Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Is it just me?

I have just converted to blogger beta. I read that I can "customize" my blog layout with drag and drop. I thought I would be able to add a third column, which I have been wanting to do, so I upgraded.

Now that I am upgraded and can't go back, I find out that I lose my custom template and have to use one of their boring ones. I also find that I can't "drag and drop" a third column in. I am also trying to copy in some code from my old template, which I saved in Word, and it won't accept it. For some reason code that worked in blogger won't work in beta. hu?

I am so frustrated!!! How can something that is supposed to be so easy make me feel so stupid?

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Gone Gone Gone I Been Gone So Long

You know, my last post was on Thursday, only five days ago, but it seems like a really long time.

December is a really crazy busy time for me. Let alone the whole holiday spirit, shopping and decorating thing, I have a part time job and after that help my brother Cheez with his on-line mall processing orders (the bedwarmers are divine by the way!) . Yes, if you place an order, I am the lovely assistant handling your order.

So anyway, being a retail business, this is a crazy time of year. If you notice my posts being reduced and my visits to my bloggy friends lacking, it isn't because I don't want to be there, I am probably just pulling out my hair over some order problem or am comatose in front of the TV late at night because I can't think any more.

I remember growing up when it was the day after Thanksgiving and I was chomping at the bit to put up Christmas decorations. I would do the decorating and could never understand why my parents weren't as excited as I was to get going on it!

When I got married and had my own home to decorate, I was very particular about my decorations. My kids didn't like "my tree". It is all silver and white, not full of color as they would have it. It was my tree, I was going to decorate it the way I wanted and don't touch it because I will do it! Dang it! I told them that when we finished our family room I would buy a second tree and it would be theirs to decorate. And decorate they did. Talk about decorations! Full of color, home made ornaments, most of them made at school. It was a great tree.

Lately though, I haven't been as excited to decorate. I have been so busy that it has been one of the last things on my mind to take care of. I want the decorations up but the whole process of getting them there seemed like a chore.

A few years ago the girls put up their tree and I didn't put my tree up in the front room. This year, however, the girls put up MY tree while my hubby and I were out shopping. And you know what, I think it is fabulous. It isn't decorated exactly the way I do it, but it is up and it looks great. A few years ago I probably would have "redone" some of the decorating. At this point in my life, though, I realize that there are just some things that are not so important.

I now know why my parents didn't chomp at the bit to decorate. They were just too darn busy! Perspective is a wonderful thing.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Thursday Thirteen - Christmas Movie Favorites

Thirteen Characters, Quotes or Events I love from Christmas Movies:

  1. Frosty – the original
  2. “she dinks imb cuuuuuuute” Rudolph
  3. “messy, messy, messy” the evil magician in Frosty
  4. “Bumbles bounce!” Yukon Cornelius in Rudolph
  5. Bergermeister Meisterberger – love the name, Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  6. the Charlie-in-the-Box on the Island of Misfit Toys - Rudolph
  7. The Snowman that sings “Silver and Gold” – Burl Ives is the voice, Rudolph
  8. the sad little spindly tree Charlie Brown picks
  9. “fra-geee-lay. It must be French.” “It says fragile dear” - A Christmas Story
  10. “It’s a major award” - A Christmas Story
  11. when the little boy can’t put his arms down. “put your arms down at school dear” – A Christmas Story
  12. when the crossing guard swallows his whistle - Frosty the Snowman
  13. the Santa in Frosty the Snowman.

I will be working at the office today instead of from home. My work day will be longer so I won't visit you until tonight or tomorrow - BUT - my pledge to you, I will visit everyone who leaves a comment today!

What are your favorite Christmas movies, characters or lines?

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Monday, December 04, 2006

It's been HOW long?

Today, my hubby and I celebrate our 19th anniversary. We like to joke around that we have been happily married for 5 years.
Anyone who is married, or has been married, can relate to that statement. Marriage is hard work. Once the courtship ends, it isn't all roses and starry skies. It is dirty laundry, socks on the floor, bills, dirty dishes, his family, her family, his traditions, her traditions, kids, dirty diapers, not enough sleep, unemployment, and on and on and on.
Over the years and through it all, we have made it this far. We have ridden the roller coaster up and down and for the most part, are on the upturns.
He makes me laugh, something that I need in my life. I can get to serious and focused on things. I ground him, something he needs. He can be too playful and unfocused on some serious things.
If you ever want an example of opposites attracting, we are the poster children for that kind of union. Things that were fascinating and wonderful at the beginning can become annoying and irritating later on, but most of it keeps things entertaining. IF we choose to laugh at life.
My hubby asked me this morning if his contract was still good, if I was ready to re-up for another year. I said, "yeah, sure". I told my friend that and she said "you didn't re-negotiate"? Well, I didn't know I could!!!
So after 19 years (next year I will officially have been married longer than I was single) Here is to another 19 years of being happily married for 5!
Love you honey!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Things that go BUMP - into your home!

Think your dead bolt is keeping you safe? Think again.
The average person, read criminal, has available to him the Locksmith tool of the trade. They can use a "bump key" and open your lock leaving no sign of forced entry.
I heard about this last night on a radio news program and after doing a Google and You Tube search, I am amazed at the amount of information out there. There are tons of instructional videos to teach you how to make your own bump key and use it successfully.
This is a brief news clip which demonstrates bump keys and gives information on protecting yourself against this happening to you.