Friday, December 18, 2009

ONE WEEK and some other random things

Note: If you are skimming this post - that is completely fine with me - just promise you will read the last bullet point. It will be worth it. I promise. But it's not a giveaway, sorry.

Can you believe today marks ONE WEEK UNTIL SANTA CLAUS COMES? Wow ... December has flown right by (but I say that every month don't I?).

I am glad that our Christmas season has been so extended this year. It seems to make the holidays much more peaceful and relaxing. Last week I was posting about it being Christmas Eve as we were gearing up to spend the weekend celebrating the holidays with the FD's family.

Again, today, it is "Christmas Eve" for me. Tonight E and I will be enjoying our very own Christmas dinner, opening "Christmas Eve" gifts and then enjoying brunch, opening our stockings and doing some other Christmas-y things tomorrow. I'll share more deets on Monday.

On Sunday, we've also got some exciting things planned. Hopefully, we'll get to see the Olympic torch relay, and we'll be heading to my brother's house to celebrate my Dad's birthday and to attend the Christmas program at their church. I am so looking forward to this because I really feel that it is so important to center my focus on Christ during the holidays and although I've been doing some things on my own to achieve this, it is always nice to join together with others to celebrate the birth of Christ.

I will then be gone on Sunday until after Christmas to my parent's house. I'm looking forward to spending lots of time with Little H and helping my mom get ready for all of the family to be home. I will still be reading/posting as much as I can throughout the holidays. If I don't get a chance to "speak" to you, though, have a wonderful Christmas!

Finally, some other random things I feel I must share today:
  • Last night, my sweet friend, T, sent a Christmas gift home with the FD for me. Guess what? She got me a Ped Egg! Remember when I posted about this little gadget a few months ago asking for some opinions? I got some great reviews so I was excited to try it. I spent some time grating my feet last night and I was shocked to see how much skin that thing actually collected and the noticeable difference it made on the smoothness of my skin. I was going to take a picture, but then I thought that I would spare you. You can thank me later. I'm going to spend a little more time with my new friend Ped and then I'll post a more thorough review in the new year for those that were interested.
  • I read The Lovely Bones for the second time over the past few days. The last time I read it was years ago and I couldn't remember the ending or if I had even finished it - so I gave it another shot. It totally sucked me in! I can't wait to see the movie. I watched the trailer yesterday and it looks A-okay.
  • Lastly - and quite possibly most importantly - after all the talk over the past few days about getting hippos for Christmas - I spent last night dreaming about hippos. No joke. I'll spare you the details ...BUT... The dream involved three baby hippos, an attempt to drown them in my mother's bathroom sink (cruel, right?), hippo poop on my mother's bathroom counter, a trip to the zoo in Scotland with Katie, an attempt to be rid of the hippos in the monkey cage, a hippo soaring through the air on a piece of celery (?) and a very energetic zoo-keeper ... all in an attempt to make a simple Christmas recipe that called for GROUND HIPPO. Wait, I thought I said I'd spare you the details? I guess I just couldn't. There you have it - a small look into my strange, strange world of dreams.
Happy One Week Until Christmas!


Shaina said...

You are such a weirdo. I LOVE this is so, so cruel. Also, not like I really need to point this out, but baby hippos are probably bigger than you are. :)

Kayla said...

Have fun with the hubby tonight! That sounds so neat! LOVED the Lovely Bones! Can't wait until the movie comes out. I also laughed out loud at your dream, thanks for the Friday morning laugh! Have a wonderful weekend!!

Jessica said...

Oh my goodness! I have been having weird dreams that are crazy complex and totally off the wall all week. Last night I dreamed some one stole my care and stripped all the electrical wires out of it to sell the copper. Strange! I hope ya'll have a very Merry Christmas!!!

Brooke said...

Happy almost Christmas!!! :)

ground hippo, sounds exotic!

Lois Lane II said...

Re: Yes, I did. =) It was a sweet story, and I'm so glad you shared it. Unfortunately, my story with the snowmen isn't so sweet as I can't remember who gave them to me, lol!

I want to read The Lovely Bones so much! One of my BFs has it, and I'm going to borrow it from her.

Tricia said...

Okay, so I didn't skim, and I'm glad I read it all.
So glad you enjoyed your Ped Egg. See. Blogs are grea hinting tools ;)
I find it very interesting that you read The Lovely Bones twice. I tried to read it a few years ago. In fact it's sitting on the shelf staring at me right now. I couldn't read it. I had to stop. It made me feel physically ill. Maybe it's because I have daughters. Maybe it's parent paranoia. I don't know. I have been thinking about trying again though, since the movie is coming out. Nothing like a good book/movie comparison to get the blood flowing. ;)

I hope that you have a fantastic week, girlie. You and FD both.


Lucky in Love said...

I hope you have a fabulous Christmas this weekend with your hubby! And a wonderful time celebrating your Dad's birthday :)

I saw a pink Ped-Egg whilst we were out....and I am secretly hoping I get it in my stocking!!! Oh I hope, I hope...

The Lovely Bones is on my must read list! I can't wait to read it now...especially with the movie coming out!

I cannot believe you had a dream about hippos!! Now I have been singing the song to myself :) My favorite part...the hippo flying on a piece of celery! I keep picturing it :)

Holly said...

I've never heard of The Lovely Bones; I'll have to look into it.
Okay, now I just think you have some kind of phobia, or maybe obsession, about hippos! I think the song is kinda cute, but I don't really consider it a true Christmas song as in "it's just not Christmas until I've heard the hippo song!". Uh, no.
We have a radio station here that plays nothing but Christmas music starting about Nov. 1. The problem is they have a rotation of about 20 artists/songs. If I hear Mariah Carey one more time screeching about how she doesn't want a lot for Christmas, I'm going to lose it!

Jenn said...

ground hippo? you are one strange little girl!!

and the ped egg is like my bff. i ped egg before bed - then slather on burt's bees coconut foot oil and cover in socks. my feet feel fabulous in the morning & i don't look like i've been walking barefoot for 100 years.

and the lovely bones is my favoriteeee book & i'm so so so so excited for the movie!!

Lindsey Carver said...

I hope you have a fantastic Christmas! Yay for round two of presents. And enjoy your service on Sunday! I'm singing in our church's candlelight service Sunday night, so we can worship "together". ;)

New England Girl said...

hahaha... you are too strange... and I love it! What an odd dream. :)

I cannot believe it is only one week until Christmas! Where does time go? It seems to escape before we even know it's here...

SnoWhite said...

ground hippo... wow.

Sara said...

Ha ha, and I thought I was the only one who dreamt about Hippos. I will warn you though I only dreamt of them when I was pregnant soooooo have anything you'd like to get off your chest?
I read Lovely Bones a few years ago too and was stunned by it, gave me the willies, then I saw a preview of it at the theater, not sure I could WATCH it. And Stanley Tucci, He is way too good of an actor! NOPE I definately don't want that ugliness in my head.

Gwen said...

I hope you have a fabulous weekend!!! And I'm going to have to get a PedEgg now that I hear you like it!! XOXO

Gwen said...

I wonder what ground hippo would taste like and your mom's sink must be really big!

I must be the one person in the world that didn't like Lovely Bones, but I am always happy when I hear about books that people liked.

Now you make me want a PedEgg.

Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday to your dad. I figured that I would say it now in case it gets really crazy here. What am I saying, it is already crazy, my dad will be here tomorrow and I haven't seen him in 7 long years!

Brittany Ann said...

Ground hippo? WHOA.

I don't even know what to say to that.

But I love you and your weirdness (and your - ick - ground hippo.)