ringsandcoffee: (Dear Santa British gent)
I got home late last night. Better late than never.

1. What is your favorite 'food' holiday?
Thanksgiving, because I don't get real turkey any other time of year.

2. Do you prefer ham or turkey (or tofu turkey)?
Turkey. Ham is for Christmas. Well, sometimes my mom gets prime rib.

3. Do you anticipate or dread seeing your relatives for the holidays?
I see my family twice a year, so I look forward to seeing them. I see my extended family even less often, so I love when we do see each other.

4. When do you start listening to Christmas carols (for real, you can tell us)?
As late as possible. Last weekend was the first time I heard a song at a store, and I was not happy about it. However, the Christmas music was better than the kids singing Beatles songs that it alternated with.

5. How are you feeling right now with regards to the upcoming holiday season?
Today I went to a craft boutique and got exactly one gift. I like buying gifts for people, but have the worst time choosing them. If it doesn't scream the person's name, no go. Other than gift shopping, I'm looking forward to going to CA and seeing friends.

finally

Dec. 19th, 2015 10:55 am
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy little teapot)
It's finally winter break! 2 weeks off! This past week was busy pretty much every evening after work, and at school it felt more like babysitting than teaching. We did some actual work, and started learning division, so it wasn't a total waste. Still, I think kids should get an extra week off and teachers can use the week to get work done. As my teammate said, the kids were cracked out of their minds all week. We did a lot of holiday lessons and next to nothing that was graded. Trying to treat this week like a normal week would have been a disaster.

I still have stuff going on today and tomorrow. Today is making brownies for a coworker who is actually paying for them (I often bring treats for the staff just because), then I need to get a workout in before the Christmas party later tonight. I slept in until 10 today, and my body is still like noooooooooo be lazy, but I have not hit the treadmill since Wednesday so it's also itching to jog. The party tonight is semi-formal and I have no idea what to wear. I don't have time to go to the mall, either. Well, maybe, but no guarantee I'll find a dress.

Tomorrow is just church at 5. I should make some fudge for the gathering afterward. I would have made cookies but I just don't have time. Fudge is quick and easy - just chocolate chips and condensed milk. Maybe I can make cookies in the morning, but I just need to relax. Well, that and wrap presents. Monday I need to do laundry, pack, and meet Michelle for dinner. She takes care of my bettas when I am out of town, and we have not seen each other since last summer. Early Tuesday morning, I drive to my sister's house in northern California. The weather has been insane, and I hope the Grapevine is not covered in snow. I should map out the route taking 101 north instead of I-5, just in case.

Things to do, things to do...
ringsandcoffee: (Dear Santa British gent)
Merry Christmas to all of you!

Maybe if I go to bed, Santa will bring me my British gentleman. Nah, but I can still dream.

Oh, and epic episode of Doctor Who was epic! I need someone to talk about it with! It's from season 6, not the special that will air later today. There may be a chance that I race through the rest of S6 so I can watch S7 that my sister set the DVR to record. That's a LOT of Doctor in a week, after which I'll have to wait like the rest of the world for new eps. Hmm, this plan might just backfire on me.
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Arizona can't figure out what season it is. Today it's around 80 outside, but the temperature has fluctuated all week. Going to Tempe Marketplace and Firsta Mall, people are wearing everything from tank tops and shorts to long sleeved sweaters and jeans (me). I woke up ok, felt freezing as I got dressed, then got a little warm walking around the stores. Bath and Body Works was was freezing!

It's also the dreaded time of searching for Christmas presents. Dreaded for me because I think too hard trying to pick gifts. Items have to scream out a person's name for me to buy them, and I'm so distant from most of my family I don't know exactly what their current tastes are. I was also in search of a birthday gift for Alyssa, and the only thing that said her name was a pair of thigh high striped socks on a mannequin. Well, the store didn't actually sell them, or at least I couldn't find them. Alyssa could totally rock those socks with a skirt. Oh well.

I have to go to Fiesta Mall every few months to see what's new. This time around it's Rack Room Shoes, where I got a very cute and cheap pair of brown heels. The store was the most clean and organized of any RRS location I'd been to, and I told them so. They appreciated the compliment.

Ok, enough procrastinating. Chores to do!

note to self: song I really like this year: This is Home - Switchfoot
ringsandcoffee: (Christmas Santa Elijah)
I must say, I kind of felt like [livejournal.com profile] ewanspotter in that tonight felt like dinner on a Tuesday, but cooked at home, and with presents opened before and after. This is sad, since that's not what Christmas is, though the family being together part is big for me. One positive: as much as my sister can drive me insane, she does have some redeeming qualities. I can't remember the exact example at the moment, but something funny did happen today.

Present news: I got my flute! I had asked for one for my birthday, and long story short, didn't think I was getting one after all. Well, my last present felt a little familiar as I started to unwrap it, and sure enough, there it was. Yay! I even remember the scales, though I'm quite rusty. My brother jokingly told me to play Ave Maria, and I was able to figure out the first few notes. I don't know how much practice I'll actually get, since I might be too self conscious to have my neighbors hear me play. That, and I need a practice book.

:D

Note: I did not go out for coffee today! I made some instant stuff at home, to drink with the blueberry muffins I made. Oh, crap, I did go out for coffee, sort of. I had to take my sister somewhere, and we noticed McDonalds was open. People have been telling me their iced coffee is good, so here was my chance to try it. It was a little too sweet for my taste, and I think it's full of non-dairy creamer. Wait, I use n-d creamer all the time at work. Bah, whatever.

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