Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I finally made it to another contra dance last night...and perhaps will be making it to more, because I think I've got my friend hooked on it now too. :D I asked my friend Laura if she'd like to go because it seemed like her sort of thing, and I thought she'd probably be pretty good at it. She's part Puerto Rican, so she should have a little more natural rhythm than me, right? :D Well, whether she does or not, she did great and really enjoyed it and wants to go back next week. lol! And she was also the perfect person to take with me, because she knows how to get home from downtown without looking at directions every turn! I know almost every other part of town pretty well, but I get lost downtown, so I'd printed out directions to and from the dance. :p
That is, it was all fun apart from one of the new guys bothering Laura. He had no concept of the etiquette of contra dancing, and didn't seem to grasp that it wasn't a club kind of atmosphere where you just pick up a girl. I didn't realize he was bothering her, and I thought she'd just made a friend awfully fast. If I'd known that I would have helped her out a little...although I did kind of glare at him a couple times anyway because I was finding him annoying. :p But then on the way out, after he'd left, she started complaining. "I wasn't interested in him, and I certainly didn't want his number!!!" etc., etc. He gave her his number right before he left, and I did see her face at that point and realized she wasn't happy with him. I apologized for not helping her out any and asked if she still wanted to go back again. She said she did, but he'd better leave her alone. ;)
But everyone else was nice and we had a great time. And I got spun so many times I still felt like I was spinning when I went to bed last night! :D I wore the skirt I made, and it was totally awesome for dancing! I do need to hem it because I was in danger of stepping on it all night, but other than that it was great. It twirled really well on spins, and at one point one of my partners said "Wow! Did you see that twirl? Your skirt went all the way around and then sort of twisted in reverse!" Yep...it was pretty awesome.
I also decided not to mess with shoes, although I brought my Converse and tape for them. I just danced in my socks, which was about the same slipperiness as the Converse, but I was able to feel the floor better. I did slip and fall once, which was a tiny bit embarrassing, but other than that the socks worked fine, and it kept me from getting blisters. I'm thinking something like ballet slippers would be nice though. Or one of the girls had some flats she found at Target, so I may see if I can find those, because they had a nice wide elastic band on them and looked like they might actually be a style that would stay on my feet.
I've got a few pictures from last night...I told Laura I probably looked awful after dancing, because I was all sweaty and everything. She told me that oh, no! I looked fine! Hmph...I don't know about that, but I guess I didn't look much worse than I usually do in pictures. :p Yes, my earrings are little snowflakes, if you were wondering.
And here's Laura looking cute before the dance :)
So, a fun way to end the year! Then tonight for New Year's Eve, my family and I are going to watch a movie and eat Chinese food. Yum! So I'm looking forward to that too! :) Because I need to stay up late another night.... no, actually I was in bed before midnight last night. :)
I have a year-end-review post hopefully planned for tomorrow, so I'll see you in 2009! (And I apologize for my excessive use of exclamation points.)
Monday, December 29, 2008
1. Put your iPod on shuffle
2. Post the first line from the first 20 songs that play, not skipping any (well, I cheated...some songs were too obscure)
3. Bold over the songs that someone guesses correctly (yes, y'all get to guess!)
4. Looking up the lyrics is not allowed! (except when you're done guessing and want to know what the songs actually were)
1. I was dancing with my darlin' to the Tennessee Waltz (Tennessee Waltz-Eva Cassidy)
2. Walk with me quiet, walk with me slow
3. We delight in the law of your word
4. I see a red door and I want it painted black (Paint it black-Rolling Stones)
5. Little sister don't you worry about a thing today
6. Hey there, how are 'ya? it's been a long time
7. They say You live in hospitals and trenches, and towers in the sky
8. Well, I've seen my chances come and go, and come back round again
9. It wasn't really sad the way they said good-bye
10. Are you going to Scarborough Fair (Scarborough Fair-Simon & Garfunkle)
11. I read your letter, darlin', tears filled my eyes
12. Loving you, isn't the right thing to do (Go Your Own Way-Fleetwood Mac)
13. I want a trip inside your head
14. Well we all have a face, that we hide away forever
15. A winter's day, In a deep and dark December (I Am a Rock-Simon & Garfunkle)
16. I am just a poor boy, though my story is seldom told (The Boxer-Simon & Garfunkle)
17. Tough, you think you've got the stuff
18. And his hand it fell behind her, as his arm it reached around
19. Hello darkness, my old friend, I've come to talk with you again (Sound of Silence-Simon & Garfunkle)
20. When you're weary, feeling small (Bridge Over Troubled Water-Simon & Garfunkle)
Why is it when I shuffle for something like this I get a ton of the same artists? Any other time my ipod shuffles quite nicely.
