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Monday, December 2, 2013

It's December! And as always the end of November was a busy time. It feels like forever since I have written a post or read anyones blogs and I am ready for normal life to resume, which may or may not actually happen with Christmas right around the corner. But I think I can squeeze a week of normalcy in here.

How were your weekends/holidays? Despite a few hiccups our holiday was really lovely. Wednesday morning I woke up with a stye in my eye. Have you ever had one of those? I have once and I forgot how painful they can be. Luckily it's gone now. Wednesday night I slipped on some spilled apple sauce in the kitchen and bruised every one of my limbs but nothing broke or tore so I decided to be thankful for that. Thursday I woke up a little sore but excited to get working on the thanksgiving dinner. I made pies early and had everything prepped and ready to go for the oven and stuck the turkey in. An hour later I heard a loud snap from my stove and opened the door to see a small fire a'brewin'. Not good. Of course a total wave of panic overcame me as I said goodbye to all the things in my home, and tried to decide whether to put it out or just run, but within a moment of my dreary daydream and poor emergency planning the fire went out, and so did the heating element in my oven. I tried really hard to be grateful that my broiler still worked but the turkey was doomed. So then I was thankful I went overboard and got a ham which I had cooked earlier. Somehow it all worked out though and dinner was lovely, you would have never known it was prepared on a half broken stove.

After dinner we played a fierce game of apples to apples in which I lost, badly. Then Fisher made us all (minus M+L) take the meyers briggs personality test. I am an INFJ (as is my sister) in case you are wondering. It's been a really long time since I have taken that test and would you believe it's exactly the same? And really, it's pretty spot on, more so now than the first time I took it.

I didn't do any official black friday shopping though I did order a few gifts online from Etsy and Amazon and H&M (they are having a crazy sale right now btw - spend $50 and get 40% off plus free shipping!) and I think I ordered some other things too, but I can't remember so I am not doing anymore shopping until I see what exactly I purchased already. The rest of the weekend was spent working and cleaning and trying to get back to normal. Yesterday I woke up and someone had broken into my car - well, nothing was actually broken because it wasn't locked. They took a really old ipod that was mostly broken, a case of burned cd's and a flashlight and batteries from the dollar store. So, yeah, big score there. I decided to be thankful that this is the first time anything like this has happened in years and that they didn't try my door because I am pretty sure that was unlocked too. I am not sure I will start locking my car but I will be sure to be locking my door from now on. So, yes, somehow despite that little string of misfortunes over this long weekend I feel like it was a wonderful weekend, but I am also glad that November is officially over this year.


  1. Oh HI! I missed you SO much! What a crazy holiday you had! CRAZY! Are you okay? We lock our doors like crazy around here because we've had so many thefts lately, and remember my neighbors with the stolen car (Did I tell you about that? Months ago, like September, their car was stolen out of their driveway, and we came home yesterday and there it sat! Not sure I'd want to keep it after all that, ya know?)

    But you survived and took pictures of amazing veggies and had HAM! (We all talked about how none of us really LOVE turkey this year, so I have to wonder if our plans will change next year...). Oh, I'm so glad to see you again! XOXOXOXO

  2. Oh my goodness what a crazy (but lovely) little holiday. You just reminded me how much I hate styes. Ugh...I haven't gotten one of those in a long time. Irritating little things.

  3. Damn, that's kind of a tough weekend for you! I'm sending some good vibes your way, though you don't seem to need them as you've handled everything with grace and positivity --not sure I could muster that given your circumstances (a broken stove! a slip and fall! a burgled car!). I guess it's safe to say you're "done" for a while, as in, you had your share of bad luck for quite a while. I'm glad you did manage to stay positive throughout everything. Apples to Apples is such a fun game, isn't it? That's a holiday tradition in my family, too, but at Christmas.
    Happy December, twinsy!! Here's to a much better month :) xo

  4. I hear ya on saying goodbye to November! What a crazy busy month. Your Thanksgiving looks delicious. Sorry to hear about your tumble. My parent's oven quit on thanksgiving...tis the season i guess.

  5. A fire?! Ohmygoodness - that's definitely some holiday drama right there. I'm glad that you're okay after your fall as well. I'm looking forward to December as much as you are - let's start it with a clean slate, shall we?

  6. even just looking at a photo of fennel bulbs makes me crave some! it has been too long since i've had them and they always remind me of dinner with my dad. and oh no about the stye! i have never had one but a shame you got one so close to thanksgiving :( i'm a little bummed that i didn't know about that amazing h+m sale! i am not one to normally shop during the black friday weekend - but from there i would have totally ordered online!

  7. Your photos looks so pretty Christine and I'm sure your Thanksgiving meal was delicious too, despite the fire. So sorry to hear about those little mishaps, those things always seem to come in bunches. I'm with you on December, I'm ready for some calm times even though the holidays are right around the corner! Hope you have a little down time this week!
    xo Mary Jo

  8. a stye. oh no. I had to have surgery because of one once. as a kid. that was traumatizing. I hope it's better by now (just catching up on blog reading...)

  9. Wow, what a series of unfortunate events. It's a like a Thanksgiving version of National Lampoon's Christmas vacation! It's nice that you have a such a positive spirit, and can see everything in a happier light.
    (I'm an IFNJ too)


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