Posted by: Jen_Ann_W | December 20, 2009

You’ll probably get annoyed with me, but…

Re-directing you here.  I have my reasons.

Posted by: Jen_Ann_W | December 19, 2009


Swiped from Swistle.  Merry Christmas all!

Eggnog or hot chocolate? I like hot cocoa but my favorite is hot apple cider with a splash of Captain Morgan.

Does Santa wrap the presents or leave them open under the tree? When I was little, Mom and Dad would sign their gifts as Santa & Mrs Claus.  We don’t have kids but usually stocking gifts get signed from Santa.

Colored lights on a tree or white? Colored on the tree.  If we did outside lights they’d be white.

Do you hang mistletoe? We didn’t this year, I couldn’t find it in the box.

When do you put your decorations up? My rule is usually the weekend after Thanksgiving but this year it was the weekend before.

What is your favorite holiday dish? I don’t really have one – we usually do something different for dinner each year.  But Mom’s “Pink Stuff” was a favorite when I was a kid.

Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? No.  But growing up we did.  Because we had so many people at our house on Christmas day, it made sense for us to open ours the night before.

How do you decorate your Christmas tree? We have a fake, pre-lit tree (Brian begrudgingly agrees that it looks nice), with a garland of red, white, & green wood beads and a garland that looks like hard candy.  Lots of glass icicles, and a hodgepodge of fun ornaments.  Nothing fancy, but it’s cute.

Snow: love it or hate it? It’s pretty to look at, as long as I don’t have to go out in it.

Can you ice skate? I could when I was a kid, but I haven’t tried in years!

What is your favorite holiday dessert? Pumpkin pie!

What is your favorite holiday tradition? Brian & I haven’t really established any yet ourselves, but my best friend Kelly and I usually call each other on Christmas day to compare our loot!  And my dad would always put a train around the base of the tree, more for the cats than for us though.

Candy canes: yum or yuck? I don’t like peppermint, but other flavors are sometimes okay.

Favorite Christmas show? A new one this year, Prep & Landing!  It’s hysterical.  But always, Charlie Brown’s Christmas.

I had to add a couple more…

Favorite ornament: We have a lighthouse that Brian’s dad gave us that plugs into the light string & blinks, and I also love our silver pinecone.  It makes me think of home.

Favorite holiday movie: Growing up we started watching The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and Brian’s family watches National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation every year too.

Most memorable gift you received as a child:  I remember the doll that Mom made for me, and the wooden cradle and high chair.  She made me clothes and bedding for it, it was so cute.  I kept all of it, but it’s in storage somewhere.  Once I get it all together, it will have a special place on a shelf.

Posted by: Jen_Ann_W | December 15, 2009

File under: RTT

Ladies, you know you’re having a bad hair day when you can’t even get it back into a decent looking ponytail.  My biggest problem with my hair is the fact that I have two cowlicks on the back of my head which generally results in a bald spot, unless I back-comb the crap out of it and beat it into submission.  Oddly, I find that my hair cooperates more when I wear it down than when I try to pull it up.  It drives me insane.


I had a very vivid dream last night, about an old friend of mine.  “The one that got away” in my book.  He has very bright blue eyes, and while supposedly dreams are never in color, I distinctly remember that blue in my dream.  Weird.  On top of that, it was another zombie dream.  Apparently, they can’t surf.  Wha?


Speaking of T.O.T.G.A., do you ever look back on your life and think, “God, I was such a naive little idiot”?  I’m hard on myself in that way – I was only 18 for pete’s sake – but I really was an idiot.  Not just about this guy, but about school and life in general.  I totally missed out on a lot of stuff, just because I was naive and self-centered, all wrapped up in my own little world and not paying attention to what was passing me by.  And now I look back and really regret a lot.  I just hope I can make up for some of it.


I finally broke down and bought a small humidifier for our bedroom, and holy crow has it made a difference.  Even the cats love it – they were both sitting right in front of it the other night, blissed-out looks on their faces, little noses working over-time.  But then Lily’s curiosity overcame her and she tried to tip the effing thing over.  I don’t know what her deal is with things that hold water – she always has to dump it all over the floor.


I also broke down and got on e-bay.  I’ve never tried buying anything from it before, but I was missing an ornament in my collection of Hallmark carousel animals, and I’d also missed buying the carousel itself when it was available in stores.  So I did some digging and found a couple of auctions with decent starting prices and reasonable shipping, and I won!  I think I paid a decentt price for both the ornament and the carousel, including shipping, so I emailed Mom and Sister to tell them I’d bought my present from them already.  :-)


Brian and I are spending Christmas Day on our own this year.  (We’re celebrating with family on the weekend after New Year’s, when his brother flies home from Montana.)  And at Christmas, I like to do something different for dinner than turkey or ham (to me, turkey is Thanksgiving and ham is Easter), so I ordered some game steaks from Cabela’s.  I’ve had elk before – one of my absolute favorite things EVER, and if you’ve never tried it YOU SHOULD – but the package also comes with antelope, wild boar, and venison steaks.  So we’re barbecuing for Christmas, with sweet potatoes, sauteed green beans, and pumpkin cupcakes.  Yummm.


