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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Ready Or Not

I wish I had been more motivated last night to pack and hadn't dragged it out so long. I'm so tired. Let's hope the early work release will get me to WI faster!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Wasted

So, I just wasted my lunch hour driving around the great city of Springfield. I intended to get my oil changed, but Midtown Tire turned me away telling me it would take longer than an hour. So, I hopped on the Blackberry looking for another lube location. I headed back out on the road and did a big old circle, finally finding the secondary service place only to decide that it was too late to get an oil change and make it back to work on time. So, the joy is that I get to do it all again tomorrow! However, I also had some errands to run like picking up some necessities as well as Christmas shopping. I suppose I can't really do my Christmas shopping over lunch anyhow since I only have a vague idea of what to buy the little munchkins. The main determining factor is that it has to be local. I'm afraid this is going to be a look and see expedition. I'm not a big fan of those. I like knowing what I want to buy, knowing which store carries it and where it is located, and then stopping in to pick it up. When will I have time for all these errands? If I buy presents I will also need to wrap them. I'm out of practice considering it has been a very long time since I've purchased gifts for others. Is this the stress that other people usually feel before the holidays?

Monday, December 28, 2009

Joy of Joys!

Last week as an early Christmas miracle, the La Crosse Community Theatre decided to take the first steps to make a bad situation better. I'm truly overjoyed! Community Theatre Reinstates Artistic Director Parmeter from WKBT. Parmeter rehired as artistic director of La Crosse Community Theatre from The La Crosse Tribune. If you'd like to write a letter of thanks to the board members who made this possible, you can contact them: Tom Brock: tbrock@altra.org Cary Heyer: crheyer@viterbo.edu Krin Krause: 2daboat@centurytel.net Vicky Kunz: vickylkunz@hotmail.com Chuck Roth: croth@wxow.com

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Looks A Lot Like Christmas

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! All those flurries finally covered the grass here. I actually had to shovel this morning and it's not over yet.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Mellow Xmas

Peanut and I had a pretty mellow xmas. We didn't have presents, but I got a fabulous dinner and saw a super-funny movie. And we finally got a little snow!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Pier 1 Disappointment

I can't believe I didn't find anything on my Xmas Eve trip to Pier 1. They weren't even playing Xmas music. Nothing like the LAX store. I'll have to go there.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

New LCCT Developments

A piece done by the local news team at WKBT. A new article in the La Crosse Tribune.

We are keeping our fingers crossed for a Christmas Miracle resolution to all of these shenanigans.

To contact the board, see email addresses posted below.

It's Raining Cats And Dogs

I don't think I've ever experienced such a torrential downpour two days before Christmas. I'm glad it isn't ice...yet. Like my mother told me, "You're in the ice belt now." It sounds like something that a She-Ra character would have. Her name would be Frosta! Wikipedia knows everything: "She was the Ice Empress of Etheria with the power to freeze anything she desires (probably with her super fancy, ice belt!). She has a huge crush on He-Man, often going to great lengths to impress him (she would)." I knew an ice queen once. Anyhow, point being that I'm looking forward to the hunkering down that usually comes with a big snow storm. I'm going to hunker down in my house with the shades drawn, Christmas lights twinkling, White Christmas playing on the DVD, with Peanut at my feet because I have a bowl of popcorn on my lap. Ah... sounds dreamy.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Who Said "Macbeth?"

I've been disappointed, to say the least, to hear about the scandal at my hometown theatre in WI. My friend was stage managing a show there and the whole second weekend was cancelled because of this scandal. I can't even imagine the disappointment after putting your heart and soul into a show only to have the rug pulled out from underneath you.

I can't imagine it, because in my 31 years I've never seen anybody do such a thing before. Any self-respecting theatre person knows the show must go on. It is time for the theatre to place people in charge that also believe this most important of the theatre laws.

If you have been involved with La Crosse Community Theatre, I urge you to become actively involved. Take a look at what is happening and speak your mind, whatever that may be. A community theatre is only as good as the group of people who breathe life into it.

