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Toys for Tots 2014

We had our Toys for Tots/office Christmas party last Friday, and it was quite successful! We received around 40 wonderful toys including dolls, board games, craft kits, and stuffed animals.










We put up a few festive Christmas decorations as well. That second little pair of snowmen apparently sing a song and "dance" a bit. They're super cute!



We had some wonderful food and beverages as well including breakfast burritos, fruit and veggie trays, cookies, candies, deviled eggs, and salsa and hummus. Not pictured: the crock pot full of amazing vegetable soup!




 Did your office have a Christmas/Holiday party? Was it awesome? Let me know in the comments! Cheers!

Friday Five on Saturday

Sorry I'm late with my Friday Five. It hasn't been a terribly good week emotionally or mentally for me, I'm afraid, and staying positive was becoming difficult. Still. I'll soldier on, shall I?

1. So my appointment yesterday (Thursday) didn't go quite as I'd hoped. The rheumatologist flat out said I could not possibly have polymyalgia rheumatica because I am not 50 years old, despite the fact that all my symptoms exactly match that of polymyalgia rheumatica, AND there is a family history of it, AND everything I've read says, yes, it's RARE in people under 50, it's also NOT impossible. Whatever. He thinks it could be something else, and wants to rule out everything else before confirming I have what I already know I have, er,  diagnosing me with polymyalgia rheumatica officially. So I had more blood work done (conveniently in the lab right downstairs from his office), and we're back in the wait-and-see pattern. Needless to say, I am NOT happy about this. I've been suffering with the pain and stiffness for a year and a half now, and I would like to be DONE with it, please and thank you. (For the record I do not have fybromyaligia, as I don't have any of the presser point pain associated with that, so we can cross that off the list straightaway.) I am curious as to what he actually tested for, as I have already previously been tested for (and was found to be negative of) rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Lyme Disease, cat scratch disease, MS, and a few others, I can't remember right now. I guess I'll just have to wait till the labs come back. I apologize for the rant; I just had to get it out of my system.

Moving on ...

2.  In other news, our Toys for Tots/Office Christmas Party was quite successful this year! We collected 40+ toys, had an ugly sweater contest (that I don't think anyone actually participated in ... maybe next year when we have a bit more time to shop or make one!), and enjoy lots of yummy treats! Full post with pictures coming soon!

3.  Also, while I didn't handstamp any Christmas cards this year, I did manage to buy some really cute ones, and will be getting those mailed out this weekend. Hopefully some of you will be getting them before Christmas! I was beginning to feel the pressure this past week, and am very happy I will be able to accomplish this without succumbing to a complete panic attack! (And, yes, I know there's absolutely NO PRESSURE attached to the card exchange I participate every year; I put the pressure on myself all by myself!)

4.  I think next year I might just do New Year's cards, and save myself the stress! I have a few cute stamps that would easily lend themselves to a New Year's Eve/Celebration type of card, and I'm sure if I start working on them in August, I should manage to get them finished!

5. And, finally, one of my coworkers gave us all a mini-Christmas decorating kit including a small string of lights, some mini Christmas tree ornaments, and a super cute Chrtistmas card. So, now we all look pretty festive, and have gone from bah humbug to happy holidays!

Cheers, everyone!





A Few of My Favourite Things: December 2014

I know I'm running a little late with my  Favourite Things post,  and I'm SO terribly sorry, but things, you know, they happen. Anyway, here's my list, enjoy!

Cosmetics: I'm very excited to report I found TWO bottles of got2be Smooth Operator at CVS last month! I was afraid I would still have to trim the ends off my hair because they looked fried, but after using Smooth Operator for a couple weeks, the ends are much smoother and softer, so I might not have to. At least not right away.

Fragrance: I wore Burberry Brit Sheer almost exclusively throughout December. It's a nice, light fragrance that I've grown quite fond of.

Fashion: I loved all my fun sweaters from Lane Bryant, and pretty much wore them once a week all December long (and will probably continue to if this cold continues!). My only disappointment was with the fox sweater - the threads caught on everything and I ended up with tons of pulls to fix every week.

Book: I started reading The Curiosity in December, and really, really love it! It's an interesting concept, interestingly written, and filled with interesting characters! It's also, like, 400 pages long, so I'll be reading it for a while yet!

Music: Christmas music FTW!

TV:  SyFy's show Ascension was pretty darn good (except it didn't really END, did it?!?), as was TNT's The Librarians.

Food: Gingerbread cookies, Aplets and Cotlets, and peppermint bark.

Beverages: Eggnog!

Okay, that's it! At least that's everything I can remember enjoying in December. Did you have anything that you really loved last month? Are you still enjoying it now? Let me know - I'm curious! Cheers!

Teaser Tuesday: The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

•Grab your current read •Open to a random page •Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page •BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) •Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Today I finished The Time Tutor, and since I had a few minutes left on my commute, decided to choose and start a new book. I've had The Curiosity on my nook for months, if not longer, and decided it was time to finally give it a shot! I don't even remember what it's about, or what about the description urged me to buy it! The cover art is intriguing, though. Maybe that was enough. Anyway, here's my teaser from page 9:

May I say that it was amazing? That we uncovered solid truth in a vast empire of unknown? That we found something to arresting, it captures the attention of the world?

Happy Tuesday! Cheers!