Vacation = Awesome and More Christmastime

It’s 2:30 in the afternoon and I’m still wearing my pajamas. I actually didn’t even get up today until 11, and all I’ve eaten so far is Lindt and After Eight chocolates and cheese popcorn.

A few weeks ago I posted a picture of my Christmas tree, well, it’s starting to look a lot more like Christmas in here! I apologize in advance for the crummy pictures- my official photographer isn’t on vacation yet so he’s sleeping.

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So many gifts! I’m kind of livid though- last year I bought two strings of 100 lights for the tree at Canadian Tire, and sometime between Christmas and New Year’s Eve one of them blew out- it was immediately obvious because I had one string on the top half of the tree and one on the bottom half. This year I bought two more strings of 100 lights at Target, one is around the living room window and the other is on the tree with last year’s surviving string. Well, last week I was sewing on the couch and I thought I saw a flash out of the corner of my eye, but I didn’t think anything of it. Then the other night I was putting more gifts under the tree and I realized that another string of lights has blown! I’m pretty sure it’s the other Canadian Tire string. I didn’t realize right away because both strands are wrapped from top to bottom, but seriously, how ridiculous is that? It’s annoying because in order to take it off I’d have to undecorate the entire tree, so I’ll just have to live with a hundred dead bulbs for another week or so.

For some reason Symphony really didn’t want to put up her little purple tree, so unfortunately I won’t have pictures of it this year, although I did do a green and silver themed Christmas display on my kitchen windowsill. Our apartment is a basement suite and this huge window above my kitchen sink looks out onto the underside of my upstairs neighbor’s porch, a muddy pit of half-dead ferns, and the back of a chainlink fence. So not a nice view! I don’t like to keep the blinds closed though; it makes the room seem too dark and closed in. Instead I try to make it look pretty inside to distract from the ugly outside.

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I was going to have three glasses with disco ball ornaments and silver beads but as I was getting the third one down from the top shelf I smashed it against the cupboard door. Oops!

In other news, yesterday Symphony and I went to see a matinée of The Princess and the Frog. It was playing at the theatre in this weird, dead mall on the east side, and after the movie we stopped by one of the few stores there- Yoko Yaya, which is a big Japanese $2 store (practically everything is two dollars). I love/hate going there, I always find so many cute and fun things, but the two dollar charges really add up! I bought some toys, notebooks and random stuff like scented highlighters and fruit- and animal shaped erasers for stocking stuffers, and it came to about $60. My absolute favorite of all the thing I picked up were these adorable Japanese stationery sets. I’m kind of a cute stationary nut but I never write letters, so I’m not entirely sure what to do with it all. I might give some of them away after the holidays, so stay tuned!

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3 responses to “Vacation = Awesome and More Christmastime

  1. Wow, I love your kitchen window display! I would keep it up year round, even.

    How did you and Sym like the movie?

    • I kind of want to keep it up all year! I’m already one of those people who leaves their outdoor Christmas lights up so why not?

      We both really liked the movie- it was cute and funny and fun, and I especially liked how, at the end, it showed Tiana and Naveen working together to make the restaurant happen and be a success, instead of just living ambiguously happily ever after. Oh and I bawled my face off about Ray & Evangeline. BAWLED IT OFF.

  2. Your little Christmas tree corner is so adorable. Have an awesome Christmas!

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