Hi, hi, hi! I feel like we haven’t sat down and caught up in so long, so I wanted to take a minute during the hectic holiday madness to say hello. We moved into our new place 3 1/2 weeks ago and we’re slowly getting settled in. We still have to finish hanging some pictures, as well as curtain rods and curtains in two of the bedrooms (blinds are up though, so it’s not like we’ve been giving the neighbors a show every night or anything. Not that we’d be giving much of a show anyway. This time of year I’m usually passed out by 9 and Drew stays up for another hour or so listening to podcasts or organizing his record collection or whatever it is he does after I go to sleep. Two nights ago he cleaned, so props for that, Drew). One of my best friends is coming to visit from Chicago on Friday night and staying through the weekend, so that has kind of been our deadline to get our place presentable, especially the spare room which does triple duty as an office, playroom, and guest room.
Also over the last month, all three of us have been sick at least once, if not twice, each (two of us are sick in that picture above taken the day after Thanksgiving. You can probably guess which two, I think). I’m currently on antibiotics for bronchitis and now I’m afraid Jackson has caught it and I’m trying to nip it in the bud with kid-friendly cough syrup and vapor rub on his chest. The poor guy had some sort of stomach flu for like 10 days two weeks ago that he passed along to Drew who was just about as miserable as Jackson was (but an easier patient, for sure, as he can actually go to the bathroom himself, which is one of the many reasons I married him). All we want for Christmas this year is like a 4-week stretch with no sickness, please. Or, hell, as long as we’re making holiday wishes, let’s make it an 8-week stretch. That should get us through the brunt of winter.
Over the weekend we got a Christmas tree and it’s kind of huge. Not super tall, but wide. It basically takes up half of our living room, or roughly the same space as our entire living room in our last apartment. We don’t even have enough ornaments to decorate it but since one side faces the window, we’re leaving that side bare and decorating the rest. Sorry everyone who passes by and wants to see a better-dressed tree in the window. I’ll have to stock up on more ornaments during end-of-season sales in a few weeks and be better prepared next year. A friend of mine has hosted a tree trimming party for many, many years and has accumulated a huge collection of ornaments from friends who bring them to her parties. I felt envious admiring her beautiful tree over the weekend (at her tree trimming party) and decided I should maybe start doing tree trimming parties, too. Starting next year, I guess, since our tree is already decorated this year. Well, 3/4 of it anyway. Hey, should I have a party to get the last side of it done? Bring an ornament and you’ll get mulled wine and sugar cookies! And a side of bronchitis and stomach flu, too, if you’re really lucky!
Speaking of holiday stuff, I’m sending out my DW holiday cards this week to DW donors who requested a card as a small token of gratitude. I like the way they turned out and I have about 10 extra I can send to anyone who might be interested (well, anyone in the US — sorry, it gets pricey to mail abroad). If that’s you, just email me with your mailing address and I’ll get one in the mail to you this week. As always, thank you for supporting the site, through reading it, sharing it with your friends and family, liking the FB page, shopping through the affiliate links, and making donations (which have been a huge help this year!). I appreciate it so much.
Oh, quick question for those of you with kids in preschool or who happen to be preschool teachers yourselves: what is an appropriate amount to spend on a holiday gift for a preschool teacher? Jackson is in school two mornings a week (six hours total) and I’m planning to give his preschool teacher, who is excellent and works so hard, a box of Milis caramels (my friend Mary’s new business) as well as a gift card (I think probably a Visa gift card, but maybe a Target gift card since there’s one close to the preschool and who can’t find stuff to buy at Target?). Is this a good idea and what would be an appropriate amount for the gift card?
Anyway, that’s what’s been up with me. What’s new with you? Are you knee-deep in holiday stuff too? Have you finished your shopping yet? Gone to any parties? Made NYE plans? We’re staying here for Christmas but flying to Missouri on December 30th to visit my family for a few days. I have no idea what NYE will bring, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m passed out by 9 as usual. Well, 8, on account of the time difference. Then again, we’ll have built-in babysitters (hey, Mom and Dad, you’re up for babysitting, right?) so maybe Drew and I will be wild and go see a movie or something. It would our first movie date together in 2014, if I’m remembering right. Better late than never, I guess. Here’s hoping we live it up a bit more in 2015, with maybe, like, two movie dates.