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What do you really want for Christmas?

Monday, December 27, 2010

When I am shopping for someone for a gift, whether it's for Christmas or a birthday or whatever, I like to have a list. Please tell me what you want and I will do what I can to find it for you. Please don't make me guess. I *want* to get you something that you will like.

In that vein, I always try to have a list of things I wouldn't mind having. From the fairly inexpensive ("Here Come The Mummies" CD) to the outrageously expensive, don't expect to get (Insanity Workout). And a few things in between.

so this year, when DH asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I recited my list. Add warm gloves and that's the whole thing. He looked at me and said "What do you really want for Christmas" emoticon I thought I had just answered that question. A few days later, he asked me the question again. I gave him the same list. He again asked me what I really wanted. I guess I still hadn't gotten the answer right!

Fast forward to Christmas day. DH had wrapped a gift for me (he used strapping tape because he couldn't find the Scotch tape! LOL!) and made sure it got loaded with all of the other presents. When it was my turn, I opened it. Sure enough! My list was wrong. DH had gotten me an iPad!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

So, I've been playing with my iPad for the last two days. I got all my apps downloaded, all of my songs, a whole bunch of free books and all sorts of other stuff. I can even Spark from it! Now I don't have to fight with anyone for computer time! Woo Hoo!! I didn't know that I wanted an iPad. Good thing I married my DH, huh? Cos he knows some good stuff!

BTW...still gonna get myself some really warm gloves. emoticon emoticon

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GRACEFULIFE 12/29/2010 3:58PM

    I say don't go for really warm gloves, because they mess up your mobility anyway, and your fingers still eventually freeze if you ski in them. After a few years of wearing military gloves I realized the genius but that even they could be improved upon. So my current, and I feel fairly optimal, solution is a pair of midweight gloves with grip nubs that I wear most of the time i.e. driving, leave me dexterous enough to deal with a wallet, can still shove my hands into my pockets. Then, for periods of expected extreme cold with long exposure, or when I can't put my hands in pockets (no dexterity required for ski poles remember)... I also have a set of thick fleece mittens to go over top the gloves.

The only improvement now might be a windproof outer layer... hmmm.

Anyway, wow, I just totally ignored the point of your post. Heh. emoticon

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RWETHAIRYET 12/28/2010 11:27AM

    That is so often the case. The things I got, well, weren't even on my list, haha. One because it wasn't something I really "needed" and the other, because I had pretty much no expectation of getting it. But I'm sure glad I got both of them.
Still trying to figure out how to use the camera though. Considering all my cameras are old manual/mechanical slrs, and the few "modern" hunks of plastic in my collection don't work, it's like going from a pre-primer reader to college level textbooks in one jump, haha!

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CAROLEHZ 12/28/2010 9:08AM

    What a great guy to know what you want before you do.

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/28/2010 8:16AM

    He is definitely a keeper!!! Have fun!!

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HSMOM2FOUR 12/28/2010 7:42AM

    Yay hubby!!! Great gift! Great job really KNOWING your wife!!

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L3DESIGNS 12/28/2010 3:10AM

    Wonderful gift! I got the warm gloves... one pair for running, one dressy pair, but can't use my touch with the gloves on...

Enjoy your iPad.

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GEEMAWEST 12/28/2010 12:19AM

    You got one special guy there. Very cool.

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ELYMWX 12/28/2010 12:11AM

    Of course, if you got the warm gloves, the touchscreen on the iPad becomes useless unless you get the right ones...

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NEWNAC304 12/27/2010 11:17PM

    Your husband sounds wonderful! Mine always asks what I want and then goes above and beyond my list. He got me a new coat this year and I hadn't mentioned to him that I wanted one. Aren't they great (at least most of the time)! emoticon

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AUNTIEANNE22 12/27/2010 11:01PM

  Yeah, the iPad will be useless if your fingers fall off from frost bite. You have a very smart and thoughtful husband.

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KENDRACARROLL 12/27/2010 10:24PM

    I bought myself an ipad for my birthday this year (on the day they came out) and guess what? At my company Christmas party I won one. Now I have two. Not sure what I'll do with the second one. They are a fun toy for sure. I do not like typing on the built in keyboard though.

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BRANDINJESS 12/27/2010 10:07PM

    Thats amazing. I really want an iPad but I didn't ask for it either bc I knew no one could afford it. I simply chose a lesser amount of workout games for the wii that I wanted.

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Not the Christmas trip I was expecting

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Most every Christmas, my family and I go visit my in-laws in the mountains. They live right on the Big Lost River, right up in the mountains and they always have snow at Christmas.

This year, we were about an hour from home when the gauges on our truck went to zero. Then, about a mile later, the engine started making some very odd noises. Yep. We lost the engine. We were fifteen miles from the nearest town and it is not a large town. Thank goodness for cell phones!!!

