Friday, November 21, 2008


We are both sick. Dave is mostly over it, but for me the illness is at its worst.

Dave is almost done with his field work for this semester, and I am just chugging along the best I can through the end of the semester. I don't know what it is, but I'm so burned out from school and I am dying for a break. Thank goodness for Thanksgiving next week! That will be great: we are visiting my family, and it will be a fun and (hopefully) relaxing time!

I have been getting quite excited for Christmas already. I know that the holiday has been hitting the stores earlier than ever this year, flooding them with Christmas tunes and decorations the moment Halloween left us. I can honestly tell you that this has made shopping extremely awkward for me for a few weeks, and a little aggravating. I mean, it isn't about the holiday spirit at all--it is about pushing consumerism up as early and as much as possible, getting customers to think about buying more, earlier. I hate that. I love Christmas shopping, but I don't like to be shoved into the holiday season a month early. I am starting to feel hints of the Christmas spirit now, but I am not going Christmas shopping yet, and the tree is staying in its box until after Thanksgiving.

We are probably going to have a simple Christmas this year. Last Christmas, we splurged a lot more than we should have, and even though it was great fun it is just not happening again this year. I don't really believe that spending a ton of money on gifts is really the way it should go anyway, but it feels good when you get something for someone that they really, genuinely appreciate, without a thought for what it costs.

You know, we shouldn't have to feel guilty for not being able to spend a lot of money on people during the holidays, but we do. When I think about the massive spending and stress and commotion it doesn't make any sense. Isn't that the exact opposite of what Christmas is supposed to represent? Most people just feel guilt about what they didn't do for people instead of joy for doing what little they were able to manage. I am as caught up in this as anyone...and these realizations are making me feel a little disappointed in what this holiday has become.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

My birthday

It was a rockin' party!

Great food and sweet presents!

The birthday girl (wearing a necklace that was a gift from Dave)

It was a wonderful birthday!
(yes I know, this post is like 3 weeks late)

Friday, November 7, 2008

A few thoughts

*My grammar class is ruining me. When I am reading anything (particularly non-published works) I am constantly asking myself, "Is that correct?" I do it with my own writing as well. It bothers me. I don't have all of the grammar rules memorized yet, but I'll remember that I learned it at one point or another and I will just wonder about it.

*When I am pregnant, I do not want people to touch my belly. I don't know, is that rude? Personal bubble, you know?

*I am fed up with Twilight. It is okay of you like it. I am not judging you for it. I just can't stand hearing about it anymore. And if I hear the name "Edward" one more time....

*I am too addicted to shopping for clothes. I bought a bunch of new fall clothes, and therefore blew my spending budget for pretty much the rest of the year. I feel bad, but at the same time I am loving my new clothes.

*I really am not trying to be negative. I am quite happy with life right now, so don't get the wrong idea :)

*I think that I am starting to like those Ugg boots. Sort of. A little. But I could never wear boots over my pants like most people wear them.

*I think that I am also becoming fond of leggings (!) but certainly not the kind with stirrups. WHY?!

*I am soooo excited for Thanksgiving this year! We are driving to AZ to spend the holiday with my parents.

Okay, one of these days I'll make a legitimate post about something people care about. One of these days...

Saturday, November 1, 2008


Local Stupidity has been updated (finally!).