Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Countdown Begins

Welcome to the Christmas edition of getting to know your friends.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Usually paper.

2. Real tree or Artificial? Real, and we hunt it ourselves.

3. When do you put up the tree? Usually the first weekend in December.

4. When do you take the tree down? Depends, but always before January 1.

5. Do you like eggnog? Not much.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? I remember getting a bike...

7. Hardest person to buy for? My parents.

8. Easiest person to buy for? Myself...just kidding. (kinda) The kids are easy too.

9. Do you have a nativity scene? About 3 or 4

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Chocolate Covered Cherries. They ruin perfectly good chocolate.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? The Polar Express

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Usually in the summer.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? yes

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Fudge.

16. Lights on the tree? The more the better.

17. Favorite Christmas song? Silent Night...

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Both

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Yes

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Angel

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? (As soon as I find them.) The 'official' family opening is on the Eve.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Commercials to convince my kids they need more...more...more.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? I have a Santa collection that I treasure.

24. What do you want for Christmas this year? Toys.

25. What do you leave for Santa? Cookies, fudge, milk and carrots for the reindeer.

Saturday, November 29, 2008


It's O-V-E-R. There were some highlights of the day:

Good Food - Great Friends - and massages!

Posted earlier in the day when I still had hopes of a Rose Bowl bid:
Civil War - Oregon State University vs University of Oregon

It has been said the win gives you the right to live in the state! Well, win or lose, I will still fly my colors tomorrow. I bleed black and orange!

Here are a few interesting notes from The Oregonian.

Trivial Pursuit
Civil War edition
by Rachel Bachman, The Oregonian

Total football revenue (2007)
UO: $24,493,155
OSU: $31,867,028

Percent increase in revenues since 2003
UO: 36 percent
OSU: 55 percent

Winning percentage, 2004-08 :
UO:65 percent (39-21)
OSU: 64 percent (39-22)

Winning percentage in August and September
UO: 76 percent (16-5)
OSU: 43 percent (9-12)

Winning percentage in November and December
UO: 40 percent (8-12)
OSU: 77 percent (17-5)

Head or assistant football coaches with mustaches
(not including goatees or superstitious scruff)
UO: 4
OSU: 1

Most popular beer
UO: Total Domination IPA by Ninkasi Brewing (at Rennie's)
OSU: Coors Light (at Clodfelter's)

Top-selling magazine at school bookstore
UO: Cosmopolitan
OSU: Cosmopolitan

Priciest single-game ticket
UO: $66 (vs. Washington)
OSU: $75 (vs. USC, Oregon*)
*fans required to buy three-game pack for $120 to get a Civil War ticket.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education Equity in Athletics Data Analysis 2007-08, UO and OSU media relations, Oregon State Police, Eugene Police Department, Rennie's, Clodfelter's, UO and OSU Web sites, UO and OSU archives, UO and OSU media guides, UO and OSU bookstores, OSU Alumni Association. -- Rachel Bachman

Oregon State, Fight-Fight-Fight!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Guilty Pleasure...

I am not usually interested in fantasy novels.

I am not usually interested in vampires.

I do not usually act like a giddy 13-year old when I am at the movies.

Except for Friday night.

If you are a Twilight fan, I don't need to explain.

If you aren't a Twilight fan (yet), I dare you to read two chapters and put it down.
Just know...

I love Twilight.

I love Bella & Edward.
I loved my movie & I can't wait for the next one to be released.
I don't remember being this silly about a movie since Top Gun.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thanks Dad!

One weekend a month.

Two weeks each summer.

38 days a year.

It doesn't seem like much, really.

Back then, I didn't think about it. It was just what you did.
Back then, military personnel were not being called to active duty.
Back then, I didn't worry about war or deployment.
Back then, I didn't think about what your service meant.
Back then, I didn't worry about what you had to do when you were in Vietnam.
Back then, I was proud anyway.

Today, I am thankful. You signed up, you fought and you continued to serve.
Today, you would go again, if you were called.
Today, I support our military and our President.
Today, I explain to my children what you and others have fought to protect.
Today, I feel sorrow for families who have lost loved ones.
Today, I pray for peace in the hearts of soldiers for personal battles they may face.
Today, I am more proud than ever.

I feel like I have an understanding of service. I understand even though I have never been part of the military. I understand because you taught me, not only with your words but with your actions.

Dad, thank you for serving. I am proud!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Kung Fu Reagan

Reagan went to a birthday party this weekend.
Part one of the party was watching Kung Fu Panda.
Looks like she's found some new moves!
I'm wondering who would get hurt more...herself or the other person.
(Gym located @ Nelson's Nest!)
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Sunday, November 2, 2008


I had the pleasure of taking my girls and three borrowed girls to the movie this afternoon. With the November rains settling in, a movie date was a perfect way to spend the afternoon.

I arrived at the movie early with 4 of the girls, the other 2 arrived within minutes. The moms and I visited briefly. When the high school boy unlocked the theater doors all six girls bailed out of the van quickly and ran inside. I said goodbye to the moms, rolled up the windows and headed inside. (Re-read this is important later.)

  • We lined up for the tickets...$38.00
  • We lined up for the popcorn...$11.00 *I bought 2 XL's and split them into Ziploc baggies-I am that smart-Re-read this bullet too.
  • I bought 7 sodas...$18.00
  • We found our seats.

Grace and her friend chose front row seats.

Taryn and her friend chose back row seats.

Reagan, her friend and I settled into the middle.

About an hour into High School Musical 3, the high school theater employee was walking toward me. Hmm....the girls didn't seem to be causing any trouble. Hmm...did he see the jellybeans I snuck into the theater. that wasn't it.

"Ma'am, did you drive the van here?"

"Uh, yes."

"You left your car running."

At this point, I wish it was about the smuggled jelly beans. I wanted to die. You should have seen the look on all three high school workers as I snuck out of the theater, found my car - unlocked and running, right where I left it. Hmm... Priceless?

Additional thoughts to ponder on this occasion:

  • No wonder I only have 3 children. I'm not responsible enough for more.
  • Thank goodness I married a Pollock as this type of behavior is expected.
  • I live in a small town - so when I have these 'moments' my car is right where I left it.

and finally

  • It may not be my 'natural' hair color anymore...but it's pretty obvious I am a true blonde.