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April has kicked off with quite a bang.  Of course I ended up getting sick last week and had to bail on the Third Eye Blind concert last Thursday.  Luckily I felt better by Friday, and T’s birthday weekend wasn’t ruined.

I don’t know about the rest of the country, but Georgia has jumped straight from winter right into summer (except today we have more spring-like temperatures).  On Good Friday we got out of work early, so I went over to my co-worker Mel’s house and we laid out because it was 80 degrees.  It was nice to finally be able to be outside without freezing to death.

That night, T and I had planned to go out to dinner for his birthday, but since it was perfect patio weather, we opted to have friends over for a cookout instead.  It was a meat extravaganza chez moi that night – burgers, brats, Italian sausages, chicken drumsticks, and steaks.  We had some potato salad as a side to give us one meat-free item.

Saturday, we headed down to my parents house to celebrate T’s birthday and Easter.  Since he is a fan of fondue, we decided to prepare  cheese and oil fondues.  Let me tell you, the cheese fondue was amazing.  You should have seen as all scarfing it down – it was like we hadn’t eaten in a month!

Fondue on the porch

After dinner, ASP and her husband stopped by to hang out for a bit, as well as our German neighbors.  The rest of the night consisted of consuming copious amounts of beer and German liquor, Williams Birne (a pear-flavored brandy, aka Firewater to our American friends) and Apfelkorn (a sweet apple flavored liqueur).  My dad got a little tipsy and was regaling us with all of his tales from the days when he was a young military police officer in Germany.  He had some pretty crazy stories that had everyone cracking up!

On Easter morning, we all got up and looked for our Easter baskets.  Yes, we are all in our mid to late 20s and my parents hide baskets for us to find.  I love it, even though I always suck at finding mine.  After we ate breakfast, we spent hours hanging out on the patio, playing canasta (we are a total game playing-addicted family).  If you’ve never tried it, it really is a cool card game.  Our German neighbors came over again and had Easter dinner with us.  All in all, it was a fun and relaxing weekend.

Monday I took a half-day so we could go to the Braves’ opening day game.  It was a gorgeous, sunny, not a cloud in the sky kind of day, and it was 86 degrees out.  I opted to wear a strapless sundress so I wouldn’t end up with a funky farmer’s tan and ended up burning my upper back and shoulders.  I seriously looked like a lobster.  I guess not wearing sunscreen was a bad choice.  We had a great time despite the heat (even though we peaced out a little early) and the Braves won, so it was a great day!

Tuesday, JD and I went to a Thrashers game with CMc and her boyfriend.  We had seats 3 rows from the ice!  It was pretty damn awesome to be so close.  Unfortunately the Thrashers sucked it up that night and didn’t score once.  But we still managed to have a fun night.  And nothing beats seeing grown men slam each other up against the Plexiglas and seeing their faces all smooshed up on the glass.  I love watching hockey!  I really miss watching T play – I think he needs to get into a men’s league or something.

We were so close!

So far April has been a pretty fun month.  This Saturday we are going camping for T’s birthday round 2 with a big group of friends, and I know that will be as insane and fun as it was last year.  I can’t wait!

So, how has April been treating you so far?

Hello lovelies!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s Eve.  Mine were both fun, and I really enjoyed my 11 days of not working – I am seriously not looking forward to having to go back to work tomorrow.

Christmas in New York was nice, but cold.  Sadly there was no real snow.  I did get to experience some ice rain/sleet/snow on Christmas night, which I enjoyed.  There was enough for me to make a snowball and throw it at T!  The day we left NY, it was 6 degrees outside and super windy.  It was nice to arrive in Atlanta to 40-degree temperatures.

This New Year’s, we went to my family’s crazy party.  As always, it was a lot of fun and everyone was tipsy and had a good time.

2010 so far, has been a couch potato fest.  We slept until 2 p.m. on New Year’s Day, then lounged on my parents’ couch until about 10:30 p.m.  We headed back to Atlanta at that point, and T and I resumed our positions on the couch.  Yesterday was pretty much the same way.  It was hella cold out yesterday, so there was no point in venturing outside.  Today though, we will leave the couches and house to get some things accomplished before we go back to work tomorrow.

And since I’ve been a blogging slacker for the last chunk of December, I thought I’d post this meme that I found on S’s blog.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?

