Sunday, December 14, 2014

» the Christmas Tag «

Hey Folks! I currently can't sleep even though I spent the day shopping and then eating. Y'all the Christmas holiday is upon us, all I do is eat during the holidays. Since I can't sleep I thought I share something I found on my blog roll the other day. Jess over at Writing in Red Lipstick recently did a Christmas Tag post, and I thought the questions were all sorts of cute and I wanted to chime in with my answers. If you feel like answering any of these questions, leave a comment with a link to your answers. Hearing about other peoples traditions is always fun! And link back over at Jess' blog as well! Oh and enjoy some photos of my favorite Christmas ornaments! 



What's your favorite Christmas Movie?

Oh man, I have a top three. I can't go through the month of December without watching The Christmas Story, Elf, or Home Alone, but I'm kind of particular on how and when I watch them. I have to watch the Christmas Story by myself since most people I know are sick of it by now. I have to watch Elf with my husband and my siblings-in-law. Robert, Brittany and Kevin have watched that movie so much that they quote it year round! At this point I wouldn't be surprised that if we watched I was hearing their voices instead of Will Ferrell's. Home Alone is something I like watching with Robert by ourselves. It's one of his favorite movies and while I think it's okay, I just like cuddling with him during the movie. 

Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?

Growing up, presents were always opened on Christmas morning. When my brother and I got a little bit older, we started asking if we could open one present on Christmas eve. Mom would always give us festive pajamas so that Christmas morning, Bryan and I would be dressed in decent clothes and not anything with holes or too thin material. Now, Robert and I tend to give our gifts to each other on Christmas Eve, and then we do family gifts with our respective families on Christmas Day after traveling between houses. 



Do you have a favorite Christmas memory?

One of my favorite things about Christmas was that Mom would read to Bryan and I the Night before Christmas book. She would sit us on her and Dad's bed, and would read us the poem from a really ancient book. Like the last time she read it to us, I think I was 15 or 16, and it was falling apart. Over the years, she also would read to us the Polar Express. That book also go some mileage out of it. 

What's your favorite festive food?

I know I can get them year round if I put my mind to it, but my Mom makes an army's worth of cookies for my Dad's co workers a Christmas gift every year. She makes chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter kiss cookies and sugar cookies. She always gives Bryan and I our own tins of the leftover cookies. Her sugar cookies, which I know is just pre-made cookie dough and icing on it, but there is something really special about how she cuts them into star shapes that makes it really special. 




What's your favorite Christmas gift?


In recent years, my mom tends to make scarves for the girls of the family. The first year she made a gorgeous teal scarf, but the yarn is really heavy and the scarf is super bulky if I try to wear it. Last year she found a way to do "arm knitting" on Pinterest and she made a scarf like that, but its so delicate I'm scared that if I wear it I'll get it caught on something and ruin it. So I keep them put away but they are still my favorite gifts. 

What is your favorite Christmas scent?

I love anything that smells like Christmas trees this time of year. Since I have a fake tree, I have to stock up on candles and spray that smells like Christmas Tree. I also really like cranberry smells this time of year, and things with spice. 



Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?

Well, since the Night Before Christmas and Polar Express traditions have kind of died out, Mom likes to have us over Christmas Eve just to hang out and have fun. Most the time we eat a whole bunch of finger foods and any left over cookies and then we go home ready for bed. 

What tops your Christmas Tree?

See below! 




As a kid, what was the one crazy/extravagant/wild gift that you always wanted but never received? 

I think I can safely say that with a bunch of girls growing up I wanted a horse for Christmas. Yeah, I was the girl who loved horses growing up. Sadly I never got one, but when I was 6 I did get horseback riding lessons for Christmas so it was close enough!

What is the best part of Christmas for you?

I think the best part of Christmas for me is that warm fuzzy feeling that you get when you spend time with people you love, while eating yummy food and having fun. That feeling translates into so many parts of Christmas for me, but I think its embodied best when you have the chance to look at all the pretty Christmas lights on a tree in a darkened room or on a house at dusk. 



