Mandela's death. They guy was 95 and in failing health; it was going to happen sooner or later. But it's still sad to see such an important figure pass on. I hope others remember how committed he was to ensuring equality and try to continue stopping bigotry and repression when they see it.
eee1313: (Fruitcake!)
This evening I picked up VEE after work and on the way home I slowed down so that she could look at all of the Christmas lights on the houses in our neighborhood. She especially liked looking for Santa in front of different houses. (I hope that means she won't freak out when she goes to see him this weekend...) We arrived home and I saw that the Scientist had hung up the lights on our house. Our townhomes are arranged with the garages in front as a separate building, then a small yard, and then the houses. Therefore, VEE couldn't see the lights as we pulled in. I told her there was a surprise in the front yard, and she asked "Cake?!" Heh. When we came out from the garage and she saw all the lights in our yard, she got all excited.

Then this evening we put up our Christmas tree, which she seems pretty impressed with thus far. I got a bunch of shatterproof ornaments for this year, as she likes to touch them all. I still have about 30 of those to hang and then we break into the non-breakable ornaments from years past. Stuff I made as a little kid, wacky ornaments I've collected over the years, etc. But either way, Christmas decorating has started and as the song says, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Yay!

So.

Dec. 30th, 2012 11:12 am
eee1313: (HIMYM - Robin Sparkles)
The holidays are mostly over and done with, and all went well. Christmas Eve with the in-laws, Christmas morning with the Scientist and VEE. Christmas late morning with the in-laws, then in the car to drive to Michigan to have Christmas night with my parents and my sister and her family. Then the next day my cousins came in with their families, and then the next day we went up to the Grand Rapids area to have a post-Christmas get-together with my mother-in-law's family. Then back home where I got to see [livejournal.com profile] fava_bean, her guy, and my other BFF Deb and her husband. Then today, we're just hanging out. I was thinking of using the zoo membership that my sister and her family got us for Christmas and taking VEE to see Zoo Lights. However, I'm lazy and it's cold and the baby woke me up at 6:45 so surely I'll pass out before this evening...

Anyway, the holidays were really nice. The big surprise of Christmas morning was that the Scientist got me a bike! Some of you may already know this, but I never really learned to ride a bike. Bikes scared the crap out of me as a child. They still kind of do, because I fear I will fall off and land in traffic and be run over by a car. When I was a kid my parents were nice and bought me a 10-speed bike. It was pretty. However, that's not the kind of bike you start a kid on. It's just too much. So the Scientist got me a bike that's more my speed: a big, sturdy Schwinn with fat tires and only six speeds. (It looks kind of like this one, except it's teal and has no rear rack. Mine also has whitewall tires. Fun!) Since we had no snow, I rode it around the cul-de-sac a few times on Christmas morning. Wheeeeee! So yes, now I need to learn how to PROPERLY ride a bike.

Anyway, I need to go take a shower. I hope you all had nice holidays. Happy New Year to you all as well!
eee1313: (Fruitcake!)
Just a quick note to wish everyone a very merry Christmas Eve, and a very merry Christmas as well. Even if you don't celebrate, may you have a joyful day full of friends and family. All of my best to everyone for a wonderful holiday season. I'm sure I'll update before then, but just in case may the New Year bring lots of happiness to you all!
eee1313: (Wine)
For starters, I just have to say that I absolutely cannot wrap my brain about the school murders, and thus I've been avoiding it all. I just can't comprehend it and thinking about it wrecks me, so I'm avoiding all news of it for right now. I have thoughts but I can't deal with it now.

So I'm going to only talk about happy things. Sorry if that makes me a bad person, but this is how I'm dealing.

Last night we had our annual wine & cheese party for the holidays. The crowd was very thin this year, as one friend was having her 40th birthday and thus got priority amongst our shared friends. Several people came down with terrible bronchitis or other illnesses. But it was still a good time and we all had fun. Thanks to all who came, or tried to come. Yay!
eee1313: (NBX - snowy hill)
First off, a very happy Hanukkah to any and all who celebrate it! May your festivities be full of fun and love and laughter.