Traveled around Germany without my parents.  Normally it’s a whole family trip.  This time it was a kids’ adventure.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
No, I seriously suck at life.  Last year, I wanted to work out more, be healthier and stop smoking….and I didn’t accomplish any of that.  This year, I will work harder to be healthier – no ifs, ands or buts.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes, my friend’s mom passed away December 14th.

5. What countries did you visit?
One, Germany.  Next year I hope to get a few more under my belt.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

A fitter physique.  It’s time to tone up and not be so flabby.  I’d also like for us to sell our condo and buy a bigger house and eventually get a dog!

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Inauguration Day, May 5th -the dates of my parents’ 3oth wedding anniversary

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I don’t think there was anything super spectacular that happened – we finally fixed up the guest bathroom

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not sticking to a workout routine

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Thankfully, I wasn’t very sick this year and didn’t sprain any ankles!

11. What was the best thing you bought?
New laptops and printer, LCD TV for the bedroom, and the kegerator – it will be delivered soon!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

I can’t think of anyone

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

People who are just negative and hateful for no reason.  If you can’t say something nice, don’t saying anything at all.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Plane tickets to NY and Germany, eating out at nice restaurants, new laptops, house repairs, going out, shopping

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Our trip to Germany.  Starting to look for a new house.  Kegerator.  My new laptop.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
Snake Farm by Ray Wylie Hubbard.  It’s not from 2009, but it became the theme song from T’s birthday camping trip.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
b) thinner or fatter?
c) richer or poorer?

I think I’m neither happier nor sadder, I’m the same size, and I think we may be better off money wise.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
I wish I’d done more things around Atlanta, like gone to festivals, plays, art exhibits, new restaurants, etc.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Party like a rock star

20. How did you spend Christmas?

On Christmas Day I was in NY with T and his family.  We unwrapped presents, ate goose and homemade sauerbraten, then went to T’s aunt’s annual Christmas shin-dig.

21. Did you fall in love in 2009?
No, I was already in love.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Oh, this is so hard, but I guess I’ll list my new favorites.  True Blood, The Jersey Shore, Top Chef, Intervention, The Vampire Diaries

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No.

24. What was the best book you read?
I read a lot of books this year, but I’m drawing a blank on the best.  I liked them all, but I wouldn’t say any were the best I’ve ever read.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
T’s obsession with trip-hop has spread to me.  Thanks hun!

26. What did you want and get?
New TV, laptop, printer, kegerator, cast iron dutch oven,

27. What did you want and not get?
A raise, more vacation time, winning the lottery.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
I watched a lot of movies and at the moment, I’m drawing a blank – here are some of the ones I really liked – Slumdog Millionaire, The Uninvited, New Moon, Into the Wild, Factory Girl

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

This year I turned 27.  T and I went out to dinner Thursday night, then we partied with all of our friends Friday night, Saturday/Sunday my best friend ASP got married, and on Sunday we did dinner with my family.  It was a birthday weekend extravaganza.  We also went to Cavalia a couple weeks later as well!

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Getting a raise.  I have been at the same salary since December 2006…sadness.  😦

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?

This was the year of dresses.  I stocked up on super cute sun dresses this spring and summer.  I rocked the fall and winter dresses with cute tights and boots.  Other than that, I was pretty much a jeans girl.

32. What kept you sane?
Family, friends, booze,

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

There was no one that I was particularly obsessed with

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

The health care debate.  The gay marriage debate.

35. Who did you miss?
My friends that live in NY that I rarely see.  My family in New Hampshire and Germany.

36. Who was the best new person you met?

ASP’s co-worker JN.  We hung out a lot in November due to bachelorette parties and the wedding.  She was my jumping for joy at the wedding buddy.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.

Don’t sweat the small stuff.  Be thankful for what you have.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Yeah, yeah, yeah…party in the USA.  Gotta love Miley.  Every time JD and I are in the car, this song plays at least once.  On our road trip to Knoxville we heard the song at least 6 times…I’m not even lying.  (Honestly this song doesn’t sum up my year, but it’s all that came to mind at the moment).

Hope 2010 is amazing!

Eggnog or hot chocolate? This is a tough one because I like them both, but I have to say that hot chocolate wins.  Eggnog is just so heavy sometimes.  Plus I am a chocoholic!

Does Santa wrap the presents or leave them open under the tree? Our Santa presents were always unwrapped with bows and name tags on them.   That’s how we knew they were the Santa presents.  Plus a lot of times they were bigger objects or weirdly shaped, and wrapping them just wasn’t an option.

Colored lights on a tree or white? We always had colored when I was a kid, but now my parents have switched to plain white.  Mine and T’s tree has colored lights – I just love them so much!