So that was the Christmas tag! I think I'm sufficiently tired enough to go to bed now, my screen is blurring on me! Have a great weekend? 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

» fifty two: week 49 and 50 «

Happy Thursday folks.  Some exciting things have been happening that I haven't really been able to process properly. Surprisingly, I got offered a job! I had applied for an office position at H&R Block and I never heard back from them up until a few weeks ago, where I was asked to interview! The ball got rolling, and I now have a seasonal position. Yay me! Lets get into this week's fifty two since we only have two more weeks until the end of the year! These are pretty short. 

Week 49: In one sentence, how would you describe your relationship with your mother? 

Time spent with my mother is filled with unconditional love and never ending laughter. 

Week 50: How would you describe your future in three words?

Relaxed, Exciting and Passionate!

Thats it for today! See y'all tomorrow with a Christmas Tag post!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

»fifty two: weeks 47 and 48 «



Happy Thursday everyone! Today I get to play catch up! I've missed three week's worth of fifty two posts, and I'm really determined to answer all of the questions that I've set up for myself. I'm using these posts as writing prompts to get me into writing with some thought provoking questions. I've said it before, but I'm super determined to answer all of these questions for the year. So let's get caught up. I'm only answering two today, and I'll do #49 with next week. 


Week 47: What's special about your hometown? 

I spent the last 45 minutes doing some quick research about my little home town, Summerville South Carolina. Let me tell you about my town. Summerville, or at least the area that would become Summerville, was first inhabited in the late 1700's. The small village was first inhabited as a vacation spot for Charlestonians. In the early 1800's the area was modernized by addition of the railroad being added to the area. Summerville officially became a town in 1847, and passed it's first law which prohibited certain sized tree from being cut down. This law happens to be one of the oldest ordinance of it's kind in the United States. In 1886, while the town was still recuperating from the Civil War, Summerville experienced a devastating earthquake as well as a fire. 

Some key points about Summerville was that it was declared by the International Congress of Physicians as One of Two Best places in the world for treatment of lung disorders. This then caused a boom of Inns in the area. Summerville is also known for it's natural beauty. There is an abundance of Azaleas and Pine trees. There are also many private and public gardens, especially Magnolia Plantation which is one of the most visited plantation in the Charleston area. For some time the town's population was at a steady 6,000 until the late 1970's. The town has boomed since then and now has a population exceeding 44,000. 

Two other main points about Summerville, is that the town is currently known as the Birth Place of Sweet Tea. The claim is that Summerville holds the oldest receipt of sale of ingredients for sweet tea back in 1890, and currently the town host trolley tours called the Sweet Tea Trail. Summerville also is home to the country's most winningest football coach, Coach John McKissick. Coach McKissick hasn't missed a game in his 62 years of coaching at Summerville High School and currently has 613 game wins under his belt.  

Obviously, I can go on and on about my favorite place in the world. I'm so happy that I'm still living here. 

Week 48: What is your favorite holiday? Why? How do you like to spend it?

I kind of went on and on about it, but Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday in the entire year. My family gets up to all sorts of wild things when we get together for the turkey. This year was a bit different because Robert and I got a hotel and we didn't stay at the beach house, but we had fun all the same. We traveled up Wednesday where the family decided to get smashed. Poor Corey, my brother's girlfriend, switched liquors and ended up giggling and demanding tacos on the way back to the hotel. Thursday after some yummy turkey, we all sat around and enjoyed each others company. Here are a few of pictures from the festivities. My Great Aunt brought some funny masks that everyone enjoyed which was new. I can't think of a better way to spend my favorite holiday with some of my favorite people.

Alright, so that's some catch up on my fifty two prompts. Enjoy your Thursday! 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

»currently 12.1«

Welcome to December! I have to apologize since I completely failed with National Blog Post Month in November. Half way through the month, all my inspiration for blogging left me unable to write anything. Even things that I had planned, like the 52 posts or the Day in the Life, I couldn't bring myself to post anything. I've been reflecting on what I want to blog about, and I feel that I've been forcing myself to create content just for the quantity. I wasn't blogging for the joy of blogging any more. I feel that December is the month of Joy. The holiday season is in full effect and I want to focus on doing the things I enjoy and just share with y'all those things. So let's get cracking on what I've been up to currently! 


