T-Minus Two Hours

Because I have nothing else to do…ha!


Knit a long

OK, so I promised a knit-a-long in the New Year, and a knit-a-long you shall have! But I need some guidance. So here is a short poll. If you pick other, please indicate what the “other” is in the comments. I’ve set it up so you can vote more than once if you would be interested in more than one project, but please don’t vote 17 times for one project (I know y’all, you wouldn’t do that, right???).

Once the general project type is picked, I will find us a very cool pattern. I promise!

PS: Feel free to tell others to come vote. I’m probably going to set up a separate group blog, unless everyone is on Ravelry, which I doubt.

New Years Menu

Veggies and dip from Costco to tide folks over until those lovely friends bearing appetizers arrive

Other assorted impulse purchases goodies from Costco

Honey Baked Ham with rolls and cheese for sandwiches (Should I warm up the ham or serve it cold? The website said to serve it cold, but I have always thought ham was served warm…opinions???)

Baked beans in the crockpot

Baked ziti

Rebecca’s Orzo and Bruchetta Salad (One box orzo, cooked. Two containers bruchetta, two containers mozzarella balls. Voila. Yummy salad!)

60 juice boxes

24 bottles of seltzer/fun sparkling waters

A couple bottles of soda, as no one touched it last year except for caffeine-addict friend.

60 bottles of water (do you think this is enough? I thought so, figuring that a lot of people will drink the seltzer as my friends guzzle seltzer, and then I remembered that the kids will have access to the cooler it will be in, and we all know how kids open up a bottle of water and then abandon it two sips later in some undisclosed location and want another…)

Some yet to be determined amount of beer and wine. Last year we ran out of beer, which was a bad thing from a hosting standpoint but a good thing from a breaking up the party before my kids totally lost it standpoint…

Whatever nut- and peanut-free desserts other lovely friends arrive with.

It is nice to have lovely friends :-).


It appears that I underestimated how many people would already have plans for New Years Eve. We are currently at 30 adults, 32 children and counting. I’m not quite sure how they are all going to fit. And the logistics of how much wine, beer, seltzer, juice and food to buy are overwhelming me. I have stopped obsessing over the music because with that many people, no one will hear anything except perhaps the screams of “It’s MINE!!!!” from the basement.

I actually think it will be fun as it has turned out to be a really, really nice group of kids and adults. Bu next year we are totally catering this thing.

Overheard on the couch

M: (while trying to get the new OLPC up and running) “See! It’s just like Microsoft! Something doesn’t work, reboot!”

And then “If this were Apple I would have just typed ‘Get Flash.’ ”

So far we’re having some set up issues with the OLPC. I am fairly convinced that if we put C in front of the thing he can fix most of it except the Flash issue. And at the end of this experience he will be able to out compute us, big time.

More updates tomorrow…

Overheard over Breakfast

C: “I promised Daddy that I would try to be good for a whole week, and he said if I did he would get me some electric train catalogues!”

A: “And if I am good for a whole week I can have a unicorn!”

Chichimama: “Hmm. I’m not quite sure what to say…”

New Years Tunes

OK, so I’m trying to pick a music theme for our “used to be small and is now outgrowing our house” New Years Eve party. I’m thinking 90’s one hit wonders. And not just because I can buy the ITunes Essentials list off of ITunes. I mean, who doesn’t want to listen to Hansen on New Years? Or do y’all think I should go classy and actually play some “cocktail” music?

Thoughts? Ideas? Input? If you were a 30/40 something with kids at a New Years party guaranteed to break up by 9pm, what would you want to listen to???

A question for the Mac users out there

What word processing program do you use, and do you like/dislike it? I am about to embark on a writing project of some substance, and the free program I am currently using is not working so well for me.

People either seem to love or hate IWork, and love or hate Microsoft. And I can’t for the life of me figure out if one is better than the other, or if they both suck.

Holiday Tunes: The List

So here is my compiles list so far. It’s pretty much all upbeat songs, I’ve been in the mood for pep this year. Perhaps next year I’ll move on to more mellow fare…

Wonderful Christmastime
The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)
Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
A Most Excellent Party Christmas
Pop Christmas Medley
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Mary’s Boy Child
(It Must’ve Been Ol’) Santa Claus
Sleigh Ride
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Blue Christmas
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
All I Want for Christmas Is You
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Here Comes Santa Claus (Single)
White Christmas
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

Wanna know how the rest of my day is going???

The kids had their first lunchables ever. I had drive thru Burger King at 2:30 (and no, I didn’t order the salad). Right now the kids are watching TV while I frantically try to wash and dry their swim clothes that I found in the bag from last week. Ewww.

My dinner is going to consist of appetizers and cookies. Although I still need to figure out a cookie solution for the swap in T-minus four hours. I have a feeling the the burned biscotti from yesterday will be it, and I’ll just pretend that they aren’t mine. Or else I’ll throw myself on the mercy of Organized Friend who I KNOW just baked 12 dozen lovely cookies yesterday morning.

On the upside, I finished my brother-in-law’s hat late last night.

Now I just have to figure out when I can wrap it and get to the post office.

God I just love the holidays.