navygreen: (Sugar Cookies!)
Everyone needs a little "Smashing Pumpkins" in their life, right?

Smashing Pumpkins logo cookies.


My sweet friend [livejournal.com profile] katielovesmatt was another of the participants in the "Pay It Forward 2011" meme on Facebook, and I made her a dozen of these special cookies. You see, the "Smashing Pumpkins" are her very favorite band ever (and I imagine that [livejournal.com profile] welfy will agree heartily). To make things extra-special, I jazzed them up by making them both purple (Katie's favorite color) and sparkly-silver (Katie's second favorite color).

(Disclaimer: I have no idea what Katie's second favorite color really is, but I know she likes glitter!)

Smashing Pumpkins logo cookies.


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navygreen: (Sugar Cookies!)
Here's the story of my online life: I'm never on time. If there is an occasion that I *am* on time, you can bet your tushie that I stayed up all night long to make it that way. However, I am on time for most things in real life, and sometimes? Sometimes I'm even early!

Case/Picture in point:

Snowman Cookies.


These happy, snowy snowmen were a brainchild of mine back in December. You know, when people were still making lots of snowmen-themed things. But I promise you, living in North Dakota, life here is still all about the snowmen! Yes, we're dreaming of & hoping for spring, but the white, fluffy stuff still on my grass tells a different story.

So I'm on time, right? Right?!

More story. )
navygreen: (Sugar Cookies!)
I did a lot of secretive mailing a few days ago. Today, my first friend received her box of surprise cookies, so now I can put the pictures up! :-)

You see, I mentioned last week that I was baking cookies. This friend jokingly asked me to send her a bite... with sprinkles. Now, since I'd not made many sugar cookies with sprinkles, I figured that showing a picture of them so soon after she'd commented would be a dead giveaway. So I waited and waited...

[livejournal.com profile] tigrrgrr sure was surprised, and I love it! *grins*



I had all these fun icing colors leftover after making the cute birdies, and I hated to waste them. Instead, I whipped up a batch of cookies just for my family. You see, we don't get to eat that many sugar cookies because the cookies are always for someone else! I played around with our cookies, just having fun. In turn, we had some easy, whimsical designs:



I worked on the cookies at the dining room table, and when I finished, I began to carry the racks to the kitchen for overnight drying. I wasn't careful enough, and one big cookie began to slide... I scrambled to save it, but in my haste, I wiggled more cookies. Before I knew it, SPLAT! I had five bold, vivid, and very wet cookies face-down on my hardwood floors.

Thank goodness they were just cookies for us! It would have been awful to lose so many on an actual order - yikes!

It took us about four days to finish up our special cookies, but that's good, right? We didn't shovel them all in just one day. :-)

More pictures. )


navygreen: (PotC: Quote - pieces of eight)
How much yeast is in a "packet," I wonder? See, I use enough yeast that I buy it in little brown-glass bottles, but I'm going to have to figure this out before tomorrow. I'm making Refrigerator Rolls, and the recipe calls for 2 packets. ETA: 2-1/4 tsp. = 1 packet. Thank you, Google.

I made the prettiest cookies today. Well, I actually made the sugar cookies yesterday, but I iced them this afternoon. My cutter was a bit larger than I realized it to be, so I didn't get as many cookies as I'd imagined (and I made two batches of dough to start with). I'm toying with the idea of making another batch early tomorrow, but we'll see. I already do have a lovely dessert planned for Wednesday anyway.

Also, my neighbor and friend asked if I'd be willing to make either a cake or cupcakes for her baby shower this weekend. I'm waiting on one gift in the mail, but I have the others ready and have the perfect wrapping papers to match. I'd already RSVP'ed and was very excited for her shower... to now be asked to craft some goodies is just, well, icing on the cake! (Forgive the intended pun, as it is rather late.)

I received a cute package in the mail yesterday from [livejournal.com profile] sdaisyk. She sent me a handful of Coke caps, but she included TONS of little goodies, too. Everything is so sweet and thoughtful - thank you, Sarah!

