52 Books in 52 Weeks 2012

52 Books in 52 Weeks!!!

Book 1: Lunewulf Law - Lorie O'Clare

Book 2: Date Night - Emma Holly

Book 3: Bewitched - H.P. Mallory

Book 4: Unicorn Bait - S.A. Hunter

Book 5: Darkness Dawns - Dianne Duvall

Book 6: Night Reigns - Dianne Duvall

Book 7: Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble - H.P. Mallory / Week 4

Saturday, December 30, 2006

New Year Resolutions

Okay, so here comes 2007! I usually don't do the whole New Year Resolution thing but this year I am definately setting some goals for myself! So here's what I have so far......

~ I will strive to be more motivated and organized
~ I will strive to have more patience.
~ I will get a sewing machine and learn how to use it!
~ I will catalog and organize my knitting supplies and yarn.
~ I will get back into cross stitch.
~ I will get my Belavi Facelift Massage Certification.

Okay, that's all I have for right now. I'm sure I'll have more to post later. This new year is bringing a LOT of change to our family! We are moving in the begining of February so I will be spending most of January getting organized and packed. Leslie will be changing schools because of the move too. I'm hoping this year will be MUCH better than last year! Wish me luck people!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

We made it!

It's over, Gistmas, both a blessing and a curse! We had a really good time visiting family and watching the kids open up their gifts. They made out like bandits! Today they have gone from toyto craft to toy to craft. I want a nap! We have made bracelets, painted dinosaurs, played educational video games, put gems in our hair, and everything all over again! *sigh* Only 2.5 hours still bed time, only 2.5 hours till bed time, only 2.5 hours till bed time!

Oh sorry, where was I? Oh yeah, it's over! Leslie is out of school and now that feels strange! But I didn't mind NOT having to walk her to school in the rain today! New focus now, MOVING! We've got about 5 weeks till the big move! YAY Please, everyone, send your organizational thoughts and energy my way. I NEED it! Seriously. I hate moving but I don't plan on moving for at least a couple years unless I will the lottery and then I will be traveling the world! I won't have to move anything because I will just buy new stuff where ever I go! And since we're on the topic of winning the lottery, here is a sure fire way to tell if you are a redneck like me.........If when dreaming of the lottery you think it would be so cool (as I do) to walk into WalMart and buy ANYTHING you want! Oooolala ain't I fancy! Alright folks, I'll shut my yapper now! Take care and happy knitting. Yes, I do STILL knit! Really I do!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Poop! and the Holidays!

Yep, that's what I feel like folks! It started out weeks ago actually. First the kids got sick and had fun passing it back and forth to each other. FUN. Nothing major, really, just very mild colds. And then Dave got sick. Well, what do you expect when you work on top of buildings as an HVACR Tech. He has a HORRID cough. Now back to my little ones. Leslie brings all sorts of wonderful things home from school, artwork, funny stories, germs. And so finally she was hit a little harder with a cold. She is on the upswing now but still has a very icky cough. She promptly gave Davey her nasty cold and he, in turn, has given it to me. We are an attractive bunch let me tell you. Snot, slobber, coughing. You can imagine! MERRY CHRISTMAS! HO HO HO! ACHOO!

That aside, we are late getting into the Christmas/Giftmas/Yule spirit this year! We have yet to put up a tree. Something I am planning on doing tomorrow. Things have been crazy with Dave's new job, a move looming in the very near future, and of course, colds passing back and forth! We did manage to get out last weekend to shop a little bit and I'm hoping to finish up this Saturday. Wish me luck, PLEASE! I need it. I'm not really stressed about the holidays. I don't think there's really a point to getting all stressed out anyway. It takes all the fun out of everything. And gifts are just things. Yes it's nice to get gifts, it's very nice to give gifts. But it's just a physical way of saying "I think you're special" and sometimes telling that to someone face to face is far more special than giving a gift that you trudged through the mall to get! So remember that people! Seriously, Merry Christmas, Happy Yule, Merry Giftmas. Whatever you celebrate, enjoy your holidays!

