Before the Apple store in Charlotte, (and the Tiffany store, the Lacoste, and the Polo Outlet and Abercrombie and Fitch) we went to Trader Joe's! Although it may cost me a few Hail Mary's, I just had to liberate a market basket. As you can see, Bing approves completely!
No news of a Trader Joe's planned for our area (yet), but I did learn that Greensboro will soon have an Apple Store - Yea!
The way to a man's heart at Christmas is through fresh baked bread! Now that I have his heart, I'm hanging up my apron for a while... I feel as though I've been cooking for two days straight. Probably because I have been cooking for two days straight!
By the way, the scallops I made last night? Well... he said they were Perfect!
Dallas beat the Panther's in Charlotte last night and with the win, and because Green Bay lost today, Dallas secures home-field advantage for the play offs. William made me this cute Gingerbread house for Christmas and this afternoon I completed all the market shopping for our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners. This is the first year that I've added sea scallops to my steamed crab and baked flounder Christmas Eve dinner menu, so wish me luck! I have the whole turkey/ham Christmas Day feast down cold, but preparing scallops (properly) is something new... I'm thinking diced shallots, crushed garlic and olive oil. Any way, I'll let you know how they rate.
Okay, it's taken me a few days to get over Sunday's loss to the Eagles... But I'm over it now and looking forward to Saturday's game in Charlotte.
So what was the reason Tony Romo had his WORST game ever (really, worst ever...) after playing so spectacularly all these weeks? Two words: A GIRL! A Yoko-Romo, if you will.
Seems that Mr. Romo's head's been turned by Jessica Simpson. Blech! Obviously allergic to anonymity, Jessica couldn't just sit in the corner and watch the game. She had to display herself wearing a pink #9 (Romo) jersey at every opportunity. Kinda lame since they've been dating what?... all of two weeks? And, where was she when Tony was just the back-up for Bledsoe? Interesting how much attention a 67-million dollar contract will buy a man with Ms. Simpson-Lachey-Simpson. No, I'm not riding in, or driving the bitter bus... Troy was the last Cowboy that did it for me, so this truly isn't personal.
Any way, the Boys come to Carolina this Saturday night and I'll be watching from the comfort of the little sports grille we found since the game is only being televised on NFL network. Now if only someone could make sure Jessica gets confusing directions to Charlotte; after all, it can't take much to confuse her, given the whole North and South thing! Cut break lines would work too - whatever it takes to rid my team of Public Enemy #1!
Windstream guy came by today to install my wireless Internet, and I SO get it now! Instant messages can actually be instant... Who knew?
Another thing I love - My new Macbook. Not only is it so cute, it's also so much fun to use. Oh! And, how cool is Skype? I can now chat on-line through my Mac for free (with video if I want to) without tying up my phone! I'm still getting used to the smaller screen though. I didn't think going from a 15" screen to 13 inches would be so major but I must tell you... I'm missing those 2 inches a little. I'm also learning to break my horrible addiction to the PC delete key again. I forgot that forward delete on the Mac is function + backspace so the extra step will take some time to get used to again. Nevertheless, these aren't deal breakers. After all, size isn't everything and there's still a lot to love here. Yes, I said size doesn't matter, you heard me!
Another bonus: I cancelled my AOL paid subscription today since I am now able to access AOL free through my wireless service. The nice representative who took my call said at the end of our conversation, "It's been a pleasure to serve you as an AOL customer the past 15 years and 9 months." Wow! That's a long time...
By the way, Brandon wouldn't settle for anything less than the biggest, most powerful wireless router Best Buy would sell me so I'm sure everyone within a 10 mile radius of our home is probably enjoying my new wireless Internet service as much as I am!
So what do I give the man that has everything (everything being me) for Christmas? Why the opportunity to fly a real WWII airplane, of course! No, really... that's what I bought, and he really does fly the plane! The planes you see above is just one of the three or four plane choices they offer - I think the bi-plane is cute, but I've rented the top one you see, it's the AT-6G - The man said it goes, Fast, Fast, Fast. So fast it is...
When we lived in California I bought him kayaking adventures, so now that we're in North Carolina, I think it's time for him to fly! And, this is pretty close to how the Wright brothers did it!
Any way, I cannot wait to see his face on Christmas morning! Before then though I must find a creative way to wrap the certificate they're sending me. Unfortunately the adventure won't happen until April, but that's okay...
You can count on me to take plenty of pictures... But only from my safe little spot on the ground because you know how afraid I am to fly and we're talking I white-knuckle it in first class so this is out of the question for me!
Since gifts from me rarely disappoint, I must tell you that the Macbook I gave myself for my 22nd wedding anniversary coming up this Friday is Fabulous!
Of course you-know-who thinks this covers him for our anniversary, Christmas and my birthday, which all fall within two weeks of each other... But we know that's not the case - Silly boy! All that aside, Janet's living back in Mac-land and loving it very much. Did I mention how cute this Mac is? SO cute.
... to hold my breath for THREE HOURS. It was excruciating! Especially since the game was not televised here and I had to rely on the Internet to know what was going on. By the way, aren't Dallas and Detroit closer to North Carolina than Green Bay and Oakland? Still, we get that game but didn't get the game. Just kills me...
Any way, all is well because Mr. Romo and the boys managed to pull it out in the last eighteen seconds and beat the Lions, 28-27. Dallas is now 12 and 1 and I'm a very happy Girl!
