Wednesday, December 24, 2008

It’s almost time…

The calendar says December 24th, Christmas Eve, but it STILL doesn’t feel like it! It has been a busy week but still not feeling IT.

Monday night I went over to Kristi’s house to wrap presents for our adopted families. It took us a few hours to get them done since there was only 3 of us and 4 families to wrap for, but we had a good time! We also got all of the food we had collected over the past month together and separated it out for the families.

Tuesday I was suppose to go back to Kristi’s to deliver the food and presents - but the weather ruined my plans AGAIN! Again, lucky for me I have wonderful friends who stepped up and got everything delivered!! I ended up just coming home, making dinner, and making a list of all the things I needed to do on Wednesday.

I took today off initially so we could head home this afternoon. But things changed. Dave was supposed to have half a day off, but learned last week that he didn’t have enough vacation time to do it. So he will be home as soon as he can and hopes to have a light day. Dave and I are supposed to go to his parents for Christmas dinner tonight. Then we will head up to my parents.

I went this morning to the SS office to start the name change process. I got SO lucky! I walked in and there was NO one else there. So I was able to get in and out in under 10 minutes! I then went to get my new DL, but they closed at Noon and I walked in at 12:01. Dang rain that slowed me down on my way there. I will have to go back next week.

Now I am just sitting here waiting on Dave to get home. I have my clothes all packed and all of the gifts in the car ready to go.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Semi Productive

I just am NOT in the holiday mood this year. I am not sure why not really. But I just don’t FEEL it.

To say the least this week was SEMI productive. I had a crappy week at work last week so Saturday I was taking the day to recover. And did NOTHING, but be crabby…I’ll admit it. But I couldn’t help it. I didn’t WANT to be crabby.

We went to go to the zoo at 830, but it started snow/ice/sleet on the way so we turned around. BUMMER.

Today I went to Kristi’s for the Gahanna Jaycees baking session for Cookies for Rookies. We bake cookies and other holiday treats and member deliver them to 6 fire stations on Christmas morning. We had a good time an made 4 different kinds of cookies.

After that we ventured out into the cold to head to Meijer to buy gifts and food for out Christmas Adopt A Families. Wow is it had to pick out toys for kids with no list of their likes. But we did it…and only went a little over budget.

When we came out it was COLD and WINDY. It was BAD!! I drove home and at point it was almost a white out on 270 and traffic was going 35 mph. NOT fun. Then I got on 71 and it was just windy.

Now I am just trying to warm up…and not think about the fact that it’s back to work tomorrow…but the co-worker is suppose to be bringing me cookies…that is a plus!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Why make plans?

When they never go the way you plan them!

I left work early today to go to Marion to pick up my camera from UPS. They close at 6. From work is should be about an hour drive, but with traffic I wasn’t sure if I would be able to. So I called it quits at 4:30. I got to the UPS place around 5:30..then I waiting in line while everyone mailed out their Christmas packages. I gave the very nice UPS woman my address and she brought out a box…from Duluth Trading Company. Um, Ms. UPS lady this is my husbands’ package, not the called and asked to be held. Oh..they probably held the wrong one then. GREAT. Oh my driver is expected to be back between 7:30 and 8 PM. WONDERFUL!

So I called Dave…yelled for a few. Decided to drive home and get Dave and go back later. We decided to just be lazy and go out to dinner in Marion and then pick up the camera.

Got to Marion…and every restaurant we looked at had a long out the door! We ended up at Ralphie’s Sports Bar. The waitress dropped my glass of water, at least only a little of the FREEZING water got on me. The food wasn’t too bad.

Head back to the UPS building…it’s 8:05. Go back in to where the drivers check in…get to speak to another nice UPS woman. Oh, my package is STILL not here? He is 10-15 minutes away…wonderful. I will go sit in my cold car and wait.

8:15 I FINALLY got my camera….but was still in a crabby mood….not a good way to start the weekend!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Tick Tock Tick Tock

A watched tracking number NEVER changes!

I ordered a new camera on Friday. A Canon XSi with 2 lenses. It was a HUGE splurge, but planned. My camera I have now I don’t get along with very wall.

So it is suppose to deliver today. It has to be signed for. I am hoping my neighbor sees Mister UPS and he lets her sign for my package. I WANT my camera!!

Off to continue stalking the UPS website……

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Dang Ice!

Bad weather always seems to come when I have places to be and things to do! Tonight I was supposed to go to a friends house to wrap present for our adopted family. Of course the weather peeps have been saying we are supposed to get bad weather yesterday and today, it did come yesterday, didn’t really look like we would get much today. But we did get was ICE. I HATE driving in icky weather but especially ice. So I called my friend who was on her way home…I didn’t even had to really say it and she said Carrie just go home. I can wrap the presents by myself, there is no reason for you to be out in this weather driving all around. Another reason I LOVE my friends and I am sooo lucky to have them.

So I came home and I am glad I did. Everyone I talked to said the roads weren’t the best and had some pretty bad accidents on them.

So instead I worked on Thank You cards and Christmas cards. I never found the darn return address stamp, so I ended up writing our name on ALL of the Thank You cards….and will probably write it on all the Christmas cards too. I have 7 Thank You cards left I think. I will mail the done ones in the AM and then finish up the Thank You’s and Christmas cards tomorrow night when I get home.