My husband called our insurance first (smart move, huh?). Arranged for the truck to get towed back home ($300 later) and got a car reserved for the rest of the trip. I called my brother-in-law to come take us to the airport to get the car. Luckily they hadn't left yet and could come get us!!

The rest of the trip went fairly smoothly. No more car problems. No family drama. No major illnesses. The kids loved their gifts and had fun with their cousins. Even DH enjoyed himself.

Now that we're home, time to start figuring out how to spy for the towing and the repairs, but we'll figure it out. Already have a few plans in the works. The family is home, safe and happy. Plus I have a week off from work. What more can you ask for?

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NEWNAC304 12/27/2010 4:12PM

    I'm glad you didn't let the truck ruin your Christmas. I'm sure you'll figure out a way to pay for the towing and repairs. Those things always work out. Good luck!

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/27/2010 2:58PM

    You definitely have your priorities straight!! Family is healthy and happy--nothing better than that!

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RWETHAIRYET 12/27/2010 11:32AM

    Yay for Cell phones AND service when you really need it, haha.
Glad everything worked out and you were able to get there safely. I had the electrical system catch fire on a car one year on the interstate on the way to my folks on Christmas eve with 3 little kids in the back seat...didn't go quite as smooth as yours but somehow we made it anyways. I'd forgotton about that trip until just now, haha!

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SUZYMOBILE 12/27/2010 10:49AM

    I'm glad you're all safe and sound AND that it didn't happen in a blizzard! You've got the right attitude about it, too!

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BKNOCK 12/27/2010 8:15AM

    I am glad that it all worked out for you! Can you hear our parents telling the same story? How we all had to walk 15 miles because we did not want to go alone!

We are lucky that we are living in the times of cell phones!

Enjoy your week off!

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JOHNTJ1 12/27/2010 7:33AM

    One of the many reasons I love you Barb is that even though there is a major storm brewing around you there is always that radiant smile and amazing optimism shining through the clouds.

Glad all worked out for you and I'm glad you had a good holiday.

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JUNIAATROME 12/27/2010 2:06AM

    On the bright side - how would we remember holidays if it were not for the odd unpleasentaries of life that come our way? We have such fun each Christmas remembering those and find the nativity play accidents from when the kids were little a special treat - although once, the whole big church Christmas tree came down, and at another time they broke a dozen of glasses and almost set the church on fire... now that I'm thinking of it it was a pretty regular Christmas this year that we will hardly remember I guess (it was fun though, while it lasted...) Enjoy your week off - that's what I actually meant to say to this... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CALIMAN1 12/27/2010 12:25AM

    What a great attitude, and YAY for cell phones for these instances....glad you enjoyed the family time and that you are safe and cozy at home....


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Boise State beats Utah!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Or should it read "Boise State wins despite their best efforts"? Man it was an ugly first quarter. I swear that both teams had dropsies and weren't really ready to play this bowl. BSU pulled it together for the win, but it was a stressful game to watch. So glad I have tomorrow off so I don't have to stress about getting to sleep on time! LOL!

My favorite play...Pettis gets the ball (reverse shovel pass from Moore...I think). He is chased across the field. Sees an opening and tosses it to the end zone. Pass is blocked and batted up into the air. Pettis catches the batted/blocked pass. Yes, you read that right. The guy who threw the ball also caught the ball! The only thing that would have been better would have been if he had been able to run it into the end zone for a touch down. How cool is that?

College football is over for me. I can relax and destress...until my Packers play again!

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BKNOCK 12/23/2010 10:27PM

    Enjoy relaxing!

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AUNTIEANNE22 12/23/2010 8:53AM

  I hate games where your team wins despite their bad play. The Patriots were like that in their last game. They really deserved to lose, but luck and an inexperienced quarterback were on their side.
UNH(our college team) lost in the quarter finals as usual. They had a really good team but they just don't do well in the playoffs. Our hockey team is the same way. They will win their division and then get creamed in the finals.

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CARLANNIE 12/23/2010 8:42AM

    That was such an awesome play - we all laughed and laughed about it. We were wishing Pettis could have made the touchdown on that play. It's so much fun to win, isn't it? Hope you had sweet dreams.

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USFBULL 12/23/2010 12:38AM

    My Team plays on the 31st against Clemson but I must confess I like college football emoticon and am quite a fanatic. How else do I know about your teams. It is the best time of the year for college football. Christmas is pretty good to. LOL

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I like heels

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The shoe variety, not the people-who-are-jerks variety.

Much of my short, young life (I might exaggerate a bit, but you can ignore that) I have been a tomboy. I grew up on a farm with two brothers. When my mom got "dressed up" to go out, she would put on lipstick. That's it. Okay...she would wear clothes too, but no makeup besides lipstick. emoticon

I have also worked very physical jobs. Fast food for years and then I worked on the production floor of a large manufacturing plant. Twelve hour shifts, mostly spent on my feet.

