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What a wonderful Christmas (and a wonderful life). December 28, 2008

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This was a wonderful Christmas in every possible way. Although not everyone could be in one place together on Christmas day, we were able to enjoy and celebrate with each of our children and our family over the course of the past week or so.

I think I can safely say one of the highlights of Christmas was watching our youngest son Allen open all the tiny boxes and gift bags that held hints to his primary gift. Once he’d collected all eight letters he had to figure out what word(s) they represented and what his gift was. As the picture shows, Allen got a new Raven amp for his guitar. To say he was excited would be an understatement!

My husband was the recipient of tools, a new GPS and some great bread cookbooks which he immediately put to good use. He produced this absolutely heavenly and beautiful Italian bread after finding the recipe in one of his books.

Mark's Italian Bread

I was the proud recipient of a new Nintendo DS and many games. I am currently immersed in Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass. What fun!

The very best part of Christmas wasn’t the gifts, although those were nice. It was the time we spent together visiting. Our daughter Annie gave us a wonderful CD and a DVD with many old photos from my childhood. We spent time on Christmas Day watching those with my folks and it brought back so many special and precious memories. Thanks Annie for making us remember the many years of happy times we’ve shared together!

It was perfect in almost every way. The only thing that could have made it better was to have had all the kids, their spouses and the grandkids together in one spot, happy and healthy. Maybe next year our youngest granddaughter will be well and she and her Dadddy will be able to celebrate with us!

Hope all of you were blessed with a good Christmas, sharing love and making memories together. From our house to yours, happy holidays and best wishes for the coming year.


The most fun I’ve had at work in a long time December 23, 2008

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Today was our Christmas lunch. I don’t have to say much except this has got to be the best group of people to work with anyplace on the planet. Fajitas, dessert, presents, Scrabble marathons and ROCK BAND! I got 100% on the vocals for Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way and Blue Oyster Cult’s Don’t Fear the Reaper. The team that rocks together works well together.

Nuff said. Good stuff. Have a great Christmas and looking forward to working with you in 2009. 🙂


Chocolate Chickens December 9, 2008

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I saw these in a blog post this morning and just had to share. I’m sure Fat Chick and her flock of friends would approve of the art involved, but disapprove of the inevitable eating of these chocolate chickens. Bon appetite!


Flockin’ around the Christmas Tree December 2, 2008

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The office chicken choir is heard preparing for Christmas. You can follow along below:

Flockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
(slightly rewritten by Fat Chick, Henrietta, Gregory Pecked and their new little friend, Miss Hennypenny)

Flockin’ around the Christmas Tree,
As we squawk and doodle de doo.
Making merry as we open our beaks,
To sing this song for you.

Flockin’ around the Christmas Tree,
Let the Christmas spirit ring.
Later we’ll have some extra feed,
And we’ll do some caroling.

You will get a sentimental feeling when you hear,
Chickens singing, “It’s great weather,
Deck the halls with lots of feathers.”

Flockin’ around the Christmas tree,
Have a happy holiday.
Everyone cluckin’ merrily,
The good old chicken way!


Favorite Christmas movies of all time December 1, 2008

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I love Christmas movies and enjoy nothing more than digging out all my old favorites to watch all through the holiday season. As I write this, I’m watching the Miracle on 34th Street (the newer remake). It made me think about all the holiday movies that I absolutely MUST SEE each year and their order of importance for me. Here’s my list of personal favorites and I’d love to know what yours are.

1. It’s A Wonderful Life

2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carey version)

3. Miracle on 34th Street (original edition with Natalie Wood)

4. Miracle on 34th Street (1994 remake)

5. Elf

6. Polar Express

7. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

8. The Bishop’s Wife

9. A Christmas Carol (Patrick Stewart version)

10. Home Alone 1 & 2

I also like the holiday TV specials like Charlie Brown Christmas and Frosty the Snowman. Reminds me of my childhood. I remember my Mom looking forward to the evenings when the Bing Crosby and Perry Como Christmas specials were on. Now I wish we had such fabulous music to look forward to. Remember the Bing Crosby/David Bowie duet of the Little Drummer Boy? Priceless.