The One with the First Book…(Post Date to Jan 4th)

Monday, January 5, 2009, approximately 5:45 pm

The first book that I read this year was Multiple Bles8ings: Surviving to Trhiving with Twins and Sextuplets by Jon and Kate Gosselin and Beth Carson.  I had put this book on reservation at the library because I saw it on Barnes and Nobles Top 100 books and decided I wanted to read it.  This book tells how Jon and Kate Gosselin (from the popular TV show Jon and Kate Plus Eight) became pregnant with first twins, then sextuplets.

Generally, it was a quick read (done in two days).  You really get a sense of Kate while reading this book.  It’s almost like she’s talking directly to you.  My opinion…it was simply written, in a conversational style, but a bit too religious for me.  I don’t think I ever knew how religious that family was.  It’s not that I have anything against religion, but that was the main theme of the book.   Again, which is fine.  I just felt like it was too much for me.  But many other people may like that aspect of the book.  I also thought there should have been more pictures in the book, color pictures.  When you are trying to keep track of twins and sextuplets and what each one looks like, it’s difficult when there are not very many pictures.   Here’s a preview of the book from Barnes and Noble if you are interested…Overall I would rate it FAIR for me.

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However, after reading this book, it does make me want to watch a few more of the episodes on TLC.  Those kids are ADORABLE!!!

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The One with the Tree…(Post date to Jan 3rd)

Monday, January 5, 2009, approximately 4:45 pm

I thought I’d quick show everyone what our tree looked like this year.  This was an absolutely beautiful tree that was a gift to us from our realtor, Peter.  On the day of our closing we were telling him how one of the first things we were going to do in the new house, once everything was moved, was to go and get a tree and decorate it.  Well, he then proceeded to tell us that he was going to deliver a tree to us the next day (our moving day).  He had wanted to keep it a secret but he also didn’t want us to have TWO trees!  Turns out that our realtor has a side business and sells Christmas trees during the holidays…good to know for next year when we are looking.  I would much rather support someone I know than give my money to Home Depot.

So when we arrived at the house the next day during the move, we saw the tree sitting in a bucket on the front porch.  After we got everything kind of arranged enough to bring in the tree it was almost a week later.  We set the tree up to let the boughs settle and we could immediately tell it was a wonderful tree–it was a Frasier fir (basically the Mercedes of Christmas trees…one we could NEVER afford in the past)…perfectly shaped, smelling oh-so-wonderful.

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Here’s the tree before the boughs settled… (it’s in the left hand corner of the living room, with the dining room on the other side)

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And here is the tree decorated…

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Here is a close-up of a handmade ornament that I made for Kimm for Christmas (depicting our first house!)–I wanted to make it a lot more detailed, but that turned out to be a disaster, so I decided, simple is best!

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And here’s a picture of the tree with the lights at nighttime!  I love it…

We’re probably going to take the tree down sometime this week.  I will miss it.  I love sitting in the living room with the tree on and just relaxing.  But the good thing is that this year we won’t have to take it down four flights of stairs.  We can bring it out the front and set it on the tree belt.  What a wonderful change!

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The One with the Resolutions…(Post date to Jan 2nd)

Monday, January 5, 2009, approximately 4:15 pm

Every year I try to make a list of resolutions.  I find that it helps to focus my efforts during the year with areas that I want to change for the better.  For example, last year one of my resolutions was to pay off more of my debt.  And I made terrific progress.  I have all of my debt paid off except for one credit card (which has a low interest rate) and my school loan (again with a low interest rate).  Paying off my three other credit cards helped me to realize one of my biggest dreams, which was to purchase a home.  So, I’m hoping to be as good with my resolutions this year.

So here are my resolutions:

1) To blog every day during 2009

2) To pay off at least half of my remaining credit card (and all if possible)–the only reason I’m not going to say all as the only resolution is because I know there will be many expenses during the year for the house that I won’t be able to anticipate and I don’t want to set myself up for failure.  I definitely hope to get this remaining credit card paid off within 2 years.

3) To keep track of all the books I read throughout the year (in an Excel program) and to share on my blog what I read.

4) To eat more healthy (doesn’t this one show up on EVERYONE’S list!)

5) To try one new recipe per week in order to expand my culinary skills and the meals that we eat

6) To expand my music repertoire–for those of you who know me, I don’t listen to that much music, but I always WANT to, I just don’t know what to listen to.  I’m going to utilize iTunes and listen to new music and also to the music that Kimm and her brother have (since they have a TON of cds).

7) To start playing the clarinet again.  Now that I’m in a house where I don’t have to worry about bothering neighbors, I want to see if I can still play.  And in relation to that, I think I want to learn how to play the guitar (Kimm has one so I won’t have to buy one).

8) To keep track of all our house improvements.

9) To build up a bar in our house with different liquors (one per month) and hopefully to learn at least one new drink per month as well.  This is something that Kimm and I were hoping to do together and I think it will be fun!

10) Last, but not least, I want to start looking into having a baby.  Kimm and I wanted to be in a house before we started to think of this and I know it won’t happen in a year.  But hopefully within two years (or at least before I am 40!)  So I will be looking into artificial insemination…fun, fun.

So that’s it.  My ten resolutions.  I’ll look back on this list many times during the year I’m sure to see where I am and when I need to be more focused.  Hoping everyone had fun making a  list of resolutions!

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The One for New Year’s Day

Monday, January 5, 2009, approximately 4 pm

Well, here it is, 2009 already.  Like so many bloggers, I was hoping to blog more this year, and I believe I will make a strong effort to blog every day this year.  Of course this will mean that some posts will be much shorter than others 🙂  Anyways, since my computer was getting de-bugged the first couple of days of the new year (thank you very much Chris!–and an extra thank you for the extra memory that makes my computer SUPER fast!) I wasn’t able to blog those days.  But I will make a valient effort right now before I have to go to work to “catch up.”

So, New Year’s Day…what do I remember?

Basically, it was a wonderful, relaxing day.  I slept in (always a nice treat), then had some coffee and enjoyed the Rose parade (click on this link to watch the parade online if you missed it).  The theme this year was Hats Off To Entertainment.   I always like watching this particular parade (in fact I think it’s the ONLY parade I watch the whole year long).  It’s so interesting to see all the floats that are covered only with flowers, seeds, and other organic materials.  My favorite float was the one that Jack Hannah was on–it was decorated with different wild animals–giraffes, elephants, tigers, and more.  It was truly beautiful.  My second favorite was the Sesame Street float where they sang the theme song–reminded me a lot of when I was a kid (I sang right along!).  This was the first year that Kimm watched with me and she enjoyed it as well.  So I guess this will become a yearly tradition.  And what made it even more nice was the fact that we watched it in our new home!

Unfortunately I had to go in to work that night, but the rest of the day was spent in low key mode.  It was a great way to welcome in the new year.

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