Sunday, November 29, 2009
While I was putting on the three strands of lights that we used last year, I was quickly realizing that the way I was putting the lights on the tree, those strands were not going to go far. When I told Emily, she stated that I was doing a great job and then when I began to stress again, she said "Teresa, we live in a civilized society and Walmart is just up the road." She left and came back with 4 new strands. When I had gotten through 3 strands, we stared at how little progress I had made and I volunteered to go for 4 more strands. "Surely that will be enough." I got home, continued with the lights, continued to apologize to Emily. She just kept assuring me that she liked a lot of lights and I was doing a great job. 4 more strands later, Emily was back out the door. I was convinced we would only need two more strands, but we wisely decided she should buy 4 more and if we didn't use them all, she could return them. I was almost to the top with the 4th strand when I realized I wasn't going to reach at my continued rate of lights to branch, but it wasn't enough for another strand, so I began to stretch them out a bit. I can totally tell every time I look at the tree. If you look at the picture, you can see a big red bow right under the star. It helps to disguise the lack of lights! :)
When all was said and done, this was Emily's comment (after much gushing about how wonderful the tree looked, of course): "There is more money in lights on the tree than I paid for the actual tree!" :) We were both okay with that.
And thanks to Dad and Amy coming over with some string, the tree no longer leans!
If anyone wants lessons on how to put fifteen strands of lights on a 6 foot tree, I'm thinking of having my mom come and teach! Any takers?!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Let me give you some statistics that will make my mom proud :) :
6 foot Christmas tree
3 trips to the store for more lights (2 of which were made by Emily, one by me)
1500+ lights (yes, you read that right)
15 strands of lights (we think at least one of them was more than 100 lights)
2 calls to my mom to ask questions about putting lights on the tree
1 fabulous, magnificent tree!
1 afternoon of fun/roommate bonding
1 more Christmas memory to file away in my brain
Here is the final result:
If you scroll down to my previous post, you can see the poor, pathetic attempt of putting on only 3 strands of lights last year. What a difference 12 new strands makes :)
Here are a couple pictures of our Christmas tree.
If it looks like the tree is leaning it is just a figment of your imagination! Promise!
Sheriff Santa! I love that his legs are dangling cacti!
So, now you know about half of the ornaments that are hanging on my tree. I realized that this season is so hectic that only Emily and I are actually going to see the apartment decorated, so I wanted to be able to share my decorations with everyone!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
And it's a THREE DAY work week! HURRAY!!!!
Friday, November 20, 2009
I don't talk about the place I work very often, but I just want to let everyone know that I love many things about my place of employment. As everyone in Central Illinois knows, it has been DREARY this week. We had all hoped to see some sunshine today, but to no avail. I did run off the road (I hit the uh-oh bumps on the edge of the highway) yesterday because I saw this tiny patch of blue sky and couldn't stop staring at it! Anyway, I received this email from a coworker yesterday and it made me very happy...
Tomorrow has been officially declared "Sunshine Day" at Family Preservation and Support Services and Youth Development Services.
A Few Rules for Our Newly Created Day:
1. Check all bad moods at the door before you come to work.
2. You must smile at least 6 times each hour.
3. Wear Aloha Attire or something YELLOW! We need to brighten up this place!
We'll Brighten Your Day with:
1. An Impromptu Kahuna Grill - 11:30 PM to 12:30 PM. Fireplace room. Complete with brats and all the fixings.
2. Free Soda - What's better than that? Get your buzz going on as much caffeine as you can drink in a day.
3. Free Popcorn in the Family Pres Foyer.
AND. . . 4. Prizes for everyone in their mailbox for being such good sports in this crappy weather.
How fun is that! Not many people can say they have such fun coworkers and work relations at work. It is a fairly regular occurrence at my work! The unfortunate (well, sort of) news is that I did not get to partake of the festivities. I worked this morning in the office, and then saw a client from 10-12, and then took the afternoon off to run errands, get some Christmas shopping done, and clean the apartment for guests coming this evening. But just knowing that work was going to be a fun place to be if I chose to make it that was good enough for me!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
On Sunday we had a guest teacher in Sunday School. He normally teaches the junior high kids. One of the things he said was that we were sitting much more integrated than the junior high kids. It made me laugh, and still makes me laugh. Our class does not get described as well integrated very often.
That's all I've got!
Monday, November 16, 2009
Friday I was able to go visit my old co-worker (sad. I don't like calling her that. Maybe I should just call her my friend now. On a side note it reminds me when Holly and I graduated college. After three years of calling her my roommate, it felt like taking a step back to call her anything else. But I finally adjusted to calling her my friend, or I would call her my friend and clarify that she used to be my roommate. Even 8 years later, I still refer to her as my college roommate more than anything else.) Okay, tangent over. Friday I went to visit Stephanie and her son, Asher. Let me tell you...he is so cute! :) I didn't take my camera, so no pictures of the cutie, but just imagine cuteness! It was good to visit with her. I told her how much I miss her at work. Friday morning I pulled into the parking lot and looked for her car. And several days earlier in the week I was driving to work thinking of something from the day before that I wanted to tell her. Sigh. Soon I'll have a new office mate and maybe she'll want to hear all the fun details of my life too. If not, I'm not sure what I'm going to do.
Saturday evening was the annual Career Impact Avanti's and Ice Skating. I must say, I used to enjoy skating much more in "my younger years." The thought is fun, and I enjoy it when the skates aren't killing my feet. However, I'm not a big social skater. I don't do well pacing someone else so that we can talk and skate at the same time. So, I only lasted about 20 minutes or so and then someone else who didn't want to skate sat out with me and we talked. Nothing like paying six bucks to talk to a friend in the lobby of the skating rink! :) Really, I promise, I enjoyed it while I was skating, but I was also happy to not be skating anymore.
Tonight I'm "getting coffee" with a friend. I'm excited to hang out with her and get to know her better. She and her husband are fairly new to the church. In case I have to explain, the reason "getting coffee" is in quotes is because I don't like coffee. So, we're going to a coffee shop where she will probably drink coffee and I will probably drink hot chocolate. I'm hoping that peppermint hot chocolate is out for the holidays.