The boys were out of school this past Thursday and Friday for a break, and it has thrown me all off schedule. It just seemed like yesterday should really have been Monday, you know? As we were passing the base theatre last night, I saw the marquee and read, The Toothfairy, getting all excited. On our way back, I told the boys to try and read for the showtime, but right as we passed it, I realized that it the showing was for Saturday night... and it *was* Saturday night. (The base theatre only shows each movie once.) Gah. In my head, it had felt like Friday all day. Bummer, too, as that's one I had really wanted to see in the theatres.

Speaking of theatres, Philip took the boys last weekend to see Percy Jackson & The Olympians, and they all really enjoyed it. A.J. had received the first two books of the series for Christmas, so when he mentioned wanting to see the movie, I told him he needed to read his book first. He then read it in two days, and then he read the second book in three days. We'll have to look for the other books for him to finish, and now Jack wants to read them, too. I wanted to read the book before seeing the film, and I hadn't gotten a chance, so I told Philip to take them instead. I'll catch it on DVD later. :-)

And then Diary of a Wimpy Kid comes out this coming Friday, and both boys have been stoked about that one for a few months. They both love the book series, and I'm sure the movie will be fun. I can get behind that heartily, especially as I'm hoping it will direct their interest completely away from Alice in Wonderland. Jack wants to see it, but I think it just looks... off? I love most of J. Depp's movies, but I have no desire to see this one (though I've previewed the soundtrack, and it is lovely). In this case, Jack's just going to have to "keep wanting," and that's as close as he'll get. *wink*

The boys used their monies a few weeks ago to reserve copies of the two new Pokemon games at GameStop, and they've been reminding us for the past several days that today was the pick-up date. I thought that was odd; don't games usually come out on Tuesdays, like music and movies? At any rate, we got an automated reminder call yesterday even, and I took them to the BX GameStop today to pay for the rest and pick-up their games. One bought the silver, and one bought the gold (that's as far as this Mom goes into the "geek-speak," heh!), and they both received little boxes with commemorative figurines, too. It was hard for them to buckle up seatbelts a few minutes later, due to how over-the-moon they were feeling. Ha!

It's been hours, and I am still SO stuffed from dinner. I made Pineapple Veggie Chicken (a favorite of ours for years), but I tossed in tons of extra amounts of veggies. I only put in half as much chicken as usual, so we gorged ourselves on mushrooms, snow peas, red and green peppers, and onions. Afterward, the boys made tonight's dessert: Tutti-Frutti Smoothies, and those were full of strawberries, bananas, and orange juice. Jack drained his large glass in seconds, I swear. I feel like I'm going to float away on fruits and veggies in my dreams!

So sleepy.

Jan. 15th, 2010 10:23 pm
navygreen: (Jack: tired)
This girl is tired.

Philip and I stayed up last night until 4:30am. Now, he needs to be on that schedule, as he went back to work tonight. Myself? I shouldn't be doing that, but I always end up staying up too late with him.

I mean, I'm a night owl, yes. I always have been. But for me, that means a bedtime between 1-2am, usually. I am DRAGGING right now because of it, so I suspect I will fall to bed with a book as soon as the boys are finished bathing.

Tomorrow, we are delivering all sorts of goodies to our neighbors. I've got "care packages" all over the kitchen, and it makes actually cooking in there feel very cramped. I made Chicken Fried Rice, egg rolls, and crab rangoon tonight for dinner. I'd been planning to have that meal on a night when Philip was gone, as he doesn't really care for Chinese food. We had fresh pineapple for dessert.

My puzzles are framed and ready for pick-up in town. I'm thinking that I might just brave the drive myself with the GPS during the morning while Philip is sleeping. I'm dying to get them up on the walls now that they're finished, but on his work days, he really doesn't have enough time to do much. We'll see. I also still really need to find a quilt shop...

