Archive | December, 2011

Holiday Awesome: The Shiny and The Sparkly

31 Dec

There are basicallyĀ two things New Year’s Eve epitomizes:

1 – disappointment (you know it’s true. new year’s never lives up to what we build it up to be!)

2 – sparkly things

But mainly just sparkly things.

yummy sparkly sugar rim

you gotta have a disco ball!

makin' those christmas bulbs work double-time

i missed wearing a sparkly dress this year šŸ˜¦

Unfortunately I had to sit out festivities this year because we had a 5 1/2 hour delayed flight back from England, AND my hubby’s sick. Oh well. I’m pretty tired myself.

Must… stay… up… to… watch… ball… dr………

Happy 2012!



Holiday Awesome: New Year’s Traditions

31 Dec

Do YOU have any New Year’s traditions? Will you be eating lentils tomorrow? Or just toasting to a new year tonight? The only tradition I keep is wearing a pretty dress. Petty? Maybe. Pretty? Yup!

Some people have traditions and superstitions they adhere to every year. Probably passed down for generations. I don’t recall any traditions in my family, but am willing to bet my Meamaw had a few. She always had these old school traditions and superstitions she’d come out with.

A quick google search turned up a few beauts:

– making sure your pantry is full when the new year starts, so that you don’t go hungry throughout the year
– it’s apparently lucky to eat black eyed peas, lentils, or pork. UNlucky to eat poultry, because they scratch in the ground and you don’t want that for yourself in the new year (um, apparently)
– wearing a new item of clothing on new year’s day means you could be in for more new clothing items in the new year (I could give this one a whirl!)
– “letting the old year out” open your doors at midnight to let the old year out and the new one in (guess that’s where out with the old, in with the new comes from!)
– nothing leaves your house on new year’s day. nothing except you, that is. (Um, I don’t get this one.)
– breaking anything on new year’s day apparently means there will be some kind of “wreckage” in your life in the new year
– the first person to step foot in your house in the new year will apparently influence your life in some way that year (I would think if this person’s coming into your house that they play a pretty decent role in your life already!)

Now I’ll be trying not to break anything and contemplating giving black eyed peas a taste for the first time in my life. Did I miss any good traditions?

Don’t forget your kiss at midnight kiddies!


Crazy Christmas: If I Had a Million Dollars (If I Had a Million Dollars)

26 Dec

I’d buy me some $20,000 lawn ornaments.

Well, I’d probably need more than ONE million dollars to justify that. Come on, who has this kind of money??

These lawn ornaments were on sale on for $19,999. Don’t worry, it’s on sale from the original price of $40,000. SERIOUSLY?!


I’d also like to point out that when I went to the site to look at it (the sale is over now), the item was already in another member’s cart. So obviously there are people out there with $20,000 to spend ON LAWN ORNAMENTS FOR CHRISTMAS.

Set includes: one 8-foot-diameter lawn ornament and one 4-foot-diameter lawn ornament
Made of: fiberglass and hand-applied brass leaf with clear-coat automotive finish
Weight: 300 lbs/160lbs
Color: gold
Care instructions: Suitable for outdoor use. Dust with soft cloth when on display. To store, wrap in blankets or plastic and place in dry environment.

Also, the item is listed as “white glove delivery”, which costs just a mere $200 for delivery.

“If your idea of holiday finery is more Rockefeller Center than inflatable reindeer, consider this your golden (literally) opportunity. Gleaming in gold leaf, these spectacular holiday lawn ornaments supersize seasonal sentiment with award-winning style. And you won’t only be the talk of the town, you’ll be in iconic company: These incredible creations are the work of Design Solutions, whose monumentally proportioned holiday displays thrill crowds at such venues as the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas, the Embarcadero Center in San Francisco, and, yes, Rockefeller Center.”

No, if I had a million dollars, I do not think I’d spend any of it on something like this. You?


Christmas Not-So-Awesome: How About You Not…

24 Dec

…do any of the following:

Yes, that is a reindeer hung upside down and bleeding out. I imagine this is a hunting enthusiast's house. I HOPE it's a hunting enthusiast's house.

ok, kind of funny - if you're still in college.

oh honey, really?? this is almost as bad as Jessica Simpson's pregnant mummy. ALMOST.

contrary to the caption, this is not a win!

ladies, please don't do this.

men, you either.

come on, you can do better than this!

spell check, people!

if, and only IF, you have enough of the same beer bottle, could this be awesome. if you don't have the same bottles, this type of tree is reserved for dorm rooms only!

I hope you decorated wisely, my friends.


Christmas Awesome: All of the lights, all of the lights

20 Dec

So, you and I both know you don’t need a ton of Christmas lights to be awesome.

But it doesn’t hurt.

Well, ok, sometimes it hurts. Peoples’ eyes. But to be honest, even the people who use wayyy too many lights still qualify as awesome because their Christmas spirit is through the roof – and how can you hate on that? Plus they get bonus points for creativity. I wish I could think some of these things up.

multicultural awesome

fountain awesome

Um, so, this one’s my favorite. How awesome are these lily pads??

lily pad awesome

And ya know what? Sometimes you get bonus points for staying classy with all white lights, too.

classy awesome

ambitious awesome

gaudy awesome

in the words of Joey Lawrence... "WHOA" awesome

carport awesome

crowded awesome

Anyone out there an extreme Christmas light-er? If so, I love you… and your awesomeness.


