Well. Well. Well.
So Yeah, I was going to post tonight that my gift today was to myself. I went and bought three luscious caramel apples from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.
But then. I fell when I was going in the kitchen to take photos and broke our very pricey camera lens. Awww hell. I think karma just kicked me RIGHT in the ass for being cheeky regarding the giving. So... now I am currently looking for something to really give today. I have 2 hours left to figure it out.
Sorry for being a selfish bitch today. Thanks for the reminder. Next time, maybe a little less expensive reminder? I'll do better next time.
Today, I am giving a gift to you! Me?? You say. Yes you! Please go over to http://www.designforobama.org/ and check out loads of AWESOME posters supporting Obama.
I do want to share with you a gift from this morning though. My first to a stranger! We were in Costco this morning and I spilled my coffee when unloading my cart. The man behind us seemed a little surly and asked the cashier for some paper towels to clean it up for me. So then he is joking and laughing with us about how you can now get kids at Costco (Finnegan) and how they really do have everything. Well, I thought he was so nice that I got an extra $10 out from our debit card and paid $10 of his bill! I hope that maybe it made his day and that the cashier got a kick out of telling him. It made me feel really good, I have to tell you. So then, we went out to the parking lot and Finn let the wind grab hold of our receipt and this very nice lady went chasing after it for me. I felt re-paid by the universe immediately. Anyway, I think I am going to try to get a few more gifts in for strangers before the 29 days are over.
I also want to mention that you should watch Meet the Press tomorrow morning. Colin Powell is going to be on, the word on the street is that he is set to endorse Obama if you can believe it! So watch with me!
On the menu:
- Sesame dip, Onion Onion dip, & Spinach Herb dip all from Tastefully Simple. YUM. If you want to order some for yourself, you can email Noelle Christ at Noelle_1978@hotmail.com. All you have to do is put Tastefully Simple in the subject line, tell her what you want, and an invoice will arrive in your inbox for you to pay via credit or debit. Those dips are worth every penny. I also recommend the Wahoo Chili & Fiesta very highly.
- Annie's chili dip & cream cheese
- Organic Tomato Basil soup in shot glasses. I cheated and went with some that I picked up at Costco. Worth every penny for the convenience factor.
- Grilled veggie pasta with fresh herbs from the garden.
- Grilled chicken
- Grilled shrimp
- Pumpkin dip
- Caramel fondue!
- Copious amounts of WINE! Jackie, one of the bottles we drank was your Oregon Merlot and it was a hit.
Dinner was a hit. I don't have any pictures because we were running around visiting with our guests and in general having a grand ole time.
On to my gift, this one is a little bit lame-o, but my gift yesterday was a back tickle for Dave. Sounds cheesy, I know. Brent and I were talking a couple weeks ago about who is the massager and who is the massagee in our respective relationships. Dave always is the massager, so I thought it would be nice for him to be on the receiving end for once.
I'll post today's gift later this evening.
Brent gave his wife love and support by holding her purse all night like a big girlie girl. I'm not sure he had a choice in his gift (notice the finger?), but he gave it nonetheless. I hope he got something in return for that one. If not B, she owes you one to be sure!
These chapeaux wearing idiots gave us ENDLESS amusement. And it didn't take much coaxing, I must admit...
To get them on stage in front of 1,000 people to enter a potato pancake eating contest. Yes, that's right. POTATO PANCAKE EATING CONTEST. My friends, it was the highlight of my night.
They blamed me for talking them into entering.
I wish I were that persuasive.
OK, I am that persuasive. But it was all in the name of Ann Marie's birthday. And that my friends is an EXCELLENT excuse.
And the best gift of all. A night out with my girls.
Incidentally, the man who won the potato pancake eating contest is a friend of one of Dave's co-workers... apparently he earned his $50 gift card with burning the shit out of his mouth. Cheers!
So on to my gift for today. A good friend of mine & her family are going through some tough times right now. So, I put together a big box of food and household items as a small way to help out. I know it's just a small insignificant thing to do, but maybe it will help ease their financial burden just a little bit. And it seems as if lately, every little bit counts.
Today we went apple picking, except the apples were VERY much picked over so we got a refund and called it a day. My gift of the day was frozen apple cider slushies for Amy, Brent, Lyndsey, and Emily. We also snuck in a bag of fritters for us to enjoy.
So my gift of the day was an astrology reading for her. I hope it was insightful and thought provoking and interesting and fun!
We're celebrating at Octoberfest downtown this evening so anyone that wants to join us is more than welcome!
And if I was half as amazingly talented as Mr. Off the (Meat)Hook, I would make you this for your birthday... but I'm not so, it's the thought that counts right??
Finnegan's friend Max at the zoo!
Dave mailed off some cds for a friend of mine this morning... you should have them tomorrow! I hope they help you as much as they helped me!