In other news, I made pecan tarts! Mmm... They're for the people I work for...I was planning on making them last Monday, but I was kind of... sick. :P
I also finally finished the fingerless mitts I've been working on for...oh, about a month.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
I was feeling well enough to go to church Christmas Eve though, so that was nice. :)
I got lots of neat things, and Colin was quite thrilled with his presents. Among other things he got some "Building Big" DVDs, and I got him Legos.
I got Dad new mats for the car and had quite a struggle wrapping them. I wanted to disguise them somewhat so I sort of folded them in half, wrapped them in bubble wrap, and then wrapped the whole thing with a black trash bag, and tied it with ribbon. It was...interesting.
"She got me bubble wrap, but I don't know why it's so heavy..."
I got some nifty socks!:
And the Chronicle of Narnia, hardcover books!:
Colin and I:
Rebecca got me this book, which I haven't ever read, but I think I'd heard of it and it looks very interesting!
So, my family is all sick now...or rather Mom and Dad feel awful and Colin is happily playing and seems to be fine except for coughing, but he claims he feels terrible too. :) I'm pretty much all better except I'm coughing like I've been smoking or something! lol So today I'm drinking massive amounts of water in an attempt to ditch this cough. We'll see if it works...
I went to the grocery store yesterday to get stuff for the sickies...we were almost out of kleenex! I'm glad I'm feeling better in time to take care of them at least...otherwise we'd all be down at the same time and pretty pitiful! :(
Only five days till next year! I can hardy believe it!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Gentle Mary laid her Child
Lowly in a manger;
There he lay, the Undefiled,
To the world a stranger.
Such a babe in such a place,
Can he be the Savior?
Ask the saved of all the race
Who have found His favor.
Angels sang about His birth,
Wise men sought and found Him;
Heaven's star shone brightly forth
Glory all around Him.
Shepherds saw the wondrous sight,
Heard the angels singing;
All the plains were lit that night,
All the hills were ringing.
Gentle Mary laid her Child
Lowly in a manger;
He is still the undefiled,
But no more a Stranger.
Son of God of humble birth,
Beautiful the story;
Praise His Name in all the earth,
Hail! the King of Glory!
"He is still the Undefiled, but no more a stranger" I love that!
He wasn't any less perfect when He came to earth, but was able to die for our sins because of being born as a baby on earth. We don't deserve the mercy and grace that God showed us by sending His son to earth, but he bore the punishment for our sins. And that's the reason to celebrate Christmas!
"Can he be the Savior? Ask the saved of all the race, who have found His favor."
1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
2And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.
3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; because he was of the house and lineage of David:
5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.Merry Christmas! It's a lovely sunny day here, although no snow. :) I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas whatever the weather is where you are!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
And no, that's not actually under the tree...she's sitting on my lap in that picture...courtesy of the camera on my laptop, but she was under the tree a moment ago.
Since I'm lying on the couch with my laptop, Mom suggested I could write a blog post...except it might be whiny. Well, I'll try not to whine. :)
I thought I was getting better, I didn't feel too bad when I got home from work yesterday, but after supper I got started coughing again and then this morning I had stuff to do, but my stomach was hurting inside and out and my head hurt too. Basically I felt like I'd coughed myself sick and sore. My stomach is rather sensitive and all the cough medicine and cough drops and tea just took it's toll, and then all my stomach muscles are sore from coughing. Ugh...I don't WANT to be lying around...I do tend to feel sorry for myself when I'm sick, but I want to be up and doing stuff.
I'm feeling a little better now though. Mom made me some cheese toast for lunch and I managed to swallow some sinus medicine and Tylenol so my head feels better. I should probably get up soon and try to get something done. I might be able to make it to church tonight even...and since we're meeting at someone's house surely I can find a comfy spot to sit. :)
Yesterday at work was interesting. :D The baby was still congested from her cold, so she and I mostly sat there coughing (in stereo, the cleaning lady said) while her aunt and uncle were in and out and her dad came home to find something and everyone but us seemed rather spazzed and stressed. I would have just preferred to see fewer people that day, but oh well...I survived. :P
Yeah, I should probably get up and go clean my room...it looks like a tornado went through it. A tornado with a cold.