I reinstalled iTunes last night, and then I spent several hours putting music back onto the computer. We have over 55gb in our iTunes collection, and I had backed it all up on the T-cube before upgrading the OS. I put As-Ms back on last night, and I had planned to finish the second half of the alphabet tonight, but it will wait until I'm not quite so tired now.

I got my gorgeous scarf in the mail today from [livejournal.com profile] daphyn! It is so light and so fun and so bright! She only began making it last Friday, and I already have it in my hands - crazy! She also included a note and a sweet little book - A Taste of Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul. And OMG, but she must use the most glorious detergent and/or fabric softener EVER, because the entire package smells like bits of beautiful heaven. Really!

I went over to my neighbor's house tonight to let the maintenance crews come in and turn off their water. They're on vacation, and we're their "Quarters Watch." They only moved in one week before we did, and they are in the unit on the far side of us - the one not connected to our own. We are in an A-style unit, and theirs is a B-style. I just was floored to see how very different our houses are. Other than sharing a wall together, there is absolutely nothing the same between A- and B-units. It was just too radical to try and picture what rooms are adjacent to our walls in certain places.

Today was payday, and I didn't even remember it until this afternoon while talking to Marissa. Lovely! We've got a reimbursement check coming to us from Runza too, as well as our W-2s. The military will likely put out their W-2s late next week, and then I can finish up our taxes. I love having that done, and I enjoy seeing that nice chunk of refund, too.

Alrightee, the dinner dishes are calling me, and I can hear my bed even more loudly. 'Night!
navygreen: (Christmas - Robbie)
We received a ton of cards in today's Monday mail, and I'm loving it! Several were from fellow LJers, including [livejournal.com profile] mayna, [livejournal.com profile] laurushka, [livejournal.com profile] posthaste, [livejournal.com profile] butterflymama3, [livejournal.com profile] dottey & [livejournal.com profile] kechara, and [livejournal.com profile] desertmommy. Thank you all!

I'm even more amazed that so many of these cards are coming addressed to the new house, rather than being forwarded. Look how on-the-ball you all are! :-)
navygreen: (Christmas: candy canes)
Today's regular and forwarded mail brought only Christmas cards - yay! Nothing but the good stuff! :-)

Among those received were ones from [livejournal.com profile] ashen_butterfly, [livejournal.com profile] 1grl_revolution, and [livejournal.com profile] sdaisyk - thank you!

Cards!

Dec. 17th, 2009 03:25 pm
navygreen: (Christmas: candy canes)
I've received several cards, but the majority are still slowly trickling in due to mail-forwarding. For example, the ones we received yesterday were originally postmarked the 7th of December, and it never took 10 days for mail to reach us state-to-state before.

But thank you to [livejournal.com profile] prosodic, [livejournal.com profile] gardenmama, and [livejournal.com profile] niftybabe313 for the cards we have already received. I haven't decided on a 'Card Wall' here in the new house yet, but you can bet I'll be deciding soon. ;-)

Now that we're here and have an address, I'm going to work on my own holiday cards. We don't have our household goods yet, but I figure that just means I'm *supposed* to really buckle down and do cards now - hehe!
navygreen: (PotC: Barbossa - which way?)
We're on the home-stretch now: 530 miles down, 208 left to go. We will make it to Minot AFB tomorrow!

A la Kevin Smith, I yelled as we passed the border: "NORTH DAKOTA, I am IN YOU!"

*giggles*

Now the knowledge is out in the open, and that feels nice. Even so, it still gives me a great little thrill that we kept our moving news so locked down for six months to just a handful of special people in real life. I love that folks didn't know until I chose to let them know. For the sake of the boys and their church/school situations, it made things much simpler. Thank you, my LJ friends, for keeping mum on the subject since June - hee!

And it sounds like our friends in Nebraska have had more than a bit of snow since we left. We got some on Sunday night that put us in a tizzy over whether to leave or not... but we decided that we couldn't wait and then risk being trapped by the larger storm system due on Monday night. Apparently, we made the VERY RIGHT decision in leaving, as they have been nothing but blasted by snow since we left.