Excited About: DECEMBER! I love the entire month of December. This year I've already brought out the Tree and it's been decorated. I have a few photos of some of my favorite ornaments, but I'm saving that for my Friday post. This weekend I hope that Robert and I will check out some of the local holiday sights, like the James Island Holiday Festival of Lights. My favorite thing to do at the Festival of Lights is to grab a cup of hot chocolate and roast marshmallows. 

Worried About: The one thing that I'm worried about is gifts right now. I've still need to get my shopping done for my family's secret santa picks, but I'm done with Robert's gift for the year. I'm nervous though because I'm not sure his gift is going to be here on time. I ordered him the Direwolves 6.0 Jersey from Geeky Jerseys. It takes it a while to get customized so all I can do is hope that it shows up in time for Christmas. I got him a small supplemental gift that I hope he likes just in case it doesn't show up in time. 

Reading: I've been reading a bunch of Manga scanlations on a iPad app called Manga Rock. The two manga series that I've been enjoying currently are Love So Life by Kouichi Kaede and Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji by Hatta Ayuko. Love So Life is slice of life manga about the 16 year old heroine Shiharu, who currently babysits two year old Aoi and Akane, twin siblings. Aoi and Akane currently live with their 25 year old uncle Seiji, who has to juggle parenting the twins and his job as a television presenter. Shiharu and Seiji though are slowly falling in love with each other, but each is held back by their age differences. Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji or Wolf Girl to Black Prince is a story about Erika who happens to be a big fat liar (hence the Wolf Girl) and takes a picture of Kyoya, and lies to her friends that he is her boyfriend. Kyoya and Erika happen to go to the same school, and in order to save face, Kyoya agrees to pretending to be Erika's boyfriend but only since he get's to treat her like a dog.  And man that's a wall of text of some geekery.

Creating: I'm in another creating slump, so I haven't been doing much. But I think I'm going to create some more puppy chow tomorrow. I love snacking on that stuff. 

Loving: Bath and Body Work's A Thousand Wishes. Described as "A festive blend of sparkling champagne, crystal peonies, and almond creme", this has to be one of my favorite new scents from BBW. I really hope that this scent stays around for a while because I can definitely see this being my new signature scent. 

Hating: Socks! I hate having to wear socks. They aren't very comfortable for me. I'm a barefoot kind of girl and the only shoes I like wearing are flip flops or boots. I asked for slippers for Christmas so I hope I get some. I find slippers to be so much more easier to keep my feet warm in the winter.

Wondering: How Kevin is doing. Kevin is graduating from Basic training tomorrow and Bill and Lisa went out to Oklahoma for that. We haven't gotten a letter from him recently, will Robert and I haven't, but he has given us a call on the few times that he's been able to get his cell phone. He does say that he enjoys the structure that the Army gives him. I can't wait to see him when he comes home for Christmas. 

Craving: I've been craving some homemade potato soup. I have the recipe to make it, it's just a matter of getting of my lazy ass to make it. I'm a bit scared to make it though because I don't think I can make it as well as my mom does. Maybe I'll have to get her to come over to the house to walk me through it.

Listening to: Have you heard of the Mystery Skulls? If you haven't please take the time to watch this video: Mystery Skulls: Ghost (Animated). This video got me into Mystery Skulls and it has been on a constant repeat. Right now that Ghost has 35 plays in my iTunes. 

Netflixing: With Netflix's recent updates, I've been watching Destination Truth and I'm getting ready to watch American Horror Story Coven. I don't know if I can handle the first two seasons of American Horror Story, but right now, I'm completely okay with watching all the seasons backwards. 

Playing: I'm trying to get my Animal Crossing town caught up to current time. I had time traveled to the past for a while to try and catch the last bug for my collection but I couldn't catch it. Since I had to take my Grandparents to a doctor's appointment, I just sat in the car playing Animal Crossing. I got to the point where I completed the Harvest Festival/Thanksgiving event, so I'm not too far behind from current real time. 


So that's what I've been up to lately. See y'all tomorrow for some 52 pick up!