Merry Christmas!

Hope you find someone

to smooch under the mistletoe this year!

I think I've 'Nailed' It!

Last weekend was my uncle's wedding and

A whirlwind!

Because December is always such a busy time professionally (end of quarter, end of year) and socially (can we say Parties anyone?!), I didn't have time to get my nails done before the wedding. 

When I was a teenager and working nights at a fabric store, my supervisor at the time, a spunky woman who wore turtlenecks and puffy paint sweatshirts, had a smoker's cough and always complained about her nails - because they never stayed on.  They were the press-on variety and they'd always be flying off & I'd always find a neon colored one near the register or cutting table and know exactly where she had been. 

So when I think of press-on fake nails, that's always what I think of. 

And yet, I still decided to go this route for the wedding (keeping it classy, of course).  I just had to keep them on through the ceremony and pictures, Right?  So off to Walgreens my sis and I went at 11pm one night last week and picked up a $5 set of fake frenchies. 

Yes this is an also an excuse to show off what cute bridesmaids we were
And here I am, seven days later, clicking away on my keyboard still sporting my fake nails.  They haven't chipped, fallen off or broken!  And the compliments I've received on them?!  Who compliments someone's fingernails?!  I've certainly never received a compliment (or multiple compliments); even after I spend Big Buck$ in $ome fancy $chmancy $alon!
They're awesome!
This may be the way of the future!

Dum Dum Da Dum...

Today my uncle is getting Mawwwwied! 

Today I make my 9th repeat performance as a bridesmaid.

His bride mentioned during the rehearsal that she wants her maids to embrace our indiviuality; we were allowed some free reign on shoes, dress and hair

What do you think she'll say if I wore my hair like this?

I've been dying to try this updo since like wedding number 2!

and yes, I'm (partially) kidding  but it seriously cracks me up

Congratulations to the Groom and his wife-to-be!

Snow Bunny

Ever since our snowy Thanksgiving, my pup has been EXTRA good
He listens, and responds

We're not dumb enough to think the combined high energies of his two breeds: Labrador Retriever + Viszla would go away in one weekend. 

We're not dumb enough to think he's maturing
and exiting his puppy stage. 

He'll be two in April 
(one would assume its coming soon, right?)  


We do think two full days in the snow did him a little bit of good

In fact, we firmly believe if he had his choice, he'd choose snow over us. 
& if it means a mellower pup, I wholeheartedly agree

Handsome boy, isn't he?  :)

Tardy Thanksgiving

This is tardy as it should have been posted a week ago.  But I had image upload issues that are still unresolved -  I'll make it up to you - Promise!
 Every year after we give thanks and stuff our bellies of hearty food with loved ones, my immediate family heads up to our cabin - built in the sixties by my very own bloodline - it certainly is a treasure. 

We go up frequently, but Thanksgiving weekend is a weekend I always look forward to.

all year
every year.
The rare weekends when it snows,
 are beautiful and magical

makes me wish it snowed year round

even after I shovelled the driveway
even after I had to (watch my dad) put chains on my car just to make it into the driveway
makes me wish I didn't forget my ski and snow gear at home

makes me grateful period (.)

Hope your feast was full of grace and warmth

Happy (tardy) Thanksgiving

Now... on to Christmas!

What's on your Christmas list this year?

I'm wanting myself one of these:

image via

which is ironic considering my mom had one when I was growing up.  It sat there headless in the corner of her bedroom wearing a thick green velvet victorian dress.  To make matters worse, my mom named her Hilda and occasionally put a wig on her.

Hilda terrified me.