Saturday, December 28, 2013

I never watch t.v...except when I do.

On a normal, everyday, Monday-Friday schedule, I'm lucky if I get to see the headlines of the day, much less television.
But, during the holidays or weekends, I catch up.
Here's what I'm addicted to right now: 



Scary stuff here...I have not seen the first two seasons, but Season 3 takes place in New Orleans and obviously is about witches.  Jessica Lange is incredible as the Supreme.  Pretty heavy at times and graphic. 





SPOILER ALERT: I'm still trying to deal with Brody's demise.  I kept thinking Superman was going to fly in and save him.  
But, he didn't.
I think this is HBO's way of reminding us that "Homeland" is about Carrie and the CIA, not a romance.






Ok, this is my guilty teenage drama pleasure...so sue me.  I'm losing interest in this one, especially after the two actors who play Elena and Damon broke up in real life...eh...I keep watching though. :/



My newest addiction.  I resisted this one for a while based on the time travel premise.  "Sleepy Hollow" reminds me of "American Horror Story" though on a disturbing basis...the devil is alive and well in Sleepy Hollow.
The music alone will make you jump in your chair!




Another one I resisted for a while.  I didn't really want to get involved with a series about zombies...but The Walking Dead is about so much more.  It's more of an Apocolypse storyline with the human spirit and survival at the forefront. 
SPOILER ALERT
I don't know what we're going to do without Herschel :( 




Dracula: all time favorite gothic novel.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers: all time favorite Henry VIII in Showtime's 'The Tudors." 
There's almost a Steampunk feel to this series, and it's just the right mix.

I'm caught up on everything except "Sleepy Hollow"...and can't wait till January when they all start up again!


Friday, December 27, 2013

Sh*tter's fixed :P (PG-13 post)

Searching for a funny photo of cousin Eddie today (yes, we're still dealing with the sewer issue), I found this: 


The Moving Pencil is the name of the website, and the person behind it does custom graphic art.  
I don't know this person and have never bought anything from the website, but I did enjoy looking around :) 

Anyhoo.

The husband called in the big dogs today.  
They came, they saw, they dug, and they tromped around in really nasty watery muddy gunk.  
They turned the pump on; they turned it off.  
And, finally, they gave the husband the bad news.  
The pump was completely burned out and would have to be replaced.  
$2500.00 price tag.
Cha-ching!

To say that our budget does not allow for such unexpected expenditures is putting it lightly.  
Our bargain price ended up being $2160.00, but what are ya gonna do? 
Not pay the guys for sloshing around in your sewage and replacing the pump on your sh*tter?

I don't think so.
  
Oy.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Vacation continues...

I started thinking about cleaning up Christmas today.
Thinking about it.

And, then I folded some clothes.
And cleaned out my closet.  

Our sewage pump messed up somehow...again...and well, let's just say Clark W. Griswold became cousin Eddie.
(For the record, the husband was wearing jeans, a sweatshirt, and boots).


As the husband pulled the hose across the yard and turned on the pump, jumping out of the way of the first spew, I snickered. 
And, then I picked up my phone to take a picture.

That slip earned me a look similar to this:


Yikes. 
I decided against taking the picture and instead closed the window.

I stole a Fresh Balsam wall freshener from my middle kid and plugged it in.
The smell, people...the smell.

Then, Clark/cousin Eddie actually needed my help, and I became the pump plugger inner and outer and bathroom water turner onner and offer over and over again from inside the house through the now opened back up window.

We were quite the sight I'm sure.  

Ain't life grand? 
;) 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Peace on Earth

Today was an incredible day.
A long day, a messy day, a sleepy day, a lazy day, a stay in our pajamas all day kind of day.
Like I said...incredible :)

Our older daughters received things they needed and cash.  
They're in college after all.
The youngest daughter received toys which she played with non-stop all day in between rounds of Wii Dance Party 2014 with her older sisters.  




And, the Clark W. Griswold award for Christmas 2013 goes to my husband:

Ed: "That beef jerky ain't no good."
Whitney: "What beef jerky?"
Ed: "That stuff sitting on the counter"
Whitney: "DADDY! That's one of the cat treats!"
Ed: "No wonder it ain't no good."



Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

'Twas the night before Christmas...

After Christmas Eve service, we ate our traditional Chinese buffet supper, and gathered at home for home movies, candlelight, and last minute wrapping.  

I was looking through some of our previous Christmas pictures and stumbled across this one: 


Awwww, they're hugging each other...complete with big smiles and a Barbie SUV, circa 1997.

I teared up a little.

And then my oldest daughter (on the left) reminded me that seconds after this photo was taken, the middle daughter (on the right) smacked her in the head with the fabulous Barbie SUV.
Oy.
:p 

Precious memories, y'all...every one of them!

Merry Christmas :) 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Mary, did you know?


I poked my head out of my comfy cave today just to get a roll of wrapping paper and look for a couple of last minute things.  

Bad idea.

By the time I pulled off the highway, over the course of the time I was away from home, I spent more time sitting in traffic than I did anywhere else.

I saw several ambulances flying down the highway with their sirens screaming.

I saw 2 wrecks where thankfully the drivers seemed to be ok.

I saw one lady on her cell phone, pushing her buggy, with her child behind her, singing loudly.  The lady turned around and yelled at the child to "Shatup! I've bout had enough of you!!!"

And, then I saw another lady walking across a parking lot, screaming into her cell phone.  She made me and another lady pretty nervous.  

I put my earphones in and headed home.



Sunday, December 22, 2013

Peace. Joy. Love.

I've been laying low (or is it lying low?) lately.
Oh well...

I do this to a certain extent every Christmas, but I've taken it to an entirely new level this season.  

Music helps immensely...my middle daughter showed this particular video to me, and I've listened to it 3 times in a row: 
I bet you've never heard The Little Drummer Boy like this :) 

Enjoy.