Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Cheers and Movie Tears

Well, here's finding that everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  With the hustle and bustle of the holidays it's hard to be able to make the time to spend just enjoying your festively decorated home or sitting quietly listening to a 'silent night'.   I love the quiet nights where I sit with just the Christmas lights on and maybe a couple of candles lit, with holiday songs playing in the background and a cup of good cheer in my hands.   Bliss!
My DH & DD got me the Keurig that I asked for and a whole lot more!  Besides our normal family meals, my DD and I also went to Cincinnati, Ohio to visit relatives and enjoy some of the city.  We played nutsy (card game), ate, checked out the Newport Aquarium in Newport, KY, ate and did some site seeing from above the Ohio River, and oh yeah, ATE!

Watched a couple of good movies too.

The Fifth Quarter
Starring: Andie MacDowell and Aidan Quinn

My brother-in-law, who is a football nut and now has a son that plays little league football told me about this movie and suggested I watch it.  He failed to tell me that I would probably CRY during the whole thing! It is based on a true story about Jon Abbate who helps lead the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to the most successful season in school history after losing his younger brother, Luke in a fatal car accident.  Jon wears Luke's #5 jersey in his honor.  Keep the tissues handy.

The Last Godfather
Starring: Harvey Keitel and Hyung-rae Sim

Okay there isn't a whole lot to write home about this one, but I thought it was hilarious!  It was like watching some of the good old Abbot and Costello acts.  You just might need to keep the tissues handy on this one too, and maybe even a pantyliner

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Making Light of a Dark Situation

It seems every year I put up less and less outdoor Christmas lights.  My husband is a scrooge when it comes to decorating so I have to do it myself, which is why there is less.  For the first time ever, I got them up BEFORE Thanksgiving while the weather was decent.  On December 1st I flipped the switch, pretending I was Clark Griswold, and they all worked fine.  Within one week, I had one set of snowflake lights that only worked half the time. When I took them down and laid them on the porch they lit up, picked them up to hang again, they quit.  Did that 3 times! Finally threw them out and replaced with a new string of lights.  On one side of my house I have 2 deer with white lights and animated heads.  On the 2nd week of December my true love gave to me:  one lightless deer's hind-end.  Maybe some hunter shot at it or something.  I have yet to go out and fix that, I've already had to go out and adjust the deer many times because of all the rain we have been getting, the ground isn't hard enough to hold the stakes in.  Can't wait to see what the 3rd week has in store for me!

Sunday, December 11, 2011


Hello, my name is Chrystal and a I am a Facebook addict. My routine in the morning is to get on and check the birthday list and the newsfeed and send out a greeting or two. Now and then I put some smart alec status on and play my turn on the Words With Friends games going at the time (it's like Scrabble). My two favorite games are Bejeweled and Zuma Blitz. It is such a challenge to try to be top scorer of my friends each week. Every night before I go to bed, I play my daily credits on Bingo Blitz.
Now in between I have played Farmville, Frontierville, Island Paradise, Cafe World, Gardens of Time and Treasure Isle. But there have been so many glitches and they take forever to load that I've been abandoning my properties and I'm sure squatters have made claims on all of it by now.

Everyone talks about how much of a time-waster facebook is, but all in all it has been wonderful to reconnect with friends from the past and about 90% of my graduating class. It made planning our 30th class reunion so much easier!

It certainly isn't good for the ego though when someone ignores your friend request. But to cheer myself up I just blame it on another one of those glitches. Yeah, that's what it is...... :(

Monday, December 5, 2011

For Giving and Forgetting

Well, the holiday season is upon us.  My office has officially become wrap central.  Bags of items laying around the floor with gifts ready to be wrapped, wrapping paper and bows.  Christmas card boxes, address labels and address book cover the top of my desk.  Thought I was going to be able to get rid of one bag of presents this weekend when family was up from the south.  But guess who forgot to make sure they packed it before they left?  I really think they want us to come down for a visit over Christmas. 
I try not to go overboard for Christmas, I keep a little tablet in my purse of what I have bought for whom, and ideas of what I want to buy.  That way I can also keep an eye on whether I'm keeping everything equal (kids notice those things, you know).  I have been known to forget something I already bought earlier in the summer and hid away in a closet.  Those items later became birthday presents :) 
I am one of those people that have to make lists.  If you want me to remember something, it better be down on paper!  But I also like to make a list of "to do" things, like I'm going to forget to clean the toilet or something.  I like that sense of getting it done, being able to cross another chore off the list. 
Catching up on this blog was on the list.....since last week.  But dang, I get to cross it off now!