Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Survey

I am a huge lover of surveys! Back in the myspace days, I did about a million of them - whenever I had the chance. So I couldn't help but steal this Christmas survey from Kari at La Bella Vita. I highly recommend stealing it back from me too, if you feel so compelled. Thinking about Christmas always cheers my day up!

1. Eggnog or hot chocolate? Not really either, unfortunately. If I had to choose, I would go with hot chocolate. I'm not a fan of warm beverages but it beats eggnog in my book.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree? WHAT? Santa must wrap presents. That's just a give in. I would be furious if Santa ever got lazy on me like that!

3. Colored lights or white? I prefer white lights about 90% of the time. I recently saw some colored outdoor lights on a few houses and love them though. They were a mixture of reds, blues, greens, and yellows and they were smaller - not those gigantic old school bulbs. Those would be my exception to the white lights rule.

4. Do you hang mistletoe? Not yet - but I'd like to in the future!

5. When do you decorate for Christmas? Around Thanksgiving - we usually decorate a few days to a week after, but this year we had some spare time, so we decorated on Thanksgiving Eve. We don't have much in the way of decorations besides our tree, so it was pretty quick.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish, excluding dessert? I LOVE stuffing. We don't normally have stuffing at Christmas, but we do at Thanksgiving. Potatoes are another favorite - whether mashed or roasted, I'll be content. My husband's family also has an array of Polish dishes on Christmas Eve which is pretty phenomenal as well.

7. Favorite holiday memory as a child? I think the year we went to Disney World at Christmas time was probably my favorite. There was just so much festiveness and decorations, and Christmas parades and the magic of being in Disney anyway made it so special. We also got to have a miniature Christmas on the actual day with my Grandpa (who lives in FL) and then also open presents when we got home from our trip (Santa had left them all under the tree while we were gone!) It was a wonderful experience.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? When I was about ten years old, I was watching an episode of Full House which was discussing the tooth fairy. I asked my mom "Is the tooth fairy real?" She asked me what I thought, and I decided that no, I don't think she probably was. My mom then asked me what I thought about the Easter Bunny, and I agreed that no, I don't think that he is real either. When my mom got to Santa, I bursted out "Well yes, of course SANTA is real!" My mom laughed and explained that no, he wasn't real either. I was a bit heartbroken at first, if you couldn't tell, haha.

9. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? We have a pre-lit tree already, and we decorate it in a red, white, and brown theme. Kind of earthy and modern. We have some chunky wooden ornaments in snowman, heart and star shapes, and some mini bells, in addition to regular round red bulbs and some white glass bulbs with glittery trees and red birds on them. I love the theme and can't wait to add more to it. I'd like to get some of those red berry branches for garland at some point.

10. Snow. Love it or hate it? ONLY at Christmastime. And it's looking like it won't be a white Christmas for us :(

11. Can you ice skate? Not well. I've gone a few times recently with my husband. He's huge on skating and hockey.

12. Do you remember your favorite gift? I'm not sure what would be my favorite. I got my very first cell phone when I was 15, and that stands out as a big one. As a kid, I'm not sure!

13. What is the most important thing about the holidays to you? Spending time with family, and remembering that Jesus is the real reason for celebration.

14. What is your favorite holiday dessert? Snowball cookies!

15. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Watching "A Christmas Story" a trillion times on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It plays over and over again, all day long! We're starting to also play board games at every holiday and I really like that too. It's a more recent tradition though.

16. What tops your tree? Nothing! We're lame over here.

17. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving? I really like both. It's wonderful to give to someone and show that I care about them, but I also enjoy seeing the thoughtfulness that someone had for me too. I feel like a Grinch saying that I like both, though.

18. What is your favorite Christmas song? Lately I would say "Do You Hear What I Hear". I've heard some amazing renditions of it done and it makes me love it more and more.

19. Candy canes. Yuck or yum? YUMMY!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

New Year's Resolutions

Yep, I'm already thinking about it. I'm big on those kind of goal-setting things (actually accomplishing the goal is a whole different story!)

I think that you could go back through my blog posts and find past resolutions that I have made, and I would venture to guess that none of them came to fruition. (Check here for last year's)

Hmmm. Actually, looking back on that list, I had some pretty realistic goals that obviously did come to fruition such as getting married and graduating, and applying for graduate school. This voids my whole argument!

I will continue anyway. This year my resolutions are more geared to bettering myself and my life. Too often I find myself caught up in this whirlwind of every day life, and I've been told by that sweet and endearing husband of mine one too many times that I do not have hobbies. Which is why I am bored. Maybe that's true. My New Year's Resolution is to explore more deeply into the things that I enjoy, but never really get around to. In the process I think these things will better my life in other ways as well.

1. Cook at least 4 times per week, and bake one treat or breakfast item per week
2. Try a new restaurant every month
3. Find an exercise program or class that I actually enjoy
4. Organize and decorate my house 
5. Plant a garden
6. Read more non-textbooks (I'm sure this will be easier said than done)

I think that is it for now! I will certainly update on my progress once things get underway. I've already bookmarked a ton of recipes that I want to try and a few restaurants that I'd like to go to, as well as a garden help website. I'm hoping 2012 will be a productive and enjoyable year and I won't get so caught up in the humdrum aspects of life.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I'm back!

Sorry for taking a bit of a hiatus! After Thanksgiving things were kicked into overdrive - I had multiple papers and group projects due all at the same time. I'm in the midst of finals week currently but I've already finished two of the three, so I'm much more relaxed now. The final on Friday shouldn't be too bad - our professor gave us a really good study guide and I'm feeling confident I'll do well (not like I've studied yet...but I will!)

It's hard to believe that I have basically finished my first semester. Crazy! That means I will have earned 12 credits thus far, out of a total 48 needed. Not too shabby. Since I did so well in my first 2 credit class, I am really hoping I'll get awesome grades in these others as well. I'd love to have a high GPA and possibly join the honor's society.

In work related news, I recently went on an interview for a full-time position. I felt like the interview went kind of strangely and I'm not sure what to think. I'm supposed to hear back later this weekend. At first I thought I would be crushed if I don't get it, but I'm happy in my current position. Though it would be nice to get some newer experiences and be able to work full time (better pay and benefits too!). If I did get this job, I'd be working with a totally different demographic of kids - much younger and more specifically with autism. Historically I have only worked with adolescents.

The Christmas season is upon us as well and we've decked our halls (a little). Our tree looks exactly the same as last year so I'm not bothering to take another picture. Next year we will start our tradition of chopping down our own real tree. It's about time too - the one we have currently is looking a bit forlorn and half of the lights are burnt out. Oh well. It's works!