Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Christmas is coming . . . *Peeks around corner*

I am feeling somewhat depressed today, but I'll try not to be all Grinchy. At least on "paper". First things first, and I must announce that my room is a disaster. I basically beat myself to death last week during the busiest workday EVER (no joke) and went straight home to clean the house (I really did clean almost the whole house)for my daughter's birthday party the next day. I just about died of exhaustion, but I had to go back to work first thing in the morning and clean up after the insanely busy day before. I think I'm still recovering, actually. The good news is that I have survived to sludge through another day.

It finally feels like November outside, and I am really trying to convince myself that Thanksgiving is practically here and that means that Christmas is less than six weeks away! *Screaming* I love Christmas, it is my favorite holiday. I love the decorations, the feeling, the month, the presents, and especially the lights. And the food, holy moley. I'm a food lover, and the holiday season is paradise for me.

But last week I started panicking (literally, I panicked) about Christmas presents. I am poor, like, seriously poor. Food Stamps and Medicaid poor. So we have no money for presents until my husband gets a new job, which could be within a month or two, or could be as far as six months away. So I was trying to think of stuff I could make for presents, and I had some great ideas, but they would take up a ridiculous amount of time that I don't have either. So I'm contemplating something deeply irresponsible . . . a Target credit card. I know, that is so bad, but I don't have any real brilliant ideas otherwise. Bad, naughty me.

Side Note: So my sister in law is getting married in January, and she's having a snowflake themed wedding. Trying to trace a snowflake pattern on felt is IMPOSSIBLE unless you want to spend twice as much time tracing as you will cutting. It it ridiculous. However, parchment paper snowflakes are quite easy, and very purty.

Ok, since I got two, count 'em, TWO hours of sleep last night (not kidding, not exaggerating), I think I'm going to go nap now. I like naps. I love naps. Me and naps are like this *crosses fingers*. So good day to you all, imaginary audience, and I hope you don't panic that Christmas is now 5 and a half weeks away. *Screaming*

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Magical Moments of Halloween

Howdy pard'ners! Ok, so I read part of a cowboy romance book today, now I'm talking in a Southern accent. And after being completely immersed in the crazy world of Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland for the past few weeks, it's kind of a weird change. I've been thinking in quotes and talking in accents from that movie while I've been working on my costume, which turned out really good! And I made the whole hat, by myself. It took masticating a cardboard box, using 2 sticks of glue with my hot glue gun, and half a yard of fabric to achieve it. But it looks really awesome!!! There is only one sad part to the hat . . . somewhere between taping it together and gluing on the brim, we lost some space and it doesn't fit on my head! *Facepalm!* But it still looks great!!! And I made wonderful gloves and lace cuffs, a big floppy tie like his, and I did a wonderful coat and I found the perfect shoes at DI!!! They were only $6, and they fit me! It was a completely magical moment, I nearly cried.

Anyway, Halloween was fun, my daughter got to be Tigger and I, of course, was the Mad Hatter. We did a pumpkin carving party with my Mom's side of the family on Friday and my Dad and I took a battery-fetching sabbatical to Costco and saw my sister-in-law there. And on Saturday after work I went with my daughter, father-in-law, and another sister-in-law to go Trick or Treating along Main Street and Trunk or Treating at the grocery store. It was way fun. And on Sunday we went up to my Mom and Dad's house and had a ball! We had dinner in a pumpkin (no, we did not dine inside a pumpkin, we put dinner INSIDE a pumpkin and ate out of it. Yes, one of my friends did think that I meant we were going to be dining inside a pumpkin, and I laughed hysterically) and listened to Halloween music and had homemade root beer with dry ice. We had sooo much fun playing with the dry ice fog, and got some great pictures.

So, funny story. I am seriously laughing as I write this. My daughter, over the course of a few hours, sneakily stole all of the leftover Halloween candy we had been handing out and hid it. She brought me the empty bowl and said, "All gone!", all proud of herself, and I wondered where she had put it. So the next day, she goes running into the front room and my husband and I are watching her, all confused, and she goes to her pink princess chair and starts pulling out handfulls of Laffy Taffy! Like, an armload of stolen candy!!! We laughed so hard, and then she started passing them out to us. Oh, it was great!

Anyway, I'm being seven kinds of distracted right now watching a show with my sister-in-law, so I'm running away now. See ya!