Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas - The Results

Maybe Santa brings your presents, but ours are delivered by UPS.

They are still submitted to a rigorous safety check.

Kip must've been on the Nice list this year - he had several presents to open.

His favorite so far is an otter carcass plush toy/puppet thing that makes weird noises. Kip LOVES it; it freaks me out.

Here's wishing you had a lovely Christmas and a relaxing weekend! BD and I are going home for a short visit to Louisiana to see our families next week, so we hope you have a happy and safe New Year's celebration!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Virtual Christmas Card 2008

Merry Christmas from our home to yours!

We wish you a warm and happy Christmas and a peaceful, prosperous New Year.

Kip says, "May 2009 bring you more wag, less bark!"

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Scenes from Carolina Basketball - The Record is Broken Edition

This week we witnessed a little piece of UNC history. Tyler Hansbrough broke the career scoring record - a record set by Phil Ford in 1978 - with his 2,291st career point. True to his reserved demeanor, his celebration of the record-breaking shot included a wave to the roaring crowd and a single fist pump.

The officials briefly stopped the game, and Phil Ford was there to present Tyler with the game ball.

Congratulations, Tyler. We're glad you wear Carolina Blue.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Call Murphy, Tell Him He Can Have His Law Back

Here are the details of my Monday...

~A couple of weeks ago, the marketing director recruited me to be in a new video testimonial that is being made for the re-vamp of our company website. The video shoot was today.

  • I was told, "We'll give you a list of questions beforehand so you can think about your answers." Apparently that was code for, "We'll give you a list of vague topics and then you're just supposed to start talking. On camera. With strangers in the room."
  • Also, we were told there was going to be a professional makeup artist there to get us camera-ready. She put hot pink lipstick on me. Hot pink lipstick isn't exactly my style. I actually made a passing comment to her about please don't use bright red lipstick. Between getting the makeup applied and filming the video I never got to look in a mirror, so I wasn't aware I was wearing hot pink lipstick. I walked all the way back to my cube wearing hot pink lipstick. I am going to be on the Internet wearing hot pink lipstick. And no, this is not an adult video, if you know what I mean.

~I went to use the restroom about 2 hours after I got home from work tonight and realized my pants were unzipped. I think the last time I went to the restroom was at work around 3 pm. I attended 2 meetings between 3 -5 pm. With unzipped pants, apparently.

~I was asked to bring a dessert for a Lunch and Learn meeting tomorrow.

  • There were just enough eggs in the fridge to use for dinner and for the 2 desserts I was making. The yolk busted in one egg when I was trying to separate the whites, so BD had to go to the grocery store for eggs at 9pm.
  • One of the desserts I am bringing is a loaf of pumpkin chocolate chip bread. I've made this recipe at least 6 or 7 times. I always bake it for an hour at 350, and it turns out really well. Tonight I cooked it for an hour at 350, and it was gummy and undercooked. I, of course, did not discover this until it was completely cooled, and BD was slicing it for me. BD had to go back to the grocery store for more pumpkin at 10 pm.
  • I put the second-attempt loaf in the oven at 10:30. I am usually in bed by 11pm.

Thank goodness there is only 1 hour left in this day. Tomorrow better be a vast improvement over today, or I'm not getting out of bed on Wednesday.

Tales of the Tail: The One where Kip Earns his Keep

Kip says, "I can help you validate those SAS datasets...piece of cake."

Friday, December 12, 2008


Whatever souls are made of, his and mine are the same. ~Emily Bronte

We even have the matching sweatshirts to prove it.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

It is Finished (for now).

Here are the results of my hard work over the last 4 months:

Spring semester starts in mid-January.

Tails of the Tale: The One with Too Much Holiday

Kip says, "If I can't have any turkey OR Christmas cookies, wake me up when it's January..."

Monday, December 8, 2008

Let the Holiday Eating Begin! Part 2

I got the idea for these from my sister. I don't know what they're called, other than So Delicious I Can't Stop Eating Them. They are super easy and make a cute presentation, plus they are yummy! I made little baggies of them to give our neighbors, and I'm going to do a couple batches to give out to my co-workers as well.

All you need is Snyders "Snaps" pretzels, Hershey's Hugs, and M&Ms. I used a mixture of dark and milk chocolate M&Ms, and my sister has used Reece's Pieces which would also be really good. You basically can't go wrong - any combination would be tasty.

Put the preztels in a single layer on a cookie sheet and place one Hug on each pretzel. I got about 10 rows with 7 pretzels on the row, which pretty much used up the whole bag of Hugs. Well, I would have some left over, but somehow they kept ending up in my mouth.

Put them in a 175 degree oven until the Hugs start getting soft (about 5-7 minutes). Place 1-2 M&M's on top of each softened Hug. Then pop the tray in the fridge until they are set (about 15 mins).

Here is the finished product - all bagged up and ready to go. I got the little gift bags at Target, and I made the tags. I put 20-25 candies in each bag. It took me about 1 hr for two trays of candies - including bagging and tagging.

Christmas Wedding Bells

Congratulations to the new Davis family. We are so happy for you guys!

