Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Things That Makes Me Smile

A big thank you to Sydney for posting earlier....

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I've Got Spirit, Yes I Do.....

What have you been up to?  It feels like life has been busy lately but I can't tell you I've achieved a whole lot.  I did get to the movies with the manfriend on Sunday to see Lincoln.  Can you say "awesome?"  Because it was.  Costumes, actors, cinematography, sets.... all awesome.  We also saw a preview for Oz The Great and Powerful. And now I'm kind of obsessed.

Yesterday I finished knitting a Christmas gift.  I'm loving the yarn and hope the recipient likes it as much as I do.  I'm already thinking about casting on something else for a special loved one. 
This hot chocolate accompanied my spinach, feta and tomato omelet on Saturday.  Yum!
Photo booth photos with the manfriend from Sunday
Last night, I also went through all of the Christmas gifts in my closet.  I'm thankful to report I have most of my Christmas shopping done already. (Yes, I recognize there are some of you hating me right now. Sorry!) I loathe shopping with crowds and I'm just so glad to not need to go into stores this time of year. 

I'm feeling kind of great right now.  Things seem to be falling into place.  Now, if I could just motivate myself to do my Christmas cards!  


Monday, November 26, 2012

Black Friday!

Best Black Friday shopping ever! I went to the Wexford General Store in Wexford, PA (the only Wexford in all of the US of A!).  This place is stocked with serious treasures and I just love looking around and taking them all in. 
 
I loved this little Christmas display.  I mean, sheeps and cute mini trees?  I'm in.  I got one of the mini trees for my house.  And I'm kind of wishing I bought two now....
Many a bowl of old ornaments were found in the store.  It is a Christmas miracle that I didn't leave with one. 
 A lovely Charlie Brown Christmas tree was decorated in one of the rooms.  I really loved how they Christmas-ed up the place!! 
 I kind of wish this Nativity family had gone home with me too.  It was $29 and just such beautiful porcelain. 
 Tons and tons of mirrors.... I wanted one of them too.  Thank goodness I keep the buying for self at a minimum at Christmas time.... I could have done serious damage otherwise! 
And this pretty little owl to guard your cookies!  Oh, how I love him! 

There were a lot of other finds too like a Ouija board, marbles, some cute little dog figurines and Ball jars galore.  I managed to just walk out with the above mentioned mini Christmas tree, a small pitcher that is on my desk to catch pens, scissors and the like and a gift for a friend for Christmas.  Less than $20 spent but a fantastic time spent browsing.  I'm quite grateful for a patient manfriend who browsed on his own and who I think may have actually had a good time! 

How was your Black Friday shopping? 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankfulness

Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers.  (And Happy Thursday to everyone else!)  This year, I'm thankful for so much. 

:: My health.  A small scare this fall reminded me yet again that this blessing is great. 

:: My family.  I'm lucky to have so many who I love, who support and challenge me, and who are committed to me. 

:: My friends.  Goodness, they are a blessing. 

:: A job.  My job gives me the potential to impact lives for the better.  And they pay me. 

:: A home.  My apartment is my perfect little sanctuary. 

:: My Rosy.  She's such a ray of sunshine and love. 

:: Freedom.  I'm blessed to live in a country that allows me to express my opinions freely and which, every four (or eight) years, peacefully transitions.

:: My love.  He's a good man and I'm lucky that God brought us together. 

I hope you are able to also celebrate the blessings in your life this holiday season. 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Weekend Love

 I finished spray painting this giraffe.  I wish I had taken a before photo so you could see how cheesy plastic it was.  Because now it is kind of classy.  As I said in my last post, he was inherited from my colleague who passed away.  So it's nice to have him around but I'm glad I was able to transform him into something that works in my home a bit better.  Now, to name him..... hmm...

Yesterday, I also went to see my friend at a craft show she was selling at.  I managed to get a Christmas gift out of the deal too - something for my mom.  Of course, I also walked away with a little something for myself.  A new pink iPad carrier with dogs on it!!  I bought it from the friend who was selling there - always good to support her! 

And I spent a good amount of time with Rosy - morning cuddles, goofing around on the living room floor with squeaky toys and some photos like the below.  She's a nose licker, that one.  Actually, who am I kidding?  She's a plain old straight up licker.  And I love her. 
Today, I'm headed to another craft show.  The same friend is displaying.  However, this time another friend is going with me so it will be even more fun.  And who know, maybe I can get another Christmas gift! 

Hope you are having a good weekend too!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Smiling

Hello again!  A couple of happy tidbits from my day....

I inherited a little plastic giraffe figure from my colleague that just passed away.  He was a big fan of giraffes and had a couple of them in his office.  Right now, I'm trying to coat the plastic with a coat of gold spray paint.  I think he could be a lovely little addition to my apartment if I class him up with some gold.  I can't wait to see how he turns out!

Rosy and I helped out a pup on the way to work this morning.  There was a wayward pup wandering the busy street by my house.  Another lovely lady and I stopped and corralled him.  After trying to contact the owner via the phone number on his tag, I ended up driving him to her place of business.  Cooper is now safely back with his parents.  I'm grateful Rosy was in the car so I could borrow her leash for him. 

Homemade bread.  Yum! My neighbor gifted me her bread maker as she and her husband are moving to California. I made my first loaf on Monday. 
It's cool to watch it kneed through the window on top.  I made the simple white bread, which was pretty awesome.  I think I probably need to try some of the other recipes too.  I love new toys! 

What has been causing you to smile lately?  


Monday, November 12, 2012

Keeping Out of Trouble

 Oh, I have such great intentions when it comes to blogging and then distractions get in the way.  Life has been busy with lots of stuff and my focus just isn't as good as it used to be!!  What have I been up to you ask?

:: Sewing a skirt. It's finished.  I'm not sure I'm a fan.  (Oh well!)

:: Walking amongst the leaves. 

:: Trying new dishes.  This is a new favorite, made last night. 

:: Going on an overnight retreat with a group of great fraternity men and hearing about how they are going to make a difference.  Sometimes my work is just so rewarding. 

:: Drinking lots of tea.  It seems to be my new favorite thing.  
:: Volunteering at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center.  Seriously, these dogs are amazing.  And it's so fun. 

:: Seeing Bill Clinton.  He was in Philly the day before the election. 

:: Playing catch up on email.  This fall has been tough with work changing and a colleague sick.  I'm just now able to catch up on things professionally and in my volunteer roles. 

:: Enjoying my book club friends.  We even talked about the book briefly.
:: Instagramming my heart out.  There are a lot of photos from the retreat site I visited this weekend, because they have a farm with sheep, a donkey, alpacas, a llama, chickens, mini horse and a peacock.  How could I not take lots of photos? 

:: Fooling around with new photo apps - Picfx and Signote are my two new favorites. 

:: Generally appreciating the gifts of fall..... I'm blessed.