Meanwhile, I'm not a great big ol' fan of South Dakota. There was hardly any accumulation going on along the interstates, but the 3-5" of snow that was already in place was whipping across the lanes, and we felt as if we were driving in an intense fog. For most of the roads in SD, we were buzzing along at 35-40mph... in an area with a speed limit of 75mph. Philip's truck pulled the U-Haul, and he was the one equipped with our GPS, so I was lolling afterward. At one point in the afternoon, he was at 1/4 tank of gas, and I had a solid 1/2 left plus Jack and both kitties sound asleep. We made the decision for me to whip on and find a place for dinner and 'free time' for the kitties, and then it took Philip another 40 minutes or so to catch up to us.

I was super-nervous this morning when we hit the blustery roads, but by mid-afternoon, I was asking Philip to go faster. I'm more than a little proud of myself for keeping it together and pressing on. :-)

Philip just brought me a hot fudge sundae from McD's while I'm down here in the hotel lobby using the computer. Mmmmm!

My friends have more than kept me occupied with texts and Tweets. Thank you, all of you, for checking in so frequently. If nothing else, I catch up on potty breaks. ;-) Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] kerryblaze, thanks for the LJ gift, too!

[livejournal.com profile] hearts_refuge, did you get your box yet? Mailing that sucker out involved being a party to the most RIDICULOUS conversation ever. Seriously, I was shaking my head in bewilderment and looking around for a hidden camera.

[livejournal.com profile] kp_nut, I received your Christmas card in our last day's mail. Anything else should be forwarded right now, but yours came just in time. Thank you!

On a side tangent, our hotel tonight has the best showerhead ever. Goodness, it was relaxing to stand there forever after the chilly parking parade. I also love how hotels have neverending supplies of hot water. Philip jumped in with me, and then afterwards, Jack took his bath. We were dressing in our jammies and giggling, listening to Jack singing, "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" while he bubbled away in the tub.

I can't wait to download some pictures. I've not taken any of the trip, but I have several from before that I think will be keepers. We were SO PROUD of A.J. in his very first band concert last Thursday night. I was so tickled that we were able to stay until that point (the next day, Friday, was their last day of school), and that he enjoyed it so much. We sat in the second row, and I took a bunch of snaps. He is one of six clarinet players, and he clearly knew his stuff.

Even better, he surprised the heck outta me when we arrived back at the TLF that night. I had watched Mr. Holland's Opus with the boys the previous weekend, and A.J. had been particularly interested in the clarinet player's struggles (which I expected, and which is the reason I suggested the movie, besides just loving it to pieces myself). He told me he wanted to play something for me, and he pulled out his clarinet...

... and then he played THAT TUNE from the movie! He played it by ear, having guessed and practiced it by himself all week. I was ASTOUNDED! I told him he's really got a gift, and that not many folks can "hear" notes like that, and especially not just three months after beginning to play an instrument. He just grinned and played it over and over, working on figuring out the next note as he went. Wow!

I should probably get moving here. No one's waiting on the computer, but I would like to get a long, lazy sleep in, and that means I should start snoozing soon. 'Night, all!
navygreen: (Lazytown: mailbox)
I got a postcard from Disneyland from [livejournal.com profile] 1grl_revolution today! How fun!
navygreen: (Lazytown: mailbox)
Look what was waiting for me in a box from [livejournal.com profile] mostcurious when we returned from vacation:

Goodies from Catherine waiting for me at home


She sent me a ton more Coke codes, another little collectible bear-in-tin, and handmade knitted socks in 'Slytherin' yarn - how cool! And the socks were a perfect fit and are so soft and warm. I'm wearing them right now, in fact. ;-)

Handmade, knitted socks from Catherine.
SOCKS!


