Monday, December 24, 2007

Season's Greetings

I'm so behind this year. We've finished the shopping but I still have baking to to do. Today, well, tonight by the time I get some online work done, I will make Nanaimo bars. If I'm really inspired and have the energy I'll make some truffles with my secret ingredient (Bailey's... sh!). If I have some time later I'll post the recipes for you. They are super easy. Tomorrow it'll be Jeff's short bread cookies. Just in time.

I'm taking a break from blogging until after the in-laws are safely on the plane home. They'll be here until the 6th of January.

Merry Christmas if you celebrate it and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Christmas Meme

Welcome to the Christmas edition of getting to know your meme.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Wrapping paper.

2. Real tree or Artificial?

3. When do you put up the tree?
Usually, a few days before Christmas.

4. When do you take the tree down the tree?
New Year's Day.

5. Do you like egg nog?
No. Nauseates me.

6. Favourite gift received as a child?
I guess the mouse my mother use to burn with her cigarettes. I still covet it.

7. Do you have a nativity scene?

8. Hardest person to buy for?
Jeff's parents.

9. Easiest person to buy for?

10.Mail or email Christmas cards?

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
A cat ornament.

12. Favourite Christmas Movie?
Scrooge. The 1950s version. I watch it every year late at night.

13. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?

14. Favourite thing to eat at Christmas?
Christmas baking.

15. Clear lights or colored on the tree?
Clear lights.

16. Favourite Christmas song?
Oh, Holy Night and Little Drummer Boy.

17. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
Stay home. Weather is too unpredictable. We did it once and it was a nightmare.

18. Can you name all of Santa's reindeers?
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen and Rudolph.

19. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
Growing up I opened them at midnight. Now that I'm married Jeff doesn't let me open anything until after breakfast on Christmas Day.

20. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
Christmas music blaring in the stores. I just hate it. I end up leaving as soon as possible.

21. Favourite theme ornaments or color?
Red and white. And blue of course.

22 Favourite food for Christmas dinner?
Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy.

23. What do you want for Christmas this year?
Well, I already have my two front teeth so an iPod would be nice.

24. Who is most likely to respond to this?

25. Who is least likely to respond to this?

26. Do you believe in Santa?
Hmm... with all the other things we believe in, sure why not.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

The Full Body Project Lens

As I mentioned in November I was working on a Squidoo Lens for The Full Body Project.

Well, I finally finished the dang thing. Skoot on over and have a gander, vote and leave a lovely message. You'll have to click through a "mature" content screen before you get to the lens.

Topic Links
* The Full Body Project Lens

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

I Wanna Read... The Nettle Spinner

I was taking in my weekly episode of Writer's Confessions when Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer came on to talk about her writing experience. Something about her made me do a search for her official website and I learned about the author and her book, The Nettle Spinner.

Kathryn drew on her personal experience as a tree planter to write this story of a young woman named Alma who plants trees for the summer in northern Ontario.
In an emotional freefall after a passionate affair with a charismatic newcomer and a vicious attack, Alma retreats, pregnant and alone, to an abandoned mining settlement. There, with the help of the camp’s single inhabitant, she constructs for herself and her unwanted baby a world that grows more and more ominous. To keep terror at bay, she weaves cloth from thread made of stinging nettle fibre.
There's something sexy about the story... even the cover is sexy. I've put this one on my "wishlist" for when I have some spare change. Kathryn of course is a Canadian author so check her out.

Topic Links
* Purchase The Nettle Spinner from Amazon.
* Visit Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer's official website.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Don't Call Me... I Won't Answer

I love having a telephone. I just don't like talking on the telephone. Ever. Even if it's someone I haven't talked to in a long time. I'd rather they wrote me a letter or sent me an email.

About nine times out of ten I never answer the phone. I either let Jeff answer it or ignore it all together. Usually the one time I get the urge to answer the phone it is a telemarketer trying to sell me meat, home insurance, home security or credit cards. Oh, and my favorite, "someone you know has submitted your name to a draw and you've won an all expense paid cruise". Yeah right! If it's someone I know, tell me their bloody name so I can give them a smack in the head for giving out my phone number.

All that being said, I can not imagine not having a phone. I mean what would I listen to during the day? Music? TV? Barking dog?

Have I mentioned I'm a product of advertising? I would totally love to have a pink fido...

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Nano Round-Up

It's over. I didn't make it. I'm not going to dwell on it. 20, 300 is nothing to sneeze at. It is more than I had before I started. It's all crap but I did it for the process, not the content.

Onward and forward!