Snow Is Glistening . . .

It snowed again this week. And it's cold outside. Nice and cold!

So many people seem to like the weather to be "nice" this time of year. But what is "nice weather" for the wintertime? Maybe a day of fifty-something degrees and a muddy mess from all the melted ice. Not to mention the ugly brown countryside and leafless trees. No, thank you!

My preference would be to have about five inches of snow about twice a week from the end of November until about March. It's always cold this time of year where we live. Even if the sun is shining and we get a "warm" day it won't be above fifty degrees, and all we'll get is mud.

If it's going to be cold, I would rather it be snowing! If the landscape is going to be brown and barren, I would rather it be covered in a beautiful, bright blanket of snow!

There's something redeeming about snow - when the landscape is at it's ugliest, one day of snow and it's one of the most beautiful sights in the world. Kind of like what Jesus did for us - when we were all marred by sin, and nothing we could do could remove the ugliness of it, the Lord Jesus was born as a human baby, lived a perfect life, died on the cross and rose again - all so He could make us white as snow. However, the difference is that the Lord doesn't just cover our sins, as the snow covers the ugly brown landscape - He removes our sins as far away as the east is from the west. If we accept that wonderful gift the He's offering to us, that is.

Maybe that's why I love snow so much, especially at Christmas time. There's some shadow of Heaven present when you look out the window on a snowy December evening, with candles and Christmas lights in the background - it turns the thoughts of men to that glorious night when our Savior was born, and the reason He came. As the popular Christmas song by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band says (note: insert whatever location fits): "The closest thing to Heaven on this planet anywhere, Is the quiet Christmas morning, in the Colorado snow".

Christmas and snow truly are some of the best earthly shadows of Heaven. This Christmas season, I hope your thoughts are also turning to Jesus and why He came!


Sick Day

Today I'm sick. It started yesterday - my nose was running the entire day, and everyone at work told me I sounded nasal-y. I felt really bad for all my patients because I was sniffling behind my mask. I was going to try to go to work again today (I get paid hourly, and it's hard to give up a day of work) but I took my temperature this morning and it was a whole two degrees higher than it normally is.

My mom stopped by the house to bring me a Mucinex, and she felt my forehead and pronounced it was indeed a fever. So I called in sick to work, and I have to spend the day resting.

It's really hard just to rest. This post is a case in point. I should be on the couch sleeping, but no, I feel like I have to update my blog. And catch up on reading all of your blogs. And wrap more presents. And make something good for Derek for dinner.

But no, if I'm going to get better I have to sit on the couch and just veg. I never realized what a workaholic I am.

I guess that's why the Lord had to command the Israelites to rest on the Sabbath, and not do any work. Because it really is hard to just spend an entire day resting.

It's an important command though - of the ten commandments, the Lord spends the most time talking about the commandment to rest on the Sabbath day. If He spent all that time talking about how important it is to rest from all our work, then it must be important to try to obey it.

I don't do a very good job of obeying that commandment. I can't remember the last time I just spent an entire day resting. But I guess now would be a good time to practice.

Wish me luck!


To Do

For the first three weeks of December I volunteered to work an extra day during the week. I'm really glad I can work that extra day, because last week during Black Friday as I was getting all my Christmas shopping done, it really hit me just how much Christmas costs. Last year we didn't have steady work, so people understood if we went more inexpensive on gifts. But this year we have the ability to spend a little more, so I have been - but that also means that all the extra money for November and December is disappearing rapidly. So working a little extra this month is going to be a big help.

However, I hope the next two weeks are a little smoother than this week! It was just one of those weeks where alot of things went wrong - my coworker's seemed to feel it too. But it's over now, and I've got the whole weekend ahead of me to get some things accomplished!

Because this week has been so crazy I haven't been able to do as much as I was planning on doing. Like those Christmas cards that were supposed to be mailed on Monday. Yup, they're still in my bag, but they're getting mailed today! So be checking your mailboxes next week.

Here's my list of things to accomplish today:

1. Blog. I've been neglecting my blogs! I'm updating the Christmas blog today too, so be sure to check it out.

2. Work out. I'm getting flabby - the winter time is really bad for that. But I'm determined to be in great shape by the time I can start wearing short sleeves, so I better get moving.

3. Mail Christmas cards.

4. Wrap a few presents. Under our bright and beautiful tree that we put up last weekend. With hot chocolate in hand, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Christmas CD playing in the background. That will be lovely . . .

5. Call my office and the chiropracter (you know, those errand calls).

6. Keep the fire stoked.

7. Make something good for Derek for dinner (poor man, he hasn't had a really good dinner this week).

8. Maybe write a letter that has been in the works for a long time (don't ask how long).

9. Paint! I would love to paint today. I haven't had a chance to paint in a few months, and I'm frustrated with myself! Starting in January (because things will calm down by then) I'm going to paint weekly. Even if it's just a few strokes. I need to discipline myself.

10. Go to a movie with Derek tonight! Derek has been planning all week to take me to see Julie and Julia before it leaves the dollar theater, so we're going to go tonight. He's so sweet - he thought the movie was okay, but he knew I liked it, so he's going to tolerate it a second time so I can see it again!