Thank you that is all!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

A Mother's Wish List to Santa

Dear Santa*,

I've been a good mom all year. I've fed, cleaned and cuddled my children on demand, visited the doctor's office more than my doctor and sold sixty-two cases of candy bars to raise money to plant a shade tree on the school playground. I was hoping you could spread my list out over several Christmases, since I had to write this letter with my son's red crayon, on the back of a receipt in the laundry room between cycles, and who knows when I'll find anymore free time in the next 18 years.

Here are my Christmas wishes:

I'd like a pair of legs that don't ache (in any color, except purple, which I already have) and arms that don't hurt or flap in the breeze, but are strong enough to pull my screaming child out of the candy aisle in the grocery store.

I'd also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of my last pregnancy.

If you're hauling big ticket items this year I'd like fingerprint resistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music, a television that doesn't broadcast any programs containing talking animals, and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide to talk on the phone.

On the practical side, I could use a talking doll that says, "Yes, Mommy" to boost my parental confidence, along with two kids who don't fight and three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power tools.

I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting "Don't eat in the living room" and "Take your hands off your sister," because my voice seems to be just out of my children's hearing range and can only be heard by the dog.

If it's too late to find any of these products, I'd settle for enough time to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the luxury of eating food warmer than room temperature without it being served in a Styrofoam container.

If you don't mind, I could also use a few Christmas miracles to brighten the holiday season. Would it be too much trouble to declare ketchup a vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely. It would be helpful if you could coerce my children to help around the house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organized crime family.

Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is calling and my son saw my feet under the laundry room door. I think he wants his crayon back. Have a safe trip and remember to leave your wet boots by the door and come in and dry off so you don't catch cold.

Help yourself to cookies on the table but don't eat too many or leave crumbs on the carpet.

Yours Always,


P.S. One more thing...you can cancel all my requests if you can keep my children young enough to believe in Santa.

*Santa has asked that this gets passed on to all the mommies you know.

Friday, December 15, 2006

The Upside Down Show

I have to say something about this show, The Upside Down Show, on Noggin. It is WONDERFUL! The kids and I watch it everyday after Leslie gets home from school at 3:30. I am just as entertained watching it as the kids are! If you haven't heard of this show check it out!

Weird Meme

I stole this from Erin It's nice to know everyone has a little bit of weird in them!

“THE RULES: Each player of this game starts with the ‘6 weird things about you.’ People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave a comment that says ‘you are tagged’ in their comments and tell them to read your blog.”

1. I am incredibly anal about even numbers. So much that when I eat things like the little pretzel sticks I have to eat them 2 at a time. Either one on each side of my mouth or two on the same side but then I must alternate sides. You don't want to know how I eat skittles! It's scary! Just ask Lesa!

2. When I was in high school I was a Valpo Vikette (flag girl at half time) and all the routines we learned were in 8 counts. For years after I counted my steps in sets of eights! I catch myself doing it every now and then!

3. I get embarrassed for characters on TV or in movies. So much that I have to turn the channel or cover my face because I feel so embarrassed!

4. When I am working on something or concentrating on something I purse my lips like I'm gonna kiss someone! It's not very attractive. It's a good thing I work in very low light and my clients usually close their eyes when I give massages!

5. Sometimes, just for fun, I will talk in a British accent. It's really is fun and usually Dave will do it back. We sound very stupid but hey!

6. I like to dip french fries in butterscotch pudding. It's very tasty! You should try it. Oh! and I like to dip carrots in the Carmel sauce they make for dipping apples!

I am not gonna tag anyone. So if you're gonna do this leave a comment so I can find out how weird you are!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Hangman and Stuff

Hey people, I just wanted to direct your attention to the bottom of my blog. I just installed a Hangman game and it is quite enjoyable! ;)

What in the world have I been up to? you ask! Well, NOTHING! I haven't started christmas shopping yet! I haven't been knitting. I haven't been anywhere since Sunday! Well, I do walk Leslie to school every day. Davey and I take that oportunity to walk downtown every now and then but does that really count? Nah. I did just finish up yet another Nora Roberts book. I know, enough already. I just can't help how much I like to read people! What can I say. I have a couple more books on hand to read but I think it's time for a break! I've got my sock out today and am back to working on it. Poor thing probably feels neglected! I'll post some pics when I get over to my InLaws next. It would be great if Santa or the Tax Refund Fairy would buy me a digital camera! Keep your fingers crossed. Although every time we buy one the darn thing breaks. Seriously the last one broke after a month! It was a Vivitar and we got it for $100. I don't recommend that camera! I didn't even drop it. It just stopped working. Anyway, I'm rambling.