I'm rather upset about getting sick mostly because I thought maybe I could make it all season without getting sick. Ha-ha, silly me! Wishful thinking! I've been washing my hands obsessively and everything, but I guess there wasn't any way to keep from getting it from a baby. Oh well...I probably would have gotten it elsewhere if not from her, and at least I didn't have to worry about infecting her.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to Christmas tomorrow! :) Merry Christmas everyone!
Monday, December 22, 2008
My mom's friend came over here this morning because she had some pants she wanted me to hem for her and a couple other mending projects. I tried very, very hard not to sneeze or cough on the poor lady! "Yeah sure, I can hem your pants, you'll just get a cold in the process..." :P
I was debating for a while whether I should call her back this morning and tell her she'd better come another day, because I was really feeling awful for a while this morning. I slept fairly well last night, apart from waking up every hour or so to blow my nose and try to pull my covers back over me. I must have been thrashing like crazy when I was asleep, because the covers were terribly tangled and I was all sore and achy this morning. The aching might have been part of being sick though, because even sleeping a strange position couldn't have left me sore all the way from my shoulders to my toes. But I felt better after eating some breakfast and taking a Tylenol. Now I'm just coughing and lying in bed with my box of kleenex.
Colin was going around this morning tidying things and wiping down doorknobs and stuff with disinfectant wipes... Yep, I'm down, so he suddenly turns efficient. :P Dad also pointed out that Colin probably doesn't want to be sick for Christmas.
Oh, as a side note to my cousins, I got your package in the mail today. Thanks! :)
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Now guess what I have? Yep...a cold. I was fine almost all day yesterday except for my throat being a little tickly. Then about the time we were leaving for the holiday concert I was feeling tired, like sick-tired, not just worn-out tired. And by the time I went to bed last night I was ready to crash for a good night's sleep. Which I didn't get. So I wasn't in any shape to go to church this morning, and I missed the Christmas service. And the potluck. :(
On the other hand I'm starting to feel a little bit better. Mom told me this morning that as soon as she could get to the store to get carrots and celery she could make me chicken soup. I pointed out that I'd probably be well by then, but thanks anyway. :) But I've been drinking tea, which might be why I'm feeling so...alert. :P It's been watered-down tea, but it's still caffeinated.
Anyway, I read and slept and messed around on the computer this morning until I felt well enough to get up. Then in a burst of energy I started laundry and Swiffered the floor because it was driving me crazy and I hadn't gotten to it yesterday. After I got that done I felt well enough to doctor a can of chicken soup...I cooked some garlic in olive oil, dumped in the soup, added a chicken bouillon cube, red pepper flakes, and a ton of dried parsley flakes. Yum!
So I'm feeling a lot better, except my throat is still sore and I'm coughing. I should be well enough in time for work on Tuesday, and if I have energy for anything else, my friend asked me to come over for a sleepover that night. I'm thinking I should be fine by then, apart from coughing. I have a feeling this is going to be one of my colds that turns into a cough, so while I may be feeling better, I might not be too quiet this week! :)
Thursday, December 18, 2008
All in all I've been feeling a lack of time to think and it's affected the blogging some as well. Or rather, I have been thinking, but it's all been about what I need to get done, and work, and Christmas plans, and planning for this and planning for that, and whatever else can squeeze into my consciousness has been trivial. I think it will be better after Christmas though...we have about three more things coming up, and then Christmas, and then I should have time to think! Which will be nice.
I try thinking after I get in bed at night but...well, it puts me to sleep thoroughly. ;) To quote from one of Agatha Christie's mysteries:
'You never realize that by lying back in an arm-chair with the eyes closed one can come nearer to the solution of any problem. One sees then with the eyes of the mind.'
'I don't,' I said. 'When I lie back in an arm-chair with my eyes closed one thing happens to me and one thing only!'
So yeah. I've been busy. We have a holiday concert to go to on Saturday, the Christmas service at church with a potluck afterwards, Christmas Eve service, and then Christmas. Which reminds me, I should probably get going on wrapping presents sometime soon this week because I'm not going to have a lot of time! And it's only oh, 6.5 days till Christmas. :) Yay!
And here's the pictures of our Christmas decorations. :) Although some of you have probably seen these already.
Tree before decorating:
See how real it looks?:
Aw, little Petunia:
My grandma made these paper cuttings when she worked at Old Salem, and I just thought of mounting them on cardstock this year.
