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10 Days til Christmas…

clark-griswold-treeHave you done all your holiday shopping? I haven’ t quite yet. I’m waiting until I go up to Delaware so that I can do some tax-free shopping.

I’m still having trouble finding something for my father. Any one have ideas for what to get a man on Christmas? I heard somewhere that I should just get something he already has, but better.

Advice greatly appreciated!

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Turkey Day Recap

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Our fabulous turkey.

Thanksgiving was a unique for my family this year. Instead of doing Thanksgiving at home, we went to my boyfriend’s parents house, or as I like to say, my hopeful future in-laws. 🙂 Chris and I woke up in the morning and helped his parents do the last-minute turkey day cooking. I made pumpkin bread from Libby’s Pumpkin Bread Kit. It turned out wonderfully, although I will add raisins and a little bit of nutmeg next time. I also made honey butter from a recipe on my favorite cooking website: RecipeZaar.com.

My dad brought his famous cranberry relish with orange zest soaked with a “special” marinade a.k.a. a cup of Grand Marnier. Of course, my parents also came bearing gifts: Jack Daniels and wine for the host and hostess. Overall it was a relaxing day filled with food, drinks, games (we played Taboo), football, and movies.

Family on Thanksgiving Day

Family on Thanksgiving Day

Movies: Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Last night Marcus and I went with one of his coworkers to see an evening showing of “Zack and Miri Make a Porno.” We walked in and saw a bunch of high-schoolers sitting on the ground waiting for a movie. Then, it hit me that “Twilight” with Robert Pattinson was premiering at midnight. Somehow there is a huge craze with this movie, and I have no idea why. Feel free to enlighten me.

Back to our movie. Usually I go into a movie not knowing much, so last night was nothing different. With an R-rating, I kind of assumed that there would be some nudity and other vulgarities. Throughout the movie more and more scenes started to resonate that of “Knocked Up.” I don’t want to spoil the movie, but I will say that there was one scene in particular that gave it that “wow-that-was-gross-and-weird-but-hilarious” factor like the crowning of the baby’s head in “Knocked Up.”

After the movie, I told Marcus that it was slightly awkward sitting there watching a semi-porno. I don’t know why, because I’m usually free spirited and don’t usually get bothered by sex. We laughed it off and he apologized.

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Holiday Gift Ideas

With the holidays approaching, I’m sure you’ve been thinking about what to get your family and friends. Usually I’ll brainstorm on my drive to and from work only to forget what I thought about once I reach paper and pen. Thanks to blogging, I can use this as a way to track cool gift ideas I’ve come across:

MoMA Cutting Board

MoMA Cutting Board

Bean Bag Cell Phone Chair

Mobi Designer Sandwich Bag

Mobi Designer Sandwich Bag

FINGERFOOD Party Plate

FINGERFOOD Party Plate

Thumb Thing

Thumb Thing

  • BIG Sound Speakers for your iPod (I love miniature and gigantic versions of the real thing)
BIG Sound Speakers

BIG Sound Speakers

Wacky Websites Desk Calendar

Wacky Websites Desk Calendar

Looking back at that list, it resonates with my “gifts should be practical” philosophy. Now, if you’re like me where you’re looking for low-budget gift ideas, here are some homemade food ideas I’ve come up with:

  • Cookie swap with coworkers
  • Pretzel wafers with melted hershey kisses topped with an M&M (great sweet & salty combination)
  • Mini tinfoil bread pans filled with homemade sweets
  • Pretzel nuggets w/ dry ranch dressing pack

Work Life: Cleaning People & Security Guards

A mini-rant. I was always under the impression that cleaning people are to do their job after-hours; after the employees go home. I know this is random, but I find it very distracting when a vacuum cleaner goes off by  my desk for thirty minutes during the work day. Now, don’t get me wrong. I very much appreciate the cleaning people and the grunt work that they do. All I’m saying is that I would prefer it if they did their work at night time in our office. Perhaps this sentiment is paired with how unfriendly some of them seem to be. I always smile when I see them, but they tend to just stare with a blank face.

On the other hand, our security guards are uber friendly. I always look forward to seeing them, especially the one guy who always playfully asks me, “What’s in the bag?” whenever I bring in a treat for my coworkers. I’ve already started thinking about what I’m going to do for them for Christmas. Probably little food goodie bags. What’s sad is that I don’t know their names. Note to self: work on learning their names.

I believe in karma wholeheartedly. I try my hardest to always be nice to people, regardless of who they are: skin color, profession, oddities. I will continue to be and won’t let a blank stare of, “Why is she smiling at me?” stop me.



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