Goodbye 2016

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Today is the last day of 2016.

There wasn’t too much excitement during it.  Work was busy and I was super frustrated.  So glad to get out of there.  I stopped at Price Rite afterwards to stock the house up with at least some fruits and vegetables for the new year 🙂

Then glorious sleep!

Leftover tacos for dinner.

Kimm did laundry so I put mine away (an intention for the new year!!!)

Now we’re about to watch Criminal Minds before I head into work.

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Snowy day…

Friday, December 30, 2016

Wow, crazy to think that tomorrow will be the last day of 2016.

Both Kimm and I slept pretty awful yesterday.  In fact, there was a moment where we both were awake around 3 am and that was just not good.  Somehow we both were able to fall asleep and get a little rest before having to get up.

Today we met up with an old friend of ours from the days of relay.  We met out at Cracker Barrel for breakfast and it was a nice catch up visit (she lives in California).

Just as we were leaving the restaurant, it was snowing like crazy!!  We were able to take “selfies” in the snow!  It was absolutely beautiful.  However, about 10 minutes later, it had stopped and it was sunny as all heck.  When we were driving back to Agawam, we saw a few flurries here and there.  Once we got back in the house, again it started flurrying madly.  A few minutes later, it stopped.  It was just crazy weather.

At home we both relaxed a bit and then I called my parents to catch up as well.  My nephew is going back home Sunday morning.  They have to have him at the airport very early, so they are leaving at 4 am!  Yikes.  That is not fun at all.

Dinner was simple…tacos and rice.

And then a shower and now a Criminal Minds before work…I’m on for two.

Relaxing.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Finally a day to just relax 🙂

Slept in!

Good breakfast — some of the cranberry cake that we made for Christmas, and coffee, of course!

Then I finally got to do my Project 333: Winter (choosing 33 items to wear during Jan, Feb, Mar).  I’ve been meaning to do this FOREVER…but of course with everything going on with Christmas prep it just never happened.  But it happened today!  And now all my clothes are organized again.  AND I was able to get rid of some more things.  SUCCESS!!

Then it was time for lunch (appetizers) and a Christmas movie! (The Santa Clause…a classic)

Now I’ve been getting through all my blog posts I’ve postponed over and over.

We did get some snow today, probably less than an inch.  It was SO PRETTY coming down!  But of course since this afternoon it’s been raining non-stop.  I guess I should be happy for no shoveling!

Plans for the evening…popcorn and another Christmas movie!

LOVE these relaxing days.

Hard to believe that in a few days it will be 2017.

No again.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Yay!  I made it through my three nights on!

And I tried to give blood after work, but again I was denied.  The nurse told me this time that certain people need longer between donation times to build up the blood stores.  So now I will wait a month.

When I get to donate again I’ll be happy…I’ll finally be at my one gallon mark!

Sleep was good again 🙂

And since it was Wednesday…pizza night!!

I’ve done some random computer stuff and now my eyes feel like they are about to close…I’m going to take a nap before we watch a show before bed…my BEST first nights off!

Better.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Well, last night at work was definitely better than the one before it 🙂

(I didn’t want to run out of the building!!)

And I slept good again…yay!!!

We had the last of the holiday leftovers tonight.

And now I’m going to be going in for my third night.  Tonight is also the last night of my efforts to double up my iron intake this last week.  We will see if it is all worth it tomorrow morning when I attempt to give blood after work.

The day after.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Well, there is nothing like a crazy busy night at work to end the holiday.  SIGH.

It was really hard to hold on to holiday joy and patience 🙂  Thank goodness there is time off between coming back each day…time to renew your inner calm.

I actually slept pretty good.  That was nice.

AND…the scale was SO SO good.  My lowest weight in like FOREVER!!  I’m getting so close to my first goal!!!!!

Leftovers for dinner…yummy!  And now a Criminal Minds before work.

Two more on…

Christmas 2016

Sunday, December 25, 2016

I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!

It was a really wonderful day, starting with “our” Christmas.

We were up by 7:30 am by Izzy who needed her Christmas loving 🙂

Then down to stuff the stockings and gather our breakfast (COFFEE!!! and a wonderful new Cream Cheese Cranberry Cake!)

Then the opening began…

It was just so much fun.  There was a lot of laughing, smiling, and picture taking!

Favorites of mine…a Precious Moments nursing figurine, my Book Nerd tee, a new Carpe Diem coffee mug, my monthly planner for 2017, a new journal, and my new snuggly blanket!

I think some of Kimm’s favorites were her Oh Canada poster, Montreal Canadiens winter hat, her Maple Leaf tee, her popcorn bowl!

Then it was time for showers and getting stuff ready to head over to Kimm’s parents.

We got there about 1 pm and ate about 2:45 pm.  Everything tasted SO good (probably because we were so hungry!!)

Then I was able to chat with my family in WI 🙂  I’m always to glad to hear their voices 🙂  I was SO HAPPY to hear that they liked my gifts.  I did good this year!

And then it was time to open gifts again…

We were truly blessed.  Kimm got a TON of new CDs that she is anxiously waiting to listen to.  I got several new books that I cannot wait to crack open!

After dessert (apple crumb pie!) I took a little nap!  And then it was time to pack it up for home about 8 pm.

By 9:30 pm I was heading out the door for work.

It was a really wonderful Christmas 🙂

Merry Christmas Eve!! {traditions}

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas Eve!!!

I love me some traditions…

~~bagels with cream cheese

~~Christmas meal prep (carrots, peas, green bean casserole, cranberries)

~~making Christmas breakfast (cranberry loaf bread…holy deliciousness!)

~~making up the candy platters

~~Christmas movies with the brother (Will and Grace, The Facts of Life, The Grinch, Mickey Mouse: House of Mouse, Christmas on Sesame Street)

~~me falling asleep during the movies!! (ALWAYS…never fails)

~~dinner out (pizza and fries…SOO good!)

~~Christmas lights

~~the wonderful feeling of spending time with loved ones

Merry Christmas Eve Eve!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Ahhh…I’m done with work until the night of Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas Eve Eve!!!!

Work was busy, but not AS busy as it has been.  Just enough to keep me going all night!

I got home and was able to chat with my parents for a bit 🙂

And then I headed to bed.  And I actually slept pretty good!

Up for an easy meal — French Toast.  And then we were out the door by about 6:45 pm to go look at Christmas lights for the third time 🙂

First up was a stop at Dunkin Donuts.  Peppermint Mocha lattes!  (I had a small which was just SO DARN cute next to Kimm’s medium…I kept calling it my baby latte!!)

We drove our normal route up to Connecticut and then back towards Kimm’s parents house and then out to Holyoke….we got to see some BEAUTIFUL old historic homes that were decorated so beautifully!  Definitely need to go up that way again next year!

Home and a quick Criminal Minds before bed!

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve!

This WORK thing.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Well, the first night back at work was busy (AS USUAL!!)  What is going on??  Usually around the holidays the census goes DOWN, not up!  Well, only one more day left before Christmas!!  Seriously, if I did not have to work I would not be unhappy.  #sorefeet #tensionneckache

In other news, Kimm has finished her wrapping!!

So now we just need to make the food stuff.  It will be a busy Saturday I feel.

Now for a nap!