In The Middle

Life, Family, Yoga, Stuff


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Downward Spiral of Festive

Our day was quiet, just family, no running, just staying at home.  We celebrated the holiday with the in-laws on Monday evening.  Today was just the four of us, opening gifts and hanging out.  Super nice way to spend the day.  We baked a ham and all the goodies to go with it.  No over do though.  Simple.  We didn’t even do a dessert.  There were enough cookies and goodies around, that we passed on that!  We did invite the in-laws over for dinner.  My dad (who lives in K.C.) also stopped by this evening for a little while.  He made us a beautiful, large, bird feeder.  I will be posting photos of it! 

The kids made a haul.  Lauren got a Nintendo DS and Jordan got an iPod Touch.  Gifts from my parents.  Lucky kids they are and what cool technology!  I hadn’t held either one of those items, so it was all new to me as well.  I’m not really a gadget/gizmo person.  My cell phone doesn’t even have a camera on it and I just got a laptop this year!  I gave Frank some cool tools and I got:

faux-fur-bootsI’d seen these in the Sierra Trading Post catalog and then, someone came into yoga class wearing them.  Same brand, Sorel.  It was all over then.  I checked them out (but I didn’t try them on) during relaxation.  Shhh….I usually dig through people’s purses too…….just kidding.  We ordered them online from Sierra and they were on sale, $74.  They fit, they’re so comfy and I can get them wet, unlike my snuggly Ugg boots that I love!  I like stuff that I can wear barefoot, easy to and from yoga classes!  For all of those who are wondering, YES, the fur is fake!! 

 

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We also got this.  An Omega 8003 juice extractor!  I’m excited.  We got this used (like 3 times so they say) on e-bay for less than 1/2 the price of a new one!  It’s still in the box and looks totally brand new!

 

Now it’s back to stuff as normal.  Frank will be doing the Mall thing early, it will be worse than Black Friday.  I’ll be teaching a yoga class in the morning (I am so ready to get back on schedule) and the kids will sleep in I’m sure.  Speaking of yoga, I’m blogging while I’m waiting on the Yoga Community group e-newsletter to go out!  I have to do the reminder…..the New Year’s Day Yoga Mala  2009.  We do 108 sun salutes to live drumming and Sanskrit chanting for charity and it’s really cool.  This year, we’re collecting food to replenish the food pantry after the holidays.  I think I’m helping in the chanting department this year, so it will be powerful, good fun!  It’s always an exciting event and we have a great turnout!  This year, we’re holding our event in the sanctuary of UU (Unitarian Universalist Church) it will be nice.  PA system already there, windows, carpet, small kitchen…….

The newsletter takes awhile.  There are roughly about 650 on our list.  I do it in small groups and probably won’t finish it tonight.  Doing stuff from home rocks.  After I hit send on the next big group, I can wash my face and head to bed and just let it roll. 

Hope your holiday was filled with family, fun, food and joy!


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Santa’s Coming……

I admit it.  I love Will Ferrell.  I do.  The film Elf is right up there with my favorite Christmas movies!  Christmas Vacation is still #1.

My brother, can do the best imitation of this scene ever!  I should’ve put it on youtube myself (my brother yelling “Santa’s Coming”) maybe next year. 

Also, there’s a girl that works at the Starbuck’s by my house that looks exactly like Zooey Daschnel.    When I see her, I always think of Elf and all the other cool movies she’s been in!


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Christmas Trees Around the World

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 The Capitol Christmas tree in Washington, D.C., is decorated with 3,000 ornaments that are the handiwork of U.S. schoolchildren. Encircling evergreens in the ‘Pathway of Peace’ represent the 50 U.S. states.

