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hourly christmas – part 2

I ended the first post at 2pm Christmas day as we were on our way to my in-laws’ for dinner once our own festive shenanigans were done! So here’s the second half of my Hourly Christmas in photos!

It was extremely cold outside and of course we realized we needed gas in the car before we left. I got to remain bundled up in the car with the dogs as Shawn braved the freezing temperatures and got us enough gas to get to his parents’ place. Heh. Nothing says Christmas like, “Car Selfie with Dog in Background”.

We arrived and Jinx was very happy to see everyone (he looooooves is Pawpaw and Maw) and sniff all of the bags around the tree. We also had a surprise gift that was cleverly disguised so we didn’t know what it was.

This is probably the best hat anyone has ever given me. It’s from my father-in-law. I proceeded to wear it the entire night. (Although I did take it off during dinner because I didn’t want the tassels to fall into my gravy! Mmm gravy.) I think this was a secret tactic to keep me from trying to steal one of his hats as I am prone to do every Christmas. I can’t help it if he buys himself a new (and nice) winter hat almost every year. I like his hats! And they look good on me. 😉

My plan had been to take a photo of our dinner, but I forgot because I was starving and it was delicious! So I was going to take a photo of the ice cream Yule log dessert. Obviously that didn’t go as planned either.

By 7pm we were all lounging around the living room while Shawn helped his dad with his laptop and chatting away. Bellies full (but not TOO full in my case!) and I was happily wrapped up in my new fuzzy blanket and warming myself by the digital fireplace. (Please note that my in-laws’ actually have a wood stove in their basement but it was too hot down there because of that! ;))

Since my husband had dressed up so nicely I had wanted a photo of the two of us before we went home. It’s hard to take photos of us with just the cellphone because all I can get is our heads. So I had my father-in-law use his fancy camera and then showed him how to use my phone. Family portrait!

Just before 10 we were home and I was tired and my Christmas was done. From Finnegan and I – Merry Christmas!

I am becoming quite the expert in digital fireplaces. Since everyone was amused by how amused I am by the one on Netflix, we turned on the one that comes with their cable station. It plays actual commercial Christmas music. We kept it on the entire evening. hee!

Once I got my new hat, my Santa hat came right off (since I generally wear a Santa hat all day Christmas day!) and Shawn took it. Here’s our Festive Hat Selfie!

Since my parents moved away, I have not received Birthday Toilet paper in a couple of years so my in-laws’ thought they’d help me out. ha! This was completely wrapped, too. Nothing says “Best Present Ever!” like toilet paper!

And that, internet, was my Christmas. And now on to a new year…

hourly christmas – part 1

It’s been a rough year but we still managed to find the joy in Christmas morning. Sure our Christmas Eve was spent eating Kraft Dinner on the couch while (re)watching the first two episodes of the 5th season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer but really, what else was there to do? This evening we’ll head over to my in-laws’ for Christmas dinner and more gifts, but so far we’ve had a pretty relaxing and happy Christmas morning here.

I thought I’d do a photo an hour today and have been posting them on Instagram. I have taken many other photos, too and even took the passcode lock off my phone to allow easier access to my camera without having to log in each time and miss the photo op. heh

I haven’t been sleeping (again) and so I managed to catch a couple of hours between 6 and 9 am. I left Shawn sleeping and put on my Christmas jammies to come down and let the dogs out. I need new Christmas pj bottoms because these are a) falling off and b) pretty much worn through in the thighs. Alas. I loved these Snoopy Christmas pants.

We were through with presents by about 10:30. We had our lovely Netflix streaming fireplace (with Christmas music!) playing in the background as we exchanged gifts. We learned that Sophie is scared of all things Christmas. She might be curious about a lot, but I guess she’s just a Grinchy when it comes to Christmas anything. Jinx was VERY curious and especially excited about his stocking.

Once again Shawn surprised me with some awesome fun t-shirts. I don’t think many of my In Person friends will get the references to two of them, but internet-savvy friends probably will. Gotta love the doge meme and Krieger from Archer. The purple shirt, well, that’s just self-explanatory and rather autobiographical.