Gracie does not approve of Christmas trees:
Colin asked if the hat helped me decorate faster...well, I was kinda hyper. I scurried around like a...a...an overgrown elf! That's it! ...um, yeah...
Anyway, that's that. Hopefully my blog posts will make more sense when I have more time.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
On the other hand, why would they have 33 different varieties of toothpaste if there weren't people who didn't like one kind or the other? I mean, surely there's a somewhat reasonable explanation for why we need that many choices? And that's only in one brand.
So while it is daunting to go to the store and be confronted by a huge display of toothpastes, I would argue that there is reason for at least a few choices. And presumably other people have even more requirements from their toothpaste, so they need even more varieties to choose from.
All that to say that I realized I have a favorite toothpaste. Colgate Sparkling White Mint Zing to be exact. It meets the requirements for my toothpaste: paste, not gel...gel leaves a nasty slippery feeling in your mouth, baking soda for extra grit, and mint, but not a sweet mint...a good sharp mint flavor.
Okay, so how weird is that? :P Although I figure it's something I'm putting in my mouth, and if I have a right to be picky about anything, it's what goes in my mouth!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Anyway, I'm usually quite happy with UPS, but I ordered some books from Amazon the other day and got them on Friday. The box was all bashed on one corner (not good!), and when I opened it up, one of the books was all scraped up because of that. When I inspected the box, I realized that not only had it been dropped, it had apparently been dropped in a puddle. Or put in a puddle and then dropped...something like that. The cardboard was disintegrating at any rate.
So I got on Amazon.com and got a replacement processing...really quickly, I didn't have to talk to anyone even, just filled out the form and sent it in, packaged up the damaged book and sent it back. And I got my replacement today!
Now that's good service! So, points for Amazon...even though their web page drives my dad crazy. :P
It was a kid's book I ordered for a Christmas present...it's called Fuzzy Fuzzy Fuzzy and it cracked me up when I was looking through it...
That would be the point I lost it and burst out laughing. :D If you can't tell, that pig has shiny green shades...and is so "smoooooooth". LOL
Saturday, December 13, 2008
We had our church dinner tonight at Fair Oaks, and it went really well. :) Quite a few Fair Oaks-ians came and we got started only...oh, a half hour late. We had plenty of food, way too much dessert, and didn't run out of coffee or cups.
(Hmm...apparently Colin is hyper too...I just heard him say to Dad, "I'm tired! Aren't you?!!" in a super-perky voice.)
I certainly started out the evening wonderfully by teasing my friend that she was taking all the ham...and then saying, "Oh, go ahead, hog the ham!" Then I groaned as I realized my unintentional pun and she giggled helplessly. "Hello, my name is Natalie and I've been way too busy today."
I made a pound cake and creamed corn for tonight. Both of them have tons of butter and cream cheese in them...so they tasted awesome, if I do say so myself. lol No, really, not trying to be vain, I'm just saying anything with cream cheese and butter has got to be yummy. I don't really like creamed corn that well, but my mom said this was one kind that actually tastes good, so I looked up the recipe online and made it....and it was delish! I think it's going to be my thing to bring to church dinners now, because everyone ate it all up and loved it. Even one of the elderly people from Fair Oaks was telling my dad it was really good, so if a southerner thought it was good then I guess I did something right. :D
Mom made hash brown casserole and green bean casserole (my favorite vegetable ever!!!). And there was sweet potato casserole and all sorts of good food. Oh, Mom fixed the ham too...Costco ham, very good deal, very good ham.
Then when it was all over we cleaned everything up super well...I think we probably left the place cleaner than we found it...which is not a bad thing. :) That's part of why I'm hyper...clearing tables and breaking down tables, and getting stuff rounded up and put away, and all that makes me energetic. Yes, I'm weird. Hmm...I'd probably make a good roadie. Although I certainly wasn't the only hyper person there...two of the guys were getting a table folded up, and since they'd just flipped it over and I was right there, I kicked the table legs shut (the best way to do it) and Amanda's husband was like, "You go girl!" and something else equally random and hyper. :D Too much caffeine?? Wait, I only had water and I'm hyper. Seriously though, that's the best way to break down a folding table...like kicking someone in the back of the knees...not that I've ever done that. :P
Anyway... :D A good time was had by all, and the place is nice and clean now, and one of the guys from our church managed to get two bags of leftover ham and a plate of cookies to take home. Both of these things had been sitting out for quite awhile, but he didn't want us to throw them away I guess. I'm not sure what his wife's going to think about it. :P We managed to dispose of most of the food in one way or another...the unopened sodas went home with the family that's having the church fellowship next week, and I was getting ready to get rid of three opened bottles of soda when one of the ladies asked if she could help.
