The weather outside is….

As I was out shopping today I kept thinking about the song “Let it Snow”. As I ran around from the Christmas Tree Shop, Costco, and Micheal’s I was excited and horrified about the weather. I know the average is 47 for 11.29 but today seemed sooo hot in the mid 50’s. Yes, we have had snow, but it just does not seem like Christmas yet. It might be my mindset since I am all wrapped up in school since I’m done on the 17th (news flash my teacher moved the final review up!) but it does not seem like the year is winding down.

So with our Christmas tree in our apartment and our door open to cool the place off we got to work on decorating. No, I was not wasting energy with the door open. We had turned the heat way down and it was still 72 in the apartment- 12″ of concrete does insulate well. So we propped open the door to cool off. 

Price and I quickly got to work on the tree getting the lights on and then the ornaments. Most of I love to see them all and see the ones we have gotten together over the years- like the personalized ones my mom got us in 2007 and the poker cards she got price last year. I have my favorites like the ballerina frog, rabbit ornament, moose  from maine, and the sugar-plum fairy @ my mom’s house. I never noticed until this year when Pricer asked where the tree topper was that we don’t have one… I’ll have to get to work on that.

Last year the rabbits were much more interested in the tree. We had to keep an eye out for them at all times since we did not want them to eat the lights or the ornaments. You never really know with them since Jack likes to chew on the metal bookcase. I had to plop Jack down at the tree and even then there was lots of begging to stay there while I took a picture.

 Bunny, as usual was worse, I had to get out the bag of raisins to get her to participate in a picture. Even then it was a failed attempt and she ran off quickly. No, that is not poo in the picture, the is the raisins I spilled as I tired to sit down with her, the raisins, and camera.

She quickly ran behind the tree to hide. And just as quickly she ran away…

 

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All in a day’s work

I love the days that are both relaxing and productive.

After 8 hours of blissful sleep I got up to start the day. Pricer made me breakfast since I was whining about not having bread for toast. We head off to Home Depot for our Christmas tree.

We got a 5-6′ balsum fir. Much smaller than last year but just as nice. It already makes the apartment smell good.

Then I worked on a paper- last paper!!!! and headed off for lunch. We went to Regal Beagle. A cute place- amazing felted wallpaper- with good food but I suggest that folks go at night if you don’t want to hear kids yelling and their parents begging them to sit, eat, turn around, etc. When did kids become dogs?!?!?

Then off to CVS to develope pictures- fail. After selecting my pictures, editing, and resizing them the machine crashed and I lost my patience. But the afternoon is still saved since we went to Gap and I bought this amazing hat!!! I wore it around the store and embarrassed Price.

 More homework, dinner, and now Pineapple Express while doing more homework.

Lots of Thanks!

We had a great thanksgiving yesterday! Lots of relaxing, fun, and great food. Price and I went up to see his mom at her friend’s house in NH. It was great seeing Dan and Mary since it had been about a year and a half since our last visit. Plus it was nice to escape Boston and head up to the White Mountains.

I am thankful for…..

seeing wild turkeys on thanksgiving!! 10 of these guys hung around their backyard for a bit.

hopping in the hot tub at 7am when it is 36 degrees out!

watching pricer make mashed potatoes in his bathing suit

lots of great food!

band aids! I took a hunk out of my finger while peeling potatoes with Price’s mom. Then I find out at Dan did the same thing last week…. avoid this peeler.

Lastly, I am thankful for such a great day with family and friends while enjoying this view!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

 

Thanksgiving: The Myth

I’m kinda pissed at myself and my teachers, and the public at large, for my limited knowledge about Thanksgiving.

-Lies-

In last week’s Sunday Globe I read an article explaining how the Pilgrims did not first land at Plymouth rock. Umm excuse me? Since I can remember I have been told about Plymouth Rock. Now I come to find out that they first arrived in what is now Provincetown, the gay vacation spot at the end of the Cape. They stayed in Provincetown for over a month and a half before exploring the Cape more, stealing corn, fighting with the Natives, and arriving in Plymouth. Check out this article and animated video.

-That’s not vogue-

Then I read an article by AJ Jacobs about the First Thanksgiving called “Be a Pilgrim for a Day”. Sorry people… no pumpkin pie, no candied yams, no cranberry sauce! It has not even been confirmed if they had turkey, records only say ‘wild fowl’ so that could mean geese, ducks, or turkey. Nor did they wear black and white or buckles. That’s right folks- all the cartoons you have seen are wrong.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Thanksgiving as a day off where stuff our faces with family and friends. It is just a shame that we don’t really know the history behind it. For example, last Christmas I got some people annoyed (my mom) when a family friend and I started to tell everyone at dinner the truth about Christmas. Like Jesus’s name was not Jesus, in fact it was Yeshua. Jesus was also not born in a manger. Translations from Greek really messed things up, along with popular culture.

Learn more about Thanksgiving:

Thanksgiving Day Facts: Pilgrims, Dinner, Parades, More- National Geographic

All things Thanksgiving at History.com

Moosh and Moosha

So I have a thing with nicknames.

I go by Nicole or Nic, and it has to be spelled that way. I won’t respond if people call me Nicki. There once was a time that someone introduced me to a group of people as Nicki and it made my heart stop since I now had a bunch of people calling me Nicki and with every time I heard it I would shudder. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t care if anyone else goes by Nicki. It’s just not me, it does not fit me.

Anyway, Price and I have a bunch of nicknames for each other.  Things range from Goose, Squishy* or Squish, to Moosh(a). 

*So I have never seen Finding Nemo in its entirety but I think this clip is funny and that is why Squish is a nickname I call Price.

“I shall call him Squishy and he shall be mine and he shall be my Squishy. Come on, Squishy Come on, little Squishy.”