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Guess What Brian Got for Christmas

Posted on December 30, 2013 by under Toys, Wishlist.    


He’d been wanting a new laptop for a long time now since his old laptop started going on the fritz. It took forever for him to decide what kind he wanted though. To make it super challenging for Santa, this guy didn’t make up his mind until the Friday before Christmas. Seriously.

So I quickly ordered his present. The web site told me that the expected delivery date would Christmas Eve. Guess what, it arrived one day early so he was already playing with his new laptop by Monday night.

But wait, there’s more!

I knew that he wouldn’t let me wrap the new laptop because he’d want to unbox it immediately so I also got him Bond 50: The Complete 23 Film Collection with Skyfall as a bonus surprise gift that way he’d have a present to open from me on Christmas Day. I think he was really surprised because he thought he was just getting a new laptop and that was it.

I think he really likes his bonus gift. We’ve already made plans to watch a Bond movie every Friday beginning next year. As long as we don’t miss any weeks, we should finish watching all the movies mid-year. But, you all know how busy we are, at least we have the whole year to watch the entire collection just in case.

I already know that we’re going to miss one Friday within the first month since I’m going to be in LA for the Zumba Instructor Conference. As long as we get to watch the whole collection before 2014 is up, I’ll be happy.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Baby!
I hope you enjoy your Christmas presents. I love you!

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Holiday Bullshit

Posted on December 30, 2013 by under Games.    

So my favorite game, Cards Against Humanity, ran a special over the holidays where if you gave them $12 they’d send you 12 random things over the holidays. They called this promotion the 12 Days of Holiday Bullshit.

Here’s part of their plea for money:

Here’s how it works: You give us $12, and we’ll send you 12 mystery gifts over 12 days. Our accountant told us that this holiday stunt is “highly inadvisable,” so we’ve limited it to the first 100,000 people who sign up.

I’m a sucker for this sort of thing so naturally I signed up right away. Brian who is overly paranoid was really upset at first. He is very leery about this sort of thing. Specially when they sent me the following response:

Order #30131 placed on 11/13/13
Congratulations on giving $12 and your address to some strangers on the Internet. You can reply to this email if you have any questions.

He thinks I’m too gullible. However, as it turns out, the $12 was actually a pretty good investment. I got a ton of new, limited edition (since they only made 100,000) CAH cards and a bunch of other surprises. On the 12th day I got my very own card.


Okay, so some of the gifts were delivered out of order, but this card was gift for day 12. This alone was worth every penny of the $12 I gave them. LOL.

If I had to do it all over again, I’d give money to strangers on the internet in a heartbeat. Specially if these strangers are as brilliant as the CAH people.

If you’ve not yet discovered the fun game that is Cards Against Humanity, I suggest you go online right now and make one or, better yet, order it from Amazon so I can get commission. LOL.

I can’t wait to see what they come up with next year!

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More Christmas Lights

Posted on December 30, 2013 by under Events.    


Every year April, who is the president of their HOA, rents a party bus for the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights together. What a great idea, right? I wish our neighborhood HOA would do stuff like this. Anyway, we didn’t get to go last year but she extended an invitation again this year and now we are finally able to go.


Except for getting lost and the three dead-ends, it was a blast. We had a good time drinking and making merry at the back of the bus. The bus driver didn’t partake that I know of, but when we got lost and hit the dead-ends I had to wonder. LOL.


We took the opportunity to deliver our presents to our friends since we were all together that day. We got the Dills and the Phelps the same thing and we had a small gift for Mama Dill. Our favorite thing to do is get gifts for Gavin, though. It’s always so much fun to watch kids open presents.

Brian and I each picked out a gift for Gavin. My pick, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Blast N Launch toy, was a far bigger hit than Brian’s pick, the Crayola Cars 2 Light Up Tracing Desk. Gavin played with the rocket launcher toy until it was time to leave and it was the first thing he looked for when we got back from looking at lights two hours later. I used to think that Brian was the foremost expert on selecting the best kids’ toys but apparently I’m pretty talented at it myself. LOL. If you guys need toy advice, feel free to hire me. I offer consulting services at a pretty reasonable price.

All jokes aside, now that we’ve given everyone their presents we may not need to host an annual holiday gathering. We’ve done it for three years straight now (though we had to do it late last year because people were out of town) and we’ve really looked forward to it every year. This may be the year to start a whole new tradition. Either way we’ve had a fantastic holiday and we wish everyone an amazing new year ahead!

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More Pictures from Last Weekend

Posted on December 21, 2013 by under Events, Things to Do.    

We were pretty busy last weekend with the Employees’ Association holiday party at Prairie Pines Christmas Tree Farm on Saturday night and then Illuminations at Botanica on Sunday night. I was really looking forward to both this year because I missed the events last year due to my thyroidectomy.


Here’s a photo of Joel and Misty from Saturday night.


Here are some of my favorites from Illuminations on Sunday night.




Visit Flickr for the rest of the photos.

I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to go this year. The weather on Sunday was fantastic also. I brought gloves but actually didn’t need them. I throughly enjoyed walking through Botanica with Brian looking at all the beautiful lights. Until next year!

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Grocery Shopping with Grandma

Posted on December 21, 2013 by under Family, Games, Shopping.    

Following breakfast we took grandma to do her grocery shopping at Dillons.

Grandma said that she knows approximately what her total is each time so all three of us made our bid before check out. Guess who was the closest? We agreed that very day that, among the three of us, I would probably be most qualified for The Price is Right. LOL. Which amazes me because I rarely ever do any grocery shopping. I’m just really good at guessing prices, I guess.

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