Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Normally, I tell people how wonderful the winters are here. I may hate the summers but the winters are so fabulous. Usually on Halloween, it's in the low 80s. Thanksgiving, we can usually eat outside in the mid to upper 70s. Christmas lights go up and I'm wearing shorts. We even had 80 degree weather in January! It's great!

The summers...eh, not so big a fan of humidity and high temps. But, we have a/c and so does everyone else...so it's really not a huge deal.

However, this past February, we had snow. Enough for my kids to build a snowman. It was gone quickly. Just enough to have fun with, but not enough to make me hate it.

We are once again experiencing unseasonably cold weather. I sit here thinking "What happened to global warming?" Quite frankly, I would welcome some global warming! The low tonight is supposed to be 26. That is CRAZY! Tomorrow the high is not even 60.

Needless to say, work has been slow because no one wants to go outside to walk around an outdoor mall to find the place where Santa is. They are going to wait til it's warmer...which may not be til later this weekend and hopefully next week. Santa and I go outside to wave at people in passing cars. He's nice and toasty in his suit and being from the North Pole and all, not phased by this weather. Me, on the other hand, have a turtleneck and two jackets on and I'm STILL shivering. We come inside and I have a cup of cocoa to warm up. It's no surprise I can't get rid of this rotten cold.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

the big day

Yesterday was the big opening of the Santa photos at the mall. It was CRAZY! I have never worked so hard and been so tired in my entire life. I put in about 12 hours yesterday.

It's going to be a long six weeks!

Monday, November 10, 2008

busy busy

Wow...I can't believe how crazy things are right now. We're getting ready for Christmas in full force. I know, it's not even Thanksgiving yet, but I work a seasonal job and we start Saturday! This is my first year as manager and I'm incredibly stressed. I want everything to be perfect and to achieve our sales goal.

I'm also hostessing Thanksgiving. We're just having the missionaries over from our church, so that's just four extra people. Not like years past where it was 10 extras. I am hoping I can keep the food under control! I have a tendency to overdo the food thing at Thanksgiving. I could probably feed 30 people with the amount I usually cook. I told D we're only doing two pies, and he wants three. Three pies for 11 people. I don't think so.

My menu is looking pretty basic right now. Turkey, two varieties (half recipes of each) of sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green salad, the funky jell-o/cottage cheese salad from D's family, two kinds of pie, and deviled eggs...and some homemade rolls. Yeah, that sounds like too much food, but everyone wants their favorites. *sigh*

I'm also working both the day before and the day after Thanksgiving. This means we're eating on nice paper plates.

I also have a ton of sewing and things to get done at some point. And at least two school functions I have to figure out how to manage. hahahaha yeah...all of this is going to happen with me working 40+ hours a week. I already told my OB I can't make it back in until January.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

finally my new apron

this is the lovely apron I received in the hot apron swap.

It is my absolute favorite apron right now :)

and here's a close up of the detail on the pocket. I think this is what makes the apron so wonderful.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Hot Apron Swap!

I participated in an apron swap over at yarnigras and received my swap package yesterday. the package was full of wonderful goodies and a FABULOUS apron from Kellie. I'm going to post some pics later. :)