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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. ūüėČ

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 Mj√∂lnir 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. ūüėČ

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.

it begins!

December is here! Bring out the decorations! Begin full out WHIMSY MODE! Start opening your 24 Days of Tea calendar!

Although I already opened today’s tea, I have not yet tried it (though it sounds delicious!) It will be an after dinner tea, I believe (it’s caffeine free, thankfully!) or a later in the afternoon tea. This morning I wanted coffee.

Although, Finnegan D Ephelant is primed and ready for his 24 Days of Tea photos which begin TODAY!

Bring on the Christmas Whimsy! *tosses glitter & snowflakes*

it’s coming…

It has been unusually cold here the last few days. This cold snap happened right after it was unusually warm for this time of year. Literally one day after the next. But, you know, that’s Montreal in the winter months. It’s rarely the same weather from year to year.

Even with my perpetually sad moods I have been longing to put up the Christmas decorations this season. I tend to activate all Christmas music in my library in October, but I was late this year and still today, I find myself skipping over the Christmas songs as they come up on shuffle. I WANT to listen to them but for some reason most of them are just making me agitated rather than content. I have them playing in the house on the weekends though as I make cards and stuff. That helps my mood. There’s one US radio station that we get here that plays All Christmas Music ALL the Time and they started this weekend! So now I can switch to that station in the car if I am feeling the urge to jingle along my merry way.

I broke out the Christmas mug yesterday morning when I made my coffee. I am longing for that first snow. I like my first snow falls and I love the snow up until the end of December. This is how I know I’m getting old. I’m ready for the snow and winter to be GONE by mid-January. I used to love snow on my birthday… but not so much anymore.

But I do love me some snow for Christmas. I don’t think I could do Christmas in a non-snowy place. Or then again, maybe I could get used to it in no time. Old. I’m getting OLD.

Between work and my down-in-the-dumps mood, I haven’t been able to do much of anything these days. When I am not working, I’m fretting over school work or going to my fitness class (which helps with the mood stuff) but I just don’t feel like I have any time to just do something fun, for myself and without worrying about everything. So on Friday after work I had Shawn pick me up at the metro and we headed on over to check out the new Michael’s store that opened near us. Everything there is pretty and grossly over-priced but I managed to pick up some new Christmas stickers and card-making things that were happily on discount.

So Saturday was a card-making day. Full of crafting, paper, stickers, and glitter. Always glitter. Always.

(Was supposed to have an outdoor crossfit class that got cancelled so I got in some extra card-making time! We also went to a movie AND I worked out on my own at home. It was a full day!)


I have this problem in which I buy all of these pretty stickers and paper that are just SO pretty that I end up having anxiety when I have to use them. I don’t want to use them. They are SO PRETTY! And then I won’t see them again. They are so pretty in front of me that I don’t want to ruin their prettiness by putting them on other things. SO SHINY! @_@ I’m like this with new notebooks, too. They are so pretty and empty, I don’t want to risk losing the magic of it by writing it in. ¬†But I will make pretty cards and others will get them and ¬†hopefully enjoy the stickers and paper I lovingly shared with them. No one will ever appreciate the pretty as much as I do though. I know it.

I also know this is a totally weird and strange issue to have. But I have it. My gods, I would probably hoard ALL of the SHINY STICKERS if I could. I rocked sticker albums when I was a kid. Maybe I should start that up again because I don’t have enough clutter in the house already.

Sneak peek.

I’ve got 22 cards made so far. I think this is about half of what I need. I see another weekend of card making in my very near future. I want to get my US and overseas cards out soon. I also need to buy stamps.

Crap. Note to self: SELF! YOU NEED TO BUY STAMPS!

Or at least bring this all to the post office when it’s not crazy-busy and have them stamped there.

Which brings me to the fact that ever since I lost my address book in the fire of 2006, I have never really had a proper place to keep my addresses. I have tried many things and keep misplacing them. Last year I had the brilliant idea of adding peoples’ addresses to my gmail address book but that’s not complete either. So this year I looked up “Christmas Card Lists” online and was not disappointed. I printed some out and voila!

I’ll eventually get a notebook or something to put this stuff in, but this way I have all of my countries sorted and names written down and I can make sure I am not missing anyone! Woot! I have begun verifying addresses with people that might have moved in the last year to make sure I have the most recent one (which created the brilliant idea to add a NOTE in my gmail contacts with “current address as of XX date”! Go, me!) I have sorted these not only by country, but by which lists get mailed and which are handed cards in person. Who am I? Crazy organized this year.

I even wrote all the addresses down in alternating red and green. I’m a freakin’ festive machine, yo!

I don’t have the money to send out cards to many people this year. Only my regular mailings are going out. Not only are cards and crafting stuff expensive – so is postage! Not many people do cards anymore, but they mean something to me, so I still do. And honestly, making them all myself is oddly cathartic to me. I enjoy it and I like to think that people enjoy receiving cards that had a little time and effort put into them. Yes, these things get recycled at the end of the season, but I don’t know. There’s joy in a hand-made card. At least to me there is.

I have slowly begun adding Christmas whimsy to the house. I have taken out all of the boxes from the closet in the basement and started to pull things out. The Christmas fleece blankets are now on the couch. I have one little decoration on the cedar chest, in front of the TV (mostly because I am not certain how to decorate that space this year since it’s not just an open one and actually has a TV and DVD player on it… hmmm). I have cleaned the house (with the help of Shawn) and just have the piano left to de-clutter and dust so the regular decorations can go up there next weekend.

I brought Christmas to the outside of the house. It’s always been my dream to have outdoor lights, but that’s sort of a lot of effort and we’re just not that handy. Maybe our next house. For now I’ll be happy with my wreath. I put this out today because we are supposed to get snow this week – a lot of it – and I didn’t feel like having it blow in the house when I put this up. Although it’s aout -16C and extremely windy so it might just blow away.

I feel like this year is a weird combination of Faking the Joy (coined by Monkey many years ago) and actually feeling the joy. I want to feel it. I sort of do. It’s just something I really have to grab the edge of and hold on for dear life. The decorations, glitter, card-making and music are helping. The snow fall (although a massive mess for the daily commute) will add a bit of brightness to the grey and dead vegetation out there. I am hoping that will help a little, too. (Well, ignoring the commuting mess.) And next week the blog design will change, too! (Thank you December, for starting on a weekend so I can get this done at the right time!)

Bring on the festive, Christmas cheer! I’m ready!