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Lola's Antics

What the heck?! Let me follow this path of destruction and find out where it leads...
Straight to the culprit! Gotcha!
That's okay. If she is digging in the recycle bin in my office and shredding what she finds, then she is not (1) licking her paw or (2) vomiting, and that my friends is a very good thing. I've only had to call the vet once this week (okay, so I've called twice, but the doc was on vacation until Thursday, so I've only actually spoken to him once). We've added a new medicine for a couple of days to stop the vomiting and have rearranged the way she takes a couple of the others. Hopefully, all vomiting and licking will stop soon!

Someone is a shaggy dog and needs a trip to the groomer...
and, it is is not me! I've already been this week.

If Lo can get well, then she will get her turn. Could this beard be any more messy?

Foodie Heaven

I know I've complained that I was crazy busy, so this post is going to seem a little inconsistent with that, but today at 12:45 I went to
I wanted to go because this...
was on sale for $6.99 a pound. NY Strip Steaks Prime. I bought three. One for this weekend and two to freeze. I apologize if the blood makes you queasy.
While there I also bought these because they were on sale for 99 cents a pound Want a closer look? There was a limit of 2 bags per customer. I only wanted one bag, but the little stock guy thrust two bags at me and I felt pressured, so....
I've got 5+ pounds of cherries!

This was also on sale...
I had to get asparagus because that will go wonderfully with my steak!

Then I saw these babies...
Home grown tomatoes. I couldn't resist.

Since I was at Central Market, I bought my favorite strawberry preserves.
While I was there I also looked for this...
to go in this salad recipe (recipe). I also looked for Onion Juice, but they were out. My friend Suz found some at K…

Too Busy!

Ugh! Don't you just hate it when you are so busy you meet yourself coming and going? Well, I feel like that is me right now.

First, this 4 nights a week of teaching classes is killing me! I finish work and then go to a different work almost every day of the week. I'm not getting home until 9:15 on two nights and 10ish on the other two nights.

Then for the rest of this week I'm playing the role of Jennifer at the office too. Poor Jennifer had to make an unplanned flight to Amarillo this week because her Granny is very ill.

I am so darn busy that I almost don't have time blog (but never fear, I did make time today for my hair appointment...those roots needed covering come hell or high water!). Luckily, I'm giving a test tonight in my class and have a chance to do some covert blogging during class! Now, if only I could figure out how to teleport myself home during this test so that I could clean and do laundry...

The Musical (*updated*)

Apparently you should not blog in a hurry! I was in a hurry to post this earlier because I had to go meet with a White Collar/Organized Crime District Attorney about a case. It seems that in my hurry, I have left out details that my blog readers wanted to know! I've updated throughout the post (in italics).
Last night, Lisa and I began our evening out at R+D Kitchen. It was pretty good (not as good as the other times I visited), but the big noteworthy thing about dinner was that Lisa commented that the side dish that I ordered was much better than the one she ordered. If you are new to the blog or don't remember my prior stories about my friend Lisa, she never shares bites of her food at restaurants because she says she knows she has ordered the best thing on the menu and doesn't want to share it with others (or eat our sub-par food choices). You can see how this admission from my friend almost caused …

Balloon, Bloggers & Birthday...oh my!


First of all I want to say Thank You to everyone who stopped by my Christmas in July Blog Party yesterday. There was so much traffic and there were soooo many comments! I LOVE IT! Hopefully some of you who visited for the first time will keep coming back to visit!

Thanks to Maggi for hosting CIJ! It was super fun!
Now, for the winner of the Santa Bubble Light.... drumroll please......

Molly from "A Bit o' Shine" To collect your prize, email your name and address to: Congratulations! Birthday:Happy 81st Birthday Papa! I'm in the string of summer where I have three grandparents birthdays within a month. Today is my paternal grandfather's birthday. Papa had so many granddaughters that when we were little he joked that he would have to buy a tuxedo someday because there would be so many weddings. He has always called all of us granddaughters his "sweet-patooties", and he has called me his "mouthpiece"…

Join my Party

Welcome to my Christmas Shin-Dig! I've never thrown a blog party before so I'm kind of nervous, but that can just be our little secret. I have lots of things I want to include in my party, so I've decided the best way to tackle this is to do several posts, so keep scrolling down so that you don't miss a single thing that goes on at this party! I always try to have party favors when I throw a party, and this one shouldn't be an exception, so I am giving away a prize. Here are some photos of the prize

All you have to do to enter is comment on one of my Christmas Party Blog entries. I will put all the names in a hat and draw a winner. I will post the winner's name on my blog on Sunday, so check back to see if this cute little Santa bubble light is coming to your house! All entry comments must be posted by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time. If this is your first trip to my blog, Welcome! Please come back and see me again!

Christmases Past

Let me start by saying, I really have a love affair with Christmas. I would leave Christmas decorations out year round if I knew people wouldn't mock me. You would be hard pressed to find ANYTHING about Christmas that I don't love... well, okay, except for FelizNavidad. I hate that darn song!

My love affair started early, at my two month mark... But on my second Christmas, things seem to be off to a pretty rocky start!
Someone must have explained who this guy was and what he does on Christmas Eve, because the situation seems to have improved dramatically. I've always been a rational person.
Christmas at my grandma's and a new pony.
The next year...

This guy was a family friend who I knew well. I never figured it out.
I'm not sure what has prompted this reaction, but I'm pretty darn excited!
This is Santa visiting me on Christmas Eve at the St. Bernard in Taos, NM
He was my ski instructor. I don't know why I didn't realize it. (You're starting to thin…

Christmas Decorations

Decorating is one of my favorite parts about Christmas! I know, I know, I say that about every part, but it is true!

This is one of my first trees that I had in college. It is so puny and sparsely decorated. I don't know why I took a photo, but it made me laugh when I found it, so I thought I would include it. What's with the Teddy Bears huddled around the bottom of the tree? I do remember that year that I copied my wrapping from the Pottery Barn catalog. Everything was in silver paper with blue and purple ribbons. This is my tree now. Well, one of them. This is the one in my living room. It is decorated exclusively in blown glass ornaments.
Here is the kitchen tree...
All of it's ornaments either have a kitcheny/foody feel or are ornaments that I have picked up on travels.
My mantle... These topiaries just sit out at Christmas. I found them at Canton a few years back and they are frosted berries.
My White Christmas Bedroom Tree...
Garland over the entrance to the dining room…

Traveling at Christmas

Many of my fondest Christmas Memories don't involve being at home. We began traveling to Taos, New Mexico when I was pretty small. We went for a week (Friday to Friday) and were always there over Christmas. Each year, we stayed at a wonderful place called the St. Bernard. Santa would visit me in Taos. He would fill my stocking and would bring one or two gifts, but he left most the loot back home and I had to wait to get it. I LOVED to ski, so that was okay by me.

If you look just below the ginormous goggles and just above the neck warmer, you can see I have a huge smile on my face!
Here I am, a little snow bunny.

We broke off the ski tradition at some point, and then when I was in junior high, we picked back up and went skiing with two other families. We usually left late on Christmas night or early, early on the 26th to head for Taos.

Once in Junior High, we went to the Bahamas for Christmas (but I couldn't find photographic proof!)

The next photos are from a trip to NYC in 1995…