I like the word swirly, and three hundred sixty-eight sounds like a nice, sturdy number to me. This is how I roll.
My mom and I have made for ourselves quite a little tradition on Tuesday nights: go to barnes & noble for studying and coffee after a light snacky dinner, then go to Walmart and while we’re there get some kind of dinner entree (I always get stouffer’s panini. YUM) listen to echoe’s on NPR on the way home.
It’s these things that I love. Our little family traditions, inside jokes, quirks, idiosyncrasies. Sure, we annoy the crap out of each other sometimes. But living with anyone is annoying from time to time.
I love my family.
Anywho, I finished a book called “Still Life With Chickens” yesterday. I thought it was pretty good. It’s a memoir of a woman who got divorced, moved down the road to a run-down house on the beach, and got 6 chickens along the way.
I now must someday get chickens.
…I just think your house is *beautiful*!
Haha. This is a shot of someone’s Christmas lights, taken on the night of our Christmas Eve outing. This house was probably my favorite. 🙂
Yesterday I had nursery during church, so I was hanging out with 5 and under kids all morning. I made a special little friend… Her name is Bree. She’s 5 years old, loves animals, and goes to the school across the street from our church. She sat on my lap most of the morning, playing with a stuffed doggy and sticking star stickers on things. She stuck one on my necklace, and I didn’t take it off till today. Now it’s on my wall. 😀
It’s amazing how kids can cheer you up so much. They don’t care who you are or what you’ve done, they just love. I can understand (I think) why Jesus loved kids especially. They’re so beautiful.
My mom and I decorated sugar cookies on Christmas eve eve. It was so much fun! It’s amazing the things you can come up with when you’ve got edible snowflakes, red and green sugar sprinkles, and an assortment of other festive edible decorations. 😀
Christmas was very quiet and nice. We woke up to a great downpour… there were flash flood warnings, rare for us. and about a fifth of our yard was just standing water from all the rain! I, for one, thought it was pretty neat… I like having some kind of extreme weather on Christmas, and as there isn’t much hope for a white Christmas in my warm little town, a huge rain is rather refreshing.
And today we had a second Christmas of sorts. My Grandpa came to visit, exchange gifts, and eat a lovely ham & sweet potato dinner. It was so good to see him again. 🙂
I was having quite a lovely time playing with the exposure settings on my camera… this was an 8 second exposure, I don’t remember the rest of the technical details. That’s my tiger, Xander, in the background, enjoying the shelter of our 15-year-old Christmas tree. 🙂
Don’t ask what the title means. I’m not entirely sure myself. It just popped into my brain a few minutes ago. Haha.
Last night my mom and I went out for *Christmas shopping*! It was great fun. Normally we stay home during Christmas week and avoid all the crazy traffic and such, but she was feeling a bit antsy, so we went out anyway. Lots of things are marked down already, and we had a good time looking at all the gaudy decorations. 🙂
Among our stops was walmart (A shopping trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to wally world, now would it?) and there we picked up some mixed nuts to munch on. Hence the picture of the day… The shells looked all lonely and beautiful at the same time, so I decided they ought to have a picture in my blog. 😀 I like the way they look.
Today has been labelled “Christmas Baking Day”. I’ve made two loaves of Banana Bread so far, and later I’ll be making sugar cookies. Yum! The house smells strongly of banana at the moment, quite nice. The recipe I use is from starbucks, so it feels gormet, but it’s pretty easy peas. If you’d care to try it, here it is:
2 Cups Flour 1 1/8 Cups Sugar 3 Ripe Bananas (mashed)
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda ½ Cup Vegetable Oil 1 Egg
¼ Teaspoon Salt 2 Tablespoons Buttermilk ½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Preheat the oven to 325*. Grease a 9x5x3 loaf pan and dust with flour.
Blend together the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside. Mix together the egg, sugar and vegetable oil until combined. Add the flour mixture and when blended, (NOTE: The mixture will be crumbly until the bananas are added. Don’t panic! J) then add the buttermilk, vanilla, and mashed bananas and mix until combined.
Gently pour into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 45-60 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack before removing from pan.
It’s great to snack on with a hot drink on a cold winter day.
This summer has been crazy. I’m working full time at a Christian summer camp, so I haven’t had much blogging opportunity.
Nevertheless, I’ve had lots of photo ops, so enjoy!
Daffodils bloomed awhile ago. I enjoyed experimenting with different angles & tinting. 😀