Seriously though... don't my feet look just so happy? :-)

navygreen: (Coca~Cola: bottles)
About a million years ago, I received a ginormous surprise box from [livejournal.com profile] chelelev. (Okay, okay - it was around Christmastime... but really? Wasn't that about a million years ago, too?) In said surprise box, there were CRAZY amounts of assorted Coca-Cola® goodies: a decorative metal tray, several years of collectible tin playing cards, frisbees for the boys, a wooden crate, and more. There were also several antique issues of Workbasket, a discontinued crafting magazine that used to feature tatting patterns every so often, and a holiday card.

I still need to get some iron plate hangers for the tray, plus two more that I have of my own, so I can display them on the wall, but just last week, Philip helped me to finally get the wooden crate up and displayed. I put tons of tiny knicknacks in the crate, including eleven tiny Coca-Cola trucks that [livejournal.com profile] mix3d3m0ti0n5 mailed me over a year ago - I hadn't displayed them previously because I couldn't figure out a good way to do so... and then along came Chele's crate!

Here's a pic of the crate in place on my dining room wall:

Coca-Cola crate from Chele


And here's another, of both the crate, and the adjacent wall:

More of the display in the dining room


There is more Coke stuff in the room, but I didn't feel like photographing the other walls. I might, later, when I get those other trays up and displayed as well. (And, let's be honest, I might never get around to it. *wink*)

Related, I received another surprise box in the mail a couple weeks ago - this time from [livejournal.com profile] mostcurious. It did not fall into a postal black hole, as she might've feared, but it did land in my hands... and these are hands that are awful delayed in letting folks know I've received their box!

-- tangent: I just remembered, [livejournal.com profile] redwink, that I never let you know I did receive my books back and your sweet card. Thanks! --

Back to the box I'm currently discussing, though: it contained a SURPRISE knit hat from Catherine herself, made to match the Slytherin scarf she made me many months ago. And, I just (as in, two seconds ago), took a pic to prove the existence of both great items:

Me, modeling.
Slytherin scarf and hat


Also, she FILLED the rest of the box with Coca-Cola caps and box ends with codes on them. Over the past couple years, she would save them up and email me a bunch - sometimes 50 or more at a time - but this was unreal! I counted, and there were over 200+ codes! It is taking me FOREVER to enter them all (and Philip has been helping me, sitting on the office floor and calling out the numbers and letters while I type), but I'm so grateful!

-- another tangent: [livejournal.com profile] maryjo once mailed me a box with about 50+ codes too, as well as huge bags of candy for the boys. If I haven't already said thank you for that, then THANK YOU, too! --

So the point of this post is that I'm actually very grateful to all those mentioned, and I'm so sorry that I'm so remiss in thanking you!

Bullets:

Oct. 5th, 2008 04:41 pm
navygreen: (Halloween: pumpkin)
I'm so busy lately, and I keep meaning to update, but then have no time to do so. As a result, here are some bullets of the going-ons in my life as of late:

  • Runza was burglarized on Friday, the 26th. No one was at the store at the time (it as early morning - about 6am), so we were all safe.

  • But it's an "inside job," as someone used a key and also was able to open the safe to empty the contents (and said safe has a pretty complex code).

  • This is causing me GREAT unease. I clearly don't know someone as well as I thought I did - whether it is one of us four current staff with such access (including myself), or one of the two staff who left in the last couple months (both of whom I consider to be friends).

  • The fingerprint dust from the detectives all over the office caused me to have several freak-outs. Too much of a trigger from the other robberies. *sigh*

  • Because of the burglary, we have been piecing the store back together in the past week. I have worked a lot of hours. A LOT. And this past week contained the "end of month" stuff for my monthly bookkeeping role anyway. It has been a really heavy week.

  • Next week looks to be about the same for the first three days. The four of us are also now required to travel to Lincoln, to the Runza National office, to be interviewed individually by a theft committee.

  • We're still waiting to hear the final word on taking polygraphs. We were told originally that we would need to, we all agreed to do so, and then they decided, "No, not just yet. Let's do the committee meetings first."

