Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Away in a manger . . .

It's a double post day. My contest winners and give-away post is right below so click here to read. (SAM-e judges you're gonna wanna click and read before you make your decision.)


Alot has happened since I last posted. I got new windows. Plus I paid all my bills, decked all my halls, did all my visiting teaching, and attended my first holiday family PaRtAy of the season.

And when I say PaRtAy, I mean PaRtAy!

Oh, and I hypnotized my Olive Garden waiter into giving me step-by-step instructions to make Zuppa Toscana soup.

The trick is cooking the sausage with red pepper flakes peeps! RED PEPPER FLAKES! Of course. And don't use chicken broth from a can. ICK! (That's what he said.) As for the bacon, Costco's Kirkland pre-cooked, pre-crumbled REAL bacon in the blue bag works best.

I also blew off a ward council meeting. On purpose. Meaning I did it willfully and knowingly. And when they asked me why I didn't attend I told them it was because I didn't want to attend. I told them that I wanted to go on a family walk instead. And then I told them that I had read somewhere that Sunday meetings were of the devil. (hee hee)

But fer reals, why is Sunday such a day of UNREST for us church goers? I thought . . . I mean . . . doesn't the Bible say . . .

It's one of them contradicting commandments, I s'pose.

I bet Sundays are a day of rest for family walkers.

Just sayin.

I accomplished a lot this weekend, but I haven't even started my Christmas shopping yet. I think I'm going to start with my own present since it's the most expensive--new tires for my car. (I know, my hub is a big spender. He's romantic like that, what can I say?)

Okay, raise your hand if you wanna see what happened to my nativity this year?

For some reason all of my wise men have suffered serious bodily dismemberment this year. I was going to glue them back together, but then I thought, why? This is a great metaphor for life. Wise men have always gotten the short end of the stick, don't you think? Look what happened to all the great thinkers like Socrates and Galileo! Voltaire and Rousseau! John Lock and Jack Handey!

All dead.

(Wait, Jack Handey isn't dead, is he?)

Well anyways, raise your hand if you wanna see my mom's nativity? It's the very exact same nativity I grew up looking at year after year after year and while pretendind to live in a Thomas Kincade painting. I hope my mom wills it to ME, ME, ME because it's the only thing I want.

Btw, my dad made the manger from scratch.

How sweet is that?


One Cluttered Brain said...

Love the manger scenes! And that you updated jest fer me!
Thank you!
Sunday walks are fabulous, but probably would be better in a warmer place like Mesquite or even St George...Just sayin.

One Cluttered Brain said...

Are those pics of Sugar house Park?
Beautiful shots BTW.

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

They are bee-u-ti-ful. I love them all and nothing could be better than headless wiseman, perhaps you can multi purpose them and use them for halloween decorations.

DeNae said...

Hi there! I'm writing to tell your readers about the mistake on Matthew's address. I hate the thought of those dollar bills going to the wrong place!!

It's really 8444.

OK, now I'll go back and read your post! Love you!

DeNae said...

OK, I thought the grave bodily dismemberment was hysterical! And yeah, what's with all the "STUFF" we have to do on Sunday, anyway??

Martha said...

Fun Sunday walk, but I think I would rather walk here. Glad to NOT see the snowman pjs on the walk. See sweatpants can be comfy too.

IWA (e - va) said...

Thanks for the secrets.... I would heart a bowl of that right now! (and some salad)

Oh Kalofae to the wise men! So i had a similar thought about wise men (actually the one's in King Nebuchadnezzar's Kingdom... Do you think that they were the same type of wise men that went to see Jesus, ... because then the falling off of heads if pretty appropriate i must say!)

Good on you for skipping the meeting.. Ditto on Sunday being a day of rest.. i swear its the busiest day of the week.. Crazy mormons!

Barbaloot said...

Love the natvitiy of your mom's. It's beautiful.

I'm with you on Sunday meetings. What the heck?! When I was RS president, I made sure we only had meetings every other week, and only for 30 minutes. People need to be home with their families!!

T said...

oh shoot - I had some peaceful wonderful comment about walking vs. ward council and now I'm going to be up all night worrying about my poor dollar all alone in the dead letter office??? did I put a return address?

Dear Post Office People - the orange envelope goes to Matthew - address above, thanks! (that'll work right - doesn't EVERYONE who's ANYONE read your blog??)

Stephen said...

What a wonderful and meaningful activity to do with your family. I dig your list of wise men.

Kritta22 said...

I have a surprise for you on my blog.....better run and check it out!~

Kritta22 said...

Can I just say that Lulu melts my heart everytime I see her!!??!

Kritta22 said...

You guys did it again....

You emptied my bucket.

I now have a surprise for you on my blog.

Oh how I heart you guys bunches!

I too, miss our slumber parties but now that I live in a normal time zone, I sleep when you do!! LOL

wesley's mom (sue) said...

OMG!! I got new tires for Christmas too!!! The really spensive account emptying kind. So awesome!

I love your nativity. It's perfect.

The Crash Test Dummy said...

T, I see that you sent yours from my magic quilt site and the address there was correct from day 1. Also address across Facebook is correct. PHEW!

T, do you have a paypal?

Braden, you will also receive some kind of consolation prize, k!

Kritta, I saw the new magic quilt. IT IS SO BEE-U-TIFUL! I lub it. MUCHOS MAHALO! (and btw, LULU melts my heart every time I see her too!)

Barb, I HOPE you win. I will deliver them personally if you do. And give you a big Christmas hug.

Sue, are we kindred spirits or what? I swear.

The Crash Test Dummy said...

OCB, no those shots were taken in Highland.

Ha ha about doubling as a Halloween nativity too. hee hee I could bloody it up a bit. (ewwww)

Iwa,I've wondered that about the wise men too. hmmmmm Deep thoughts. Too deep for Christmas time. ha ha

Hi Martha! Remember our beach walks?

DeNae, THANK you for the address correction, girlfriend. DANG!