Let's chat!10:36 AM
First and foremost, yes, the template is different. I put up the christmasy (I know, not a word but just go with it) one yesterday and then sat back and looked at it and really, really, really didn't like it. I don't know what it was but ugh...yuck...ugh...ugh....you get the picture.
This one is more me and if you know me, you know why. How's that for confusion? LOL
Sticking with the topic of knowing me, I'm not one for a deep thought provoking posts, as a matter of fact I shy away from those, blogging to me is all about sharing my daily life, my crafting, the ups and downs of military life and what I'm thinking and doing. I leave all the earth shattering important stuff to the experts *snicker*
Yesterday I made a quick trip to the library to return a book and then ended up doing what I ALWAYS do, walking out with 6 more. You would think by now I would have stopped doing this considering my TBR (to be read) bookshelf is overflowing, but there's just something about walking around the library, the smell of the books....yes call me a weirdo if you want but I love the smell of book pages....the pretty and colorful covers that tempt you and the yearning to open the book and be transported to a far away land or back in time.
So yeah, I walked out with these:
First on my list to read? Definitely Phillipa Gregory's "The Other Queen", oh I can't wait.
Dream when you're feeling blue - Elizabeth Berg (I'm a huge E. Berg fan)
The Forbidden - Beverly Lewis
The Parting - Beverly Lewis (another favorite author)
Remember Me - Sophie Kinsella ( I LOVE her, the Shopaholic Series were so good)
The Quilter's Kitchen - Jennifer Chiaverini
I also have Knit Two by Kate Jacobs and The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner, both won in a contest. So yes, my reading pile for the next 2 or 3 weeks is all set. I'm one happy camper. Of course, I don't know how much time I'll have to read considering I have an Advent Calendar still waiting to be completed, plus the family name ornaments, plus a few other knitting projects I have sitting around here.
Like more of these:
And this adorable knitted acorn bookmark with a crochet chain, super easy to make and fast too. Jasmine wants me to make her one in red for her school books and her friend wants one too.
So as you can see, looks like I'll have plenty to keep me busy, well, apart from the usual mommy and home duties around the house. I just can't believe that Christmas is creeping up on us so fast, I haven't even begun to shop.
And speaking of shopping, I would really appreciate it if the toy makers would stop with the extravagant
If you don't know which one I'm referring to, it's this thing, this noise making ride on Kota Triceratops.
Nevermind the fact that these people tend to forget that most families don't have the room for that thing? I mean last year it was that huge pony that you feed or whatever, I don't even remember the name, but it was something like $200.
Here's a thought, and this is free advice from a mom who knows what her kids like....advertise some plain cardboard boxes for christmas, we all know that if you give a kid an empty box they'll be the happiest you'll ever see them and will be entertained for hours. Heck if you want to push the envelope, throw on some glitter or sparkle, or even some stickers for them to decorate it themselves. I'm sure it would be a LOT cheaper than $300 and the kids would actually like it. Just saying!
So I'm off, I'm going to sweep and mop the floors and take my chicken out for the White Chicken Chili for tonight, then I'm going to sit down and try to figure out how to make it through Christmas shopping without wanting to cry....
I leave you with a question? What are your plans for gifts this year, are you going all homemade or store bought? What is your budget when it comes to the kids? Do you have a bigger budget for the older ones and just how many gifts do you give the children? Do you get them one big expensive one, or do what I do and try to make the money stretch so they'll end up with a bunch of little ones?
Come on I want to know, so let it all out (well not all, but you know what I mean LOL). Even if you're one of my lurker readers, I would love to hear from you today.