  • I received a lovely, super-duper surprise from [livejournal.com profile] mostcurious! She knitted me my very own, PoA-style Slytherin scarf! I don't have pics to share yet, though. :-/

  • I got my hair cut on Friday night after work. I told the gal to do what she wanted, and it is VERY different! Again, no pics yet.

  • The boys' school pictures came in, and they are both good. A.J.'s pic is PHENOMENAL, in fact. I was very pleased, and I've been working on getting them mailed out.

  • I took family portraits for a friend visiting from Florida on very short notice, and she LOVES them. I'm very happy, and you can see those HERE, if you're interested. I still need to burn her a CD of the images and mail it to her...

  • Today is my little godson's birthday! Only he's not so little anymore - he's now TWO! Happy Birthday, Douglas!

  • It is OCTOBER already. How did that happen?! Seriously, Jack will have been 7 for two months already next week, and A.J.'s been 10 almost as long. That is insane! My little (not so much!) guys haven't yet decided on costumes for this year, though we keep looking...

  • I still need to get Halloween decorations up. Jack has been begging to put them up this year (I didn't decorate last year at all, as October was a difficult time), and I was just too darn busy this week. I'm hoping to get to it before...

  • [livejournal.com profile] bigbrain61 comes to visit on Wednesday! Dude, I'm so stoked! I've known him online for about 5.5 years now, and we'll finally get to meet in person! He'll be here from Wednesday evening to early Friday afternoon - I can't wait!

  • Speaking of online friends, I passed my 6th LiveJournal anniversary on 09/22. Can you believe that? Craziness! Thanks to all of you who've made this such a great place for so many, many years. *hug*

  • Aaaaannnnnd, in BIGGER news, Philip and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary on 9/12. We marked the occasion by renewing our vows, and a handful of very close friends celebrated with us at our church. There were tears, of course, but for the first time in about a year, they were really HAPPY tears! Heather took a few pics for me, but I don't have them up yet, either...

  • Also in the works, Philip and I are headed to Colorado in January for a ski trip! We will be gone for five days, and it will be only the second time we've ever been alone in our entire marriage (the first was for one night last December while we were in West Virginia). We've already paid our deposits, and we're really looking forward to it. Philip will be skiing and snowboarding, and I plan to veg out in the beautiful scenery with my camera, some tatting, and good hot cocoas. We'll spend our evenings in the condo with another couple, making homemade meals and chatting and playing games - I'm so excited!


I'm sure there's so much more I need to update about, but I've got to get moving and push some more laundry through. I've got leaves to rake in the backyard, laundry to put away, dinner to fix, and a mandatory full-staff employee meeting tonight to attend as well. Go, go, go - that's me!

Thank you.

Jun. 14th, 2008 11:10 pm
navygreen: (HP: Hermione - Dr. Pepper)
I received a box today from [livejournal.com profile] flyingwolf. Inside, I found goodies: four DVDs the boys will LOVE (documentary-type stuff, plus MythBusters!), one of her very own tie-dyed scarfs for me, a notecard of her own gorgeous picture made into pro stationary, and a whole bag of Coke caps. She is too kind, for sure.

I got a box yesterday from [livejournal.com profile] magnummom, but I was expecting it. Still, I'm now the proud owner of my fourth camera lens!

The doorbell rang today while I was decluttering Jack's school papers, and it was [livejournal.com profile] ctr29's husband, stopping by with a surprise flower delivery for me. Too sweet, and too gorgeous. She had written an encouraging note inside the flowers, too.

Last week sometime, I received a handmade card from [livejournal.com profile] 1grl_revolution - so pretty. She's really just so good at making the cards, and yet she still finds time to scrapbook!

[livejournal.com profile] poetlady has taken the time to check in on me almost every day, and she even called once. I heard that [livejournal.com profile] purrrplekitty sent a text message as well, but since Philip always has the cell phone, I've not yet seen it. And I believe [livejournal.com profile] lesliepear was the first to LJ-"nudge" me over a week ago. That says something in itself, since you can't "nudge" someone until they've not posted in a week.

