Wednesday, December 17, 2014

7.17 Bedtime - Cat Crazy

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the seventeenth day of each month is "Bedtime."
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 So many nighttime chores revolve around the cat. She needs to be fed, brushed, her litter needs to be taken out, and then, juts before we turn out the lights and go into the bedroom, I track down her brown ball and "put it away."
 The thing is that Zelda loves this ball. She'll use the scratching post (the reason the toy was originally purchased - it's a Petlinks Rope Around, $14.97 at Amazon*) occasionally, but she plays with the ball constantly.  We find it in her food dish, in the bathtub, on the couch, under the table, and, most frequently, down the stairs. I feel like I've met cats before who would play fetch and bring toys up once they had knocked them down, but Zelda waits for us to notice her ball is at the bottom of the stairs and then she waits for one of us to go down there to throw it up for her.
It's a good thing she's super cute.  She knows that she certainly deserves queenly treatment.

*No affiliate links used. Seriously, I paid my own money for this thing and ZZ Top loves it.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

7.16 Beauty - Reasons to Major in Business

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the sixteenth day of each month is "Beauty."
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I went to the business school because we had taken ornaments off this tree.  Each ornament had the name of a child, his or her age, and a gift request.  We took a 12-year old boy, 12-year old girl, and an ornament sadly labeled "necessities," which we learned was code for socks, hats, and mittens. So I gathered up a giant box of things I ordered off of Amazon (our 12-year old boy is going to be the most popular 12-year old boy ever) and took it to the drop off location which was in the business school.
The business school is full of delightful art, lovely wide open spaces, and there's a giant coffee shop where students sprawl out.  The building where my office is has been recently renovated and it's nice, but the closest thing it has to fine art is the snowman.  I was almost embarrassed when someone turned the corner and I was taking pictures, but not really. If your building is like an art museum, folks are going to gawk!
Today's Christmas song is This Love by Taylor Swift. No, I don't really care that it's not a holiday song at all. 1989 is on repeat at my house and you can't stop me from loving it.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Monday, December 15, 2014

7.15 Inertia - The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the fifteenth day of each month is "Inertia."
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Why is my cat posing like a goofball in a pile of boxes? Well, it's because I exerted all of my efforts in obtaining presents, wrapping material, and boxes and now I can't really muster the energy to do anything about this mess in my office. Anybody want to come wrap it all up for me? 
I had my first final exam of finals week today. There were no strident voices of complaint that it was too hard, so I'm actually mildly concerned that it was too easy.

Today in "it's hard to be an adult" news, my hosiery really let me down today. At first I was wearing some black fishnets, but the adhesive was leaving a red welt on my legs, so I went home and changed into some black hose, but by the time I got out of the exam, there was a giant hole in them on the back of my left knee. As I left my office, I kept trying to hide the hole because there is nothing trashier or tackier than giant holes in nylons.

For our Christmas song today, I'm going to go with Fairytale of New York by The Pogues and Kristy MacColl, for no other reason that once it was introduced to me by the good folks at Pop Culture Happy Hour, I listened to it nonstop for three days.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

7.14 Reach - Lights Up

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the fourteenth day of each month is "Reach."
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To nobody's surprise, Dr. BB was not feeling well for most of the weekend.  Plus, it was foggy and rainy, so beyond watching holiday-themed episodes of Chopped, we didn't do much to celebrate this holiday until early this even when we went to the light show at the botanical gardens in a town not far from here.  I'll be honest, for $5 a person, I wasn't expecting a lot.

But.
It really was lovely. It seemed that the cohorts most likely to be represented were children five and under and the elderly, complete with walkers and the inability to use their cell phone cameras in a timely manner.  Dr. BB and I allowed ourselves to be sort of corralled into whatever direction the vulnerable populations wanted us to go.
One  of my favorite moments was when we got to this display above with Santa's sleigh.  One of the senior citizens walked up to the fence, took a look, and just said, "Nope."  As she walked away, we could hear her muttering about the bad economy and how all the lights are just not as good as they used to be.

From that point on, whenever some kid was being whiny or some old person ran one of us over, I would just say "nope" and Dr. BB would make a snarky comment about the Christmas spirit.
The holiday song of the day is A Snowflake Fell (and It Felt Like a Kiss) by Glasvegas. Dr. BB got it on a free holiday sample from iTunes and we both really like it, so it's a win-win.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

7.13 Happy - It's Done!

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the thirteenth day of each month is "Happy."
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Guess what I did this morning?!  I MAILED MY HOLIDAY CARDS. Okay, no one is as excited as I am, but because I insist on writing them all by hand for that fun personal touch, it took me longer than I remember taking last year, even though I culled the list (sorry girl I know from high school who has never reciprocated a card, but you are off the list).
I buy cards the year before when they go on sale after the holidays.  Only last year I didn't buy enough so I had to pay full price (GASP) at Hallmark for some more.  I also buy my mother, my inlaws, my grandmother, and Dr. BB's grandparents personal cards, so just the process of obtaining cards is somewhat tedious. Anyway, then I compile my address list, which is just a Word document I keep updated throughout the year, decide on a photo of us from this year and order a bunch of them from Walgreens, and write 10 - 20 cards a day so I can finish in a week.  I write and sign them, putting them in a big pile in front of Dr. BB's desk, and then he signs them.

The only part Dr. BB is then allowed to assist me with is putting a photo in each card and putting the stamps on. Then I seal the envelopes, use my return address stamp, slap some stickers on the front of the envelopes, and drive to the freaking post office.
I think I'm going to have to figure out a way to streamline this process next year.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Friday, December 12, 2014

7.12 Dream - Happy Holidays

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twelfth day of each month is "Dream."
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My cat likes the smell of peppermint, so right after you brush your teeth or eat a candy cane, she is all up in your mouth like it is HER BUSINESS.  Dr. BB recently took a picture of the cat crawling up on face to Facebook with the update: Zelda REALLY likes the smell of peppermint.  My sister responded with (please forgive all the grammatical and punctuation mistakes): Zelda must not be getting much attention from NGS. She's letting her know her time is now she wants love.

Okay, look, I know I shouldn't be upset about this, but who the fuck is my sister to suggest I don't give my cat enough fucking attention?! This is why family is hard. I don't take this as teasing or even mocking of the cat, but I take it as a personal slight.  I cannot help but get defensive immediately.  It is my way.
The same house in our neighborhood that brought you the turkey brings you this Santa.
So, the holidays are here and it's a couple of weeks away before I have to leave, but I'm already dreading time with my family.  I'm going to dream of a time when I get to just stay home.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

7.11 The Great Outdoors - Middle of a Corn Field

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the eleventh day of each month is "The Great Outdoors."
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22 degrees and suddenly I can see why Bestest Friend doesn't like this prompt so much. I bundle up and head out to the backyard to take pictures of the corn field. I'm wearing my Cole Haan boots, so I consider it a miracle I didn't break my neck crawling into the field.

This is what it looks like here right now. Endless landscapes of brown and grey, with awesome sunrises and sunsets when the clouds don't take over.  Thankfully there occasional bits of holiday lighting, too.
The boy had a UPS delivery for today. It was the third attempt - the "if you aren't home to pick it up we're sending it back or taking it to a warehouse 45 miles from your house" attempt - and the previous notification said the delivery would take place between 2 and 5. We got home at 2:12 and saw the delivery slip.

Curses were uttered.
Student: You and Dr. BB are so hip and cool. You're always so well dressed and your offices are cool. You're just the cutest couple. I saw you both walking together and I just thought you looked great together.

Me: Uh. Thanks? We're also pretty good at our jobs.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.
 
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