"Well," I started, "I was just going to get rid of these...so I don't think there's anything..." and that's as far as I got before she quickly divested me of the two diet sodas. "Oh, those have been opened," I said. "Yes!! I love flat diet coke!" she replied, "Do you understand?!" And I stood there with my remaining bottle of soda and shook my head saying that no, I didn't understand, but if she wanted them, that was great, they weren't wasted. :D
And I also want a new camera now after seeing Amanda's new camera. :) Ooo....nice camera.... :P
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Anyway...the weather around here has been really weird! It's been warm and raining. I don't mind not being frozen, but this is just strange.
I'm off work for a week now, because I'm off next Tuesday, so I need to make sure I accomplish something this week. I am going to be busy this weekend, because our church dinner for the Fair Oaks people is this Saturday night. I also have just a few more things to buy for Christmas gifts, and I should probably get those this weekend. I keep thinking I've finished my Christmas shopping and then remembering that I haven't gotten something for somebody, or I got something that won't work and need to get a different item. :P
I'm really enjoying my Christmas shopping this year, since I have plenty of money to get some nice things for people...not that there's anything wrong with a budget (and I'm trying to get good deals still...but that's just how I shop most of the time). But it's just nice to not have to worry about a budget so much. :)
I worked today and one of the things I did to amuse the baby was to play some contra dance music I have on my laptop and dance with her (well, holding her) around the living room (which has nice wood floors!) and she loved it! Her mom has said they dance with her some, and she really enjoys it...I've never seen that little baby laugh so much! :D So I got my exercise for the day...and she got about as much as usual. lol We usually go for a walk, in which case, she's just sitting in the stroller, but we weren't able to go for a walk because it never stopped raining today.
There are only 13 days till Christmas! Where...what...? WHERE HAS THIS YEAR GONE??!!!! And out of that I have about 7 completely free days. You know what I want for Christmas? Perhaps a slightly slower year next year! Maybe it's schoolwork that makes a year go slowly? Should I study something next year to make the year slow down? :D
Ah, what else has been going on? I got our tree set up and other Christmas decorations...I'll post pictures later.
Annnd...I think that's about all for now. So, short post...but hopefully it was a little clearer than my last one. :)
Monday, December 08, 2008
Oh, I went to hear Handel's "Messiah" Sunday afternoon. It was very, very good! I've somehow never heard it, even on CD, so it was neat to get to hear it live the first time. I would say that the sound wasn't very good in the auditorium though...it wasn't really designed to project sound very well. But it was still wonderful...even though it was long! I was having trouble staying awake and at one point almost fell asleep. oops.... :( I was up late the night before and it was dark in there!
Quite a few people from church were there, and my friend Jessica told me later that one of the pastor's daughters (7 year-old) was looking at the conductor and asked, "Is that the guy who wrote it?!" :) Um....not quite. :)
We got our tree set up. Dad put together the two bottom pieces and got them fluffed out this weekend, and I put the top piece on this afternoon...it really looks real! I need to get a picture of it to post on here. We haven't decorated it yet, but it's pre-lit so it looks pretty nice as it is. :) And SO much less hassle. The lights are such a pain to install, getting them all wrapped around a sticky tree. This one isn't sticky of course, but it's still nice to not have to fight with the lights. :P
I went to a birthday party Saturday night, which was lots of fun. We played a game called Encore...where you have to come up with song lyrics. Which was pretty cool for a music junkie like me. :) We also played Cranium, which I hadn't ever played before...even though it's one of those games that it seems like everyone's played.
Oh wow...I'm going to wrap this up. I keep typing things and then deleting them because they don't make any sense. Maybe I'm still low on sleep.
Friday, December 05, 2008
But I got pretty much all the stuff I was looking for. I got a cranberry-colored cardigan from Delias and a couple of t-shirts to use of the rest of the gift card. I was in there forever trying to find something that I even liked! It wasn't even a matter of, well, that's not worth paying $30 for or something. It was more like, that doesn't fit me, and I don't like any of that stuff...and that's flat ugly. But anyway, I found some things.