Today, I took Finnegan to the zoo for his Strolling With Strollers program. When I walked in to meet my friend Valerie, I ran into a very old friend of mine from high school! Amy and I went to Paris together and it was so much fun connecting and catching up on the last 10 years! Her son Oliver is just a month older than Finn. So, thank you to the universe for bringing me this fabulous gift.
Then, we went to lunch with my mom, Dave, and Annie. I had some business cards printed up for Annie's fiber art and gave her those as a little incentive to keep it up. She is so amazingly talented! My mom bought lunch, so another gift came my way.
And then I mailed off a bunch of photos to my great aunt Margaret. She is my grandma's older sister and at the ripe old age of 90, she LOVES to get pictures and updates about Finnegan.
Then, I got a House Party! I am totally geeked about this. They send you a huge box of stuff. This one is for Arm & Hammer's new Essentials line. The idea is that they have one bottle you re-use over and over and add water and a small little cartridge of plant based concentrate rather than wasting all of that plastic over and over again. I'm excited to try it and for my friends to get lots of freebies and try it too! I have also asked them to bring a canned good with them to pass on to the local food bank to keep the giving going!
So that has been Day 4 and it's only midday! This challenge is making me smile a lot so far.
I just got the mail and my awesome friend Emily sent me something! First, I am obsessed with meal planning because I am a great big freak... so that is the explaination for the gift. It has spots for each day's meal and a shopping list. You are so sweet Em! Especially since you have so many other things going on in your life right now. Thank you!
The second was kind of a cyclical gift. My Meme gave me this HUGE bunch of basil from her garden. Her thumb is much greener than mine! It was an entire grocery bag full coming out of the top.
So I turned the basil into PESTO and gave it back to her! I made the pesto on Sunday and froze it last night into ice cube trays to keep the portions small, then I popped them out when frozen, and put them into ziploc bags. Now, when she wants some pesto pasta, all she has to do is pull a cube out of the freezer and pop it into some hot pasta or she can pop a cube into some sauce.
Sometime in the wee hours of the morning, my in-laws' poor sweet cocker spaniel, Mindy passed away. She was a spoiled rotten, 14 year old, pampered pooch and much loved in the family. When they brought her home, she fit in the palm of my father in-law's hand. She was a good girl and she will be terribly missed.
World's EASIEST peanut butter cookies
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Getting to the point:
I’ll admit, I’ve had a pretty exciting life up to now. I’ve lived abroad, and traveled pretty extensively, graduated college, worked about every type of job imaginable, gotten married… but something has always been missing. Until Saturday, that is.
In 1991, a certain, special band was embarking on their European tour. Alas, my mother decided a loud, crazy concert, two hours away was not the place for a couple of seven and nine-year-olds. Seventeen, yes, SEVENTEEN years later, my sister and I were finally able to realize our childhood dreams, and attend….
A NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK CONCERT!!!!!!
I know what you are thinking.
And trust me, as someone who readily admits to having attended concerts by Nick Lachey, Jessica Simpson and Hanson, I don’t care. It was an AMAZING show. My hearing will never be the same; my vocal cords are still strained; and I still can’t believe I spent $8 for a beer. It was all worth it though, especially when Jordan ripped his shirt off to serenade me with “Baby I Believe in You”.
Sister: AMY! He has his shirt off!! Why aren't you taking pictures??
Amy: ::drool:: er... OHH!! OK!!!
I am also happy to report, that while the “Kids” are rapidly approaching 40 (except Joey, who is 36 – totally within an acceptable age range) they are still hot, and can still sing. Their new songs are catchy, and they played all the classics (albeit, in some cases, at a lower octave). Their comeback felt like old friends coming together, not a bunch of washed up old men who need to do one last tour to pay for their blood pressure medication (which was how it felt when I saw Vanilla Ice perform a free show at the Great Inland Seafood Festival in Newport, KY in 2005. I wish I were kidding.)
Joey even broke out the original smiley face jacket.
Hangin' Tough - no knee replacements here!
The concert was everything I hoped it would be, and it was the best feeling to forget about being an adult and all the fun grown-up problems of the world for a few hours. Plus, admit it. You were a fan too!
Economy-schmonomy... we're going to see New Kids on the Block!
So, ever the one for putting goodness out into this world, knowing that not only does it make me happy, it begets more goodness. And lets face it, we can all use some goodness right now. If you would like to join me on my journey, watch the following video and head over to http://www.29gifts.org/ to sign up. Then, post it on your blog or you can leave a comment daily on my blog sharing what you did that day.
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So. There you have it. I'm going to try to remember to post my giving daily, but even if I don't post, I'll be giving. What would YOU most like to receive? What giving ideas do you have for your family? Your friends? Total strangers? Your spouse?
Won't you join me?
As if that weren't enough awesomeness for tonight... the Finnster is spending his second night ever away from us and staying at his J-ma's house. He's keeping her company since Papa is out of town tonight. We are pathetic in hoping that we can just sleep in till 9 tomorrow morning. We should be out partying it up, but we're old. Old, I tell ya!