Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Candles and other nonsense

For years and years I used to get an email from Bath and Body Works every single day.  They were always about whatever the deal of the day was going to be.  Then one day I just randomly stopped getting those emails.  I have no idea why, but I hadn't received one since summer time. 

Until last weekend!

On Saturday the 3rd I got an email about single wick candles being on sale for one day only the next day. 

We hopped on over to the mall on Sunday the 4th with the goal of buying five candles. 


Then this happened,  

and this, 

and this.  
Oops. 

I spent the rest of the day decorating for Thanksgiving. 

Oh, and then that night I went out to dinner and to see Kathy Griffin with my friend Annette. 

We were four rows back.  


On Monday the 5th Elliott and I decorated his turkey for school. 

It reminded me a lot of his turkey feather for his second year of preschool. 
Spencer was 11 years 2 months old on Tuesday the 6th.  He was already in his jammies when we remembered to take his picture. 

Official
After the kids were in bed I took a picture of the manicure I had done for Kathy Griffin.  I was not a huge fan.  It was sloppy work because I didn't leave enough time for quality work.
I had a unexpected day off from work on Wednesday the 7th because I had a jury duty summons that got canceled.  

Michael and I went out for a breakfast date with delightful cappuccinos. 
We went to Costco that night to buy a new Christmas tree.  Elliott saw these huge wine glasses and ran over to them for a picture.  He said, "Mom.  You need one of these in your life!" 
On Thursday the 8th I had to test all of the markers at work.  Every time I do this it makes me question if my 84 credits master's degree was worth it.  Ha!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Post Halloween

The end of any holiday season is disappointing, don't ya think?  There's so much build up to the big day, and then it's over.   Just like that (picture me snapping my fingers).

I was able to leave work a tiny bit early on Thursday the 1st.  That's good because I had 1,001 errands to run.  My first stop was Target.  I was there, specifically, to look for Halloween decorations, but I might have strayed into the dressing room for a moment.

This is what I found in there.  A bunch of bikinis.  
This is what I was trying on- jeans and a long sleeved shirt.   I know it's not winter yet, but really? Bikinis? 
Spencer and I had a marathon day with each other on Friday the 2nd.  First I got Elliott safely off to school.  Then Spencer and I went to the allergy/immunology doctor for a new round of allergy testing.  The wonderful news is that Spencer didn't react to anything.  Not one single thing.  It shows that the allergy shots that he's been doing for 5+ years worked. 

We took some selfies while we were waiting the 15 minutes for the test.




Once that appointment was done we headed out east to the pulmonologist.  We were in the pirate room this time. 

More selfies. 




Then to the dermatologist, for more selfies and photo light therapy. 



We took a break from the doctors, but not the selfies, for lunch,

and a movie. 


The marathon day ended with a 3:30 appointment at the ENT.  We were pretty much done by then. 
That night Jerry and Lois came up from Tucson and had dinner with us and spent the night.  Zero pictures were taken. 

On Saturday the 3rd we took a walk around the neighborhood and went out to lunch.  No documentation. Then Jerry and Lois drove back to Tucson and we went to look at model homes. 

Michael matched the decor. 

Spencer ran ahead of us upstairs and we found him relaxing in the master bathroom tub. 

I loved this little kitchen bar area they had in the guest room of one house. 

Michael and I enjoyed some mixed drinks that night. 

I guess the couple of days after Halloween were not so terrible after all.  I mean, they weren't thrilling, but there were some fun times. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A Spooky House: 2018

A Spooky House: The 2018 Edition

Every single year when I start decorating for any holiday I pull up the blog post about the decorations for that holiday from the previous year.  These posts are probably the most useful ones I do for myself, therefore I cannot stop and we'll start the discussion, NOW.

I took these night pictures on Halloween night. 

The purple lights are actually spiders, it's just hard to tell because they are high up and small. 

I took all of the day pictures on November 3rd, so the couple of things I bought on the 1st made it into the pictures. 

All of the outside stuff





And now we'll move inside. 

It's so hard to photograph a mirror!

The jack-o-lantern shelf really came together this year.  I'd dare say it's actually complete. 


The entry way table might be perfect this year too.  Guess what though!  This is huge news.  I bought a new table that should be delivered any day.  It'll be totally different next year. 

Dining room

The dining room is always my favorite room, but especially at Halloween time. 



The spooky villages looked great this year. 

And so did the huge web on the painting.  It was year #1 for this beauty. 





Looking into the dining room from the other direction. 
Hallway closet.  
The jangly door holder was bought at Party City for 50 cents after Halloween. 

We took down the "regular" pillows to put up the Halloween pillows and now we can't find them.  Any ideas?


Pantry door

Above the window above the kitchen sink. 




The mantel was looking great this year. 


The skull/skeleton display was totally new.  It was a success. 
The piano decor was not new, but it was new to display everything on it because we didn't have it last year. 


And finally, the Halloween shower curtain was the best idea of all time.