I got some of my Christmas shopping done too, although I bought one thing for Mom and one for Dad and after I looked at reviews online, I think both will be going back. *sigh*
I stopped in at Barnes and Noble to look for something and got distracted by the display of Barnes and Noble classics....they look so pretty! I didn't buy anything, but I took a picture. :P And also managed to get a bad angle, so you can't see the titles of the books. oops.
I'm going to be busy this weekend...I've got a birthday party to go to Saturday night, church on Sunday, and then there's a performance of Handel's Messiah that I'm planning on going to Sunday afternoon. Several people from church are going, and then we're not having an evening service because it goes till 6:00.
I'm not real fond of opera, but as far as classical music goes, Handel would be one of my top two favorite composers. Plus I love the "Hallelujah Chorus" and some of it will be similar to that..including of course, the chorus itself. :) And the conductor will be the Conductor Emeritus of the Winston-Salem Symphony, Peter Perret...he used to conduct the holiday concert at the coliseum, but last year their new conductor did instead. I don't like the new guy's style as well. He tries to be "relevant" and funny or something, and it's eh...it's okay, but not that good. But Perret is a very good conductor, so that will be nice. :)
So that's what I'm doing this weekend. Then next Saturday evening is going to be our church dinner at Fair Oaks.
Wow...is that not the definition of comfortable? Spoiled cat!
My we're a hard lot to shop for! lol Mom was trying to figure out what to get me for Christmas and anything I need I've either bought, or would have to pick out myself. I finally figured out some stuff to put on my Amazon wishlist, including a bunch of books, some kitchen stuff, and some other misc. things. But none of that is stuff that I need.
We're not sure what to get Dad...he's got specific things he wants as well, and I'm not sure we can figure out how to buy them for him. And Mom's trying to find jeans for Grandpa in 40 x 29. Could there be a harder size to find?! :D I understand, it's certainly hard to find pants to fit right...I was stepping on the hems of my jeans the other day, and I just hemmed four pairs of pants for Colin, because they were about 5 inches too long.
We got our Christmas tree this morning...it's not real. :( But it's a very nice-looking faux one! And it was only $75 because all the trees are on clearance at Lowes. It has three different kinds of needles on it...the molded ones that look real, some somewhat molded, but made out of cheaper plastic ones, and then the flat plastic ones that all the trees used to be made out of. So it should look pretty nice! I'm excited about setting it up...actually, I think I'm more excited about having a tree that needs to be put-together and installed than I am about having it decorated. :P Weird.
These are a whole lot faster than making cinnamon rolls and they taste as good, if not better!
2 cups flour
1/2 t. salt
4 t. baking powder
1/2 t. cream of tartar
2 t. cinnamon
4 T. sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter-very cold
2/3 cups milk
Combine all dry ingredients. Cut in butter until mixture has small crumbs. Add milk and stir with a fork until it all holds together, then knead 12-14 times. On a piece of floured waxed paper, pat out the dough to about 1" thick and cut out biscuits. Put biscuits on baking sheet and bake @ 425' for 12-15 minutes.
1 stick butter softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1-1 1/2 T. milk
1/2 t. vanilla
Combine ingredients, beating well, add more milk as necessary. Put the frosting in a ziploc bag and cut the corner off for easy spreading. When the biscuits are done, squeeze the frosting onto them while they're still hot, then set aside to cool for a few minutes.
Makes 12-14 biscuits, depending on size...mine are about 3 inches across.
You could probably make a simpler glaze, but the buttercream tastes really, really yummy! And if you want regular biscuits, just use half the sugar and leave out the cinnamon, and that's my basic biscuit recipe.
I'm afraid I don't have any pictures because they disappeared pretty fast. :D
Thursday, December 04, 2008
So far Dad's gotten my email and Firefox set up, but he hasn't transferred my other files yet. But that's all I really need at the moment, all my email and my bookmarks. I took it to work with me on Wednesday and after lots of trial and error got it connected to the cable modem. First I did all the stuff I thought was supposed to work, and when that didn't work I was luckily able to find an unprotected wireless network in the neighborhood so I could do some Google searching and find out what to do. I finally found on the Apple support page that I needed to reboot the modem after I plugged the ethernet cable into the laptop, so that the other computer didn't already take the DHCP lease. Next week when I'm working I need to see if it will work to just restart the computer after I plug it in, but I'm thinking that won't do it.