I’d be remiss if I made cards for everyone else and left out my darling husband. Much glitter was used in this card making process because… GLITTER!

He got me a Finnish Lapphund card! Thanks Finnish Lapphund Club of Victoria for making such cute cards!

Super duper exciting – I am going to see the Nutcracker on Sunday!!

I have never seen this ballet live. I remember watching it on PBS when I was a kid. I think Baryshnikov was in it or something? We’re going to the last performance on December 29. I can’t wait to dress pretty and watch people be all magical on stage!

Also exciting – I got my Ever After High book. Yay! I’m still having way too much fun for a person in their late 30s to have on their website. But LOOK HOW PRETTY THIS BOOK IS!!!

Stickers (yay, doge! And Alice in Wonderland!) and a new agenda (better photo further down this post) and some exciting new shirts. I am a happy camper!

I also got a FitBit Force – which I am currently wearing. I am looking forward to tracking my LACK OF sleep. And steps. Although since I had it charged and started wearing it, I have gone about 70 steps. Mostly I have been on the couch. *cough*

Jinx and Sophie are pretty tuckered out and we haven’t even left for my in-laws’ yet. Sophie spent a lot of this morning trying to hide from Christmas things and Jinx spent much of the morning trying to see what all of the Christmas things WERE.

I like this new stocking, Daddy. Can I play with it?

Wookie Stocking! This will be Shawn’s new stocking from now on but this year it was a surprise. I filled it with goodies and then wrapped it up and put it in a bag.

Stocking goodies! Doctor Who sticky notes (I might steal some Dalek ones…) and a Mjölnir bottle opener! Possibly only Thor will be worthy enough to open beer in our house from now on.

It’s very heavy. Surprisingly heavy. Good thing I don’t drink beer.

And lastly, my shiny new agenda!

I even made a little ribbon bookmark for it. (Thank you double-sided tape!) I have also added in all of the appointments and birthday coming up. I’m a little bit nervous switching to a calendar year agenda since I have been so used to Academic year ones, but something about this one just spoke to me so LOUDLY when I was in the store shopping for Shawn. I thought about it for three days and went BACK to the store to look at it again. That’s when I told Shawn I think I needed it for Christmas. I had been dreaming of it since then so I was super excited to open it up today. Time to add all my stickers and birthday notes to it. But I spent about 40 minutes adding to it this afternoon.

And now I’m at 3pm and I haven’t taken a photo yet, but I’m going to go get dressed and ready to go to my in-laws’ for Christmas Part 2! I get to see my parents in 3 days and I’m looking forward to that!

I hope you’re having a lovely Christmas, too! A lot of people needed something good to happen this year and I wish you all the best day ever with loved ones.

glitter makes everything better

Hey internet! So, I’m sort of home on medical leave dealing with some unresolved PTSD crap from my trauma back at the end of March and well, I wouldn’t be lying if I told you that it sucks. It sucks a lot actually. Everything is difficult and overwhelming and crappy right now. But on the bright side, I happen to be home and healing throughout the month of December and what better time to be home than a time when you get to play in snowstorm snowfalls without worrying about having to go anywhere AND you get to spend all of your time enjoying super, sparkly Christmas decorations and realize you have time to MAKE THINGS even more sparkly and you get to use ALL OF THE GLITTER!

Little known fact. Glitter is part of the healing processes. No, really!

The first weekend in December I took a short trip to visit Monkey. This was planned and booked before I had my meltdown and saw my doctor. To be honest, I was worried about the visit, but I didn’t want to cancel it for many reasons, but being around people was hard for me. However Monkey is an awesome best friend and she gets me and my visit was super healing because she made sure that we wouldn’t be out in crowded, people-y places or do anything too stressful. In fact, we had an entire weekend of Christmas crafting and musical watching and it was fantastic. I felt more or less normal the entire weekend and I didn’t burst into tears ONCE! (Which at the time was a huge accomplishment for me.)

We really did use ALL of the glitter.

In fact, the one outing we did do (that wasn’t a nature trail walk) was a special trip to the craft store s we could buy MORE glitter. We were missing colours. You can’t Christmas Craft without white and silver and hot pink glitter!