Wishing you a happy marriage and hoping that your life together will be rich in joy and love.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Looks Like Christmas

BD and I decided to do a scaled-down version of our Christmas decorating this year. We're not having our usual big Christmas party - just a few friends over for dinner, so we decided to only decorate the inside and forego the outside lights/decorations.

Kip tried to help decorate

but he got tired of hearing "Kip leave that alone!" so he supervised from under the table.

My Disney Christmas decorations:

The finished tree:

We collect ornaments on our vacations. Here are our two from 2008:

Breckenridge, CO

Atlantic Beach, NC

Let the Holiday Eating Begin!

I baked Neiman Marcus cookies over the weekend. The famous story is not true, but the cookies are great. They are some of my favorites; I love the combination of oatmeal and chopped pecans and dark chocolate. YUM! The copy of the recipe that I have says it makes 3 1/2 dozen - I halved the ingredients and got 2 dozen medium-sized cookies.


Dough balls
Finished product

Friday, December 5, 2008

Scenes from Carolina Basketball - Not Every Game is Exciting Edition

Carolina played UNC-Asheville last weekend. We knew that it would not be a nail-biter, but we were not expecting it to be half time. The final score was 116-48. Really.

This is how I spent most of the game...notice all the empty seats...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tales of the Tail: The One with the Cold Weather

Kip knows how to stay warm during the cold weather!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Brrrrrr! It's Cold!

The past week has been unseasonably cold for our area. We got a light dusting of snow twice last week. It didn't stick to the ground but the roof tops and cars parked outside had a light layer of snow for a few hours.

It's been so cold we might need to turn up the heat in our house...

or we could just bundle up and tough it out....scarves, gloves, toboggan caps, and snuggling up to Kip are good ways to keep warm!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Extreme Blog Makeover: Christmas Edition

I should be working on one of the three semester projects I have due on Dec 3, so what am I doing? Why, playing on the Internet and finding cute new blog templates, of course! For those of you using a feed reader, here's a screen shot so you don't even have to click through to the page. The holidays make me nice like that. Also, I got to procrastinate a little longer by taking the screen shot!

Now...back to work!

Friday, November 14, 2008

He's So Excited...

And he just can't hide it...He's about to lose control...And he thinks he likes it...

Carolina basketball tickets are here!

(okay, so I totally coerced him into that pose just so I could use those song lyrics....but he is excited.)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

oh, hai!

Remember me? It turns out I am still alive after all! We are doing well - just busy with school and work, and not doing much lately that is blog-worthy. The fall has been beautiful here, so we've been enjoying the nice weather and the pretty foliage. I am trying to survive the last few weeks of the fall semester and working on getting classes lined up for spring. BD is busy with work and eagerly anticipating the arrival of his Carolina basketball tickets. Kip is doing his usual routine of patrolling the yard for squirrels, napping, and pestering us for food.

Stay tuned for more updates...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Tales of the Tail: The One with the Grazing

I think he's trying to say that we don't feed him enough...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tales of the Tail: The One with the Photo Shoot

Kip says, "I've been working on my modeling portfolio - which is my best angle?"

Right side?

Left side?

Close up?

Ears up?

Ears back?


Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sunday Stitches: Projects Finished

In between school projects, I have managed to also finish a couple of stitching projects.

I finished this one a while ago, and I'm hesitant to frame it because I'm considering reworking it. I also could not get a decent picture of it - in case you can't read it, it has our names and wedding date and says "From this day forward, May your hearts be as one." This project was my first time using over-dyed threads. I like the effects of the over-dyed thread - it kind of blends from darker to lighter in the same skein, but I don't like the overall color scheme I used here. I ordered the thread online, and I was trying to order a blue color, but instead it's really more of a teal. The teal and orange lettering give it kind of a 1970's feel...which is not exactly what I was going for!

The second one I just finished recently. It is back to my favorite theme - dogs!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Fall Break

Thursday and Friday were fall break at school, so I took vacation from work as well to have a few days to decompress and gear up for the second half of the semester. BD took off on Friday, and we spent some time doing some yard work and getting out fall/Halloween decorations.

There are some bare patches in the yard where the grass wasn't growing well, so we decided to tackle those first. BD tilled up and degrassed the areas, and I spread grass seed.

Then we covered the seed with a fresh layer of top soil for nutrients and a layer of wheat straw to keep the birds from eating the seed. Hopefully in a few weeks we'll have some new, healthy grass in those spots.

Here is a shot of the flower bed we built back in May - everything is doing really well. The rose bushes have grown about a foot and are always covered in blooms. I am guessing they will probably start to drop their leaves as soon as we have the first frost.

I got out my fall garden flag. You can also see a few of the pansies we planted last weekend. And I just realized I need to trim back those boxwood bushes!

I used some of the leftover wheat straw to stage the decorations on the front porch. I would like to have a scarecrow to stand up in the corner to the right of the door, but I can't find one I like. (And it's too much work to make one!)

Those are artificial pumpkins that BD and I painted a couple of years ago. The little signs say "EEK a spider" and "BOO to you".

This one is a skeleton with a (foam) bat on top.

This one is a smiley-brace-face with a (pipe-cleaner) spider on top. You can tell I like happy not scary decorations!