Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

Trying to keep it simple this month…

1. Finish knitting project before Christmas.

2. Winterize my garden and flower beds.

3. Complete 5 items on our home improvement “to do” list.

4. Finish reading Dune.

5. Move more sand into the arena.

6. Give blood.

7. Write and send Christmas letters & Christmas cards.

8. Make cool, fun, interesting plans for New Year’s Eve…and send 2009 out in style!

9. Come up with a super cool, super unique New Year’s resolution.  Ideas, anyone?

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I caught myself coming and going both ways this month.  It was absolutely crazy!  The sad part is, December is bound to be just as bad, if  not worse.


1. Write Christmas lists.  Yes – here.

2. Read 3 books.  Partially – I finished The Good Guy by Dean Koontz and am in the middle of Dune by Frank Herbert.  Dune has taken me a loooong time to get into, but I’m starting to like it.

3. Winterize my garden and flower beds.  No.

4. Find & purchase a soap dish.  Yes! – Exactly what I wanted for 99 cents!

5. Make mulled wine.  No.

6. Complete my barely started knitting project.  No.

7. Get a group together to go see ”The Twilight Saga: New Moon”.  Yes! – So much fun!  I’ll post about it sometime soon.

8. Try a new type of wine.  Yes – had a glass of Valley Vineyards Vidal Blanc tonight.  I want to try more Ohio-grown wines.

9. Make dish(es) for Thanksgiving dinner!  Yes – I made Cranberry Fluff, Cranberry Muffins, Coconut Macaroons, Pancakes (for the morning after), and Mashed Potatoes.  The only thing that didn’t turn out was my Cappuccino Pie–it never set up.  Bummer!

10. Buy at least two Christmas presents.  Yes – two down, many more to go!

11. Pick up manure in arena & haul at least 10 loads of sand into the arena.  Yes – I thought my back was going to crack in two the day afterwards! 

12. Ride my horse at least 3 times per week.  Yes – except when the weather was bad and over Thanksgiving week, but that was a given.

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Christmas List 2009

My mother-in-law called hubby yesterday to remind us that she needs our Christmas lists ASAP, because it’s only 8 weeks until Christmas!  Yes, it’s that time of year again!

Let me preface the list by explaining why I’m writing a Christmas list at 26.  No, it’s not because I’m a spoiled brat.  Actually, in my family adult Christmas lists aren’t really done.  In hubby’s family, however, they’re expected…and the earlier in the year the better.  I have to say, I’ve come to value the beauty of the Christmas list.  It allows family who want to give a gift to do so in an enlightened way, rather than taking a blind stab in the dark. 

So, when I write my Christmas list, I’m not saying “yo, buy me shit”, I’m saying, “hey, if you happen to want to get me a gift and need an idea, I’ll helpfully supply some.”  And of course I appreciate the same, for those in my family who care to write a list of their own.

And, here it is:


1. Lowe’s gift card.

Showcase Cinemas Gift Card

2. Showcase Cinemas gift card.


3. JoAnn Fabrics gift card.

victorias secret

4. Victoria’s Secret gift card.

little black dress

5. Little black dress, size 6, black (obviously :)).

rain jacket

6. Windbreaker/water-proof jacket, size M, somewhat fitted.

Hush Puppies Bassa in Dark Brown Leather

Hush Puppies Bassa in Dark Brown Leather

7. Brown shoes, size 9.5, with 1.5″ or less heel.

Dressage Socks
Dressage Socks

8. Tall doggie/kitty/horse socks.

satin pj

9. Satin PJ’s and/or a nightshirt, size M, extra tall, any color.

fleece vest

10. Down or fleece vest, size M, somewhat fitted, extra long–i.e. long enough to cover my hips, any color except pink.


11. Blue London jeans, size 8, 36″ inseam, mid rise, dark wash.


12. Pressure canner.


13. Herbal teas.

P.S. Kori and Karli dictated their Christmas list to me.  They want doggie treats.  And Earthbath all natural doggie deodorizing spritz.  And more treats.  Micky says he just wants tuna. 🙂

What’s on YOUR holiday list this year?

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