Thursday, December 6, 2018

Currently... (Vol. 34)

Disbelieving...  how many of my students have a freakin' Elf on a Shelf!

Laughing...  at some of the names of my students' elves.  Here's a random sampling:  Tinkerbell, Tink, Belle, Jinglebell, Scout, Snow, Cotton, Presents, Red, Henry, Buddy, Snowflake, Elfis, Sprite, Herald, Sparkles, Twinkles, and Shelvin.

Simplifying...  my Christmas season.  Actually, this isn't anything new, but I feel even more compelled to "keep it simple" this year and focus on the holiday traditions and events that actually bring me joy instead of stress me out.

Ready...  to wear my collection of Christmas t-shirts to work!

Cancelling...  my MoviePass account.  I retracted my original recommendation in this post back in October.  Since then, the restrictions have worsened and I'm no longer willing to give them any more chances.  Buh-bye...

Dealing...  with the chaos created by the unplanned, mini-renovation of my master bedroom.  Due to some unforeseen circumstances, we had to rip up the carpet. In lieu of new carpet, we decided to replace it with hardwood.  Sounds simple enough, right?  Nope.  After ripping up the carpet in the closet, we discovered a water leak which lead to the discovery of mold...  

Watching...  Outlander on STARZ, Escape from Dannemora on Showtime...

...and Christmas movies on AMC and Freeform.

Reading...  YES, like with my eyeballs, Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist.

Listening...  to the audiobook The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard.

Acclimating...  to my new mattress (which we replaced in addition to the carpet).  It's super comfy, but like most things, takes a little getting used to.

Confessing...  that my self-imposed spending freeze for November went bust the first week due to the impromptu mini-renovation of my bedroom. 

Laughing...  at this:

Agreeing...  with these (especially right now with the stress of home renovation):

November in a Snapshot:

1) Scenes from the park, the first snow (Nov. 10), walking, Joe Bonamassa in concert.
2) Celebrating M's 40th birthday!
3) New sneakers, let the laying of hardwood commence, in desperate need of a date
with L'Oreal, the second snow (Nov. 27)

What have you been up to lately?  

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season!

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  1. Eek, sorry about the water leak/mould. Not nice.

    Half my Facebook feed is Elves on Shelves. Whyyyy does the UK have to follow every trend that comes out of America (it is all UK, thankfully. None of my German parent friends seem to have discovered it yet...). There's at least 2 Buddies, A Frosty Twinkletoes(!!!), a Chip, I think. I don't remember the others.

    1. Yeah, the mold was definitely a terrible thing to discover, but I'm glad we found it now and got the source of the leak fixed so it didn't get worse.

      I hate when obnoxious American trends spill over into other part of the world.

  2. Ugh, when simple home improvement projects become complicated. I've lived that life. Is it almost over at least?

    Totally with you on the simplification of Christmas and doing what is enjoyable and not the rest.

    1. Yes... I've described it like dominoes falling... Sigh. I'm hoping (fingers crossed, throwing salt over my shoulder, etc) that we uncover nothing else that needs our immediate attention in the house. After this, there is nothing more planned, other than some painting of trim here and there.

  3. Ooh I love all your Christmas t-shirts. I have one, and a Christmas sweatshirt, but I'm ready to start wearing those too!! I'm also trying to watch all the holiday films on TV. I've been starting to tape some though so I can hopefully watch them later - probably closer to Christmas when I'm off work for a bit.


    1. Thank you! This collection has been several years in the making! I also have an "ugly Christmas sweater" that I'll wear when my school has Ugly Sweater Day, but I don't have it out yet. Due to our bedroom remodeling, my clothes are literally everywhere throughout the house. I keep my favorites on DVD so that I can watch them whenever. The lineup on AMC and Freeform has been good so far, so I've just been watching them on regular TV.

  4. ugh, mold. i'm so sorry. i am definitely afraid of that every time we do any kind of renovation. i don't really *get* the elf on the shelf thing. i am trying to simplify my christmas season as well, and honestly that means only attending things i 'have' to attend (work parties, family get togethers) and that's about it for my christmas participation this year lol

    1. Yeah, it's been a pain. I just wonder when the Elf on a Shelf thing will finally run its course. I mean, the majority of my kids have them. The novelty has to wear off sooner or later.

      Best of luck in simplifying your Christmas. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

  5. What a cute collection of Christmas tees!

  6. Sorry about the house problems - I hope you're well on the way to getting everything sorted. Simplifying Christmas sounds a good idea. Have a good one.

    1. Thanks. I appreciate it. We are slowly getting things fixed and back to normal. This bedroom remodel has been anything but simple, so I feel the need to simplify everything else. Happy Holidays to you!


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