So I got it connected, and it was so nice to be able to use a computer that wasn't freezing up every 5-10 minutes and running slow. The lady I work for has a IBM Thinkpad (or stinkpad, as my Dad started calling them about the time the school began issuing them as the student laptops). Anyway, she got it when she was in med school and it's now probably got a virus, or too new of programs for it, or it needs to be completely cleared and have Windows reinstalled, or something.
I know I didn't have to use a computer at work, so I didn't have to deal with that one and all it's problems, but it's more like if I'm using a computer I expect it to work, whether I need to use it or not! So it will be nice to be able to use a computer at work without continual restarting and no more annoying ctr-alt-del! Hurrah! lol
(Although, I guess since some of Dad's job is fixing computers I should be happy that computers don't always work... :P )
The apple glows when the computer is on and open:
It came with a very nice laptop bag too! (It does say Dell on it, but oh well.)
At prayer meeting last night I was telling my friend Jess that I'd gotten a new computer and she asked what kind it was. When I told her, she raised her eyebrows and said something like "Ohh my..." And then told me how her brother has a Mac and as she put it, has an almost cult-ish obsession that Macs are the best, and how she's had to hear his lectures about Macs. At which I grinned and told her that, yes, Macs really are awesome and work a lot better than PCs, but I wouldn't be giving her a big lecture about it. ;)
The keyboard and track pad are taking a little getting used to, but I think I'm finally getting the hang of them. The only problem now is that I keep hitting the caps lock key instead of the "a" because my finger is going over too far. Plus I'd gotten used to the scroll wheel on my mouse, and the "home", "page up/down", and "end" keys on my keyboard. I actually have those keys on here, but I have to press the "fn" (function?) key to get them to do that, because they're on what are normally the arrow keys.
Oh, and the finish on this isn't smooth hard plastic, it's that kind of slightly matte/fuzzy finish...which is what it looked like in the pictures, but Dad thought it would be smooth plastic. So I really like that! It's not really fuzzy...I'm not sure how to describe it. If you've ever seen anything with a finish like this, you should be able to tell from the picture what I mean.
This is also wonderfully quiet! I knew my other computer made a lot of noise (even more so because it has to be open), but my Macbook is silent. It's great to not have the whirring noise in your ears! :)
So, all in all, I'm very pleased! :) (Which I expected.) Now I'm just going to buy another power adapter so that I can keep one plugged in at home and keep one in the laptop bag. That's one thing I'm a little disappointed in...the power adapter seems badly designed, although it does have the magnetic connection so that your computer doesn't get hurt.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Go to your Picture file, go to the 5th folder, open up the 5th picture, post it, and then tag 5 people.
I didn't have anything in the 5th folder (why was there a folder even??) so I went to the 6th instead, and picked the 5th photo.
A Petunia pretzel...how exciting! :p :
And I'm going to tag: Rebecca, Ana, Jen, Leah, and Sarah.
Monday, December 01, 2008
Secondly, why don't any of the stores I want to go to open before nine? I'm not working tomorrow morning, so I'm planning on taking Dad to work, getting some breakfast, and then doing some shopping, but I guess I'll have to eat a leisurely breakfast because all the stores open at nine.
I was hoping Barnes and Noble would be open at 8 or 8:30, so I could hang out there for a while, but no...not open till nine. I need to get a birthday present for a friend's birthday party, and I was originally thinking of getting it from the mall, but that depends on what I find at another store. I'm still going to go to the mall though and see if I can find anything at Delia's to use my gift card on! Luckily, all the stores I had in mind to go to are in the same general area, so that won't be too bad. Unless I decide I need to look somewhere else...hopefully not. (I'm not real fond of the mall, if you couldn't tell...) :p
So anyway, shopping tomorrow (but not before nine!) ...ooo, Colin just reminded me what I can do before nine...I can go to Lowes Hardware and get some ceiling fan light bulbs, because we're out of them and I need one in my ceiling fan! Okay...that'll work. Breakfast, Lowes, Homegoods, mall. And then I'm working in the afternoon.
I put my hair in curlers last night...I haven't tried that for a long time, like, not at all since I got layers in my hair last year. It didn't come out quite how I expected. :p There doesn't seem to be any way to get the hair curly all the way to the scalp, so it was very curly on the ends, but flat on the top of my head.
Then I combed the curls out with my fingers and pulled it back:
It's a bit frizzier than I wanted. :p