Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Last day of 2008

This is how My day began... I opened my eyes this afternoon to my
Bing-kitty sitting on my dresser next to the Bed staring down at me...
... as if to say, Hey! It's almost one o'clock, are we Getting up any time soon?
No, really... You see there are Birdies outside waiting for me,
so Might you please come downstairs and open the Solarium door
and maybe drop a Scoop of food in my dish along the way?
So I did... I fed Mr. Bing and let him out into his Solarium so he
could Watch the birds from high atop his new Perch
before we Left I put a treat up there. Look at his back feet
coming Off the table... Bing kinda looks like a Ballerina kitty! 
Treat's all gone... time to Go back and check out Mom for more
and, this is Where we left him... 
Last day of the month on my Inspection sticker so we had to cruise over to 
the Inspection station to have the truck inspected. Not as much Fun as you'd think;
however, since the state of North Carolina lacks a sense of humor about expired inspections,
we Decided to make some Time for it in our lazy, do-nothing-on-the-Last-day-of-the-year, day
they were Smoking in the waiting room (PU!) and I had to yell out at the Boss-man to
stop him from actually Hopping his butt into my truck with his lit cigarette (which he snuffed out
put away into his shirt pocket - Ewwww!) so I decided to brave the Cold wind in exchange for Fresh air
and Remained outside until they finished my truck. After I yelled at the guy for almost getting into my Truck while smoking, Wonderhubby pretended not to know me so I was pretty much on my own. But I make no apologies...  After all, no one has ever smoked in my truck and I just washed my jacket and scarf in mountain fresh Downey last night so that's all I wanted to smell in my truck today! Besides, I'm the customer... Right?   
so I stood outside and Chatted with the worker-Guys who did
a Great job getting us Out of there in record time. Thanks, boys!
Usually, we avoid the Mall but after Brandon called to tell us about a
problem he had today with his Recruiter, we decided to drop in at his office,
which is Located at Hanes Mall. After we worked things out with Sgt. Sanders
we took a little Stroll through the mall and stopped to Watch these kids bouncing up
and down on Rubber bands. What a great Gimmick this is... $12 to hook your Kid into a 
sling-shot for 5 minutes. Why didn't I think of this? Parents were lined up for the opportunity!
And, the Kids love it!
kinda fun to Watch too...
on our Way back out, past the recruiting offices... There's Sgt. Sanders sitting
in the window. Next time we see him is Wednesday at MEPS in Charlotte. Sigh...
I've been on the Hunt for Jim Shore Christmas ever since I saw
Shelley's collection, and was Thrilled to find these 3 pieces today
There is a tall Santa that I may have to
go back for, if it's still there on Friday
the Nativity angel was a Must-have! I've never seen it before
and Knew that if I didn't grab her today I may not ever have another
chance. Of course, I love the two Santa pieces I got too!
love, Love, love them!
And, that's how 2008 ends for Us. The boys are both out doing
their own thing... Brandon's in Greensboro with friends, and William
is over at Hanna's house with her family and we're at home watching
movies at home with Bing. Winter finally found us today so the Heater is
cranking, the Fireplace is on and the hot tub is Warming up for our midnight soak
Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

a Little time Together...

We took the boys out for Pizza at the Mellow Mushroom and
then over to Greensboro to do a little Grand Prix racing tonight
Brandon getting suited up to race
just about there!
William puts on a helmet
Brandon adjusting
Ready to Race!
They're coming to Get me!
Speed racer...
Oh Look! I was there too, and apparently
taking Photos of myself while putting my Camera away
zoom, Zoom, zoom
and, there I am again! Now I know why my
batteries are always dead...
and, Off to another race they Go...
hum... someone Spun out and is headed the Wrong way!
later, Back at the ranch and settled into bed to Watch a little
mindless television, Brandon brought Bing to me in a box
it's a Staring contest now...
boy, do let me tell you, this Cat is going to miss his Buddy when he's
gone next Week... Bing and Brandon are like two peas in a pod
sweetest little boys in the Whole world!
yes, they are!
Bing's getting sleepy now. Time for bed...

Monday, December 29, 2008

Out with the Old, and on to the New!

Honestly, as much as I enjoy Christmas, there is nothing Better than a completely clean and De-cluttered house after the Holidays to welcome a brand New year. I had so much Fun today... The house is Spotless and we Laughed and did just as much Reminiscing about our past Christmases wrapping our decorations to put them away as we did when we took them Out to put them up! And, while Christmas 2008 is now one for the History books, we Enjoyed every minute of it. I cooked and Baked lots, and unlike the last two years that saw College girlfriends follow Brandon home for the holidays, this Christmas, we had him all to ourselves... And for that, especially because he Leaves next week for basic training, I am the most Grateful. 