Monkey lined the kitchen table with a ton of newspaper. We didn’t want to get  glitter everywhere. And we also wanted to limit the amount of glitter rage her husband was about to have as we opened up about 10 bottles of the stuff. Heh. I like her husband, he’s a great guy. I didn’t want him kicking me out of the house. 😉

We had an army of little creatures to glitter as well – all ready to be Christmas tree ornaments!

There were hippos.

Very, very cute hippos. (I might have a lot of hippopotamuses among my Christmas stuff. And yes, I really love the I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas song.)

We also had dinosaurs!

A little army of dinos and hippos just waiting to get their glitter on!

With the help of little hook thing that Monkey stuck into all of the critters, paint brushes and Mod Podge, we spent the afternoon sparkling up our army!

But wait! They weren’t completely done yet! Even though they could have been hung on the tree this way, they were missing something.

Pretty little bows! Doesn’t this photo just scream CHRISTMAS? I think it does. Now they were ready to pack in a ziplock bag and take back home on the train to hang on my tree!

I think my Christmas tree is even better this year than any other year, thanks to my glitter hippos and dinosaur!

We also did some crafts that were glitter-free (we’d have done more but to be honest, glittering critters was exhausting and we both wanted a nap by the time we were done!). We made Star Wars snowflakes while watching Pitch Perfect!

My house is extra sparkly and comforting this December thanks to some quality crafting time with one of my favourite people. Glitter aside, being creative and surrounding yourself with loved ones during hard times really is an excellent way to help yourself heal. All natural. No medication. Laughter, love and some sparkly crafting fun is a pretty easy recipe to follow.

Virtual Advent Tour 2013 – Christmas Crafting!



Check out the rest of the tour here! I have some co-bloggers for December 15th! You should stop by and visit Margot @ Joyfully Retired, and Melissa @ Book Nut.

Merry Christmas and thanks for stopping by!

In case you were curious, here are the links to my past Virtual Advent posts!

2013 – Christmas Crafting
2012 –  Christmas Whimsy!
2011 – Grandparents & Christmas
2010 – What Christmas Means to Me (on Beyond Books)
2009 – Ornament Collecting (on Beyond Books)

24 Days of Tea – Days 2, 3 & 4!

Day 2 – Alpine Punch

This wasn’t my favourite tea, but it wasn’t too bad. I think it would make a decent iced tea in the summer. It’s sweet but a little sharp. It smelled really good and Shawn was interested in trying it – so I told him if he did, he had to be in one of Finnegan’s photos. Good sport, that man. His love for me is very strong and he’ll prove that by the end of this post.

Rooibos, coconut chips and rasps, apple pieces, cinnamon pieces, ginger bits, cardamom, black pepper, rose blossoms, almond flakes, artificial flavouring*.

Allergens: Tree nuts and coconut – DAVIDsTEA website


Day 3 – Blueberry Jam

I was highly sceptical of this one because I don’t like berry-flavoured anything. I am not looking forward to the Strawberry Parfait one that’s in this calendar somewhere. Yuck. But it smelled good when I opened it up and it’s a black tea and I love me some black tea, so I went ahead and made myself a nice cup of this one and… it wasn’t bad! Not something I’d drink every day and I did put a tiny bit of sugar in it to round it out a little (it was missing something) but overall I was happy with the blueberry tea!

Organic: black tea**, blueberries, elderberries, pink cornflower petals, stevia. With organic and natural flavouring*.

Day 4 – Forever Nuts

I used to not drink this one at all because of my nut allergy but that seems to have vanished in the last year and a half (doctor tested and approved!) but I am still not a fan of nutty things. This one had the added yuck of apple. Dried apple makes me shudder. Yuck. But this drink – which has NO tea in it – turns red and smells like apple pie and I feel like brewing it just to let it make my house smell good. Shawn took this one for the team – as he did last year, but this time let me include him in the photo montage. Heh.

Apple, almonds, cinnamon, beetroot and artificial flavouring*.
Contains almonds

I love my husband. He helps me keep my head together.