It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas

A few weeks ago I posted about how we spent an entire day decorating for Christmas outside the house only to have a few of our lawn ornaments get vandalized less than 24 hours later. I’m happy to report that since installing surveillance cameras AND alerted everyone on our neighborhood’s Facebook page of said cameras, we’ve had no incidences of poor teenage decision-making since then. Yay!

As a result, Denis and I have once again gone crazy with the post-Christmas sales (which are all now pre-Christmas sales) and bought more characters for our front yard. This year (thus far) we’ve added:
1) A dachsund inflatable
2) A triple-ornament inflatable
3) A bald eagle lighted tinsel
4) An ice dancing pig lighted tinsel

In today’s mail … continue on, dear reader!

Decorating for Christmas is Exhausting

Yesterday, being the day after Thanksgiving, saw us usher in the Christmas season by spending most of the day setting up the outdoor decorations. Each year we go all out – we have about


Here I was going to make a lovely post about how all our hard work paid off because LOOK at the pictures! Our lawn decorations look great this year!

And this morning I went out to count our lighted pieces to see how many we had, only to find that three of them had been vandalized.

Last year we had a piece go missing – but the thief was encouraged to return it when I contacted her mother and advised her to check with her daughter. That night, they came … continue on, dear reader!

Catching Up

Hey all (well, all six of you).

No calls yet on the jobs. I went from uber-confident I’d get three offers to nothing. Nada. Today I emailed two of the jobs to find out if there was an update on the hiring status. Haven’t gotten a response yet.

Denis and I went to see a women’s roller derby game last night. It was a lot of fun and I definitely want to go back, taking the kids next time. There were about 1,000 people in attendance, and the game only took 60 seconds to figure out.

I’ve been doing the Couch to 5K running program for a couple weeks now. I haven’t really mentioned it here, but I do have a running widget in my … continue on, dear reader!

I Saw My Dream House Today

Today I drove around with CootieBoy at a yard sale in Baxter Village. It was a huge neighborhood sale and we were on the hunt for a bike for CootieBoy and a toaster oven that Denis could take to his office because they don’t have one.

We drove through that whole neighborhood (which is no mean feat considering how large it is). We saw a lot of girl bikes, but only a couple boy bikes. And those were all too big. I found a cheap $2 toaster for Denis’ office (but I paid $4 because that sale was specifically to raise funds for a mission trip to Guatemala and even at $4 it was under my $10-for-a-toaster budget).

I saw a couple interesting things – … continue on, dear reader!

Do We Smell? No Seriously, Do We?

We keep losing neighbors.

Neighbors behind us have changed twice in the almost three years that we’ve lived here. Neighbors next door recently moved and will be putting their house on the market shortly. Neighbors on the other side tried a FSBO last year but never sold and didn’t want to turn the house over to a realtor – but I have a feeling they’ll try again this spring. Neighbors across the street have been in a mere 5 months and are putting their house on the market. When I asked why, the mom was loathe to provide a reason (and I didn’t pry).

We’re starting to get a complex.

I mean, I know our lawn isn’t the nicest on the block, but at least … continue on, dear reader!