Tuesday, December 22, 2009

a little something to say happy holidays

Merry Christmas! I hope all have a joyful holiday celebration and truly remember why and what we celebrate.

I'm grateful for the birth of the babe in a manger and will continue to try to keep Him in the center of my life.

May this season touch your heart with happiness because He loves us and is always ready to bless us.

Friday, December 18, 2009

a little something from Glee (spoilers)

i am firmly in love with the show Glee. am going into slight withdrawal with the knowledge it won't be back until april. why fox, why!?!?!

the fall finale episode "sectionals" was fantastic. of course the best moments were the club winning, sue sylvester going down, and the musical numbers. but all of those paled in comparison to the ending of the show. thank you for not leaving us hanging ryan murphy!

from those who know me and my previous "obsessions", Glee is now in the top 3. oh yeah!

found this video and it just makes me smile:

a little something caused by the mall

went to the mall last night. my attendance at the domed shopping complex is rather rare nowadays. being at garden state plaza in jersey did trigger a cherished childhood memory though. that was about all it provided last night...oh wait, i did eat a Wendy's jr. bacon cheeseburger.

my family had some very specific traditions for the holiday season. one of my absolute favorites was gift buying. a friday night would be selected when the whole family would get to go to a sit-down restaurant (a special moment = no drive-thru dinners) then head to that magical land known as Sunvalley Mall in Concord, California.

once at the mall my parents would give us enough cash to buy a $5 present for each of our siblings. one parent would take me and a brother while the other parent took the other brothers. we would shop for the ones not with us and then switch so that we could pick up a gift for the sibling who was originally with us. sometimes big lug and i would pool our $5 together to get a gift for punkin or flex. i think it was just an excuse for me to find the gift, wrap it and big lug to get a cut of the gratitude action.

i vividly remember buying big lug model airplanes, punkin some legos and flex got books (i think). i bought my very first watch at the sunvalley mall's macy's day after christmas special. it was a swatch and almost pure white. i LOVED that watch.

last night garden state plaza was a poor substitute for the magic of those treasured childhood Christmas memories of spending time together as a family and thinking about giving gifts for my family.

i wish i could go back in time and enjoy those moments that much more...

Saturday, December 05, 2009

a little something with balloons

this year i went to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. the reason i chose 2009 for my attendance was simply the warm temperatures. i don't do well in cold and this year our forecast was for a lovely mid 50 degree temperature.

netter, netter's sis and i got up early and headed to the west side to join the crowds at 73rd and central park west. thankfully i'm tall so was able to see quite clearly from our spot about 15 people deep. i must say that i became almost giddy when i knew santa clause was coming down the street.

my goal is to try to check off all of the things that the rest of the world considers "essential new york". the thanksgiving day parade is definitely high on that list.

it was a lot of fun and made me grateful for comfortable shoes and knee injections from my orthopedist.

Up, up and away!

Santa finally came! It was so exciting!

I love leaves!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

a little something due to popular demand

your comments have complete influence over me...here are some pictures of my apartment with the wrapped art on the walls. :) merry christmas!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

a little something that reminds me of childhood

i decorated my humble abode over the weekend. my joani would always make our home look and smell like Christmas. in her honor i took down the art on my living room walls and wrapped them in wrapping paper and bows. then i put them back up in their place on my wall. whenever i glance over from the couch and see the wrapped "art" it reminds me of how much my mommy loves Christmas and how excited i am to be with her and the rest of the utah clan this year.