All is still well in my world. Last night was my office holiday party. I wasn't really looking forward to it, but it ended up being a lot more fun than I expected. My coworkers and I have figured out that if we sit in the side room, we can be a lot more rambunctious and fun than if we were in the main room with all the "old people." So there were a lot of cocktails, good steak, and probably the richest, most heavy chocolate cake I've ever eaten. No one at my table was even able to eat half of our slices. For those of you who've read Matilda, one of my coworkers aptly named it "Trunchbull cake" and we all agreed it was a perfect descriptor. Luckily, the servers arrived with takeout boxes so we could all take our cake home. Yay!

Today we took VEE to see Santa at our townhome association clubhouse. She didn't cry, but she wasn't too keen on Santa. We got pictures of the Scientist holding her between Santa and Mrs. Claus, and then some photos of her sitting on the floor near them. But she DID NOT want to sit on either of their laps. We took some cute photos of her when we got home, so I think those will have to go in this year's cards.

What else? Still trying to get the house ready for the holidays. Either tonight or tomorrow we'll take some of my Christmas houses out from the crawlspace and set them up on the buffet. And then we have to clean. But other than that, we're done with decorating the house. AND I have all of my Christmas shopping done and all of the gifts wrapped. So that's a good feeling.

At some point prior to Christmas I need to make cookies. I don't think I'll go overboard like I did last year and make a ton, but I definitely need to make spritz cookies. My mom's cookie press is one of those old brass ones with a turn handle, whereas ours has pump-action so it's much easier. Therefore, Mom has requested specifically that I make those. I just need to figure out when.

So that's things with me and the holiday plans. Otherwise, not much is up. As always, I hope you're all well!
eee1313: (Fruitcake!)
I haven't updated in a while. I'm going to make this quick, as I have A LOT of stuff to do today.

Things are going fine in my world. The baby's good, the husband's good, my job is fine, his job is good. Preparations for the holidays are coming along. I have all my shopping done, and there's a huge pile of presents downstairs that need wrapping. I absolutely love wrapping presents (don't ask me why, I don't know), and so today I'm going to try to put a dent in that pile. Of course, that will all depend on how much attention the baby wants/needs.

She's taken to scooting around the house on her butt, and recently she discovered the cat's water dish. I found her sticking her hands into the water and splashing. No good. At least she wasn't eating the cat food -- yet. I need to keep an eye on her when she's scooting around the kitchen. Oh, and regarding VEE, she qualified for PT but as she's making progress with the scooting and is trying to sit up, we thought we'd give her another 3 months to see how she'll do on her own. If nothing, then we'll call back to re-evaluate.

Anyway, back to all the stuff that needs doing. Thankfully the Christmas tree is up in the living room, and the lights are hung outside. We also have the usual lit garland running down our stairwell, and the stockings are hung. However, we do not have out my Christmas village. Due to minimal space this year, I'm only going to put out some of the village. But that's one more thing to do today. Oh, and laundry... Man, I need two of me today.

I also have to try to get a photo calendar finished for my mother-in-law for her birthday gift. I have a 30% off code that's good through tomorrow, so I should try to finish that off today. Yikes. So much to do!

But for now, I need to go wake up VEE, change her diaper, and then see if she'll take some milk. We're transitioning her off formula and onto real milk, so that should be interesting. After that, it's breakfast and then a bath for her. Again, busy day!

I hope all of you are doing well. You all take care.
eee1313: (Fruitcake!)
First off, Happy Hanukkah to all those who celebrate! May your holiday be filled with family, friends, love, and laughter. :)

And now, because I'm feeling festive and sappy, enjoy for your (early) Christmas celebrations.



More videos and a giant picture. )

Happy holidays, everyone!
eee1313: (Fruitcake!)
The other day I made fruitcake cookies for Christmas. I've also made lemon bars, cherry nut squares, magic cookie bars, date balls, and regular chocolate chip cookies with red and green chocolate chips. I still have to make Russian nut balls and butter tarts. (The latter were a request from my in-laws; I made them at Thanksgiving and they liked the tarts so much they requested them again.) So I'm doing fairly well at the Christmas cookie baking thing. Go, me!