Do you hang mistletoe? No, I didn’t.  I really should.  I think I just forgot.  Next year though…

When do you put your decorations up? We put ours up after Thanksgiving/in early December.  I like the way the house feels when it’s all festive.  It adds a whole new level of coziness!  I also like to leave it up as long as possible.  Who doesn’t like coming home to a twinkly tree?

What is your favorite holiday dish? Oh jeez, that’s hard.  We never eat the same thing on Christmas because it’s Little S’s birthday too, so she always gets to pick.  I guess I would have to say the German Christmas cookies my mom makes.  American cookies ain’t got nothing on them!

Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? My family usually opened one on Christmas Eve, especially if we knew someone received a board game.  Since we do Christmas early with my family because we go to NY to see T’s family, we open our presents the weekend before Christmas.  In NY, we wait to open the presents until Christmas morning.

How do you decorate your Christmas tree? We have a few strands of colorful lights, a variety of ball ornaments in blues, gold, silver, purples, greens, some special shaped ornaments – little Santas, stars, a UGA football player, and cat friendly ones – aka non-breakable for the bottom of the tree.  We finish everything off with a thin red garland and a silver (I think it’s silver – all of a sudden I can only picture the one we had growing up that was purple) baubley tree topper.

Snow: love it or hate it? I heart snow, especially around Christmas.  It makes everything feel so magical and wintery.  Unfortunately it doesn’t snow in Georgia.  When I lived in NY it snowed one Christmas Eve, which was awesome.  Fingers crossed we get some while we are there this year.

Can you ice skate? Yes, but I’m not amazing.  I can skate around and not fall, but that’s about the extent of my skills.  T used to play hockey, so his favorite thing to do to me is skate at top speed backwards while dragging me around.  It’s fun but scares the crap out of me.  I tend to injure ankles easily…

What is your favorite holiday dessert? Anything chocolate.  In reality, I’m not picky!

What is your favorite holiday tradition? When it was just the 4 of us (mom, dad, Little S and me) we’d always make sauerkraut for Christmas Eve dinner, then play board games.  After that, we’d watch A Christmas Story a few times, then head to bed.  Until I got married and started spending Christmas in New York, Little S and I would always sleep in the same room so we could get up together and go see the presents.  We started doing this as kids, and it still stuck into our 20s.  I’m still figuring out the new traditions with T and his family, since last year was my first Christmas with them (except when we all lived there).

Candy canes: yum or yuck? I like them, and they are fun to eat.  The fruity ones are good too!

Favorite Christmas show? I don’t really have a favorite Christmas show, so I’m going with movies.  These are my top ones in no particular order – Home Alone, Prancer, A Christmas Carol (with George C. Scott), A Christmas Story, Elf…I’m sure there are more but I’m drawing a blank at the moment.

So all of you married or serious daters, how to you do Christmas when you have families in different states (or cities)?  Do you alternate each year?  Or always go to the family you see less often?

So, T and I are heading to NY to good old Po-town to spend 6 days with the family tomorrow after work.  Fingers crossed that all of the airport drama from this weekend’s storm is sorted out by then.  I don’t know how much I will be posting up there, but I want to wish all of you lovelies a Merry Christmas and safe and happy travels! 🙂

Until then adieu!

A few weekends ago, I had a pretty fun-filled weekend.  It consisted of cookie making, movie watching, tacky Christmas sweaters, and Cavalia.  As the weeks have passed, I just realized I never updated you guys on all that fun that was had.

Let’s just say, our Christmas cookie baking and movie extravaganza turned out to be a little more like get hammered and have the worst hangover of your life on Saturday.  We did bake cookies, and some of us tried to watch movies, while the rest of us sat on the patio in 30 degree weather drinking and smoking like champs until 2 a.m.  We were frozen.

I’m sure the hangover wouldn’t have been so bad if I had not decided to try a new festive holiday cocktail – the poinsettia.  This lovely beverage is a mixture of equal parts cranberry juice, champagne, and vodka.  Let me tell you, adding vodka to champagne is a bad choice.  It seriously intensifies the normal champagne headache by about 10,000.  Don’t get me wrong, it was good…damn good.  But I was hurting the next day.

I finally did recover from the living hell I was in.  This was aided by copious amounts of Gatorade (red, the flavor of champs) and a KFC extravaganza that included the grilled and original recipe bucket (the grilled is super tasty), mac-n-cheese, coleslaw, green beans and biscuits.

