Thursday, December 11, 2008

Hello, blogworld?

Is that you? Hi, it's me - Buford Betty! I know, I know... I've been away for SO long! My last post was about turkey day and now we're about to smack right into Christmas! My December has just been so busy - as it always is. The string of holiday parties started last Saturday and well, it's non-stop till Christmas. We literally have a party (at least one) EVERY Saturday and Sunday till Christmas - and even some Fridays. No rest for the weary! I don't know why this surprises me every year... but it happens every December.

Now I DID reach my goal to finish all my Christmas shopping by the end of November. Hallelujah! I did not, however, get all of that loot wrapped yet. I wanted to be bought, wrapped, sealed, tagged, etc. before December ever got here... but, well crap. It's here! Whatever. Anyway, it's not that I haven't had fun things to blog about... I mean I usually jot a little note to myself when something pops in my head that's blogworthy. I have a nice little list brewing here... but my work calendar and social calendar have been busy, so that's leaves you, dear blogworld, to suffer. Hehehe...

Well, we did have a fabulous Thanksgiving. We were over at my godmother's for Thanksgiving dinner. And then the hub and I headed up to Tennessee to visit with his parents for the weekend. It was a great long weekend. Oh and did I mention that I went Santa shopping with my mom the Wednesday before? Yes! That little taste of shopping was a bit dangerous though. Even though Santa was buying, it wasn't good for me to smell those lovely retail smells and see the incredible bargains to be had up close and personal. I'm much better left in the dark. Out of sight, out of mind y'know. But I got some super cute stuff from Santa - well, I don't have it yet, but anyway - yeah. That makes me think of a Santa question... I think I'll add a fun little poll on here (note to self).

Oh and did I mention that we got banned from using Facebook at work? Not that I'm even on it much at work, but just the fact that I *can't* get on it is annoying. Especially when I get an email alert about a message or something and I can't get on there to answer it... that sucks. Because honestly the last thing I want to do when I get home is look at a computer. I sit in front of 4 - yes FOUR - large flat screen monitors every day. It's amazing I still have any vision left. So really, the idea of sitting at the 'puter once at home is no fun. So my facebook time has dwindled. As well as my bloggy time. I'll get it in there somehow though! I have so much to post about - I just need to sit my butt down and make the time. This is the most random post ever. OK so while I don't have time to post everything I wanna right now, I will leave you with a few things and a super simple recipe that I used at Thanksgiving too. Hope y'all are having a great week! I've missed y'all! :-)

OK, my random ramblings...

1. How much do I love Costco? More than you know. Our torrid love affair gets hotter and sweatier everyday. So I only recently discovered (or paid attention really) to the fact that you can get movie ticket vouchers there for $7.50. And there are NO exclusions. AND they're good for IMAX movies! Our local theatre has an IMAX screen. So the hub and I budgeted for a date night this month because he wanted to see that alien movie thing with Keanu Reeves - The Day the Earth Stood Still or whatever. Yeah, totally his pick. Anyway... our theatre has it showing on IMAX. So my old non-budgeting self would have gone on Fandango to get tickets - and those would've been $34 for two (after the fees and junk). BUT my shiny new budgeting self got two vouchers from Costco (you just ask for them at checkout) for $15 and went over to the mall yesterday to trade them in for our tickets. So I saved $19 by doing that - hellz yeah! Three cheers for Costco!

2. That leads me into what's on tap for this weekend... Friday night is date night with the hub. Saturday morning we're running the Jingle Jog 5k. Any other peaches running?! Gertie will be running alongside me with some Christmas flair - I promise to take pics! Charlie was supposed to run, but he has managed to injure his knee. The hub was at the vet with him yesterday. He's on some pain meds and we're just watching it for now, but the run is definitely out. Poor Charlie - say some puppy prayers for him! So does Belly get to take his place? Well, I say heck no because she is an absolute pill to run with... but she is daddy's girl and the hub is saying he's taking her. That's fine - he can run with her. Here's bettin' he tosses her into a garbage can before mile 2. Oh and I got some awesome Christmas knee-high socks for the occasion. I will take some pics of those too. Then SaturDAY I'll be in a wrapping frenzie! Frenzy? However you spell it. Saturday night we have a Christmas party at a friend's house... Church Sunday a.m.... A kid's birthday party at noon... and then our small group Christmas party Sunday night. Phew!

3. I'm almost done reading Breaking Dawn. I flew through the first three books, but had to slow down on this last one since we've been so darn busy lately. I don't think I ever mentioned my thoughts on the Twilight movie either... I thought it was good, not great. Liked, not loved. Edward was completely drool-worthy and worth the ticket price alone, but as with most movies based on books, the book is soooooooooo much better. I think, just the way it's written, it's so hard to translate that on film - especially in a 2-hour window of time. I don't think the intensity of Bella and Edward's relationship comes through. Though I have to say, I did find Jasper freaking hilarious. He's like Edward Scissorhands, minus the scissors. So I have a new-found love for Jasper after seeing the film. So overall... if you haven't read the book, I'd skip it. I just don't think I would've "gotten it" if I hadn't read. I mean I love me some vampires (again - tried and true Buffy fan here), but I think the movie was lacking. Oh I'll still totally buy it on DVD so I can look at Edward.... but yeah... I'm hoping they put a little more edge into the second film. Sounds like they're trying to spit that one out by the end of next year.