I will be soooo glad to get both of those DONE. We are already talking about next years Christmas cards and how we will have them done early…..we’ll see!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Busy Day

Sunday was just as lazy if not more so than Saturday. But for some reason at 9 PM I thought I should be productive! So I worked on Thank You cards from the wedding. Yes I know we are behind in getting them done - my goal now is to get them done but the 18th…which is in less than 3 days.

Today was back to work, had to get caught up from being off on Friday. It wasn’t too bad really since this is out slower time of year. So that made me happy! After work I went shopping with Stacy and Jackie for our adopted family with the Hilliard Jaycees. We had a fun time shopping for things we thought the mom and little boy would like and need. After shopping we headed to Uno’s for Happy Hour - which I am hooked on because it is mini appetizers!! I don’t have to make up my mind, I can just order 2 J

On the way home I was on the phone with the Hilliard President Elect to try and get things started for next year….making work for myself!

I got home and Dave was signing the Thank You’s. I addressed the envelopes, now I need to get another book for stamps, put the card with its envelope and return address stamp the envelopes and we will be done…I think I can get them out on time YEAH!!!...and on to Christmas Cards…..UGH!!!!

And on a side note - I pulled out a piece of the stitch that had got lost in my leg…ICK!!!!!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Lazy Saturday

Today was a true lazy Saturday. Between sleeping in, catching up on DVR shows, and napping we didn’t get up and ready to go until after 3 PM!!!

Then we headed up to my parents house to have dinner, make cookies, and go to Stella’s program tomorrow morning. Well that was the PLAN.

We went up and helped get dinner ready, had dinner, baked the cookies, and went to get stuff for lunch tomorrow. Then decided we needed to come home because Dave was having an asthma attack and he forgot this inhaler here.

Sooo we left my parents around 9:45 to head home….and here we are.

I am catching up on movies that taped tonight and getting ready to go to bed….it’s past my bedtime! Somehow doing nothing takes it all out of me!!

Friday, December 12, 2008

A Nice Day Off

I took today off work to get some things done - change my name, do some Christmas shopping, and a HUGE list of other things. Well of course my day didn’t go as planned but I had a good day - so it was worth it!

I slept in til 8-ish, Dave was home on a conference call so it hard to sleep. I caught up on some e-mails, payed bills, caught up on some DVR, then left around 11:20 to go pick up my friend Ida.

Ida and I went to lunch at Applebee’s, it turned into a 3 hour lunch. It was nice to catch up with her since we don’t get to talk very often.

Then I TRIED to go to the Social Security office. Since lunch went a little long I knew I had a chance of not making it. I got to the area in time, but I couldn’t find the right building so…no name change today L I’ll try again next week.

I figured while I was waiting on Dave to get off work I could go and do some of my shopping. I went to CVS to get some items for Heith and Sarah’s basket, Bed Bath and Beyond to get some sheets for mom, and while I was there found some playing cards that my dad had asked me to buy for him to give to his friends.

When Dave got there we went to Dick’s to look for a coat for him, which we didn’t find but he did find some boots that he had been looking for. We ended up going to Red Robin for dinner and then to Best Buy to get a memory card for my new camera so I could use it when it gets here. And we still got home by 8:30-ish!!

So it was rather productive and fun day! Christmas shopping is almost done, except for my dad who is normally easy to buy for but this year it is NOT coming to me.

Monday, December 1, 2008

A New Month

Wow, it’s December 1st, 2008. I have been in denial about this for more than a week, it couldn’t really be almost December and I really feel like November was the fastest month all year. It has really been SIX weeks since we got married? No way!

November was a rough month for me overall. I had a minor surgery on the 12th. Not sure how we got to the 12th so quickly, but I have a feeling it had to do with Drs. Appts, and again me being in denial that I was going to cut on! Things with the surgery went OK. It’s not cancer, which I never really thought it was, but it couldn’t be fixed. Sooo I have go see more Drs. next year to see what my options are and make a decision. I went to my parents’ house for 5 days to recover before coming back to the apartment with steps! That was kinda nice, small down life, nothing to do really, and no internet but good.

The recovery has been less painful than I thought it would be but more annoying. A week of not driving and having to have peeps bring me to and from work. I was so tired when I got home at night I just wanted to nap and catch up DVR. Sooo I was kinda anti-social.

We now have 3 cats again. Dave brought in one of the outside strays that had been sleeping under our porch; anyone who knows him….Project Kitten can now be called a success! She is in the house, playing with Guinness but still looking at us like HUMAN…why are YOU in OUR house?! She will come around eventually!!

Then there was Thanksgiving week - 2 nights of projects with the Gahanna Jaycees, but we provided meals to 4 families in need who where very thankful so it was nice.

Thanksgiving took us back to Ada again. We had our big meal at my Aunt Debbie’s house, which used to be my grandparents house. It will never be like it was, but it was easier than the first Christmas meal there without them. Dave and I ended up staying in Ada until Sunday morning. Our time off was filled with some shopping, too much food, shooting for Dave, too much food, and some napping. Again overall nice and calm….I needed that!!

So that is the quick month in review. We are now in December…let the fun begin!!!