Dec. 31st, 2009

danagryphon: (Skiing)
Yes, we successfully ventured into the wilds of Pennsylvania and returned. The ride down on Saturday was rainy, but that's ok. I don't mind driving in the rain as along as it's not a deluge. Although at a couple of places in the mountains of NY on 84, the fog got...interesting. But we arrived without too much fuss, no real traffic snaggles.

Sunday, my sister made a big family dinner, so I got to see my 2 nephews. This is why I went down on Saturday instead of our original plan of Sunday. Both my nephews work ungodly numbers of hours (and one of them works 2nd shift), so Sunday was really the only day I would have much of a chance to see them. Although we did end up going over to one nephew's apartment on Tuesday for lunch.

Monday, sis and I tried to hit some stores for after Xmas sales, but pretty much everything was gone. I did find some clothes at Kohl's for me and the boys on sale. I didn't have any "holiday" clothes that fit me anymore (they are all too big), so I got some nice turtlenecks and fleece tops with winter/holiday themes. The boys both need long sleeved shirts, since they are suffering from "gappage" on their button up shirts. This is particularly disturbing with the older one who has quite the hairy, pasty-white belly, which doesn't really want to be seen through the gaps in his shirt every time he sits down.

So Tuesday, in addition to going to nephew's place for lunch, I took the little one to see New Moon, which he has been dying to see for a while now. No one else was interested, so it was just me and him. At least it was a nice theater. The theater at this mall used to be detached, and was a real dump the last time I had been there (which admittedly, was probably at least 10 years ago), but now it is inside the mall and very nice. Stadium seating, decent size screens, all shiny and pretty. The movie, on the other hand... blech. It really is a teen thing, I guess. Bored me to tears. Except when I had to keep from laughing hysterically during the climactic angst scene because did you know vampires sparkled in the sunlight??? LMAO. Jeff Dunham doing his lispy "Sthparkly!" kept running through my mine. Although all the werewolf boys were buff, I couldn't really work up a good interest in boys who are only a couple of years older than B. Just ewww. The five minutes of action was kind of cool, but it would have been better without the slow-mo, and the girl character screaming. So I guess I have officially turned into my parents; I hate the movies that kids today love.

I also made a big batch of slippery pot pie for my sister's family on Tuesday before the movie, which we had for dinner when we got back. My sister is an amazing dessert maker, but not so much with the main dishes. Oh, she's a decent cook, don't get me wrong, but can't seem to get the hang of making the egg noodles for pot pie. We still talk about one of the first meals she made for us when she got her own place; the main dish was pretty much inedible (I think it had once been sausages before she turned them into little black cylinders), but the dessert was fantastic. So I try to make them pot pie (because they all love it) whenever I get the chance.

Let's see... presents. Everyone liked their gifts, although Dad, of course, isn't quite sure what to do with his digital picture frame. It's electronic after all. But my bil will get it set up for him, and hopefully he will enjoy it. My sister and bil got us a steam cleaner for a wedding gift (wall-to-wall carpet + pets + kids = need a steam cleaner), and a shop vac for Christmas. So now I can also clean out my car properly. Dad, of course, gave us all money, which the boys and I spent while we were there (my clothes, they got toys and video games). We didn't get to the book store even though I had brought their B&N gift cards, so they will still have those to enjoy after New Years.

Tonight, M and I are going out for a romantic dinner at the local ski area; it's a five course meal plus champagne, with a view of the torchlight parade and fireworks at midnight. Himself is picking up the boys this afternoon, so we might even be able to go and get some skiing in before dinner tonight.
danagryphon: (Skiing)
Yes, we successfully ventured into the wilds of Pennsylvania and returned. The ride down on Saturday was rainy, but that's ok. I don't mind driving in the rain as along as it's not a deluge. Although at a couple of places in the mountains of NY on 84, the fog got...interesting. But we arrived without too much fuss, no real traffic snaggles.

Sunday, my sister made a big family dinner, so I got to see my 2 nephews. This is why I went down on Saturday instead of our original plan of Sunday. Both my nephews work ungodly numbers of hours (and one of them works 2nd shift), so Sunday was really the only day I would have much of a chance to see them. Although we did end up going over to one nephew's apartment on Tuesday for lunch.

