Yet Another Sign that the Christmas Season is Here . . .
Polly Pocket and her many assorted friends have obviously decided that Santa's sleigh is just as good a mode of transportation as their fun pink convertible!
I walked out of the bathroom last night after a hot, soaking bath and was welcomed by this scene! I almost stepped on top of the sleigh and the convertible and, of course, I had to take a picture of it! Scout LOVES her Polly Pockets and you just never know where they might show up!
I have been doing a lot of Christmas shopping in the last couple of days and I actually think I'm almost done with it! (This is just December 8, right? That has got to be some sort of record for me. Yeehaw!!) I actually enjoy shopping for gifts and I get really happy when I find just the right gift. I pride myself in finding something that's personal and looks like it took some thought. I don't like it, though, when I wander all over town trying to find a pair of white or cream-colored boots with fur on them and can't find them anywhere! (They apparently only make white boots in women's sizes, because of the wear-and-tear that kids put on them. This does not make my 10-year-old not want them, however!) I guess I'm going to have to do some more Internet shopping for this one . . .
I also don't necessarily like the cost that comes with all the happy shopping! I went to Target on Wednesday and found some GREAT stuff, but didn't really realize how much I had spent. My grand total when I got to the cash register? $299. Yikes!! (Well, I guess I can still find some consolation in the fact that I didn't spend $300. lol)
When I'm out shopping, I always like to buy myself some treats. I LOVE nutcrackers (them, along with snowmen, are my favorite Christmas collectible) and I found this one to add to my collection. How fun is he?
Do you think he'll serve me a Christmas margarita? (When I was at Target, I also found an adorable one that was a waiter and had a serving platter with martinis on it. I resisted the urge to buy it, but now I think I really want it . . .)
Other stuff going on . . .
. . . It is SO cold right now!! The wind chill is supposed to dip down to 8 degrees in the morning. I know that this is normal for all of you blogging friends in Pennsylvania and Washington and Chicago and Indiana, but is definitely not for those of us Down South who were wearing shorts a mere four days ago!
The cold got us in the mood for a fire, so Gary went and bought a log-splitter yesterday and got us one going. There is nothing I like better than just lying on the couch watching the embers in the fire and enjoying the silence and warmth (although, there's really not a lot of silence in our house . .. yet, it's the nice thought that counts!).
. . . McKenna auditioned for and made the UAB Honor Band and was in practices all day today. And last night she had a French Horn Slumber party at one of their drum major's homes. They all have to get up and head to UAB in the morning, so it made it easier for everyone (and the parents who didn't want to get up any earlier on an 8-degree morning to get there!). I asked McKenna if they were going to do band-related slumber activities--like paint their nails with little french horns on them. She just rolled her eyes (but still laughed!)
. . .Woo hoo!!! And Roll Tide!!!! It looks like we have a new football coach! I'm SO excited because it's West Virginia's Rich Rodriquez, who is really known as a pioneer in offensive planning and coaching (he's really credited with creating the spread option, as I understand it). With the change in coaches we've had in the last decade, I really felt like we had to hit a home run this time. And I think we did! I kinda feel like the girl who had a guy she really wanted to go to the prom with, but felt like there really was no way it was going to happen. Maybe she wasn't as popular as some of the other girls or had had bad luck with guys in the past, but then THE guy asked her out and she went to the prom with him. I feel like Coach Rod (look, I'm already calling him by a nickname!) is that date! I'm excited about what he can do for our team, and look forward to seeing him in action!
. . . We will be taking part in the Christmas Parade on Saturday morning--with a forecasted temperature of around 18 degrees. Ugh!!! McKenna will be marching with the band, and Delaney will be leading the parade with the other safety patrol members from her elementary school. I'm thinking that Sydney and I will park our car in the Arby's parking lot and watch from the warmth of our car (and try to distract Scout from the fact that the people are throwing candy, because that would involve getting out in the cold!)
. . . Gary and I have a REAL date tonight with grown-ups only and I'm so excited! Okay, it's just a company party but it will involve dressing up, having drinks, and eating some good cocktail supper foods. Plus, Gary and I will probably escape early and go out somewhere else as well. We haven't been out just the two of us in a while, so that will be nice.
. . . It is Friday, so it's time for an Impossible Question. And this one is even Christmas-themed (aren't I clever?) The question is:
According to Yahoo!, 60% of single women said they want this for Christmas. What is it?
Post your guess and we'll see who knows women the best! Once a correct answer comes through, I'll come back on and let everyone know what it is! Good luck!
UPDATE ADDED-- I've shaved my legs, put on pretty Girl Clothes, and Gary and I are about to head out to our party. (Yay!!) If only Phats were here to chaperone us, we'd be in good shape I think! lol
Thought I'd do a quick update before we head out the door. The answer to the question was A Year's Supply of Chocolate! Gary "kinda" got it right when he guessed chocolate, but I couldn't give him full credit now could I? I personally think that ALL women--not just the single women--would totally go for that gift. I'd take Lindor truffles in January, hazelnut chocolates in February, some Godiva dark chocolate in March, some good ole Hershey's almond bars in April . . . and so on and so on!
(Also as an update--we didn't get Coach Rod after all. He decided to stay at West Virginia, so it's back to the drawing board.)
Have a fantabulous weekend with lots of fun Christmas shopping (or not!). Stay warm--I know I will try to!