Because of these reasons, I have lived my life (note, still short, still young) in tennis shoes. Tennies are comfortable and offer great support and have the added benefit of allowing the wearer to run after small children if needed (or as needed in my case).

In the past four years, I have transitioned from an on-my-feet-all-the-time job to a desk (on-my-butt) job. I rarely go to the production floor any more. I rarely stand for more than 15 minutes at a time (and that's usually when I am walking to a meeting on the other side of the site). AND, I am trying to dress more appropriately for my position. Especially when we have customers or suppliers visit.

The sit-on-my-bum job, combined with nicer pants (that *have* to be long) combined with watching the What Not To Wear show have convinced me that heels are a pretty cool invention. When I wear heels, I feel more feminine. I feel more professional. And I feel like I'm 5'2"!!! I practically tower over my non-heel-wearing former self!

So even though tomorrow is game day (Maaco Bowl - go Boise State!), I will be wearing a pair of heels. Cos I like heels! Who'd a thunk it?

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AUNTIEANNE22 12/22/2010 10:03PM

  I have never enjoyed wearing heels. Wedges are okay but heels kill me. I'm into tennies or old lady oxfords. My heels are very narrow (AAAAA) and slip- ons just slip off.

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GEEMAWEST 12/22/2010 9:15PM

    Are you exaggerating about the "short" or the "young" part? Let's see, I already know you're short so that leaves..........hmmmm?

I used to wear heals when I was younger (not exaggerating here) but now I have a very active job and very high arches (again, not exaggerating) so heels would not be a good option for me. But I do agree that they make me feel more feminine.

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BKNOCK 12/22/2010 8:21PM

    You can have them, my feet hurt in them!

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JOHNTJ1 12/22/2010 8:15PM

    Boy there is a lot I could say here. But a rather youthful Dutch friend taught me otherwise.

I'll simply say I am glad you are happy and you look much taller in your pictures.

Who'd a thunk it?

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RWETHAIRYET 12/22/2010 3:05PM

    I like them...but my feet aren't particularly fond of them. And in the tech room down the hall there is an xray of a foot in a 4 inch heel...and it really isn't pretty (and explains why my feet dont like them, ouch!)
But they do make me feel oh so elegant and tall and thin...and pretty much living a lifestyle all my life that you described, that's really some kind of feeling, haha!

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/22/2010 7:45AM

    Love what not to wear. I guess that makes you one of their converts. I'm retired school teacher (special ed preschool) and never learned the art of wearing or walking in heels. Obviously, now is not the time to start but I do love the way they look!

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Meat candy

Saturday, December 18, 2010

If you do not want to know how to make meat candy, stop reading now.

If you do not want to know how to make the most delicious, bad for you dessert ever, stop reading now.

If you don't like meat or sugar, stop reading now.

I got this recipe from the Bob and Tom Show, so it's not a very precise recipe. But it is good and I LIKE it!

Lil Smokies, wrapped with bacon, sprinkled with brown sugar, baked at 350' for about 10 minutes. I used ready-to-eat bacon. Next time I'll use uncooked bacon and might need to cook them longer. Oh...and I'll use more brown sugar.

My son was hoping the DH would hate DS could eat them all! LOL!

Let me know if you'll make them and if you do, how'd you like them.

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BRYLIA 12/27/2010 10:28AM

    Ok so I am thinking I am going to have to pass on this one...LOL...funny enough just caught a glimpse of a show DH & DS were watching on making head cheese. I think I will pass on that too! Would you care for some? Enjoy!!!

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RWETHAIRYET 12/21/2010 3:50PM

    Ugh! Your son can have my share, haha!

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SUZYMOBILE 12/19/2010 10:32AM

    Oh man, that sounds so bad for you! I read it to Bill, and he said (referring to a friend of ours who hs grown way too big for his own good), "That sounds like something Gary would eat!"

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/19/2010 8:50AM

    Uh, no can do!! LOL Somebody else will have to report back to you!!!!

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USFBULL 12/18/2010 11:26PM

    Decadent, I like it. Fits right in with paleo thanks. emoticon emoticon

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GEEMAWEST 12/18/2010 10:43PM

    Do have any idea about the calorie count? Just wondering. I would eat them anyway if they were in front of me. Sounds yummy.

BTW, Meat Candy sounds really weird. In fact, it sounds a bit redneck to me.

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BKNOCK 12/18/2010 9:30PM

    They sound good to me! I am going to Michelle's for some!

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STEELKICKIN 12/18/2010 9:20PM

    Whew!! I thought this blog was about my husband at first!

Sounds sooooo gooood! I'm doing it! For Christmas Eve at our little shindig we're having. And I'll let you know how they fly over!

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