Monday, 30 December 2013

Christmas 2013

Let's dust off this thing....
I've spent the last few months thinking about my career and in which direction I want to go to get to the goals I've set for 2014.  I've come to a point in my career where change is inevitable in order to take the next step.  Believe me, they aren't kidding when they say that the first step is the hardest.  There have been a lot of questions, a lot of discussions and stress.... and I'm finally ready to move forward even though it will be difficult after 15 years of 'status quo'.  Big changes coming in the next little while for me.  I'm excited.  Very excited.  And more than a little nervous.   Stay tuned...
Christmas has come and gone for another year.  Wow, how 2013 flew by!   I know they say time goes by faster when you get older but this is ridiculous.
I got more into the Christmas spirit this year than in recent years which was wonderful!  I got a little bit of baking done, and I actually enjoyed Christmas shopping this year which is a pleasant change.  I think it's because I ordered most of the "bigger things" online and had them delivered instead of traipsing around a mall.   Because we all know (as my niece says) that during the Christmas season they may call it a mall and it looks all innocent and "mall-ish" from the outside but inside??  Well, inside it's a scene straight out of the Hunger Games arena.  Not many people I know have the patience for that, myself included.
Picked up my oldest son from university after his last final exam on the 13th.   It was nice to have the boy home.  I was able to get the tree up and the house decorated a bit before he came home, which was nice.  I love sitting in the mornings (and evenings, but mornings especially) sipping a coffee and waking up to the glow of the Christmas tree lights.
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This year, for some reason we have this straggler of a tomato plant that just won't die.  We've moved it inside and it has taken up residence in our living room in front of the window.  I jokingly decided to hang a few ornaments on it as well.
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This year we bundled up all the presents and headed to Shelburne to spend the holidays with the folks.   We didn't get to stay until New Years like we usually do as our youngest had a volunteer shift at Hope for Wildlife over the holidays.
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Blurry picture of my parents' Christmas tree!  And Santa hadn't even arrived yet!
My sister's boyfriend arrived one evening with a gift of lobster!  Yum!  We spent a while the next day shelling all the lobster to use the meat in lobster sandwiches/rolls.  Oh gosh they were good!
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The parental units shelling lobsters. We filled that plastic bowl with lobster meat.  It was enough to feed us lunches the whole time we were down there.  :-)
So Santa arrived and spoiled us all.    Hubby and I decided to treat each other to an upgrade on our TV.   A 60 inch 3D, smart TV by Sharp.   We ordered it as part of the Boxing Day sales online and can't wait for it to arrive. 10244680_2
The one that we have now is about a dozen years old, and while it works just fine, it's huge and cumbersome. Not to mention, when the boys get gaming on the XBox or have friends over, we lose our TV for the duration.  Most times that's fine...sometimes it's a bit inconvenient.  So, this house has 5 bedrooms and only 3 people living in it regularly.  We are going to move the big TV to one of the downstairs bedrooms and convert it into a gaming room/hangout for the boys.  Best of all, no more sharing the TV.  Score!
So, this is a bit of a weird gift... but my oldest has always been fascinated with swords, since he was little...a toddler really.  He never really grew out of it.  Lately, especially since he's become a fan of Anime, he has started buying his own swords.  So for Christmas,  we got him one that he's been wanting.
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It's not super sharp, although it does have an edge to it.  Certainly no toy.   This one came with a nice gift case and display stand.  He was really happy with it.   Really, it was so much easier when they were kids and we could buy them Lego!
My youngest wanted a few video games (of course!)  and a watch that "you could see the gears working".  This was my biggest challenge.  Most of the skeleton watches like that are waaayyyy out of my price range for anything approaching decent quality.  I finally settled on this:
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It's a Swatch Irony Body and Soul.   Beautiful.  Reasonably priced.   No Swatch stores east of Toronto.  No online ordering  on the Swatch Canada website.   Grrrr... Anyway... I managed to find one for a great price with an American company and had them ship it up to me. With taxes, exchange and duty, it was still cheaper than what I could have bought it for on Amazon.ca.  My son LOVES it.  It's such a great looking watch.
Although...as much as he loves his watch... it was this quirky gift from his Aunt that stole the show on Christmas morning....
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The hat is just about as goofy as the kid wearing it!
That's all the news from me!  Like I said, lots of changes coming up soon, can't wait to share it all with you!
Take care everyone!  See you in 2014!