Christmas is My Season

I absolutely love Christmas time. I always have, and I’m almost positive I always will. Me and Andrew went to lunch together at Buffalo Wild Wings and we were looking at their upcoming events and he says, “I forgot Christmas was this month.”

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Sometimes I swear he is not my boyfriend.

But I digress. I’ve spent the majority of my day today baking Christmas cookies with my mom and listening to Christmas music while we’re at it. :) We always have to make a ton of cookies because we always have tons of company during the season and my family eats them like crazy. :P

I had to do most of the work though, which I don’t mind because I love baking, because my mom has been having some troubles with her elbow and shoulder. Her elbow has been bothering her for a long while now; she has what’s called “tennis elbow.” There’s some technical medical name for it, but I can’t recall what it is. She has to have surgery on it over Christmas break and it will take about 6-8 weeks for her to recover–in which she can’t pick anything up that is heavier than a gallon of milk.

Then, she went to the doctor to have a MRI on her shoulder and found that she has a torn rotator cuff. She doesn’t know what that entails yet, but she think she might have to have surgery on that too. :( The next couple of months will be hard for her because she won’t be able to work or cook or, really anything. But hopefully everyone in my family will be able to help her through this.

Christmas at my house so far has been a bit lacking because of this. It hurts for her to do a lot of things, so me and my sister are doing the majority of wrapping presents and decorating the house and whatnot. We don’t mind.

My parents went out with some friends a couple of nights ago, so me and my sister were going to surprise her by getting all of the Christmas decorations out and hanging them up, as well as the tree. We went a little bit overboard, and when they walked in and saw this we could not stop laughing.

Deck the...living room

My mom just had this dumbfounded look on her face and my dad was laughing along with us. I even had the Christmas lights hooked up so when you turned the light switch on, only the Christmas lights came on, not the regular lights.  :D She eventually made us take them down because she was afraid “someone would hang themselves when they walked in the door.” Eye roll.

I’ve got the majority of my shopping done as well. I need to get a few small things and some toys for Tabor and then I’ll be set! Alas, I do believe those cookies are calling my name, so I’ll leave you with some pictures of Christmas at my house. :)

 

Books and Shopping Make My World Go Round

Whew! My Thanksgiving break ended entirely too quickly–I think I deserve more than just four days off! On Friday, me and my mom and dad went Black Friday shopping. While I’m not really for the shops that opened on Thanksgiving night, it made Friday a lot less hectic! We went to all the big department stores which were busy, but not crazy like they usually are. We left around 11am and it was just nice, shopping with my parents.

And let me tell you, I love a good deal. :P

I actually didn’t get a whole lot at the stores. I do the majority of my shopping (excluding clothes) online since I can usually find a better deal on Amazon.com. But, I got my mom a hand-mixer that she had been wanting and a dog toy for Tabor and a few things for Andrew–I would specify, but I know he reads my blog so it’ll have to be kept a secret for now. ;) I also found both a shirt for my dad and brother that I thought they would like.

You should be proud of me, though; I only bought one thing for myself while shopping, which was The Dark Knight DVD. It was on sale at Target for $3.99. Uh hello! What a steal! :D Though… I did buy some books for myself online too–but I couldn’t resist. Books for $5 or less is a book lover’s dream. :P

Speaking of books, I just finished Emma by Jane Austen, which I had been meaning to read for… a really long time. I absolutely loved it. I haven’t been able to read much during the semester since I don’t have a lot of spare time, but I finished reading Emma this weekend. I saw the movie with Andrew (the one with Gwyneth Paltrow–really liked it) beforehand and that encouraged me to finish reading it.

Also, anyone else a fan of The Hunger Games? If not, you should be! :P No really, these books are really fantastic. The theatrical trailer came out last week sometime and I think it looks great! After I saw the trailer, I read all three books again within a week. Ahh! :love:

I’m a little wary because I loved the books just the way they are that the movie won’t do them justice, but Suzanne Collins (the author of the trilogy) is helping write the screenplay, so I think that will really pay off. The movie is set to come out in theaters March 23, 2012. Super excited! :D

If you haven’t read the books, I would highly recommend it. They are one of my favorite series. <3

I hope you all had a lovely break if you had one!

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