And several of you have checked in on me through comments or by email: [livejournal.com profile] desertmommy, [livejournal.com profile] loquacis, [livejournal.com profile] scarletharlot52, [livejournal.com profile] mrs_picasso, [livejournal.com profile] livemockingbird, [livejournal.com profile] saffirebleu, [livejournal.com profile] manicmomma, [livejournal.com profile] chelelev... I hope I'm not forgetting anyone (please forgive me). I appreciate your keeping me in your thoughts right now. It's touching me so deeply, really.

[livejournal.com profile] hetterrific and [livejournal.com profile] lilmissriss, thank you for being here "in real life." For making me smile, making me go do stuff, and taking my mind to other places, even if just temporarily.

Thank you all.
navygreen: (Lazytown: mailbox)
While doing nothing in particular today, I was struck by a shocking thought: [livejournal.com profile] posthaste's little one, Sophie, is going to be 2 this summer! How is that possible already? It seems like I was *just* begging her not to have the babe while I was in West Virginia for a visit, as I didn't want to miss the big announcement (she did anyway, though - stinker).

Also, [livejournal.com profile] welfy? I received your mail today, did my part, and am now off to shop for a postcard. I'm so honored to have now also touched something that your beloved friend Frances did as well - wow! Thanks for letting me participate. :-)
navygreen: (Lazytown: mailbox)
Last Monday (yes, over a week ago. i absolutely suck at updating sometimes. *hangs head*), I came home from work to find not one, but TWO(!) surprise packages on my doorstep.

Inside the first:

Gift from Jill for me


As part of the 'Pay It Forward' craft meme, [livejournal.com profile] the_fishery sent me a very unique and pretty wall hanging. She picked several photos from my gallery (she did a great job selecting photos, by the way!), and then she printed them on a special fabric (I think? - I don't know anything about sewing myself). She then quilted them all into a special wall hanging for me. Isn't it just so neat?! Philip and I talked about it, and we have the perfect spot to hang it - we just need to go get a rod and the hardware to do so.

Not only that, but she included a note tucked into the newest Season's Best Recipe Collection from Pampered Chef... and there's virtually NO way she knew that I collect those! Seriously, I have a special little box just from Pampered Chef, and I have all of those little recipe booklets (two are issued each year) since... *checks quickly* ... "Fall/Winter 2001." I hadn't yet ordered one from this new catalog, and now I don't even have to! Thank you so much, Jill - for everything!

As if that weren't enough, there was still one box left to open. And that box was addressed especially to A.J. and Jack. Inside, we found this:

Gift from Jess & Sophie for the boys


It was a special gift from [livejournal.com profile] posthaste (well, and her daughter Sophie), and her note was so cute, mentioning that she and Sophie had been out shopping and had found this puzzle. They had decided immediately that it needed to be purchased and sent to "two of our favorite boys." It was just so sweet of them, and it made the boys feel special to receive a surprise gift as well. Thank you, Jess! Oh, and please pass on our thanks to Miss Soph as well. ;-)

Jack wanted to do the puzzle together as a family, and that meant that we finally got to it on Sunday evening, after Philip returned home from work. We'd had plans to go to the park, but it was raining by the time he arrived home, and the rain later turned to snow anyway - you really can't have better "Putting Together A Puzzle" weather. So I lit a bunch of candles, we set up a card table, and we put on Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End while we worked.

And worked. And worked and worked. We watched the previews on the DVD, and the movie itself is what? Over two hours or so? We were still working on that puzzle even after the movie (and the entire ten minutes worth of credits had played) was over. We continued to work on it for another hour before it was finished. And one point, I laughed and said to Philip, "And here I thought Jess was a friend... now I'm not so sure!"

