Sunday, December 28, 2008

#1 Songs

So this was actually an email forward thing. But I don't feel like forwarding. So I made it a blog tag. Check it out!

Do you know the #1 song the day you were born? Go to THIS WEBSITE and look up the number one song for your birth date.

Carolyn: "Sugar, Sugar" by The Archies

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Anxiety

I'm glad to know that my Christmas anxiety isn't anything new. And I just need to remember that I don't have to be anxious.

Christmas story teaches us not to be afraid

Published Date: 24 December 2008
By Andrew Anderson

The Christmas story of the birth of Jesus is a story with a powerful and enduring
appeal. Each year we gladly celebrate it in the cards we send and receive, in
the carols we sing, in our Christmas decorations, in school nativity plays, and
in church services.

Joseph and Mary going to Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus in the stable, the
baby laid in a manger, the angels' appearance to the shepherds, the wise men
following the star and coming to worship Jesus with their gifts.We love the
story! It has warmth and a comfort that perhaps reminds us of the time when we
celebrated Christmas as little children in our families, and which remain as
especially happy memories for many of us.

But closer examination of the story in the Bible shows us that it was for
those involved a time of anxiety, and even great fear. The words "do not be
afraid" run throughout the narrative.

When the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to tell her that she would give
birth to Jesus his first words were "do not be afraid, Mary". The angel who
appeared to Joseph to tell him about the child Mary was carrying says to him "do
not be afraid". When the angel appeared to the shepherds to tell them of Jesus'
birth his first words were also "do not be afraid". We need to hear this because
we are anxious and fearful and there is much we find threatening. Our personal
circumstances this Christmas may be difficult. The credit crunch is bringing
misery to many. Terrorism is rarely out of the news. Many live as victims of
injustice and cruelty.

But the message of that first Christmas at Bethlehem still has power to
change lives and renew our world for the better – "a Saviour has been born to
you", "peace on earth and goodwill towards all people".

If we can open our lives and accept the loving invitation of God for us in
Jesus Christ, and if we can share that love in our care for others, then the
Christmas message will lessen our fears and bring us all comfort and joy.

Andrew Anderson is Minister at Greenside Parish Church and Moderator of the
Presbytery of Edinburgh

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Less than 48 hours

I think I may be in trouble. I'm not done Christmas shopping. I am watching BAM tonight. I am NOT dragging a baby and a 2 year old out shopping. Maybe I can get it done tomorrow in the 2 or 3 hours I have between when I get done with our 1:30 appointment and when we have plans?

Criminy. How do I do I manage to do this to myself each year.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Blessed Solstice Happy Winter

Well here we find ourselves in the first day of winter. The shortest day of the year. So far it has brought bitter cold. It's not supposed to make it above zero today. Wind chills in the negative 20s. Which really just means you could freeze to death on the way to the car from the house. And here I agreed to run to the store for new mama so she doesn't have to drag Baby BAM out. Not to mention the work Christmas party at 4:00 this afternoon. Thank you to Mother Nature.

But on the solstice note. May you find this Winter season one of rest and rejuvenation. It's all longer days from here!

Blessed Be.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Humpity Hump Hump Humpity Hump Hump

Humpity Hump Hump Humpity Hump Hump. Look at the week go. Humpity Hump Hump Humpity Hump Hump over the freakin cold!

Happy Wednesday.

we have a week more or less until Christmas. I am soooo not ready. so here is what I am doing in a 24 hour period to feel a little more Christmasy.

  • Went to Target last night and bought a few odds and ends and stocking stuffers. I love me that dollar spot section!
  • Little one and I ordered a gift or two online to send to some people that live a little ways a way.
  • Made up gift bags for people at work and delivered them this a.m.
  • This morning's coffee was a Christmas type ground.
  • Bought a gift card for someone when we went to lunch.
  • Going to put the little one in a festive outfit and take her to the care center to meet some of her sister's favorite residents.
  • try and get the tree and the nativity put up.
  • the diet coke can has snowflakes on it.
  • wore my Season's Greetings sweater.
  • RSVP'd to a holiday party I hadn't planned on going to but changed my mind.
This is my attempt at today's ho ho ho activities. I'll let you know how it works out!

You have to admit. I'm doing much better than last year. And WAY better than the years before that. I might just manage this festive thing yet.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Naked Baby Pictures

Baby BAM likes taking baths. :) He especially likes being naked!
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Seeing Santa part 2

Just a bigger version of the group picture. Don't they look cute?
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Seeing Santa

These are pics from a couple of weekends ago. Every day since Bray wants to go see Santa.
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It's been a week since I blogged

I have been informed that I am neglecting my blog. This is me updating my blog. I'll get back to you with the rest of the update.

{{ insert cynical laugh here }}

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Can you actually "be in love" with a song?

If you can be, I am. With this one. Right now. Downloaded the whole album from Amazon. LOVING IT!

Note: before you play this feed, you'll have to go over there ------->>>>>> and push pause on the player.

Ok, it kind of doesn't like me I guess. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. CLICK HERE if it isn't playing for you.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Muuuusic Professor!

Our cheeks are nice and rosy. Baby, it's cold outside. It's Christmas time in the city. I'm trying not to be a grinch. Figured music might put me in the mood. So, I've collected 50 odd songs on my playlist. Do you mind? Do you want me to ditch it? Just make it not auto play? Happy with the way it is? Have a request? Feedback people. I need feedback.

Hang out for a while. I'd love to share my favorite Christmas songs with you!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Out of order posts

I wrote this post and then saved it as a draft instead of posting it. The post that is out of order. if you read these chronologically, I am sorry. if you haven't been here in more than a week. first - where the heck have you been? second - you don't care so ignore this post.

Advent Conspiracy

Great idea don't you think? And every big thing has always started with an idea. Stay tuned. I have a way to make this a big idea from the little group we have here. I'll fill ya in. In the meantime....

I don't often discuss things like this publicly

Let's just suffice it to say that I could stand to lose more than a few pounds. I've lost a couple of pants sizes worth since spring. But I still have a long ways to go. And after the mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie last weekend, it's probably one or two pounds more than it was a week ago. Anybody else? I hate the numbers that stare back at me from the scale. So I avoid it most of the time. In fact there isn't one even in my house. So I was intrigued by this new product. And I entered a contest to win one.

I entered the Mary Lou's Weigh Platform Giveaway!
Check out Roni’s Weight Loss Blog for more information.

And no. This isn't a Christmas wish list item. If you give me a scale for Christmas we may never speak again. j/k