 

 

 

 

 

 

gerrmany2‘Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree’: Even in its humblest attire, aglow beside a tiny chapel in Germany‘s Karwendel mountains, a Christmas tree is a wondrous sight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 A token of gratitude for Britain‘s aid during World War II, the Christmas tree in London‘s Trafalgar Square has been the annual gift of the people of Norway since 1947.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 The Christmas tree that greets revelers at the Puerta del Sol is dressed for a party. Madrid‘s two-week celebration makes
millionaires along with merrymakers. On Dec. 22, a lucky citizen will win El Gordo (the fat one), the world’s biggest lottery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Moscow celebrates Christmas according to the Russian Orthodox calendar on Jan. 7. For weeks beforehand, the city is alive with festivities in anticipation of Father Frost’s arrival on his magical troika with the Snow Maiden. He and his helper deliver gifts under  the New Year tree, or yolka, which is traditionally a fir.

 

 

 

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 Drink a glass of gluhwein from the holiday market at the Romer Frankfurt‘s city hall since 1405 and enjoy a taste of Christmas past.

 

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Ooh la la Galeries Lafayette! In Paris, even the Christmas trees are chic.  With its monumental, baroque dome, plus 10 stories of lights and high fashion, it’s no surprise this show-stopping department store draws more visitors than the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.

 

 

 

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The largest Christmas tree in Europe (more than 230 feet tall) can be found in the Praça do Comércio in Lisbon, PortugalThousands of lights adorn the tree, adding to the special enchantment of the city during the holiday season.

 

 

 

 

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Illuminating the Gothic facades of Prague’s Old Town Square, and casting its glow over the manger display of the famous Christmas market, is a grand tree cut in the Sumava mountains in the southern Czech Republic.

 

 

 

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Before the ball drops in Times Square, the Big Apple turns on its holiday charm with the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center.

 

 

 

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In addition to the Vatican‘s heavenly evergreen, St. Peter’s Square in Rome hosts a larger-than-life nativity scene in front of the obelisk.

 

 

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A Christmas tree befitting Tokyo‘s nighttime neon display is projected onto the exterior of the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka.

 

 

 

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 Venice ‘s Murano Island renowned throughout the world for its quality glasswork is home to the tallest glass tree
in the world. Sculpted by master glass blower Simone Cenedese, the artistic Christmas tree is a modern reflection of the holiday season.

 

 

 

 

 

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Against a backdrop of tall, shadowy firs, a rainbow trio of Christmas trees lights up the night (location unknown).


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Five Things

Five Things Lazy Blog Post –

1) What was I doing 10 years ago?  Let’s see, December 1998.  Lauren was almost one, I was getting ready to close my failing gift shop and I still owned the video store .  I was married to Lauren’s dad, I lived in my dream house in a dream neighborhood, had lots of disposable income and was freaking out about becoming a mom.  Thanks Rhonda, for correcting me!  You’re right!  I was not pregnant in Dec 1998…….man, I’m a flake!

 2)What are 5 things on my to-do list for today (not in any particular order):

1.  Drink an entire pot of flavored coffee.    2.  Print out our holiday letter and decorate it with colored pencils with my daughter  (maybe I’ll add a funny note that says “we’ve given up on getting anything out before Christmas.)    3.  Wrap some gifts for my son, since he’s not home today.    4.  Watch a movie with my kid while wearing the comfiest clothes ever!    5.  Not venturing out anyplace, except the grocery store for stuff to make a small dinner, since my husband will be at the Mall until who knows when.

3) Snacks I enjoy:       Toast, hot tea with honey and cream, yogurt, mandarin oranges, warm chocolate chip cookies, brownies, popcorn, ice cream….I’d better stop there!

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:      Help my family out as needed first of course.  Make sure my kids had trust funds and plenty of cash for college!  After that, I’d open a beautiful, green yoga studio, with an organic eatery, coffee/tea shop, and bookstore and the classes would be offered on a donation basis only.  I’d definitely travel and maybe buy some land with a pond/lake to build a simple place to enjoy for the rest of our lives.

5) Places I have lived:       Springfield, Missouri…..sounds really lame I know.  But as long you take time out to visit other places, it’s all good.

I’m not tagging anyone, but if you would like to post this on your blog, it’s great fun!