I am such an obvious lover of Spring... When it's green or blooming I'm a smiling, happy girl! Unless winter promises lots of snow I really see no reason for the leaves to fall off the trees at all...
It's a big job to be patient while the approximately 15,000 flower bulbs and hundreds of trees on our property sleep, or more properly stated by my landscape expert, (aka, the man I love) rejuvenate. Yesterday he helped add a little color to our forest through the use of these lighted mesh trees. Very sweet, but I'm thinking it may take a few hundred more given the size of our forest; and, since it was 70 degrees yesterday and Spring is a solid four months away, Mr. every-season-is-beautiful-in-its-own-way, might be hanging faux leaves on the trees soon.
Nevertheless, I'm doing what I can to love Winter in North Carolina. I don't mind tell you though, winter without snow is a tough season to love!
ASU defeated Richmond tonight to head back to Chattanooga and play for a third straight NCAA Division I Championship. I wish you could hear Brandon and his friends... They are all very excited. It began with the big win over Michigan and kept going from there.
Ah, there goes the goal post!
Will it be Delaware or Southern Illinois? We'll know tomorrow... Go ASU!
UPDATE: It's Delaware! Friday night, 8PM, ESPN II. Hoping for a Three-peat - GO ASU!
12/14 UPDATE: It's done... ASU beats Delaware to become THREE-TIME Champions!
It took a while, but Trader Joe's has finally followed me to North Carolina!
We now have Trader Joe's in Raleigh, Charlotte and Chapel Hill. A friend from work and I made the pilgrimage to Charlotte yesterday and after lunch, facials and shopping at the Polo Outlet (for Brandon) we hit Trader Joe's! I went down each isle three times to make sure I didn't miss anything and took home a whole load of favorites I haven't seen since my last trip to California.
For dinner last night we had Trader Joe's Chippino (some say Ciapino), Caesar salad I made with Trader Joe's organic romaine, and for desert, I warmed Trader Joe's Quintessential Berry Pie and served it in a bowl with vanilla ice cream... Heaven!
Last thing I did before I went to bed last night was send Trader Joe's a location request to bring one of their fabulous stores to Winston-Salem. As much as I love Fresh Market and Whole Foods, I need a Trader Joe's.
OH! Speaking of location requests... Guess what? I learned yesterday that Charlotte is getting an Ikea! Finally, I won't have to depend on trips to DC to get my Ikea fix. There's a running joke between us that the only way I get to Ikea is on our way back from a Bridge/Dawson family funeral, which kinda takes the fun out of it...
My new Macbook is on its way! And, it will arrive on or before the 13th, which is just in time for my anniversary on the 14th! I thought for sure I was going for the Macbook pro, but after I saw the Macbook in person, I just had to have the white. I've maxed out the processor and the memory so I think it'll be just fine!
I am so excited about going back to Mac-land. It's where I belong...
Okay... Before you bash me for the pre-lit, artificial tree let me say that until we moved to North Carolina we never considered having one... However, the only real tree I'll have is the Nobel fir... Think Charlie Brown tree - See picture of the boys up there standing in front of the one we had Christmas 1999 - SO perfect! But, you cannot get the Nobel fir here! Nope, none, nada, nix, never and not even for all the money in the world can you buy a Nobel fir in North Carolina. And, I've tried!
It's either the Douglas fir or the white pine (think Cousin It wearing a long haired cat!) or the pride of North Carolina, the Fraser Fir, which they'll tell you is like the Nobel fir, except it's not! The branches all point to the sky so they don't lay flat like they do on the Nobel fir - this means that none of my German glass ornaments hang right and my clip-on mushrooms won't work at all! And, it can't be Christmas without my German mushrooms on the tree!
So after enduring the painful process of going out to pick out the perfect tree I knew could never be perfect one too many times, we broke down two years ago and bought the nicest artificial tree we could find - and that was no picnic either!
But fear not, the house isn't without the smell of fresh pine at Christmas because we do put up a real tree in the den - It's small and stands on the window seat, between our two Nativity sets. It's a Fraser fir, of course. But it's his tree, not mine... And it'll be this way until the Nobel Fir comes to North Carolina or I move back to California, where you can find the most beautiful Nobel Fir Christmas trees on earth!
I was corrected last night about what goes on the book table in the entry... Seems that's where the children's Nativity belongs so my ornament arrangement under glass is now in the living room. Silly girl!
It was a busy morning for Bing... Lots of boxes brought in from the garage to investigate and ornaments to knock off the tree. Now he's cuddled up in my Oma's blanket on our bed doing what our sweet Bingee does best!
To update on Bing - Shelley's vet really knew what he was talking about and his suggestions we implemented for Bing at home solved all our problems. Once we relocated the stray outside and added the second litter box upstairs our old Bing was back to being the perfect cat. Oh, and we were able to trap the stray on the first try without capturing my raccoon or my possum too!
I was sorting through all the ornament organizers this afternoon wishing that I could display them all (not possible!) Then, as I was clearing off the book table in the entry I had an idea to put the glass dome thingee I picked up at the Centex sale and some of the old ornaments together! I don't use many of the old ornaments we've collected over the past twenty-two years so this is a fun way to put some of them to use without cluttering up the tree.
I hope you have your advent calendars because we opened door #1 today!