 ‘Honk’-ed off: Artistic director’s firing leads to cancellation of LCCT production La Crosse Community Theater fires artistic director, cancels shows If you want your opinions heard, you can contact the LCCT board members: Tom Brock: tbrock@altra.org Cary Heyer: crheyer@viterbo.edu Krin Krause: 2daboat@centurytel.net Vicky Kunz: vickylkunz@hotmail.com Chuck Roth: croth@wxow.com

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Social Overload

I think I got social overload. I've been avoiding people since my party. I have to venture out to get Peanut food today and I'm dreading it! What I do for him.

Friday, December 18, 2009

I'm No Poet

Twas the night before the Xmas Party, alone in my house One creature was stirring, no sign of a spouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes party guests would soon would be there. Peanut was nestled all snug in his bed, While visions of cracker crumbs danced in his head. And me in my apron, drinking water from the tap, Couldn’t settle my brain for a long winter’s nap. I had to wash the kitchen curtains to remove the splatter, from two days ago when I was mixing some batter. I pulled them from the windows in a flash, And once removed, noticed the dust on the sash. I decided to leave it, it’s decorative snow! And under the curtains, nobody would know. When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature dust bunny, tumbling near. With a little old vacuum, so noisy, but quick, He and his friends disappeared; it was slick! More rapid than eagles the time seemed to fly, But I sang to Christmas songs as I cleaned up the sty! "Now Dusting! now, Vacuuming! now, Primping and Fixin’! On, Comet! On, Clorox! on Draino and Swifferin’! To the top of the porch! to the top of the walls! I’ve washed away! Washed away! Washed away all!" As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky. So up and down the steps the faster I flew, With arms full of dishes, and baskets too. And then, in a twinkling, I heard start to play Bon Jovi, who made me fall in love with him this day. "And if I could have one wish come true, I wish every day would be like Christmas, I do.”

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Grinchin'

I'm rolling out a batch of cheddar snacks and enjoying a beer (thanks dad). Can't wait to sample the snacks and watch The Grinch while catching up on filing.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Life Is A Journey Recap

I just read my favorite blog from 4/27/07 titled "Life is a journey, don't forget the lip gloss." It still makes me laugh. Check it out in my blog archives now.

Colored Glass Balls

I went out on a hunt for large ball ornaments last night. I stopped at the Wal-Mart thinking for sure if anybody had big balls, they would. No dice. Really the search might have ended there because I headed home with a heavy heart. However, a friend called to say he had seen big balls at the Kohl's store. After dinner for me and supper and a walk for Peanut, I headed back out into the cold December night. I went to the Kohl's only to discover my search would not be a short one. I headed on to the next store, and the next, and the next and came out empty handed. Finally at Target I found just what I was looking for... they had two left. Did I mention I need three? Elsewhere in the store I found another beautiful pair of big woodsy-looking balls. Again, where is the third? You'd think these things came in pairs. It was at this point when my enthusiasm for the hunt waned and I settled for something completely different. Well, not completely. I purchased several balls, but all much smaller than I had hoped for. Tonight I'll find out if I can string them together in some sort of great ball conglomerate. If not, I've still got big balls on the brain and could possible resume the search tomorrow.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Whole Lotta Funness

I've got a whole week's worth of projects, baking, cleaning, cooking, and more cleaning this week. Hopefully I have it all planned out so well it will be a breeze. All I have to do is focus on one task at a time. Over the weekend I was able to get 5 types of cookies in the oven for my holiday party this weekend. I did a quick clean up afterwards late on Sunday night. The kitchen rugs had to be thrown in the washer already because Peanut was licking them silly. And I will have to wash my kitchen curtains because once again they were splattered with some batter from my crappy stand mixer. Other than that, my house will be ready for the last minute cleaning before the big shebang on Friday. I did have to move three projects that were slotted for Sunday to later in the week. I guess even the best plans have to be flexible. I'm not too bent out of shape about it. It is the process that brings me so much joy; the party is just the icing on the holiday cookie.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Baker's Lung?

Is there any chance of developing baker's lung from inhaling too much flour? I hope not, because these chocolate chip cookie dough truffles are so worth it!

