Friday, December 28, 2007

Ticklin' the Ivories

We got our piano today! Yay! Unfortunately my right hand is a little sore from something or another, so I can't play very long, but it is not terribly out of tune, so DH and I are having fun tinkering on it. We've pulled out the old piano books and are having to learn all the old familiar tunes again. I am sure that this was meant to be, as it has been raining all day and stopped long enough for us to move it into the house. Maybe we can have a carolling party next year!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Call me iPodded

DH gave me a purple iPod shuffle for Christmas! You can now call me officially iPodded. We still enjoy using the iPod mini that I gave him for his birthday back in '05 - still works like a champ and we love using it in the car on long trips. I will love using my shuffle at work, though. Love the little clip too - that way I can leave my desk and still be plugged in. Here's a pic of me sporting said iPod as well as my new glasses. Hope everyone got something that they wished for today!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Christmas Spirit

DH had been saving a very special Christmas display to show me and SIL for about two weeks now. So we drove by this house yesterday night (without a camera) and had to go back by tonight to take some pictures. It was off of Peachtree-Dunwoody and had NO LESS than 40 of those inflatable yard displays!! No kidding! It also included lights, some music, and a rotating propeller on the Santa in a plane. Also, our fave Midtown house with "Angry Snowman" is up again this year, so we of course had to go by and see that one too. Turns out the lights with Angry Snowman are synchonized with music - we didn't see the sign that says "Tune into 94.5 FM" sign in the front lawn until this evening, so we listened in the car, and sure enough it was synchronized to a Christmas tune as well as Bohemian Rhapsody - hilarious!

Tonight, we are at home baking sugar cookies and my Mom's yummy sugared pecans. The house smells great and it is certainly helping us get into the Christmas spirit!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

In Memory of Bailey

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Santa Paws

Santa Paws came a little early and brought Thoth his Christmas outfit. I meant to make this a lot earlier this month, but in working tons this week towards a deadline on Friday, I needed to take a little breather and do some creative activity before I crashed for the night. Here is Thoth sporting his new bandana. He doesn't seem to mind it too much, plus I made it even looser than his normal collar. I hope he doesn't decide to chew the thing off. At least he'll be handsome and presentable when the in-laws come to visit this weekend. Like he isn't already...

My new glasses are ready so I hope to swing by the eye doc's office sometime tomorrow to pick them up. I'll be sure to post a photo of my new specs tomorrow!

Monday, December 17, 2007

All I want for Christmas... a piano! That's right, we're getting a piano for Christmas! Our friend Val has an old Wurlitzer console, black lacquer, that we'll be getting in two weekends. Very exciting, as DH and I have been wanting one, just not willing to pay out the wazoo to get one. I don't have a photo currently, but will post one as soon as we get it. Yay!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Snowball fight!

Okay, so it's been pouring rain all day, not snowing. But at least I can have some fun and pretend...

Some of my coworkers have recently amused me with Jib Jab links, so I had to make one of my own today. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Getting to Know Me - Christmas Edition

I got this from Dely today, so here goes...

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper - I esp. like brown paper w/fancy ribbon

2. Real tree or Artificial? Real – even our cat likes it

3. When do you put up the tree? Around sis’s birthday (4th) or a little after

4. When do you take the tree down? Epiphany or whenever we need to take it to the tree recycling place

5. Do you like Eggnog? It’s okay – I like boiled custard better. Not spiked.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? One of my memorable ones was the Strawberry Shortcake strawberry carriage with the snails pulling it – it smelled like strawberries too!

7. Do you have a Nativity scene? Yes – a Jim Shore one and I love it. Took me years to find one I liked. FIL and SMIL gave it to me for Christmas a few years ago.

8. Hardest person to buy for? Dad and FIL

9. Easiest person to buy for? David

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail, but sometimes an additional email w/photos goes out to family.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? A rock. (I thought that would sound like a good answer!) But it was really just representing “Something heavy” that was waiting for me in the garage – a firesafe (that I actually asked for) that my parents didn't want to carry upstairs. You know you’re getting older when you ask for a firesafe for Christmas!

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? A Christmas Story – “You’ll shoot your eye out!”

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I try to find things all year – I hate shopping the week before!

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? I don’t think so.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? My friend Tim's homemade English toffee. And sugar cookies, esp. with sugar chunks on top.

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Currently clear, but maybe blue one of these years.

17. Favorite Christmas song? Most all of them. I like to play "Joy to the World" really loud on the piano.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Both. Prefer to be home for Christmas, though.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Yes. (It didn't ask me to actually name them, did it?)

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Currently a brass star ornament, but it’s temporary until we find or make something that we really like. I grew up with an angel on top of our tree.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas Morning. More like Christmas afternoon now that we all sleep in. But crack of dawn when my sister was little.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Mall traffic (which is why I don’t go) and cheesy versions of perfectly good Christmas songs on Muzak

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? We try to pick ornaments that symbolize events or things in our lives, so I guess just the ornaments themselves are my favorites.

24. Do you have a stocking? Yes, but currently no mantle on our fireplace, so we have to get creative as to how/where to hang them up.

25. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Anything my Mom cooks, MIL’s lamb roast, or anything FIL puts on the smoker.

26. What do you want for Christmas this year? A Wii would be cool, but I don't think that's happening with supply issues and all. And probably not the Nikon D80 'cause it's too expensive. Sparklies, purple iPod, and an ink jet printer would be nice. And world peace, of course.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

O Christmas Tree

We finally got our tree last night - about a week later than we had hoped, and the pickings were getting slim. But we are happy with our "Dougie 4" and will hopefully finish getting it trimmed up nice tonight. Thoth enjoyed sniffing it down thoroughly - hopefully it will still be standing when we get home this evening!

Thinking about "O Christmas Tree" reminds me of German class in high school, when we learned traditional Christmas songs in German, but also the classic "O Tom the Toad" - it was a fun one to sing at that high-school age. If you're unfamiliar with this version, you can check out the lyrics here: (I had no idea that this was considered a "scout" song!)

Monday, December 10, 2007

Holiday Parties

We had our flurry of holiday parties this past weekend - one with work and one with our good friend Val who hosts a fabulous annual get together full of yummy treats. Our work party was at the New World of Coca-Cola, which we finished constructing earlier this year, and it was a great time. The space looked great, the food was fantastic, and we had a great turnout of both employees and clients. Plus it was a nice excuse to get dressed up! Val's party had several delicious cookies, one cinnamon sugar one that tasted almost like the Biscoff cookies you get on Delta that I need to get the recipe for. The other favorite of mine is the English toffee that her DH makes - to die for!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Bucky for Mayor!

Found out this morning that Bucky won his runoff for Mayor of Norcross! Congrats, Bucky! Bucky Johnson was Director of Bands at GT for most of my time there, and did a great job.

I also forgot in my post last night to wish my dear sister a HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY! :) (It was on the 4th.)

I (heart) the GT Wesley Foundation!

We had our biannual board meeting at the Wesley Foundation tonight. Lots of complements on the renovation work that we did this summer to the main fellowship area. Being head of the building committee, that made me very happy. There's still lots to do, with the kitchen renovation hopefully happening this coming summer 2008 - keep your fingers crossed that we continue to move our alumni and friends to contribute to this worthy (and much needed!) cause. DH and I spent a lot of time in this building during our time at Tech, and it is a very meaningful ministry to us and many of our friends. Architecturally speaking, this building was designed by Sam T. Hurst and Paul Heffernan in 1959 and built in 1960. It is a significant piece of architecture on campus - very different from any of the other buildings. If you're interested in making an end-of-the-year donation, check out the website: You can even make donations online now!