But we got it done. We got it done, and we were so proud of ourselves. Holy cow, though - those "photomosaic" puzzles are actually pretty darn tough! We left it put together for over a day, and I finally broke it down and put it back in the box last night. Hopefully we'll be a bit faster at piecing it together the next time. ;-)
navygreen: (Lazytown: mailbox)
Several weeks ago, during a time when I was really struggling, my friend [livejournal.com profile] gardenmama reached out to me with an encouraging quote. She left it for me in a comment, and I clung to its message instantly. I loved it so much that I wrote it out on sticky notes, and I stuck the message to my desk: I wanted to see the hopeful words each and every day with ease.

Quote given to me by a friend


A couple weeks later, a surprise box arrived at my doorstep. Imagine my heart's delight and warmth as I dug through the bubble wrap to find that same wonderful quote, this time immortalized on a beautiful plaque. The plaque was a gift from Carmen as well, and she'd included a small stand. I proudly displayed the gift in my kitchen, and I think warmly of my friend each time I see it.

See? )

Good friends can be so hard to find, yet I have been blessed with so many. I am luckier than I can ever put into words.
navygreen: (HP: Dramione)
I'm still just so wiped.

I cough, and then I just feel like I can't support my head and neck any longer. It is the strangest, most instantaneous exhausted feeling I can ever remember having.

This flu has been killer. That, or I'm a real pansy.

Tomorrow I go back to work, and I'd be lying to say I'm not already worried about it. Four hours in a fast-paced environment, and I'm likely to come home in the afternoon and DIE. I mean, I feel tired just from taking a shower still. Still, it will have been eight days since I went to the doctor by then - I gotta go back eventually.

I got a care package in the mail yesterday. It was from [livejournal.com profile] kristchan, and she sent me a hilarious get-well card, along with an assortment of teas: mango passionfruit tea, Moroccan Mint Green tea, rainforest treasure tea, a box of jasmine tea, and organic Echinacea. She also included a Snickerdoodle cocoa, and some jelly eggs and tattoos for the boys. (The boys were so excited because the jelly eggs came in their favorite colors: a green bag for A.J., and an orange back for Jack.) She's too good to me. :-)

LUSH!

Feb. 21st, 2008 04:41 pm
navygreen: (Tub)
I just opened the mail (the first time I've done it this week, no less), and in it I found a strangely-shaped, duct-taped package for me. I recognized the sender as [livejournal.com profile] livemockingbird, and I was giddily curious. It took me a little bit to work the scissors through the tape (duct tape is HARD!), but I finally got it. I then noticed that the strange shape was due to the 'package' actually consisting of a rolled-up brown bag. I reached inside, and I pulled out this:


"Pop in the Bath" Bubble Bar Slice

Uplifting citrus bubble bath brighten outlooks
Do you ever reminisce about summers past when you got lost in fields of flowers and had a good time? Well, then try a Pop in the Bath bubble bar. Let its soothing bergamot and invigorating citrus oils lift you out of the doldrums. We make four different-colored bouquets of bubbles, each as lovely as the next, so you never know which one you're going to get.


Mine is white, topped with a green flower with orange center. I can barely smell, but even I can smell how yummy this is! OMG, I'm so excited to try it! Soooo many of my friends rave about LUSH bath products all the time (if I recall correctly, [livejournal.com profile] mama_bec's little girl Haley even made it into their catalog), but I've never experienced anything from them myself! It will be SUCH a treat!

I noticed then that the rolled-up brown bag was actually a LUSH bag. Ha, I'm such a newbie. A seasoned LUSH fanatic would've spotted that right away, I'm sure. ;-) Oh, and there was a note enclosed with the bubble bar:

For a wonderful, thoughtful, caring, loving, lovable, very-rarely-puts-herself-first kind of friend -- I can only hope this brings you at least one relaxing, think-only-about-Nicole-for-a-while-bath!

Love, Meri


Thank you SO much, girl! You just have no idea how much this means to me, and your thoughtful gift couldn't have come at a better time. I'm so geeked to take a bath now. Thank you!

Awww.

Feb. 16th, 2008 01:04 pm
navygreen: (Valentine's: Snoopy)
We just got a sweet photo card in the mail from Miss K. Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] mostcurious! :-)

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