And that's it! Maybe do a little relaxing somewhere in there too. Oh yes, and take a shower. But that's it, really . . .


Tom-Boy Chic

I got a haircut. It was actually meant to be more of a trim when we started out, but it ended up being a full-blown cut. I think it turned out pretty well! I call it tom-boy chic. Courtesy of my mom.

My initial reaction wouldn't have told you that I liked it, though. She got done cutting it and I went to look at in the mirror, then promptly ran off crying.

That's because my hair is naturally curly. But my top layers tend to curl up more than the bottom layers. So by the time she got done cutting it my hair was dry, and the bottom layers are quite a bit longer than the top layers. When I looked in the mirror I thought I looked like Carol Brady on the Brady Bunch. With a female mullet. Yuck.

I usually wouldn't react so strongly, but I just had a really awful day at work. I felt like crying most of the day, so when I saw the wavy, frizzy mess that is my hair before I style it, I guess I kind of panicked. My poor mom - I've never disliked one of her haircuts before, and I have definitely never run off crying like that.

And my mom's perfect record has not been broken after all! I actually really loved it once I washed and straightened it - it looks great. After I came out of the bathroom and showed her she decided it was one of her best works ever. And I do believe I agree.


Better Safe Than Sorry . . .

Kara at KSS posted this a few weeks ago, and I thought it was good information for all of us ladies, so I'm reposting it here. Number 5(B) has made me rather paranoid about vans.

10 Safety Tips For Women

1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!

2. Learned this from a tourist guide. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you...Chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!

3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.

4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc.). DON'T DO THIS! The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE. If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, Repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your air bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.

5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot or parking garage:
A.) Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor and in the back seat
B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door.
Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars..
C.) Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the passenger side... If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)

6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!

7.If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; and even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ.. RUN, preferably in a zig-zag pattern!

8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP. It may get you raped or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane or a limp, and often asked 'for help' into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.

9. Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird... The police told her 'Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door...' The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, 'We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.' He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby's cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby's cries outside their doors when they're home alone at night.

10. Water scam! If you wake up in the middle of the night to hear all your taps outside running or what you think is a burst pipe, DO NOT GO OUT TO INVESTIGATE! These people turn on all your outside taps full ball so that you will go out to investigate and then attack. Stay alert, keep safe, and look out for your neighbors!

Are there any other good safety tips that you've heard? I've also heard not to smell perfume if someone is trying to sell perfume outside of a store or mall. It can actually be a knockout drug, and then they can kidnap you.

Well, it's not the happiest subject in the world, but now that you're thoroughly paranoid, have a Happy Wednesday!


Thanksgiving Recap

For Thanksgiving this year Derek and I went to visit his family in the morning. We had Thanksgiving breakfast at his mom's house, and it was delicious! Donuts, orange juice, his mom's famous country breakfast egg casserole, and pastries.

Our little niece is one and a half years old now, and she just loved my necklace. She likes beads and anything shiny, so she would come over and touch the beads on my neclace and say "Ooooh". It was so cute!

Derek's mom came to spend the night with us on Thanksgiving night, and we all went over to my parent's house for Thanksgiving dinner! My aunt and uncle and cousins and grandma were there as well and we all had a really nice time. Dinner was delicious and after dinner I went out with all the men to drive a remote control snow mobile! I got to control it too, and it was cool. It made this revving noise if you pushed a certain button, and I had fun with that!

We also had a pie contest and I made a pecan pie. It was the first time I made a pecan pie, and I was a little worried about how it would turn out, but my sister and Derek (who happen to be experts on pecan pie) told me it was perfect.

The rest of the evening we just enjoyed watching football, playing chess and just visiting. My cousin came to spend the night at our house as well, so that I would have a shopping buddy for black Friday. We drove by our neighbors crazy light display on the way home. My mother-in-law also showed me more about how to work (since she signed me up to be an editor to her tree). It was a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Here are some pictures:

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us the Christmas season is in full swing! I got practically all my Christmas shopping done on Friday, and my cousin and I had a fun time running from store to store. We got some pretty good deals too, even though we didn't leave my house until 10:00 AM. We didn't go shopping at 4:00 AM like some people do. Yeah, I'm not that hard-core when it comes to shopping.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well!


Addresses Please and Shopping (Aaah!)

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving day with your families! I'm off to participate in the shopping madness today with my cousin, but I'll tell you all about this year's Thanksgiving soon. I got some really good pictures too, so get ready for along post come Monday.

Two quick items that I wanted to bring to your attention today.

1. If you haven't sent me your address for a Christmas card yet, please e-mail it to me at, ASAP! My Christmas cards will probably be a little later than I planned - I didn't get them all written yet, but I'm (hopefully) going to send them out on Monday, so if you can e-mail your address to me by Monday evening at least, that would be great! I'd love to send one to whoever would like to receive one!

2. Mrs. Life Accounts at The Life Accounts is having a lovely giveaway - she's giving away a piece of jewelry of your choice! She has some really beautiful pieces too - so go over there and check it out!

So I'm Christmas shopping today - am I crazy? Yes, I am. I've never done serious shopping on the day after Thanksgiving, but I am this year, so we'll see how it goes! If I have an crazy shopping stories after the experience, I'll be sure to blog about it.

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