After JD and I bounced back, we got to work on updating covering up the stains on our Christmas sweaters.  Since they are handmade and include an assortment of non-washable items – ornaments, gift bows, foam gingerbread people – they can’t be washed.  And they are white.  This means that stains are very visible.  And what do you do when you can’t remove a stain?  You cover it with more festive decorations.  After we updated them and covered ourselves in gold glitter hairspray, we were definitely the tackiest people at the party.  Gotta love it!

JD and me in all of our tacky glory.  I even went extra festive with red and green coordinating pieces.

That’s one thing about JD and me, we don’t do anything theme related half-assed.  Along with our sweatshirts, we also made shoes, bought socks with Santa faces on the back, yard candy canes as accessories, and holiday gift bags as purses.  Our earrings are also homemade – candy cane ornaments attached to earring backs!

Would it be weird to take my sweater to get dry cleaned?  I’m just saying….

That Sunday we went to Cavalia, which was really amazing.  Some of the acts included a woman commanding 10 white horses to move in a variety of synchronized moves.  They would all run around the stage, horse hug each other (one horse put his muzzle on the next horse’s back), they would run in concentric circles in opposite directions (I always worried they’d crash), and they’d all stand in a straight line and bow.  It was cool.  Other tricks included guys standing on 2 horses at a time as they ran full speed around the ring – one even jumped off the horses’ backs, over a pole and landed again.  One act featured 2 girls on white horses mirroring each other’s movements.  It was so in-sync, that in the beginning I didn’t realize that they weren’t performing in front of a mirror.  The show also included a lot of cool Cirque-esque acrobatics.  Trapeze work and ribbon and rope work.  If the show comes to you, I recommend that you go see it.  It was one of the coolest things I have witnessed performance wise between humans and animals.

I’m wishing all of you a wonderful weekend!  Got anything exciting planned?

Normally, I like Christmas commercials.  They are cute or funny, and make you all tingly with the Christmas spirit.  But this year, I’m finding the commercials to be super annoying.  After reading Jess’ post about the ridiculous Lexus ads, I got thinking about which ones are getting on my last nerve and are taking me out of the Christmas spirit.

The one that I hate the most features the little girl and her mom, sitting on the stairs.  The little girl tells her mom they are working on their lists for Santa at school.  Then the little girl starts spouting off all of these things she wants, and the mom zones out, obviously panicking about the amount of money she’s going to have to spend.  Then she imagines Big Lots’ little Christmas elves and how they will help her get everything on her daughter’s list.

You may be wondering why this commercial pisses me off so much.  Well, it’s because it is insinuating that Santa doesn’t really exist.  If Santa was real, the mom wouldn’t be freaking out over the cost of presents.  I know Santa is a ruse, but imagine being a young kid who is beginning to doubt the Claus and seeing this commercial.  It basically is telling you that Santa is fake and your parents are the ones buying the presents.  Way to ruin Christmas for the kiddies, Big Lots!

It saddens my heart that all companies care about during Christmas is making money.  They are going crazy, hawking their cheap prices and encouraging people to buy everything in sight.  I know that stores are struggling too in these tough economic times, but when did the meaning of Christmas get so lost and turned into consumer mania?  This is supposed to be a time about giving and caring, helping out others and being with family and friends.  Not buying bratty and spoiled kids every gift they have on their damn Christmas list!

Even though the Big Lots commercial really annoys me, I do love some Christmas ones.  My favorite are the ones for Garmin.  Carol of the Bells is one of my favorite Christmas songs, and I think it’s so clever how Garmin (or their advertising company) has come up with cooky and funny lyrics.

Last year’s commercial

This year’s commercial – I heart squirrels

I don’t have a GPS, but if I were to get one I might have to head toward the Garmins because the commercials are so funny!

What Christmas commercials are you loving or hating this year?

I’d like to thank everyone who said kind words about my friend’s mom yesterday.  I appreciate the thought!  🙂

Yesterday on my way to work, I was listening to the radio and the morning show DJs began talking about the creepiest Christmas song ever.  I was driving through Atlanta, racking my brain to figure out what it was while they were on commercial.  Sadly I couldn’t think of anything.  When the show came back on, they announced that Baby It’s Cold Outside was the creepiest Christmas song of all time.