Planning Day

So I haven't seen any lights yet and no cookies have been baked (or eaten). I did do a whole lotta laundry and planning. I guess I have a lot to do tomorrow.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Light Tour

I think a light tour is in order for this weekend. The cold weather and snow (okay, flurries) are upon us. The decorating is done. I need to see some gaudy Christmas light displays. It is just time. I can hardly wait! It is also time to get into the kitchen and start cranking out those Christmas cookies. I was actually going to skip it this year. (I know, right? Me... not bake. Crazy talk) But with the decision to host a holiday party at my house next weekend, I decided I need cookies. You can't have a holiday party without holiday cookies. This weekend is going to be spent immersed in holiday. From the lights to the cookies, to planning the Xmas party. I was told to just throw some cups out there (yes, by someone who actually knows me), but I refuse. Shocking, right? I couldn't possibly throw a party that wasn't excessive. It is just my thing. Deal.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Cards From Garbage Collectors

So the only Christmas card I've received so far this year is from my garbage collectors. I feel like they deserve a 6-pack bonus with my trash next week.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Howling Winds & Crackling Fires

It appears that my backyard was spared from the blizzard that has been relentlessly dumping snow in Wisconsin. Last night it was rainy, but it seems we didn't get really icy either. This morning we were treated to flurries in the air and they have continued on and off throughout the day. I took this picture in my backyard when I went home for lunch. I don't think we'll get much more than this. That wind is vicious, though. It is making my car creek as I drive and it is howling through the chimney at home. I can't wait to curl up in the glow of my Christmas decorations tonight and watch a movie with Peanut. The weather makes me want to give that old fireplace a whirl too. Maybe I'll do that this weekend. If all goes well, I could have a crackling fire for my Xmas party next week!

No Snow

Today is almost over and there isn't any snow in sight. It is misting now and practically feels balmy. At least we've probably been spared from ice... for now!

Monday, December 7, 2009

All Christmased

Not wanting to add more holes in the plaster walls,
I decided to hang my berry wreath from red grosgrain ribbon from my curtain rod.
I love this old table cloth. I wouldn't dream of covering
this beautiful table with anything less spectacular. I saved room for pictures of my grandparents on the mantel, but cleared the rest of my family photos away to make room for Christmas!
Christmas looks so good in a house designed in mostly black and whites. :)
I can't wait to watch a movie in the Christmas glow.
Peanut knows it is only once a year while I'm decorating that
he has to wear the antler and he seems to have come to terms with it.

Arrested Development!

I see that Arrested Development: The Complete Series is available at Amazon.com for only $28.99. This is by far the funniest thing I've ever seen on television, although technically I watched it on DVD. With my no-spending policy, I wonder, can I buy it anyhow? It would be well worth the money spent on years of enjoyment. I could pretend I have television and pop in an episode each week at the same time. I'm also anxiously awaiting a rumored movie. Wouldn't that just be fabulous?

Sunday, December 6, 2009

A Quest

A quest that began a year ago has come to an end. I finally have my very own piece of Lenox ware from the year my parents were married! I couldn't be happier.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Redecorating

I love the holidays because I can move the furniture! And I also get all those dark corners clean before putting out the decorations. What? Am I the only one?

Friday, December 4, 2009

Puppy Compliments

What do you say when someone compliments your dog? "Thank you" feels like I'm taking credit. Today I went with "His name is Peanut." Feels awkward every time!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Wal-Mart Sucks

Over lunch I stopped by the Wal-Mart close to my workplace to pick up a few things. Peanut needed some treats and I've powered through my super-sized bag of Halls Defense Supplement Drops and decongestant and still feel the need for more. These few items were easy enough to find. I even made an unplanned purchase of a few bags of totally unnecessary chocolate candies to share at work. However, when I went looking for some organic green tea bags I came out empty-handed. Seriously? Do you know how many kinds of tea they had? I didn't count, but I could assume there were at least ten brands with at least 50 choices. Not one of them was organic. Not one. Point being, I was reminded why people shouldn't do grocery shopping at the Wal-Mart and I wanted to share that with you.

WI Thanksgiving

We visited my sister's family Thanksgiving morning before heading to Grandma and Grandpa's.
A quick pic with Great Grandma, Grandma, Mom, and Girls...four generations.
Magoo enjoyed the crackers! I met up with the Tremplo Gang at Vet's Bar in Tremp City. And then we hit up Rhinos, which is named something new again.
And a stop in the past at the Trempealeau Hotel.
And then the family Thanksgiving on Saturday. I think my brother got a hold of my camera.

A good time was had by all.

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