Things are coming along okay otherwise. I am absolutely dreading going back to work in a week or two. The thought of being away from the baby makes me openly cry. I can't even think about it without getting choked up. Man, I hate how there's barely any maternity leave for people in this country. My mom got a Christmas card from the German exchange student we hosted when my sister was in high school, and she said that she just had a baby and is getting a full YEAR off work. God, I would kill for that much time off to spend with my kid. Stupid America. >:(

As for the baby, she's doing well. She's becoming much more aware of what's going on around her, and she's starting to grasp things with her hands. She's wonderful. That said, finding time to do ANYTHING is next to impossible. On average I'm only taking showers every other day, I don't eat breakfast until around noon, and I go through at least two shirts a day. (She goes through a lot more clothing, however, so I should count myself lucky.)

And now she's crying because her pacifier fell out of her mouth, so I have to go help her out. I hope you're all doing well!
eee1313: (Fruitcake!)
Christmas has come to our house! The tree is up and decorated, lighted garland is hung, stockings are up, and the nativity is on display. The baby has visited with Santa (I promise to share pictures eventually), and almost all the presents have been purchased. I feel very festive. Plus, I saw FIVE snowflakes just now. Yay!
eee1313: (NBX - snowy hill)
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eee1313: (Fruitcake!)
Hi there. First off, hello to everyone. [livejournal.com profile] nutmeg3, I'm glad you're doing okay. [livejournal.com profile] sunbrae, I'm glad things are working out well for you and your family. [livejournal.com profile] spicedrum, glad you had a good trip, and let me know how Epic Mickey is. [livejournal.com profile] uss_hairball, sorry that boys are weird. Everyone else, hi.

I only have 3 days of work left this year. I am pleased with this turn of events. I also managed to get three books off to the printer this week. I feel accomplished.

TV has been awesome lately. The Burn Notice season finale last night was crazy-good. And I read that there's going to be a whole TV movie for Sam Axe? HELLS YEAH! My TV needs more Bruce Campbell acting, not just Bruce Campbell "acting." (I'm looking at you, Alien Apocalypse). Oh, and earlier there were the Warehouse 13 and Eureka Christmas episodes, which left me delighted. AND this Sunday there's a new Robot Chicken Star Wars special on, which also makes me happy. I ::heart:: Robot Chicken's take on Star Wars.

Today when I pulled into our garage after work, I noticed that someone ripped the downspout off the side of the garage. The connector attached to the gutter is still there, but the downspout itself (which was mounted to the garage) is gone. So we'll have to contact our association and see how this is going to be handled. Yay.

I sort of have the Christmas blahs. I think because I was SO SO SO geared up for Christmas earlier, it's left me feeling rather "meh" now. Tomorrow I finish wrapping gifts, as well as do some cookie baking, so hopefully that will cheer me up a bit.

This weekend I'll probably go see Tron: Legacy. I don't know what to think of it, other than "ooooh, pretty." I only saw the original recently and was unimpressed. (I actually fell asleep.) But this one at least has a Daft Punk soundtrack to keep me awake, so that's good. I also want to see the new Narnia movie. Who knows when, though...

Anyway, that's really all I can think of right now.

It's ON!

Nov. 27th, 2010 06:35 pm
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Christmas is officially ON at my house, people! Currently we have lighted garland going up the staircase banister, stockings hung, the Scientist's tree is up and fully decorated, and my tree is up, lit, and about half decorated. At some point we'll have to assemble the Christmas village as well as the garland swag, and put the last of the outdoor lights out, but dudes, Christmas is ON. I am pleased.

In other news, we went to see Burlesque today. Let me describe it to you:

[(Showgirls - nudity) + Coyote Ugly + Center Stage's impossible dance routines + (Caberet - Nazis and any source of drama whatsoever) + Chicago's flashy production numbers] x Cher's glittery eye shadow

Divide all by the number of cliches, and then add bonus points for Alan Cumming

Final result: TOTALLY RIDICULOUS, but still actually better than I expected. (Then again, I was expecting something along the lines of Glitter, so take that with a grain of salt.) Also, it's LOOOOOOOONG. But if you're looking to get buzzed and watch and stupidly predictable movie purely for the glitz, this is the movie for you.

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