Monday, November 28, 2011

Pinterest Daydreaming-Winter Wonderland

Now that Thanksgiving is over, Autumn feels like it's coming to a close (even though we've had a weekend of warmer weather, and the first day of winter isn't until the end of December). Technicalities, people.  It's what we did with the warmer weather-decorate the outside of our home with white icicle lights and hat tipping snowman-that has me ready for a winter wonderland.

Warm woollen mittens and hot chocolate...ain't nothing better on a cold day.

For a home that has a little bit of Christmas....

Source: via Thecape on Pinterest

And a little bit of Chanukah...

Source: via Thecape on Pinterest

And a mixture of both...

Source: via Thecape on Pinterest

However you decorate or celebrate, happy wintertime to you!

I can't be the only one who busted out the lights while it's still November--how far along are you on your winter decorating?  Outside only?  Tree and menorah aglow?  Stockings hung?

Weekend Bloggy Reading

Friday, November 25, 2011

Not too shabby winner

How was everyone's Thanksgiving?  I don't know about you, but when we got home last night i was full and i was sleepy.  Too sleepy to go online, that's for sure.  That meant this morning was time to draw the winning number for the Shabby Apple giveaway.

Lucky number 13 was Christina, who said "i like shabby apple on facebook."  Yay, Christina, i'm super excited for you.  Now it's back to coffee sipping and paper reading for me.

Enjoy the long weekend, my friends.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What i learned at work today

I love being out of the office, though it means i can't blog or read blogs-not that i do that at work or anything, no of course not...


and today i realized some things about myself that i would like to share with you, randomly, on the day before Thanksgiving.

Number 1.  I could not be a teacher.  Now, usually i think this way because i wouldn't want to be "on" every day, but today i think this because I would get fired for not keeping my shit together when talking with disrespectful and rude teenagers.  At a health fair recently i may have gotten a little too sassy when illustrating how little disrespect i would take when talking about an important topic.  There was gasping from the other students in our conversation.  There were looks from surrounding students as i reiterated this conversation to a colleague.  Guess these spoiled kids aren't used to being called disrespectful?  They were, and i'm not gonna whisper about it.

Number 2.  There is such a thing as a Pennsylvania Dairy Princess whose role is to educate about milk and cheese and the goodness of those things.  She wears a crown and a sparkly sash while she does her educating.  I educate about important topics (see Number 1).  I want a crown and sparkly sash.  I want to be Pennsylvania Dating Violence Awareness Princess.  Let me see if the agency will go for that.

Number 3.  I am strangely excited about Thanksgiving this year, more than other years.  There is no logical explanation for this.  It will be the same family (who i love) and the same food (that i can't wait to eat) yet my feelings of giddiness are freaking me out a little bit.

Number 4.  Going along with those excited Thanksgiving feelings is a recent shopping frenzy.  Why?  Is it brought on by all these Black Friday commercials?  I don't even need anything, yet i can't wait to pour over the newspaper and call aloud the deals and steals to S.  Yesterday i bought a new coat. 

I then bought a new work bag, because one clearly can't use rainbow polka dots alongside this gray and yellow plaid.  Black Friday sales starting at 12am...things for me or things for others.  A hard decision.

Number 5.  Speaking of shopping, don't forget the Shabby Apple giveaway ends tomorrow.  Go here to win this skirt.

I want to you have a game plan for Black Friday shopping?  Sticking by the computer or braving the crowds?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Not Too Shabby (Giveaway)

Maybe if i excitedly squeal really loudly you'll be able to tell how super pumped i am to bring you a fabulous giveaway from Shabby Apple.  Who'd like some new clothes to wear for the holidays?  This gal would (hint hint, shabby apple powers that be!)  If you're not familiar with Shabby Apple, not only do they have tons of women's dresses, but they also have some great jewelry and shoes i'd be equally excited to try. (subtle, right?  i know).

Look at these beauties-they're called Gasp.  And i literally did just that.  For reals.  I want them.


Chanukah Harry? 

Size 8, if you please.

What we are offering you, dear readers, is this little black skirt. I chose this one because i thought it would be the most versatile piece and would work on all figures. Do you not love it with that sweet bow? 

 Know what else has a sweet bow?  My future shoes. 

If you want this skirt to be in your future, here's how to win it.

1.  You must like Shabby Apple on Facebook.  (Mandatory entry)

2.   Do you happily follow the blog?  Let me know with another entry.

A winner will be chosen on Thanksgiving. 

Thought it'd make somebody a little more thankful.  And that somebody has to be a US resident...sorry, my foreign friends!

Good luck, everyone!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Weekend Update

This weekend I:

-took in all things Halloween from outside. See you next year, light up spiders and animatronic spooky tree.

-walked in memory and honor of my father in the Pancreatic Cancer Purplestride 5k in Philadelphia.  We had an impressive team of 24, and raised over $1600 in his name.  It was a beautiful day, but one filled with mixed emotions from me.  I hated that we were there, yet I wouldn't be anywhere else.  I wore my crocs, which seemed to beguile some family members.  Sneakers feel too heavy since my normal shoe attire is flats.  Besides, if these crocs can walk for 12 hours straight while on vacation, then they can surely handle 3.2 miles.

-ate some fabulous Mexican food that, although i've only eaten at this restaurant once, i've been talking about the entire year since.  It didn't disappoint.  Flautas Mikey-you, me, my stomach-it's a date.

-attended a comedy show after said fabulous Mexican food.  Tell me, comedians, why must everything be about the size of your you know what.  Three comics, three people insisting theirs is bigger and how much the ladies love it.  Give me some word play over that kind of humor anyday.

-went to the Wilma Theatre for the play Our Class.  Intimate theatre, fabulous and haunting performances.  I like this venue.  Must see what their subscription looks like.

-finally have heat!  Yes, for the coldest week of the year thus far, we had no heat.  We had to wait for the duct work to be made for the new energy efficient system S put in.  The duct work is bigger than the system.  Seriously, it's a behemoth, but it's a silent behemoth.  And hopefully a money saving one as well.

I need a weekend to recover from my weekend.  What about you, was your weekend jam packed or spent in your jammies?

Miscellany Monday @
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Friday, November 4, 2011

Yard makeovers and flower bulbs

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