I ran through the few lyrics I knew in my head and still wasn’t quite sure what the DJs were talking about.  Then they started reading the lyrics and my jaw dropped.  If you take the lyrics out of the cute Christmassy/wintery context, they are pretty sketchy.  The girl keeps saying no and she has to go, and the guy is trying to force her to stay.  He’s forcing another drink on her and won’t listen when she says no.  It’s fairly date rapish when you think about it – and we consider it a cute holiday song.

Here are some of the lyrics that are scandalous:

The neighbors might think – Baby, it’s bad out there
Say, what’s in this drink – No cabs to be had out there…

I simply must go – Baby, it’s cold outside
The answer is no – Ooh darling, it’s cold outside
This welcome has been – I’m lucky that you dropped in
So nice and warm – Look out the window at that storm
My sister will be suspicious – Man, your lips look delicious
My brother will be there at the door – Waves upon a tropical shore
My maiden aunt’s mind is vicious – Gosh your lips are delicious
Well maybe just a half a drink more – Never such a blizzard before

So after getting a new view of this classic song, I started thinking about some other songs that have a bit of a scandalous undertone.  For example…

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – This song is basically saying that mom is unfaithful and her small child saw her hooking up with Santa.  She’s tickling under his beard.  She didn’t see her child creep…

I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus
Underneath the mistletoe last night.
She didn’t see me creep
Down the stairs to have a peep;
She thought that I was tucked up
in my bedroom fast asleep.

Then, I saw Mommy tickle Santa Claus
Underneath his beard so snowy white;
Oh, what a laugh it would have been
If Daddy had only seen
Mommy kissing Santa Claus last night.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town – I know this song is supposed to teach kids to behave and listen to their parents, but damn are the lyrics creepy.  It’s like a horror movie (or a peeping Tom) when you think about it.  “He sees you when you’re sleeping.  He knows when you’re awake.  He knows if you’ve been bad or good.  You better watch out!”  It makes you imagine an old guy hiding behind your curtains watching your every move…

Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer – This song is hilarious, but definitely not very family-friendly.  Grandma was too boozed up on the ‘nog to have common sense to not walk home.  Then she stumbles out the door and gets killed by Santa and his sleigh.  Then grandpa is trying to move on by drinking beer and watching football.  The family’s not feeling too festive and they’re all dressed in black.  When you think about this song, it’s really freaking morbid.  And the family may be slightly alcoholic…

I’m sure there are more scandalous or sketchy holiday songs out there, I just can’t think of any more at the moment.

What are some Christmas/holiday songs that you don’t think are quite as cute as they’re intended to be?

Ho ho ho and Happy Hanukkah!

This has been a long week!  I haven’t made it to bed before midnight this whole week.  I’ve been crawling, half-dead, into bed between 12:30-1 a.m. at the earliest.  I’m too old to not be sleeping more!  Anyway, I’m so glad it’s Friday.

As I stare the first weekend of December in the face, I realize that I have a lot of stuff planned in the next few weekends, starting with this one.  Tonight we have decided to have a little holiday film festival chez moi.  We’re picking out some of our favorite Christmas movies and will watch them while we create some delicious holiday-themed cocktails and bake some cookies to munch on.  We’re talking about making hot buttered rum, but I just don’t know how I feel about butter in my drink…ick.

Tomorrow we’re gathering with our other SEC friends to watch the SEC championship game.  Sadly I don’t like either team, but I guess I’d rather go Bama than Gator (ugh, Tim -Jesus- Tebow).  After that, we are going to a birthday party featuring my favorite holiday theme – tacky Christmas sweaters!  A few years ago, T, JD and I all made our own, and they’re always a big hit.  Since they are 2 years old, some of the tacky crap is falling off.  That just means we’ll have to glue some new stuff on them tonight!

My homemade tacky sweater complete with shoes – this is from 2 years ago when it was freshly made.  This year I will take some pictures in it!

On Sunday, the whole family is going to see Cavalia. I’m so excited because I am fascinated by people who can do crazy acrobatic tricks and I love animals.  What more could you want?

So, I’m just hoping the rest of this day will go by quickly so I can jump right into my fun-filled weekend!

Do you have any exciting plans this weekend?  Are you going to any tacky Christmas sweater parties?

Last night, T and I finished putting up our Christmas tree and other festive decorations.  I am proud to say that we didn’t have a repeat of last year’s slack fest. I’m so glad we didn’t bah humbug out again this year.  I love how the living room looks when it’s all decked out.

