My Christmas needs saving

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Today I got smacked right in the kisser by this calendar post.

It’s the week leading into Christmas and I’m finding myself to be a bit grinchy this year. And I love this season..the music, friendly gatherings, time off work, our cozy family room complete with wood stove and lovely decorated hearth.

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Cozy family room at Christmas

I  am blessed beyond measure – mom to a happy, healthy toddler and wife of a handsome, loving man and rock star dad. And still…my inner Scrooge has been rearing its ugly head for weeks.

So what gives? Or rather, who gives? I’m not giving myself a break.  My checklist is a mile long and I cringe every time I get close to crossing something off and my plans get foiled.  I’m also not giving myself the opportunity to relish what this season is actually about…another very special baby boy, Jesus.

That’s right, Jesus. Over 2,000 years ago, He left heaven and entered this crazy world  (well, pre-Christmas craziness, so how bad could it have been?), as a baby, born in a stable full of animals to a 15 or 16-year-old girl and her fiancé.  Now THAT would be a killer reality show moment! And every year, we have the opportunity to acknowledge His birthday, and here I am, whining and making it all about me!! I actually said a few weeks ago that I was annoyed that I’d have to go to church on Christmas morning. Um, excuse me, did I mention it’s HIS birthday?! How did I let things get so out of control?

Fast forward to today and this humbling calendar reminder. I’m going to make a conscious effort for the rest of 2016 to re-focus. Remember what, and who, really matters.

And in the midst of the mundane, I’m going to remember a King leaving all of glory to save me and all of us, making His entrance on an ordinary night to ordinary people. And this King celebrates you and me every day because He loves us. For this, I will delight in Him and enjoy celebrating Him this Christmas.


If you need a quick, cheap way to liven up one of the holiday’s most thankless tasks – washing the dishes – try this!

Cheap Entertainment

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This week was crazy. Worked late two nights, wrote my Lucky Life Editor contest finalist entry, and spent three much-needed nights in a row with friends. Tomorrow will be a day of rest-ish.

In the midst of this chaos, I am planning my sister-in-law’s baby shower. It’s turning out to be a significant expense so my “fun money” budget is basically obsolete this month. Instead of crying about it, I’m finding thrifty things to do, cheap entertainment one might say.

On Wednesday, I had the privilege of seeing a fine documentary, Miss Representation, at a local university for free! Thank you higher education! In a nutshell, the film shows how the media assigns value to women based on their youth, beauty, and sensuality, ultimately limiting their life outlook, potential, and career options. Whether you agree with this or not, it’s definitely food for thought. And, I’m definitely going to start scouring local publications and sites for more free movie screenings and events in my area. Why haven’t I done this til now?

Being the office party planner, I was also up late one night baking these amazing pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, courtesy of The Food Network. I brought them to my office for a post-work  happy hour in honor of a colleague’s birthday and they were a hit! I am actually still awake now because I am baking more… can’t get enough! These are a delightful autumn twist on a classic favorite and they are super easy to make. I think baking is another great source of entertainment I ought to tap into more often. Sure, you need to run out and buy a few ingredients, but you can spend time listening to music while you mix up a batter, and afterwards, you get to eat yummy treats! And do share – don’t let the goods go to your hips!

Last batch of cookies is beeping – bed time! Sleeping is also a delightfully free activity I love.

Thank you, Triple A Cafe

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I am blessed to work with some great people in a small creative agency. My office space includes 2 other desks, occupied by some amazing women who share the same first initial “A.” Together, we make up the Triple A Cafe and we even serve delicious coffee daily from a red coffee pot. While we all enjoy our work, at times we feel we need an outlet to share our daily musings, passions, and areas of expertise. So we made a plan and set a deadline to each start a blog by December 16, 2011 (note that today is November 6th, thus I made the deadline).

I enjoy shopping, mostly the bargain type. From clothes to food to furnishings, I look for deals and find ways to be creative through them. And I’m always trying to outdo myself! I hope to share some of these real-life retail adventures with you.

More to come.

Thanks Triple A Ladies for your inspiration and for being my friends.

Coffee rules