4. OK lastly (I told you these were random)... here's a recipe for corn casserole that I made for Thanksgiving. It's so stupid easy, but a huge hit. My favorite combo! Plus it's made with stuff most people have on hand - and if not, these ingredients are cheap. This is an old Paula Deen recipe, so you know it's good (terrible for you, but good)...

You'll need:
1 can creamed corn
1 can corn
1 stick butter
1 cup sour cream
1 box Jiffy cornbread mix

Melt the butter and mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Pour into a baking dish. (I've done this both in a regular 9x13 dish and a square dish (9x9) and I think it comes out better in the 9x9). Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes. Yum-o!!!!!!!!

5. Wait, one more... Back to my thoughts on a poll re: Santa... So when I was growing up (and I guess I still am because Santa still comes if we're spending Christmas at my parents' house), Santa would lay out my gifts - all across the floor, all along the couch, whatever the case may be. He didn't wrap. Now Mom and Dad's gifts to me were wrapped and under the tree, but Santa came and left everything out unwrapped. I realize this is a heated debate... much like real vs. fake Christmas trees, or which way the toilet paper is supposed to hang, but I must ask, What does Santa do (or what did he do) at your house? Wrap or not?

19 comments:

Gracie Beth said...

Glad you are back! Santa never wrapped presents and my house, which always bugged me since he wrapped my cousin's presents :)

Mrs. Stilettos said...

Welcome back!! I can't believe they blocked facebook. That is totally unacceptable!! I am an addict!!! I would have a heart attack if they did that here!!

Also, I LOVE COSTCO too!!

Melissa said...

Facebook is blocked here too, but I am able to get on it in my building! Something happened and it got unblocked!

Jesslee said...

Welcome back, I'm not sure what kind of phone you have but I can get facebook on my iphone, so if you have a phone that has internet you should see if you can bring up facebook. Costco is awesome and Santa never wrapped our presents (just pulled them straight out of his big red bag and left them under our tree)!

The Bona Fide Preppy Bride said...

Our Christmas was just like yours, Mom & Dad's gifts under the tree with the others, Santa's left overnight, unwrapped. Now, Santa still comes to my parents house as well.. and my siblings and I are 42, 36 and 28! Since we are older, NOW Santa wraps. I think its because it makes it last a little longer since there is less stuff!

Preppy 101 said...

Santa presents were not wrapped. Mom and Dad gifts were under the tree wrapped! And we did the same thing with our kids... That's the only way to do it - right?

BroncoMom said...

WRAPPED!

So glad that you are back Betty - you were missed.

Toni said...

Sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving. I have to budget dates with my hubby too!

For our 10th anniversary, after he surprised me with a gorgeous diamond necklace from www.idonowidont.com we budgeted a movie date to see Twilight that night.

It really wasn't a good movie in the end and we enjoyed the popcorn and candy more!

Muffy said...

WELCOME BACK! Santa always wrapped my presents!

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

TP goes over the top.

Santa gave me some of my gifts and other were from 'rents/family like you. I think he wrapped them but the the card read "from Santa" so I knew what came from the big guy in red and what came from everyone else. Oh and I think my stocking was from Santa too. I was pretty young though when Santa was outed- I think I was six or seven when I learned the sad truth.

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Oh I am finally on Facebook- though I predict it will not hold my interest all that long.

K. said...

Glad you're back! Santa presents were NEVER wrapped... "the elves were too busy to wrap!" Oh, to be a child again!

NatalieDeltaGam said...

santa never wrapped my gifts either, but my parents' wrapped theirs.
that's awesome about the imax thing. i have a costco membership too, but i had no idea about the movie thing. sweet deal!

News Readin' Wife said...

Our loot from Santa was never wrapped. But gifts from my parents were always wrapped. Hmmm...

The Facebook thing is totally irritating. Though due to the slump in productivity, I'm surprised more companies don't block it! :)

Pink Lemonade and Peonies said...

Welcome Back!

Santa never wrapped my presents, but he did wrap DH's presents. DH told me he never noticed it was the same paper as the presents he got from his parents. Boys!!!

I love that corn casserole. I make it every year. What would the world have done without Paula Deen!

Well I Do Declare said...

Thanks for the recipe... I'm definitely going to try that out! As for Santa, he wrapped all of our gifts. I think the way I finally figured things out was when I recognized the handwriting on the label that said "from Santa" as my Dad's.

Sophisticated Southerner said...

So funny ... I was absolutely FLOORED when some girlfriends told me about Santa not wrapping gifts. I went straight home to report to my husband about this craziness, and what?!? The same thing happened at his house??

Santa ALWAYS wrapped gifts at our house ... isn't that the best part--the anticipation of finding out what greatness lies beneath all those beautifully wrapped gifts?? Just funny that I had no idea Santa would ever consider leaving unwrapped gifts. :)

And oh my, I'm with Preppy Pink Crocodile, without a doubt the toilet paper DEFINITELY goes over the top!

Jillian, Inc said...

Great catching up with you. And thanks for the movie/Costco tip...great to know. Considering the last movie I saw in a theater was The Queen, I may be taking advantage of your tip once every three years or so - ha! About Santa: At our house he only brings things that fit in stockings and none of them are wrapped. Ho! Ho! Ho!

Heather said...

Santa did not wrap our presents. But mom and dad wrapped theirs. So it was easy to distinguish. And this is how we are doing it for our son also. Hey, less wrapping works for me! :)