We would have been finished with the tree on Monday, but we had a little bit of drama.  T got home a little later than expected, then we cooked and ate dinner.  By the time we were done, it was around 9 p.m.  I was almost to the point where I didn’t want to mess with the tree, but he insisted.  So we did some minor living room rearrangements and began assembling the tree.  Christmas Vacation was on, so that helped set the mood.

Once we got the tree assembled, I began to string the lights onto it.  We usually use 2 strands.  While I was weaving the first strand around the tree, T was untangling the second.  Luckily for us, he decided to plug them in first.  That’s when we noticed that only the middle of the strand was working – both ends were burnt out.  We tried replacing bulbs and switching out the fuse, but nothing worked.  So, we were having a bit of a Griswald Christmas with our light drama and had to call it quits.

Last night, I bought a few more strands of lights and some cute candles, and we were good to go with the decorations again.  While we decorated, we watched Bride Wars – not very Christmassy but it came on after Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead and I got sucked in.  It was kind of corny, but it had us laughing at a few parts.

Now the living room is all cute and festive, and I’m happy!  As soon as we got the tree all set up and in its place in the corner, Fado dove underneath it to sleep on the felt tree skirt.  I really hope he doesn’t knock it over because it’s not the sturdiest tree…

Our little Christmas tree

All lit up – it looks a bit like a Charlie Brown tree in this picture

My cute little Santa and trees that I got from Germany

Candy cane candle set

Vanilla scented candles make me crave cookies

The bookcase that doubles as a fireplace mantle during Christmas

Have you started decorating for the holidays?

I didn’t have any pics available when I wrote my Thanksgiving round up earlier today, but I wanted to share some of the fun Thanksgiving photos with all of you.  So, here they are…

We took some fun family photos – our favorite is the open mouth shot

T and I – the couple shot

Getting ready to make the gravy

Little S doing her part in the gravy making

The turkey – nom noms

Pre-dinner shot

Thanksgiving has come and gone with a vengeance.  Tons of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cornbread muffins, squash casserole, giblet gravy (don’t judge me, this stuff is to die for), pumpkin and apple pies, and last but not least tapioca pudding were consumed, along with copious amounts of pinot grigio and beer.

This was a pretty tame year for us, if I do say so myself.  Normally, especially in the years that T’s family used to come down, we’d all gather at our favorite Mexican joint for delicious food and margaritas.  We followed that up with a trip downstairs to my parent’s basement bar where we’d continue to drink tasty beverages along with some shots, while playing darts and karaokeing into the wee hours of the morning.

This year, instead of Mexican, we opted for a new Thai/Japanese/Chinese restaurant.  The food was really good, and we enjoyed ourselves.  After dinner, we did return to the basement bar, but we were more chill.  T’s family didn’t come down this year, but our German neighbors did come hang out with us.  We hung out and chatted.  The guys played darts.  And I think we were all in bed by 1 a.m.

Thanksgiving day was fun – our German neighbors joined us for dinner.  They brought a goose and red cabbage (homemade, by the way).  We all gorged ourselves on the goodness and tried not to slip into turkey comas at the table.  After dinner, I went for a walk with my parents, the Frau and her cute puppy dog.  The cold air was all I needed to drag me back from la-la turkey land.

We all gathered again in the basement to have a few drinks and play a new board game called Sequence.  My family is CRAZY about board games, and it was a lot of fun (even though my team lost every game but the last 2).  The night ended early once again because T and the Frau both had to work on Friday – which if you ask me, is pretty shitty.  It’s a major holiday weekend corporate America!

Since I didn’t have to work on Friday, my mom and I had a Twilight Saga kind of day.  First we watched Twilight because she’d never seen it.  She didn’t love the movie, but wasn’t completely disappointed.  Then I dragged her (she was worried about the screaming teeny boppers we might encounter) to see New Moon.  She liked it better than the first one, and we had an enjoyable mother-daughter geek out.  Haha!

Speaking of the holidays being right around the corner…

T and I are trying to come up with things we want for Christmas this year.  We decided that we want need to add a dual-tap kegerator to our already alcohol-fueled lifestyles.  Plus it will look so cute sitting next to the bar we already have.  Just imagine…all the fresh beer that you want on tap, right at your finger tips, waiting to be poured in all of its frosty and frothy glory.  This will not help any type of dieting we are planning…

And you know you are getting old when you ask your parents to buy you new french patio doors to replace the crappy slider you currently have for Christmas.  And when you consider buying 6 new windows to replace the old drafty ones that cause you to freeze every winter instead of forking tons of money over for random presents.  I’m just saying…

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