Yes, we went to the Raleigh Christmas Parade on Saturday. We do it early around here! We had a prime viewing spot on the curb and some friends met us there. It was a fun time. Then all of us went to eat Mexican food near my college. We enjoyed watching a sweet football win against our rival, UNC (sorry Tarheels!) Mr. Pink and I did a little furniture shopping and then dinner alone. Sunday church and some Christmas shopping. Nice relaxed weekend. Here are a few parade photos.
...my favorite. Little man waving to Santa Claus. So cute. Made me remember the excitement I always felt as child around Christmas.
I went shopping today and, of course, when I'm supposed to be shopping for others I find more for me! Don't tell anyone! And, I had to laugh. Santa Claus looked bored out of his mind when I passed him in the mall today. No kids in sight. Whatever happened to Santas arriving the day after Thanksgiving? You know, the Macy's parade used to be the first time you saw Santa! Not these days...
SO, the reason for my happiness? I heart Michael Kors so much and was really smitten with this sequined t-shirt I saw in my catalog. But $99.50...that buys a lot of Wii games. (And I could only find a photo this tiny, but you'll get the point.)
Happily, I found this pretty decent substitute today at (Ann Taylor) Loft for $36.50, but with my 30% coupon, it's mine for $27.53. And then I actually bought two Wii games! Do you like it?
I just about spit out my hot tea as I read a People Magazine email headline just now: ANOTHER DUGGAR BABY ON THE WAY.....catch your breath. Fortunately, it's the oldest son Josh and his wife Anna expecting #2 in June 2011. #1 was 1 in Oct. 20 months apart. I see a pattern in this family....
Did you catch Gwynneth Paltrow's performance on the CMA'a last night? Not bad. Not bad at all. I liked it. It helped that Vince Gill was right beside her singing along. And what was up with Carrie Underwood's (and a few others) full ball gowns? She wore a few in her many outfit changes while hosting.
And, last on my mind, can you even begin to IMAGINE how awful it would be to be on that broken down cruise ship right now? With kids? And only SPAM and canned crab meat to eat? Couldn't the military have thrown down some boxed wine because I'm sure they've run out of all alcohol by now! What a living nightmare. Can't wait to see the interviews!
Off to spend the day with the out-of-school kiddos and meet Mr. Pink for lunch.
1- That I could magically come up with a unique Christmas card idea, shake the wand to produce said cards, shake it again to address and stamp said cards and then my mind would be clear of this not-so-tiny stress item.
2- I'd wave the magical wand on the backs of both of my arms to relieve the pain of worked out muscles. So much more fun than popping ibuprofen.
3- I'd point it at the computer and it would magically buy all of my Christmas gifts, wrapped of course.
4- I'd walk around to each of my closets and it would magically extract all the clutter and clothes that need to be donated by the end of the year.
5- I would point this little miracle worker at my face and erase those not-so-magical lines that have appeared.
6- When the kids get home from school and inevitably start bickering, I would ever so gently shake it at their mouths and silence them all while separating them and floating them up to their rooms.
7- I would walk into the kitchen, open the refrigerator and wave it around so the wand magically prepares a gourmet meal in half the time with no mess and dishes washed after cooking is complete.
A girl can dream can't she? I'm passing my magic wand along. What would you do with it for a day?
I went to Atlanta over the weekend to visit my good friend. Beautiful weekend. Cool temperatures, blue skies, wine was a-flowing, good food, good times. Perfect mini-vacation to my former city of 10 years.
Dinner Friday night at Ecco in midtown. Hip fun place with good food. Loved these mixed olives. Hate I forgot to take a pic of the fried goat's cheese (so very lightly fried served in honey with cracked pepper)we had.
This flatbread pizza was amazing, though looks a little not so much. Ha! I was so excited to see this local celebrity at Ecco! Anyone know who he is? My friend didn't even know who it was and has lived in ATL longer than me. I asked to take a photo and told him I missed him. Ok, he's on a popular morning radio show. A (poor) mobile shot of downtown Atlanta...I miss you!
Lunch at the Buckhead Bread Company with my friend. Yum-O.
Shopping and then a very fun birthday party at the Livingston Bar across from the fabulous Fox Theater which was showing the musical White Christmas last weekend. The wine and dancing never ended! Oh my! Beautiful bar though...
Back to reality this week though. I am hoping to return to Atlanta possibly in December to do Christmas activities with the minis. They are out of school beginning Dec. 3 so it's on the tentative agenda. Ok, back to loads of laundry.
The costume party was a blast! I had always wanted to be Marilyn Monroe so this year I went for it. Mr. Pink was Joe Dimaggio, one of her husbands. I loved the dress. There were great costumes: Dog the Bounty Hunter and his wife, Charlie's Angels, Gilligan and Mary Ann, Shrek and Fiona, A teabag and teacup, etc...Fun time. Then we carved those last minute pumpkins on Sunday, had our traditional chili dinner and the minis became a boxer and Hercules and hit the streets with all the other minis. Much candy was obtained, consumed and then donated to troops (not very charitably!). Here are a few pictures. I'm sorry Marilyn...I don't do you justice, but it was fun trying. my bling bling Yes, we pulled out a fan pre-party to try to get a blowing dress shot! I'm crazy. Me and the mister.
My boxer (he had to have a black eye!). My strong Hercules.
My boxer, post bath, hiding under the dining room table eating candy so no one coming to the door would see him. It was so funny and cute as could be!