Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Welcome to the Christmas edition of getting to know your friends. Okay, here's
what you're supposed to do, and try not to be a SCROOGE!!! Just copy (not forward) this entire email and paste into a new e-mail that you can send. Change all the answers so that they apply to you. Then send this to a whole bunch of people you know, INCLUDING the person that sent it to you......Tis the Season to be NICE!
2. Real tree or Artificial? I own a small artificial one, but I really like real ones and have been contemplating several times about whether I should get one this year. Of course I no longer own a tree stand.....
3. When do you put up the tree? Usually as immeadiately after Thanksgiving as I can manage.
4. When do you take the tree down? Sometimes the day after, but at least by New Years.
5. Do you like eggnog? Yes!
6. Favorite gift received as a child? I'm not sure...I remeber a chemistry set I really liked and we had a creepy crawler baker (It made rubber bugs) I really liked.
7. Hardest person to buy for? The Adams and my friend Geoff.
8. Easiest person to buy for? My sisters
9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I don't think I want to go there...
12. Favorite Christmas Movie(s)? It's a Wonderful Life, The Santa Claus
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Middle of the summer, often
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Not so far
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Everything! Fruitcake, Gingerbread
16. Lights on the tree? Yes
17. Favorite Christmas song? I have a huge collection of Christmas music. I love it. Some of my favorite CD's are the New Yo Yo Ma Christmas Album, Now That's What I Call Christmas Vol. 3,
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Stay home, although I did have one very memorable Christmas at the Grand Canyon with my friend Robin.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen...and don't forget Rudolph!
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? It depends. I like Christmas morning, but it depends on what is going on with people's schedules. This year I work Christmas and so we will get together on Christmas eve.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? I love this time! I get ready early on and so I don't generally find it stressful. It's the day before Thanksgiving and I have already mailed all the packages that need to go out but one. I've got most of my shopping done. So now I just get to enjoy the season! Love it! My only issue is that there are too many events and things I want to do. I can't fit them all in.
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? I like the memories that go with the ornaments I have. There might be a slight them of Childhood, Candy, toys...
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? I like variety, but we usually have turkey or ham.
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? Not sure, I am enjoying letting myself cook even though I can' eat it. I am enjoying some novelty cake pans. Maybe some cake decorating tools. Clothes are kinda fun now that I've lost so much weight.
26. Who's is most likely to respond to this? Cathy?
27. Who is least likely to respond to this? Hopefully everyone will respond! Either via email or on their blog!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Then our next house was on the lower slopes of the "S" mountain. I had toured this house before, shortly after it was built on the AIA home tour. It was built by architect Christine Woolsey. Her clients wanted a modern home that took advantage of the views from the lot, but that was built within a pretty tight budget. The entire front facade of the house is glass. It is one open box that steps up the side of the hill. Inside are "boxes" that help define the space. It's really a pretty cool house.
You can see up and through the back of the house.
The final home was also a contemporary home. It's at the end of Central, through the tunnel, into the gated community there. It is just across the street from another home I have previously toured on an AIA tour. I really liked the livability of this house. It is very indoor/outdoor. It has a fabulous front courtyard/pool/fireplace area. And a minimalist kitchen that looked right at the side of the cliff.
What a totally fun day!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Anyway, years and years ago, I read a few books about Henry the 8th and his wives and I thought I would know this story. I was really surprized to find out that I didn't know anything about this part. It was a fascinating story. I talked to my friend Joyce about it to get an overview of the background and what happened to folks later. That was very helpful. My sister in Idaho said she tried to read the book, but was just appalled by the way they treated people in it.
I was just rather amazed at the whole thing and the interesting angles the story took. Thought provoking anyway and in my book that makes a good movie!
Okay, I got some help. So here are some before and after photos. Some of my friends who see me all the time said they don't even recognize the old me. It's kind of funny. People who don't see me all the time don't recognize the new me. It's all me.