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    …and Like That It’s Over!

    Christmas has come and gone… …just like that. If you remember correctly, I was trying to find my Christmas spirit on Christmas Eve. Shortly after I wrote/posted that, it started to sink in and magically I began to start feeling more in the spirit. Maybe it was just saying it out loud (well, really writing it) that made snap out of it. Maybe the super relaxing pedicure that was pure bliss also helped. But by Christmas Eve I was in the full Christmas spirit and ready for all the celebrations ahead. Christmas Eve w/ J’s family. This long weekend was exactly what I needed. Family time. Family time. Friend time. Lets just say 3.5 days was not…

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    Be Merry…

    …or not! Normally, the time right before Thanksgiving to New Years is my favorite time of the year (minus summer months). But for some reason this year, I’m just not in the spirit. Wrapping presents and shopping felt like a chore, which is normally my FAVORITE thing to do, especially the wrapping. Decorating was fun, but since we’ve had our tree since the weekend after Thanksgiving, it is already super dried out. Besides being dry, our tree definitely has character this year. I went a little larger than last year and I think I should have added another string of lights. But it definitely has a goofy lean to it,…

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    Oh Shit, Linda! Week 3

    So we’ve progressively sucked at Linda.  J has been worse than I, but we both are sucking big time right now. I think the elaborate scenarios are fun, but when you’re sick, you give give two shits about a dumb doll. And in general, J could care less. His ideal thing is to just put Linda somewhere new, nothing past that…that would be doing too much. I don’t blame him, I got us into this mess.  You can see our digression if you look at our first week, then our second week. Thank goodness this shit is almost done!! Now with the arrival of Billy, Ls other EOTS, she isn’t…

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    Linda, Oh Linda! Week 2

    Another week of mediocre creativity genius that involves a little creepy doll! We survived our first week without too much commotion. You can take a peek here if you’d like to see our introduction to Linda and how our first week went down. It’s still weird to call her “Linda,” since the others I see have crazy names, not an average lady’s name. HAHA! People must think we are talking about an actual person when we talk about her. Must make for great ear hustling. Well, lets get to it. Week 2 was another mixture of finding Pins that weren’t mine and copying them or convenience. Here is the board…

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    That Lil F&$%er – Week 1

    I got suckered.   Big time! You know exactly what I’m talking about. That f&*%$ing Elf on the Shelf (EOTS). Being the baller-on-a-budget lady that I am, I decided it would be a great decision to purchase Elf on the Shelf at a great deal of 50% off at Target, the day (or two) after Christmas last year. I packed it away with all the Christmas stuff and didn’t give it another thought… …until the Saturday after Thanksgiving this year. I was unpacking all the Christmas decorations and I came across the Elf on the Shelf packaging. AND so did L! At the time I didn’t realize what cardinal mistake I…

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    WW(e)AW – Anniversary Eats

    I’m Lucky us 😉 Thanks, Jenn! Presidents day happened to coincide with our one year anniversary this year. So here is What We Ate Monday in celebration of our long weekend and one year of being official, sound so old school! I don’t know if its time, situational, or what, but I used to put a huge emphasis on anniversaries. Previously, I’d go all out – elaborate gifts, meals, etc. – but this year we kept it very simple. Maybe that will change next year or maybe it won’t, either way it was a lovely day with my fella! Somehow our lucky stars aligned and we had this extra special day…

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    Rose & Thorn [29]

    301st post, whaaaaaat?!? Rose: Tie between L’s first kid’s fun run & the cookie party… Thorn: Missing out on some ZZZZZ’s! Nothing really crazy going on this weekend, well anything out of the ordinary December weekend. It was busy, but nothing I couldn’t handle 🙂 FRIDAY Such a busy, busy day at work. Especially since we had a division wide meeting right before we left for our holiday party. I get to plan these events, so I’m always running around making sure everything is ready to go. We hosted the lunch at the same place as last year, but next year I’m switching it up again. I was even able…

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    Solo Turkey Day

    Have you ever spent Thanksgiving away from family & friends? It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. As I write this, it makes me realize how cush of a life I get to live and be thankful all over again. Let’s go back about five or so years ago. I was away at college and working at Staples. Yes, red shirt and black pants, uniform to boot. I was told I had to work on “Black Friday”. Thus meaning, I could not drive home to be with my family for one of, if not, my favorite holiday. I was super sad, but what can you do? When…