I must say though, this is the First, almost-New Year's-time in my Life that I can remember feeling so much Uncertainty about what lies ahead. Usually, my feet Barely touch the ground the Last week of the year... I always Feel like a helium balloon rising further and further up into the Atmosphere, all excited about the Amazing things that happened in my Old year and quite Giddy in my confidence that they will continue or at least Improve during the New year. But this year, it's a Little different... While it's still 2008, Brandon is still at home and sleeps Safely in the room next to mine. Therefore, I'm finding it difficult to let 2008 go, and I'm feeling more than a little Unsure about what this year around the corner has in store. As wonderful and Magical as our Christmas was, the truth is that the Season couldn't change the Facts... And, the facts are that Brandon's off on his Army Ranger-adventure next week and my parents were in San Francisco at UCSF this morning to meet with the surgeon. I will have to drive away from the Charlotte MEPS knowing Brandon's on a bus destined for Fort Benning without us, and we now have a Tentative surgery date set, January 28th, which means I'll be on a plane to California in the next few weeks. And, we all know how well I fly - Not! Especially alone, which only adds to the suckage. And yes, today, suckage stands as a word for the purpose of this entry. 

Nevertheless, there is nothing I won't do to be with my Parents as my dad faces this surgery, including Xanax. So while I will Welcome 2009 for the Cure I know it will deliver my dad and the Growth and opportunity it will offer to Brandon in his new Career, the lack of Control I will have in both situations is something this Control FREAK will not welcome.  

Oh! And, let's not Forget that I always begin the New Year getting older because my Birthday falls within the single-digit days of January. Ugh! But, on the bright side, I already have my Friday birthday-Spa appointment made and plan to spend it with terrific friends, having a long and Relaxing facial. So there's lots ahead for me... A lot that I'm looking forward to and a lot I'm looking forward to putting Behind me. Thankfully, I have the most Amazing family and friends to help see me through, Whatever comes my way. So Here's to 2009!  

Today was less suited for housework and More for enjoying
the great Outdoors.. Just look at the Gorgeous, warm sunlight!
only the Calendar betrays the Season today... Because if
we didn't know any Better, we'd Swear it was spring!
All the dancing Hallmark snowpeople are put away for another Year and
the Kitchen table is clean... I found two really Great new storage tubs
for my new Advent wreaths so those are put away now too!  
I did manage to find a Little bit of time to shop this Afternoon, and
just couldn't pass up this Jim Shore piece dedicated to our Soldiers
truly a Must-have for the book table in the Entry!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Feeling Itchy!

I admit it, I am So ready for Spring! I'm missing the Trees and all the green that usually surrounds the house and this Warm, wet, humid holiday weather has me Feeling itchy. Feeling the Itch to de-Christmas the house right Now... Yes, I'm even eager to put away all those new Christmas decorations I picked up this weekend... I want to de-Clutter the whole house, clean Windows and get on with it! Thankfully, the man I love feels the same Way I do so tomorrow we'll Spend the day together organizing and putting things away. I got a little Jump on him this evening by tackling the Refrigerator, which will make for one very Happy raccoon tonight! You see, I tossed out all the Leftover turkey, ham, Deviled eggs and dinner rolls I know she will be Happy to gobble up for me. And, while I cleaned out the Freezer I found the last little tub of my Pesto so I decided it had to be dinner! The boys wanted Lasagna instead, which was fine, but I was in the mood for my Summer pesto. Honestly, if the pool were uncovered right now, I would have eaten my dinner poolside... If it's going to be almost 60 degrees in December and have the nerve to Not snow, it may as well Bloom!

Let's make Pesto chicken and bow-tie pasta, shall we?
Nothing better than fresh Lemons, grated parm, toasted pine nuts
and my Pesto to go with boneless Chicken breast and red onions over pasta
Meet Mr. Al Dente!
I'm cooking so Brandon and Bing cannot be too far away!
Notice Brandon's new haircut... You would think that a kid headed
off to the Army in less than two weeks would let his Hair grow!
But not my Brandon... He says he wants to go super
short now to Avoid the surprise. Honestly, as proud
as I am of Brandon, I hope the next eight days DRAG!
Shhhhh, my chicken is Resting
Yum! And, just look at those Sweet red onions!
Next stop, Pesto pasta!
this chicken could just as Easily top a great Caesar salad!
tastes just Like summer in a Bowl!