After the Ball is Over

We’re home after a long weekend staying in Connecticut for the New Year’s holiday with the BFF, Jim, and his hubby, Ken. We arrived Friday of last week.

Friday night, we all went to dinner then saw “The Curious Incident of the dog in the Night-time.” It was an amazing show, despite dealing with some difficult themes. Saturday, Jim and Ken spent the day prepping for their New Year’s Eve dinner party, while Jeffrey and I got out of the way for the day and went shopping. That night, the guys hosted a sit down dinner for twelve.  Before dinner, we swapped a gift or two with some mutual friends. I got a giant snoopy and a cool giraffe pillow. Yay!

(FYI: Harvey claimed the giraffe pillow for his own shortly after we got home)

img_2725After dinner, we all watched the ball drop with Kathy & Anderson, and cheered the New Year with champagne, hats and noisemakers. Because I’m old, I went to bed shortly after midnight.

We were one of two couples staying over, so the guys made breakfast and Mimosas for all of us, before the other couple headed home. We had a quiet day of just mostly lounging around. I crocheted a little while we watched some of the Harry Potter marathon on TV, then we played a game of Risk. We headed out with Ken to  see Dr. Strange, then we met up with Jim afterwards for dinner at a nearby favorite pub for dinner and drinks before finally calling it a night.

We hit the road about 7:00am this morning and are finally back home with the dogs in familiar surroundings. It was a very nice weekend and holiday, overall, but it will be good to get the decorations down and put away, the house back to normal, and to have a low-key few weeks of our usual routine.


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The Party’s Over

Time to clean up the mess, put away the decorations, and get on with the new year.

While I do not make “resolutions”, per se, I do set goals for the new year. Without goals or things to work towards, I feel aimless. So these are the things I want to work towards:

  • Losing weight/getting in better shape
  • Playing the Trombone more
  • Reading more
  • Coloring more
  • Drawing & Painting more
  • Crocheting more
  • Blogging more/better
  • Reconnecting with friends I haven’t seen for awhile
  • Meeting/visiting more blogger friends
  • Finding a way to make my job less stressful
  • Refinishing my basement myself
  • Repainting several rooms in my house
  • Decluttering
  • Visiting new places
  • Trying new things
  • Filling in missing issues from my comic collection
  • Reorganizing my comic collection

I may not get to do all of these things, but having a big list gives me a lot to choose from and work with.
Whatever direction you decide to head in this new year, have at it…and good luck.

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Get Real!

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And another one is gone

I hope you are all somewhere safe and warm, with food in your tummy and a roof over your head and,  if by chance, you are not having a happy New Year’s Eve, I hope you make choices throughout the next year so you can have a happy one next year. 

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Good Idea

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X-mas Swag

I got some great Xmas Gifts this year. These are a few (but not all) of my favorites:

Ace & Gary, The Ambiguously Gay Duo Action Figures


December Diamonds “Tool” & “Bear” Mermen. I am officially collecting these, now.


Record Player, Album Case, and several Albums


Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman Ornaments, that lock together to form a display


My New License Plate Frame


Pretty sweet swag, if you ask me!

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Puppy Presents

Our dogs get gifts for Christmas….from other family members.

These are their new scarves. I couldnt get a decent picture because they kept moving. Rita’s fit perfectly. Harvey’s was too big.

Harvey in his new cowboy hat:

Rita Mae in hers:

No worries, we only make them wear them long enough to take pictures to send to the people who gifted them 🙂

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The most “Wonder”ful time of year?

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Happy Holidays from Sassybear!

We had a nice Christmas Eve. 

We did our annual Random Diner breakfast and left a huge tip for our waitress. We did a quick grocery stop on the way home, then settled in with the dogs back at home to watch Season 2, Episode 1 of Sense8, (a two hour movie) which was fantastic and left us teary eyed. Then we tidied up before showering and dressing for dinner (bow ties, of course!) 

We took my Mom out to dinner, then we all headed over to my cousin’s house for cocktails and Christmas comeraderie. After a couple hours, we returned home where we discovered Santa had left some packages for each of us while we were out, so we placed them under the tree for tomorrow morning. Now we’re settled in with the dogs and popcorn to watch “Santa Clause is Coming to Town” before heading to bed.

A great night indeed! I hope, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, you’re safe, warm, healthy, comfortable and happy.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Holiday Giraffes

Last year, this giraffe family became part of our holiday decorations, and they’ve made a return visit this year.

I suspect they are now a permanent accessory for the holidays!

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