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Christmas Roundup!
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Christmas 2017
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Currently, slacking edition

Christmas Roundup!

December was a sugar-coated whirlwind of activities that didn’t let up until the 26th, which begins WM and I lovingly call … Sloth Week. Schools are closed and TNP is closed until January 2. That leaves us here in the House on Literary Lane with NO OBLIGATIONS! (other than dog care, housekeeping, hygiene, the usual.)

The family was great to me as usual. I got both a drone and a guitar, making me 100% more annoying than usual.

Family, light, coffee, Ollie being amazing and Murphy trying to eat a bow.

This year I baked fewer cookies than ever and it still looks like I’m going to end up throwing a bunch out.

This year I baked:

Cookies! Cookies! Cookie Swap! Dog wanting cookies!

Oh, and I ran the cookie swap at TNP, so I baked the vanilla/chocolate version of the dark chocolate candy cane cookies for that. But that’s it! No snickerdoodles, no royal frosting, no pizzelles. Maybe we just have too many cookie-conscious adults and not enough gluttonous children these days.

Back to Sloth Week. On the 26th we did NOTHING. On the 27th we entered the sunshine and went to PJ Whelihan’s for wings and beer. Today WM replaced the door going to our garage and I finally went to a hair salon.

SLOTH WEEK 2018.

I stopped coloring my hair in July of 2017, planning on letting my gray come in and being a natural aging hippie crone. (Un)fortunately I only have 8 gray hairs. Today I had some dark put into the roots and some toner put on the ends to turn them from brassy to ashy.

ok it looks the same here. fml. and why am I growing a giant WC Fields nose?

I think the rest of this time off includes a lasagna, a trip to Home Depot, and a new lipstick. What’s coming in 2019? A no-spend and dry January, for starters.

Christmas 2017

I kinda whiffed on Christmas this year. While I started planning in October as usual, this year I:

> Didn’t bake a lot of cookies at all, and the ones I did make weren’t all that great.
> Bought my last gift the day before Christmas Eve which is VERY late for me.
> Forgot to write out the family cards altogether. I have them! They’re still in the Hallmark bag.
> Didn’t get the regular cards in the mail until Christmas Eve.
> Didn’t even bother putting out the Christmas village.

But you know what? In the end, none of that mattered. We all had a lovely time, and I gave and received great gifts.

WM got me an Amazon Spot so I can be surveilled while I sleep! I love it. The alarm is great, I love having music in the bedroom while I fold clothes, Alexa gives me the news when I wake up, and the footprint is tiny!

Mom bought me a sewing machine, which I plan on using to make pillows, cushions, and curtains for the house. John & Kristen & Favorite Kid got me a 23 and Me ancestry test! My spit is currently winging its way to the lab as I type. And books are always a welcome gift!

I’m off from work this week, and am taking time to exhale. WM is repairing and painting the downstairs bathroom that became pretty torn up while we were using it as a kennel for young Murphy during the day. We’re going with an Adventureland theme. (Not kidding.) I’m slowly getting back in front of the clutter that accrued while I was worried about work and worried about Christmas. I also gave in and put plastic over the living room windows because NJ is currently a frozen hellscape.

149 days ’til Memorial Day,

Currently, slacking edition

SLACKING on this blog. Seriously, Kim, get over your post-vacation funk and get it together.

Painting my future craft room. Finally. I went to Lowes with the sunbeam paint swatch in hand. Dumped painting supplies in the cart. Wheeled it over to the paint department, where I didn’t see any Glidden paint. I went to the paint desk – “Do you not sell Glidden anymore?” ANNNND was told that paint chip came from Home Depot. Yay me! Rather than go to another home improvement store, I picked a color that almost matched Sunbeam called Maybe Maui and called it good.

It’s not as yellow as it looks here. I hope.


Yesterday I cued up the 80s channel on Amazon Music (KIM PRIME!) and got to work. I taped off the edges, cut them in, broke out the roller, and painted my heart out. This morning, I opened the door and … it looked awful. I dragged the equipment back out, cued up the 90s station and put on another coat. It looks better now and next weekend I’ll move everything back in.

Everytime I paint something I remember that I hate painting. Really I do.

Watching Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel. Judge away. They’re filled with strong, career-minded women who, in the face of a handsome man and a Christmas tree farm, give up their promotions/faraway careers to move back to the homestead. But there’s always a happy ending and I need that.

Propagating cuttings from a mostly-dead plant I came across at work. We’ll see if I can work some magic.

Grow, my pretties…


Losing at Words with Friends. But…BUT! I’m improving that win/loss percentage.

Don’t call it a comeback. No, really, don’t.


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Tomorrow I work from home (LOVING the one-day-a-week work from home gig) and I have to get a flu shot. #excitement

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