I spent the better part of the day yesterday fighting with my blog, trying to find a stupid book list that had a widget that was compatible with WordPress.  NONE.  Stupid and their restrictions on java and flash.  The only thing I could find was on Goodreads, and it’s just a button that links to my list on their site.  All I want is one book list that posts to both Facebook and here, in a pretty little widget.  GAH.

I was still l considering switching back to Blogger, but (a) now that I have the work blog set up on here too it’s more convenient to have them both in the same place.  I’m all about convenience.  And (b), frakking WP doesn’t import into Blogger.  So I guess that idea is out anyway.  And no, I’m not going to pay to upgrade to – why would I do that?  I’m not some big writer-type with profound things to say and a massive readership.  I can’t justify it, at least not yet.  So I’ll just bitch and moan and drive everyone bonkers instead.

Posted by: Jen_Ann_W | December 14, 2009

Smile… no, SMILE.

This weekend I decided we should take our annual “Christmas picture” to put in our e-cards to friends and family.  First off, yes, I send e-cards instead of paper cards. I hate spending a lot on postage, so this way I can send it to more people, I can attach multiple pictures, and I also don’t feel like I’m adding to the after-Christmas-massive-amounts-of-paper-waste-stream as much.  (Read: I’m a cheapskate.)

Anyway, the pictures.  The dog is apparently afraid of the tri-pod, so I couldn’t get him in any of the pictures even by sitting on the floor:

(Also, hello chins?  Plural?)

So I cropped Jake’s (worriedomgwhatsthatblinkingthingwithlegs) face out and got a halfway decent one.

And yes, Brian has a beard.  And yes, that’s exactly how it grew in.  There is no hair between the ‘stache and the goatee.  It’s kind of weird, yet I’m glad because can you imagine if it was all filled in?  Yeesh.  As it is, he’s a pretty decent looking mountain man.  Also, note the side-swept bangs that happen to perfectly cover a massive volcanic zit on my temple.  Ta-daa!

Then we got the giggles, trying to take a “scenic overlook” type picture (you know, the ones where you hold the camera at arm’s length) but the timer was still on so Brian’s holding the camera out there for a full ten seconds…

…which morphed into this:

….and then we have the Gaping Nostrils of Doom:


Posted by: Jen_Ann_W | December 9, 2009

Speed Reader

I have a little notebook that I carry in my purse, specifically for making a list of the books I want to check out from the library.  We like to hang out at the big bookstores, a cup of a flavored coffee concoction in one hand an a stack of books and magazines on a table to browse through.  I try not to buy a lot of books anymore – for one, they’re expensive, and for another we don’t have a lot of space left on the bookshelf (and they’re also a pain in the ass to move with).  So I’ve been giving the Lucas County Library system a lot of love this year.   They usually get the new releases within a couple of weeks, although there have been a couple that I just can’t find (Boneshaker for one, which I’ve heard so many good things about I may just buy it anyway).

Yesterday I finished the first book in the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series, The Lightning Thief.  I remember eyeballing it when I worked in the kid’s department at B&N (I know, the kid’s department!  I was bribed.) and when I saw the trailer for the movie I decided to give it a try.  There are a lot of great young adult series out there – the obvious being Harry Potter, but I also really like Artemis Fowl and Eragon (don’t even bring up Twilight or I’ll blow my lid!  Ugh.), and there are classics from when I was young that I still love like The Dark is Rising Sequence, The Chronicles of Narnia, and the Time Quintet.  Like those, this book didn’t disappoint.  Yeah, the main character is twelve, but the story is fun and well-written, and made me interested in Greek mythology again.  I can see how it would really pique the interest of a teen and maybe push them to do a little more research into the subject – hell, I had to get on Wikipedia a couple of times myself.  Anyway it was an awesome book, and I have #2 on reserve at the library.

My “to check out” list also includes books that you might say “I can’t believe you haven’t read that!” about.  For example the Dune Series, Terry Pratchett, and Terry Goodkind – I like good fantasy fiction but I’m not really into sci-fi, so I know I’m probably missing out by not having read any of these.  I’ve read some Gaiman but not all, so I want to read the rest of his books too.  But when I’m browsing at the bookstore, I write down anything and everything that catches my eye – The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe, the In His Majesty’s Service series by Naomi Novik, Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris… it all goes on the list and gets requested from the library at some point.  Right now the Garth Stein is on reserve along with the second Percy Jackson.

What’s on your ‘to-read’ list?

(And for the sake of transparency, yes, most of the links above are to the B&N website – I like their search function and their synopsis the best, but I’m not saying you have to buy from them!)

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