Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Progress, Y'all!

Just yesterday I was lamenting the state of my house. While there are 3 areas in serious need of attention, (I literally piled the decorations onto the existing crap. Don't judge.) I made progress in a few areas today!

First and foremost, I bought a new Christmas tree. I scored, bigtime. A few weeks ago I had checked Hobby Lobby to see what they had. At the time, the tree that I wanted was 40% off. Thinking that I would check a few more places, I didn't buy it. I checked online yesterday and noticed that their Christmas stuff was now 50% off. Score!

This morning I headed out pretty early. Well, for me anyway. I thought that I was only going to grab the tree. Heh. I grabbed the tag for the tree and a few, ok several, other things and went to check out. Turns out, the tree I had chosen was sold out. Except for the floor model. (Seriously? Mark it or take the tags out of the holder.) Since it had been out and picked over I only told them that I would take it if they gave me more of a discount. They did! I ended up getting a $600 tree for about $250. Love that! And, it's 9 feet tall-perfect for our living room with a vaulted ceiling.

The best part of the tree though was when HD went to pick it up. He called me after almost having a heart attack at seeing the price on the box. He was not happy. Then he saw the receipt. And praised my bargain shopping and negotiating skills. ;-)

I also put away several boxes. Getting there!

I also got more Christmas shopping done! Yippee!!!!! I'm feeling pretty on top of things so far this holiday. Don't hate me. I'm certain it won't last for the next 4 weeks so I'll enjoy it now, mmmmkay?

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Storm before the Calm

I'm sitting here tonight and my house is in chaos.

I pulled out all of the Christmas decorations today, and while it's starting to look festive, the mess still remains. Boxes stacked to go back into the closet, boxes open waiting to be emptied. Boxes stacked waiting for a tree to trim. Stockings hung, nativities staged, mini-tree plugged in and trimmed.

There are still a few things left to do. (Besides that tree. The tree still needs to be bought and put up!) How is it that I cleaned last week but am still cleaning as I go. And will still need to sweep and vacuum when I'm done tomorrow? *sigh* The work is never done, I suppose.

The best part about the chaos now, though, is that in a day or two I will be done with the decorating and can get on to the fun part-the shopping and cooking! I do love decorating though. Most everything that I have for decorating are things that I LOVE. There are so many things that make me smile- you can see some of them on this post from 2008!

I know, I know. It's not even Thanksgiving yet. If you knew my December schedule, you would understand. I'm glad I'm getting it done now. I will have so much less stress over the next couple of weeks, and have a pretty and clean house to enjoy the Christmas season in. After traveling for the last few years over the Christmas holiday it will be a joy to be at home this year.

Although, I will miss the snow!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

18 Years Ago

I married my best friend.

It keeps getting better, folks. May you be as lucky, blessed and happily married as we are.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

19 Years Ago

This evening, 19 years ago, almost to the minute, HD was asking me out for our first date.

I've told the story here before, I think, but it goes something like this:

I was an Opening Developer for Macaroni Grill and had been sent here (to my current city,) to open the store here. Truthfully, I was a little miffed that I was at this opening because there was another opening in Thousand Oaks. I have two cousins that live near there and wanted to see them, but God had another plan.

It was a Thursday night opening, and as a server developer I was watching 2 server stations, with a total of 6 tables. Once the restaurant was open, the developers stayed out in the stations making sure that each table was getting everything that they needed and on time. HD was a single dad and after a long day just needed to feed HG and get her home and into bed. So they decided to try the new place-not knowing that it was the very first night that we were open!

Obviously, they sat in my section, and since I wasn't actually their server, I got to chat with them. I colored with HG and took her to the women's restroom. He and I chatted. She was a pretty precocious 6 year old who had zero problem with making it absolutely clear that her mother lived in another city. At the end of their meal, HD wrote his phone numbers down on some of the table cloth and was getting ready to hand it to me when HG tugged on his shirt and said, "Hey Dad! Get her phone number and take her on a date!" I had absolutely no intention of calling him so I told him my last name and the hotel that we were staying at and told him to call me.

And he did.

My night off was a few nights later and he took me to dinner at a local steak house and then up to the mountains to have a drink and watch Monday Night Football. We had a really great time and couldn't stop talking. When we got back to my hotel we had our first kiss before he drove away.

Needless to say, I heard from him again.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Marching Band

HB#1's Marching Band a few weeks ago at a competition.