Obligatory “Leaving On a Jet Plane” Post

19 Dec

Aaand we’re off! See you next year, my friends. Ok, well, not really because I already have some blogs written up for when I’m gone, so you probably won’t even know I’m gone. But I’m gone.

I left.

On a jet plane.

Wearing my pajama jeans.

pay no mind to the creepy woman

Oh yes, I did just admit that I not only own, but WEAR pajama jeans. I got them for Christmas and I can’t even express to you how much I love them. Would I have spent $40 on them for myself? Yes. Probably not. But getting them for Christmas? Oh man, I love them so.

And yes, they qualify to be mentioned on the blog because they are awesome. They are comfy awesome. You don’t even know.

I wonder if England has a pajama jean equivalent with a different name, like they always seem to do with As Seen On TV things??

Por ejemplo – the “Snuggie” is called a “Slanket” over there. FYI.

I’ll let you know when I get off the plane if my MIL calls them “sleep pantaloons” or something.

Stay awesome while I’m gone.


The 12 Shoes of Christmas

17 Dec

Before Thanksgiving, a lot of bloggers I follow chose to use the highly-traveled holiday as an opportunity to blog about packing. For some reason, though, they all seemed to be going from cold to warm climates. Lucky ducks, I guess. But I can’t seem to find any help in packing for long trips to cold climates. If I haven’t mentioned, tomorrow night we’re off to England for Christmas! So no, it’s not any colder than where I live, but still. I mean, shoes alone fill up my suitcase. Do you have any idea how many pairs of shoes I wear in a week? I mean, at least 7. Closer to 12 if I’m actually leaving the house on the weekend.

So how in the world am I supposed to pack for 2 weeks in England, taking less than 10 pairs of shoes?!

Ok, ok, I can do this.

I’ll take my new favorites, my Skecher’s tone up boots. Yes, these are my answer to the “pants dragging in the dirt on the way to work” problem. No, it doesn’t mean none of my pants drag, but it certainly helps, AND they’re super comfy. That’s 1 pair. 2 and 3 are going to be a pair of black and gold flats and a pair of leopard flats. Tiny, cute, done.

Number 4 = gym shoes, because we’re going to be hitting the gym while we’re there. (No, seriously.)

And this is where it gets tricky… will I even have an opportunity to wear high heels? Like, if we go meet his friends at a pub, I would want to wear heels (because they make me look like an adult versus a child, due to lack of height). But if we’re going to be walking there, or to other locations, I don’t want to wear heels. When I used to visit my husband (before he was my husband) in London, I’d bring heels and want to beat myself for wearing them ANYWHERE. Because, really, everywhere involved walking. To a tube. To another tube. To a restaurant. To another tube. To another tube. While the tube stops are very convenient, they’re really not conducive to wearing high heels. So… then I think, ok what heels do I have that are comfy enough for a bit of walking? Ok, cute conservative brown heels that I kind of forgot I loved so much. 5.

Boots with heels would totally work. But not the suede ones in case it rains. Brown leather. 6. Speaking of rain – I guess no wellies… although I did take them with me on one trip to London because mine are good for snow and rain. But I don’t foresee us having to trek through the snow too much since we’re staying with his parents and not in a city (for the most part). But man, if I could, I’d bring my wellies… that’d make 7. I guess all of my (f)uggs are out. They take up too much room and don’t serve any purpose that my other shoes wouldn’t, but then I have some cute comfy flats I bought recently and haven’t had a chance to wear yet… 8.

My flat knee high suede brown boots with fur inside are probably going to have to come. I just love them, and don’t get much chance to wear them really. I know, I know, suede… but maybe it won’t snow/rain? Besides, they’re (obviously) not my only pair of shoes I’m bringing. 9.

I mean, it’s Christmas, so I feel like the red satin flats I got for Halloween would be a perfect addition. When else am I going to wear them? Valentine’s, Halloween, and Christmas are probably my only options. 10.

Then there are my new favorite ankle boots. 11.

And my black ankle boots I stole from my mom (thanks mom). 12.

So… I’m pretty much screwed, aren’t I? I now have 24 hours to dwindle my shoe inventory down to a number I can’t even comprehend right now. My husband thinks I’m crazy, but I’m pretty sure he doesn’t even own 12 pairs of shoes so he obviously doesn’t sympathize with my problem.

Don’t even get me started on purses.

I am so screwed.

Oh, right, and I’m supposed to be packing presents, too. Hm. I think I need a bigger suitcase. ORRR they need to invent some sort of teleporter just for shoes. Haven’t they figured this out yet?? That would be amaaaazing.

Did I mention I’m screwed?

Ok, I guess I need to get back to my version of hell trying to fit 12 pairs of shoes in a suitcase, and maybe find some room for some clothes, too.

Any advice other than “Don’t bring 4 different pairs of flats.” would be much appreciated.