I really can't start packing for the move yet, I've made all the lists I can think of so........I guess I'm good. Tonight is my knitting circle's (The YarnHos) christmas party. I'm super excited to go although I will be missing the hour long episode of The Office. I am BUMMED to miss it. Maybe I can get Dave to record it. Wonder of wonders! That about wraps things up so, happy knitting folks. Thank you, that is all!

What's My Name

Your Elf Name Is...
Trixie Helper

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Christmas Meme

Christmas meme. I snagged this from Erin's blog.

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Egg Nog, I love the stuff! Especially the "chugs" you get at the grocery store.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Most gifts are wrapped unless Santa brings something rather large.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? Usually we use colored lights. When we had our fake tree I would wrap a couple of strands of white lights around the inner poll before we put the branches on. It make the tree glow from the inside....VERY pretty!

4. Do you hang mistletoe? No.

5. When do you put up your decorations? We usually put up our decorations and tree the day after Thanksgiving but the last couple of years we've had to wait a couple weeks. We're planning on getting things up this coming weekend. We need to go get a real tree, our fake one bit the dust a couple years ago.

6. What is your favorite Christmas meal include? We have traditional meals at both my family's gathering and at my in-laws' gathering. What are they? Sloppy joes with my family and stuffed pork chops at my in-laws.

7. Favorite Holiday Christmas memory as a child? I loved being in my grandparent's house. We would play games in the attic room, my dad would fall asleep under the dinning room table! I don't know why. It was great! I just miss being with my Graddy.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I don't know really. I remember staying up really late with my sisters one year so we could catch him. Santa may not be real but I most definitely believe in the magic of the season!

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? When I was young we would open gifts at my dad's parent's house. Now, with my family, we open gifts on Christmas morning.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree? Colored lights, red and silver garland, and then we have store bought ornaments as well as sentimental ornaments. Last year we had the kids make green and red paper chains. I think we'll do that again.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? It's a love/hate relationship. I love to look at it and play in it. I can TERRIFIED to drive in it.

12. Can you ice skate? I've never been ice skating in my life.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? Dave officially proposed to me on a Christmas morning. I'd have to say that was my favorite gift because that has, in turn, brought me more gifts. My children. I love nothing more than to watch them on Christmas morning.

14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays Christmas for you?

15. What is your favorite Holiday Christmas Dessert?
Oi! What a question. My MIL makes all kinds of wonderful and tasty things. It's hard to pick just one. Rum balls, chocolate covered toffee, Fannie Mae cake, Scottish bagpipes, to name a few. Oh and I make a mean double coconut cream pie.

16. What is your favorite Holiday Christmas tradition?
Every year we take a drive on Christmas eve to look at all the decorated houses and we sing Christmas carols.

17. What tops your tree?
I have a lighted star.

18. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
Silent Night, it always reminds me of my Graddy. He used to sing it and he had such a lovely voice.

Monday, December 04, 2006


Hey Gang! I am HAPPY to report that we are MOVING! In about 2 months! I am just so happy! We'll be moving to Chesterton. I'll be a lot closer to work, that's gonna be nice! Leslie has to switch schools but she's excited about it. The apartment is really nice and big! It's a 2 story loft. The loft area is perfect for the kids to play in so thier toys (hopefully) won't be scattered throughout the entire place. I won't bet my life on it though! For your viewing pleasure.....the floor plan!

It's been a really long time since we had our own place. We've moved around a lot these last few years, so I'm gonna do all I can to really make this a good home for us. Especially after the events from this past summer. Anyway, as you can most likely tell, I am excited!

On the knitting front, I found my sock project bag! YAY. I haven't actually worked on it in quite some time, to busy reading! TeeHee. I'll get a move on and show you what I've got done. I do really like knitting the socks on 2 circs! Okay people, we have to get around and about! Happy Knitting. Thank you, that is all!