Slacker Elf

So, there won’t be a pug picture in this year’s Christmas cards.  😦  I’m bummed about it but there’s nothing I can do at this point.  We were late getting our tree  and decorations up and those serve as the backdrop for the picture.  So please accept my apologies, family and friends and just picture in your head how cute our puggies are.

Gettin down with Gmommy

Friday night was the annual nursing home Christmas extravaganza. Papa, Gigi & Gmommy Sara, Jacob, Joey, Momo, her friend Brittany, Papa, Gigi & I all turned out to celebrate with Gmommy. GmommyThe nursing home put out a yummy buffet of Southern holiday favorites: sweet potatoes with marshmallows, green been casserole, ham, turkey, pies, mac & cheese, the works. After dinner we were treated to some elder boogie. Mrs. Kelly (this cute little lady who is convinced she’s in Pennsylvania)Mrs Kelly's getting down and Gmommy were really getting down! We had a great time and it’s so nice to see so much joy in an Alzheimer’s wing of a nursing home. Gmommy & her great grandchildren, Jacob & Joey Even the lady who normally complains and curses at people had a half smile on her face!  More pics here.

Starbucks, why you wanna do me this way?

Dear Starbucks,
Over the summer I searched high and low for the insulated cold drink tumbler until I finally found it online. I loved it. Now it’s the holiday season and you’ve come out with a tumbler with an adorable red and white candy cane swirl. Now, there’s no point in me spending $16 for an identical tumbler just for the straw. So can I get the straw seperate? NO. Unfair, Starbucks. Unfair. You have ruined my relationship with my boring green straw because as hard as it tries it will never be red, white and jaunty.

http://www.starbucksstore.com/products/shprodde.asp?SKU=259677#

Such a girl scout

Always planning ahead. Christmas cards are a big undertaking every year. I believe in hand written, hand addressed cards with personalized messages Retro Tree Pictures, Images and Photosto my loved ones. This means starting early to get them out on time.  And that means I need your help.  When my Blackberry died I lost some addresses.  And during the year people move.  My address book needs updating. So, if you’d like to be on my Christmas card list, please shoot me an email at heyshanny at gmail dot com with your current address.  You’ll get a fun Christmas card and a cute pic of the pugs.  Plus a whole lotta Christmas spirit and cheer from me!   And I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love fun mail!

Behind the scenes

Me riding around on the mart cart! Y’all are so sweet about this picture, thank you! Not bad for a self portrait, huh? What you can’t tell is that I’m wearing Christmas Jammies in this picture. 0015_11650_mm There they are.  Quite festive, no?  I wore them all day Christmas.  CSP came into our bedroom right after I pulled on the pants and stopped short in horror.

Really?  You’re kidding right?

What?  It’s Christmas!  I’m being festive.

That’s one word for it.  You look like you escaped from a mental institution!

Later as we were about to leave the house I asked him…

Do I look ok?

No.

Nice.  Ok, so do I look ok minus the clothes.

I’m sorry.  I can’t see past it.  It’s blinding.

Yeah, I’m married to the king of Christmas cheer! 😀

Oh, and…it was so fun being in the store all alone.  Just the 2 of us.  CSP said he was gonna go in the next day and pull the security tapes so he could see a crazy woman in her pajamas riding around in the mart cart!  At least I didn’t run into anything! 😀

Christmas Day Recap

Christmas day I woke up at the Craaaack and started cooking. I had crock pot mac and cheese to make and cookies to bake. Christmas Eve day I had baked beer bread and lemon squares. I called over to Sara’s house to talk to her and the boys to see if Santa had come. He had! They were happily playing with their goodies.  After a while I went upstairs and dragged CSP out of bed.  We got ready and hit the road for Papa & Gigi’s house.  As soon as we got through the door Christmas Mayhem began!  First there were stockings to open.  CSP gets Anti Monkey Butt powder in his stocking! lol Then a flurry of wrapping paper as everyone opened their gifts.  Joey gets a magnifying glass Momo likes her new jacketJoey shows off his new toyPapa is so excited about his new hatThen it was time to eat.  After we ate we settled in to watch Mamma Mia, much to the dismay of the boys.  They disappeared pretty quickly to take naps and play outside.  Too quickly it was time to go!  CSP is a manager for a grocery store and we had to stop by the store on the way home to do a refrigeration check.  They have to make sure the coolers/freezers didn’t die while the store was closed.  CSP let me ride the mart cart around the store while he checked everything out. CSP let me ride around on the mart cart while he did his refrigeration check at work on Christmas So fun! Me riding around on the mart cart! I’ve never ridden one before.  When I had my knee surgery CSP wouldn’t let me.  He was worried I’d take out a display or something!   We were in and out the store pretty quickly, then made our way home.  The pugs were happy to see us after a long day.  We were so tired and were in bed, asleep by 8:30pm! More pics here.

Christmas Eve Re-cap

In-laws' Christmas tree Christmas Eve after CSP got home from work we loaded up our presents in the car and headed out for his parents’ house. The first picture is his parents’ ginormous tree- so pretty! Marsha & Larry were there too (our honorary aunt and uncle). We all had dinner (their traditional oyster stew) then opened presents. Note- I hate oysters and I hate oyster stew. So our tradition is to stop by Jack in the Box on the way to his parents’ house every Christmas Eve we spend with them. Then I can just take a couple sips and pass my bowl over to CSP! We had fun opening our presents. CSP got some new shades. CSP sports new shades for Christmas Next thing you know it was midnight! Time to go. We didn’t get home until almost 1 am! I could barely sleep knowing I was going to have to be up again at 7am to finish cooking for Christmas day!