What You Can Expect (Here) in 2017

I know this is all out of order; here I am talking about 2017 when I haven't written anything that sums up 2016 yet.  The thing is, 2016 was complicated.  I haven't exactly finished my thoughts there yet.  We had some sad events, like the passing of John's grandma, and the world is in turmoil on so many levels, and yes I count Alan Thicke and George Michael in that.  People are very ready to put 2016 behind them.  But I didn't completely hate this past year because we had so many good things happen too.  Not the least of which being buying and moving into our house and John starting his dream job with the Chicago fire department.  Those are major happy life events that cannot be ignored, no matter how badly everyone else feels about how their years went.  So, I think my thoughts on 2016 post is going to get pushed back yet again.

In the meantime, I do know what you can expect from me in 2017.  Not that I can predict the future or anything, but I can pretty reasonably predict my own behavior since I'm a creature of habit and have been extremely predictable since I was 2.
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'Twas The Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the 'net
Bloggers were stirring, they're not done just yet.
The stockings were hung with monogrammed flair,
In hopes that all of Sephora rests inside there.

Target decor adorned all the beds,
While slouchy white beanies sat on their heads;
Add Starbucks in red cups, and berry red lips,
The perfect selfie is ready, just like a script.

The fake rug is out (since white space is better),
If only the dog would sit still in his sweater.
Set up the twinkle lights and tie on a bow,
Instagram husband is ready, now on with the show!

"Should we pose by the window?  Can you see the snow?
Or in front of a fire?  It has a nice glow.
Let's take one outside, it's not all that cold,
In front of the wreath, spray painted in gold.

It matches the dress, after all, it's the season.
But if you can't see the shoes, there isn't a reason.
How about the nails?  Can you see all the glitter?
Take a good close up, it's better for Twitter."

Yes, blogging takes effort, but hardly a lot;
Only 89 tries for that one perfect shot.
With filters applied and hashtags just perfect,
The likes and the comments make it all worth it.

Zoomed in a bit, and brightened a ton,
They upload the photo, pleased it's finally done.
But they tell all their fans, while still merry and bright,
"HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!"



Stephanie out, Merry Christmas!  See you next week.

P.S. 2015, if you missed it.


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On the First Day of Winter

On the first day of winter ... I gave myself 10 new seasonal goals.  Okay that's a lie, it's not exactly the first day of winter, but we're getting there.  Its actually next Wednesday, the 21st, if you're curious.  However, the link up with Steph and Sara is today, so today is when I shall post.  They host a goals link up at the start of each season, in case you're new to this.  Join in any time and make your seasonal goals!  Gives you 3 months to work on them, way better than monthly goals if you ask me.

So let's check in on how I did on fall and what I'm planning for winter.

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Doggie Gift Bags for the Holidays



As usual, I have as many dogs as people to get gifts for this Christmas.  And I don't just mean Hawkeye 12 times over, as much as she would like that to be the case.  But I never leave dogs out of the holidays - they're family!!  This year, I decided to get gifts for my parents' dogs, Joey and Brody, John's parents' dog, Thor, and his sister's dog, Penny.  Hawkeye is probably the biggest dog out of all of them so I knew a perfect gift would be homemade little doggie goody bags, and they turned out adorable if I do say so myself.

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Three on Thursday

Welcome back to three on Thursday.  In case you don't have any idea what this is, you can read past posts here, but it's just a quick listing of my top 3 loves at the moment.  Top 3 anything, really, from candles, to beer, to tv shows, to a new app you have to try.  There are no rules, usually, although this week I kept them all Christmas themed.  One week into December and I'm in full on Christmas mode, I tell you.  Halloween may be my favorite holiday, but the Christmas/New Year season is a close second.  I love all the lights and decorations, even the music.  (Although I did hear 12 Days of Christmas set to Toto's 'Rains Down in Africa' while out shopping and that was a wtf moment for me.  No thanks.)  This season is certainly keeping me busy though, however much I may enjoy the activities.  Even when I try to simplify my life and my holidays, this one is a tough one to pare down.  So rather than tell you about more things to add to your Christmas list (I think I did that enough last week, making everyone want their own robot vacuum), I have a couple of recommendations that don't involve buying a darn thing.

1. Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt Date Night.  I think this is the cutest thing ever, plus it's a totally free and fun way to enjoy the holiday decorations.  John and I are going to do a version of it tomorrow with our friends, because we're heading to Zoo Lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo.  (Which is free, Chicagoans, and they serve alcohol.  And all the indoor exhibits are open so you don't freeze.)

http://www.thedatingdivas.com/christmas-light-scavenger-hunt-date-night/

I'm super competitive.  I plan on winning.

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Three on Thursday

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Well this post is going up slightly later in the day than usual.  Want to know why? Because for the first 4.5 hours of my day, I was 100% certain that it was Wednesday.  So that was a nice surprise, getting to the office and being reminded that I need to get my picks in for tonight's football game and set my fantasy line up.  The weekend is closer than I imagined!  Anyway, welcome back to three on Thursday.  In case you don't have any idea what this is, you can read past posts here, but it's just a quick listing of my top 3 loves at the moment.  Top 3 anything, really, from candles, to beer, to tv shows, to a new app you have to try.  There are no rules, so here we go.

1. Robot Vacuums Vacuuming has been my most hated task since I started having my own apartment with carpet when I was a junior in college (my parents never had carpet and floor is way easier to clean!)  I've been asking for a robot vacuum every single birthday and Christmas since I turned 21 - since I've always had a Dyson and then a Miele, I never felt that I could fork out my own money for a robot vacuum.  It only took 11 years but John got me one for my birthday 2 weeks ago and I. Am. Obsessed.  His name is Ferdinand and he's my new best friend, after Hawkeye of course.  I have no idea why the Roomba brand ones are $400+ more than this little guy, but whatever it is I clearly don't need because my Ferdi works great.
http://amzn.to/2gPucuJ
2. Gift wrap at Marshalls.  I don't have a picture of everything I got, but you can see a little bit of the gold wrapped gifts here.  The bags are from the Target dollar spot.  But Marshalls is amazing for wrapping paper and ribbons!  I don't always have luck finding things in the Marshalls by me, as far as home decor or clothes, yet the Christmas section is never a let down.  Of course, I try to shop for wrapping paper after Christmas when it's all dirt cheap, but if I run out of my own supply and need to pick up options before the holidays, Marshalls is where to go.  It's so inexpensive and the wrapping paper is good quality.  I hate super thin paper that rips when you try to fold it over box corners, drives me nuts.  So if you need options right now, stop there first!

3. Home Alone themed clothes on Etsy.  If you don't think you need a sweatshirt that says 'Merry Christmas ya filthy animal' or 'Buzz, your girlfriend, woof!' ... you're wrong.  I mean, you can find quotes from any holiday movie you like on Etsy, but Home Alone has always been my favorite.  I have a firefighter version of the first one, they run small so size up 1 or 2 sizes, but they're so soft and cozy!



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