Monday, sis and I tried to hit some stores for after Xmas sales, but pretty much everything was gone. I did find some clothes at Kohl's for me and the boys on sale. I didn't have any "holiday" clothes that fit me anymore (they are all too big), so I got some nice turtlenecks and fleece tops with winter/holiday themes. The boys both need long sleeved shirts, since they are suffering from "gappage" on their button up shirts. This is particularly disturbing with the older one who has quite the hairy, pasty-white belly, which doesn't really want to be seen through the gaps in his shirt every time he sits down.

So Tuesday, in addition to going to nephew's place for lunch, I took the little one to see New Moon, which he has been dying to see for a while now. No one else was interested, so it was just me and him. At least it was a nice theater. The theater at this mall used to be detached, and was a real dump the last time I had been there (which admittedly, was probably at least 10 years ago), but now it is inside the mall and very nice. Stadium seating, decent size screens, all shiny and pretty. The movie, on the other hand... blech. It really is a teen thing, I guess. Bored me to tears. Except when I had to keep from laughing hysterically during the climactic angst scene because did you know vampires sparkled in the sunlight??? LMAO. Jeff Dunham doing his lispy "Sthparkly!" kept running through my mine. Although all the werewolf boys were buff, I couldn't really work up a good interest in boys who are only a couple of years older than B. Just ewww. The five minutes of action was kind of cool, but it would have been better without the slow-mo, and the girl character screaming. So I guess I have officially turned into my parents; I hate the movies that kids today love.

I also made a big batch of slippery pot pie for my sister's family on Tuesday before the movie, which we had for dinner when we got back. My sister is an amazing dessert maker, but not so much with the main dishes. Oh, she's a decent cook, don't get me wrong, but can't seem to get the hang of making the egg noodles for pot pie. We still talk about one of the first meals she made for us when she got her own place; the main dish was pretty much inedible (I think it had once been sausages before she turned them into little black cylinders), but the dessert was fantastic. So I try to make them pot pie (because they all love it) whenever I get the chance.

Let's see... presents. Everyone liked their gifts, although Dad, of course, isn't quite sure what to do with his digital picture frame. It's electronic after all. But my bil will get it set up for him, and hopefully he will enjoy it. My sister and bil got us a steam cleaner for a wedding gift (wall-to-wall carpet + pets + kids = need a steam cleaner), and a shop vac for Christmas. So now I can also clean out my car properly. Dad, of course, gave us all money, which the boys and I spent while we were there (my clothes, they got toys and video games). We didn't get to the book store even though I had brought their B&N gift cards, so they will still have those to enjoy after New Years.

Tonight, M and I are going out for a romantic dinner at the local ski area; it's a five course meal plus champagne, with a view of the torchlight parade and fireworks at midnight. Himself is picking up the boys this afternoon, so we might even be able to go and get some skiing in before dinner tonight.
danagryphon: (Sun & Moon)
This year was pretty good for us. We continued to enjoy our new condo, and fix it up the way we want. We will continue that this winter and spring, hopefully the painting and basement-finishing will be all done by summer.

Of course, the big thing was that we finally tied the knot. I'm still getting used to calling his my husband, after so many years of being together. But it's all good.

My big resolution for 2010 is to be more positive. To overlook other people's warts as I hope they will overlook mine. As the saying goes, to be the change I want to see in the world. And to be grateful for everything I have in my life.

I hope everyone around me has a safe and joyous New Year's Eve, and that 2010 continues to bring them prosperity, health, and happiness.
danagryphon: (Sun & Moon)
This year was pretty good for us. We continued to enjoy our new condo, and fix it up the way we want. We will continue that this winter and spring, hopefully the painting and basement-finishing will be all done by summer.

Of course, the big thing was that we finally tied the knot. I'm still getting used to calling his my husband, after so many years of being together. But it's all good.

My big resolution for 2010 is to be more positive. To overlook other people's warts as I hope they will overlook mine. As the saying goes, to be the change I want to see in the world. And to be grateful for everything I have in my life.

I hope everyone around me has a safe and joyous New Year's Eve, and that 2010 continues to bring them prosperity, health, and happiness.

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