Operation: Decoration Day 1

We decorated from 7 am – 5pm only stopping for a quick lunch. Once we were done for the day, I whipped together a Shepherd’s Pie casserole, Jim made cosmos, and we’re relaxing, enjoying a partially decorated house, and watching “Moonstruck” (which we watch almost every time we’re together.)

I also did a quick chat with Jeffrey (who’s on his way to Mississippi, by car, to visit his family.) He had a good day driving and is nestled safe and sound in his hotel room.

Tomorrow, we get up early and start day two.

My poor body hates me so much right now! Everything hurts!

Operation: Decoration Eve!

The BFJ arrived at 3:00 today and immediately disappeared into the basement to organize my x-mas bins for tomorrows decoration-palooza. This guy doesn’t mess around (well, at least when it comes to decorating. *wink wink* *nudge nudge*)

Jeffrey scooped us up after work and we went out to dinner. Cocktails were had. On the way home, we stopped at a Hallmark store. BIG MISTAKE . Several xxxxxxx dollars later, this came home with us:

“I saw it hanging in the window and I just had to have it!”

It rotates and plays music and best of all…FRANKLIN! I’m so weak!

The pic of us above was taken moments ago, enjoying our official holiday decorating kick-off cocktail – Chocolatinis:

4 ozs Bailees

.5 oz vodka

.5 oz chocolate liqueur

Cocoa powder for dusting

It will be an early night to bed because Jeffrey hits the road to Mississippi tomorrow morning while we hit the holiday bins.

Buckle your seatbelts, bloggers, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

Two (Ginger) Snaps for awesome!

It has been a very busy week – work is ramping up, and we have been cleaning and rearranging furniture this week to prepare for the BFJs visit and Operation: Decoration this weekend. I am already exhausted just from prepping. Given how I feel after just prepping for it, I can only assume the actual decorating will kill me.

In other news, I recently received an email from an Idler (which is what I call folks who read and follow my blog, FYI) Ginger, (I’ll wait for you all to sing the inevitable phrase in your head – I’m sorry about that, Ginger) a dear reader (Idler) who apparently not only manages to tolerate my drivel on a regular basis, but admits to it. She asked if she could send me something in the mail she was sure I would like. I lightly feigned protest (as one must do in such circumstances to appear less materialistic and greedy,) but I was too intrigued to refuse her offer, so I gave her my address and – VOILA – a few days later THESE showed up at my house:

Truth be told, I had no idea these awesome things existed, so I researched them a bit and here’s what I found out about them:

“Celebrate the birth centennial of cartoonist Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000), whose “Peanuts” characters are some of the best known and most beloved in all of American culture, with this new set of 10 Charles M. Schulz First Day Covers. Each #6 ¾ envelope is affixed with a Forever® stamp cancelled with an official First Day of Issue  postmark.  Ten different stamp designs showcase Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and other unforgettable friends from the most successful comic strip in the history of the medium. Bright colors and whimsical drawings bring to life the magic of the “Peanuts” gang.  The postmark features everyone’s favorite beagle Snoopy. Also included is the date and location of stamp issuance: September 30, 2022, Santa Rosa, CA 95402. Made in the USA.”

I absolutely LOVE these, especially because they feature my favorite Peanuts character, Franklin, who seems to be getting featured in more Peanuts collectibles now (FINALLY!)

I also have to mention that Ginger made me aware of a house in her neighborhood graced with this little overdoor image:

Now, of course, I have to :

  1. Find out who lives there.
  2. Convince them to sell their house to me.
  3. Come up with money to buy another house.
  4. Move.
  5. Find a job in NYC.

Although, I suppose it would probably be a lot easier and less expensive if I just painted the same image over my door here at my current house, but I’ve never been one to take the easy way.

Thanks Ginger! You are now a Gold-Star Idler. (And I’m holding you to that offer of Cocktails in the City, some day!)

Hallo-weeeee!

I decided to get into the spirit of things by wearing this at work for a little while this morning. I always enjoy sporting one of my fabulous Spo shirts, especially when I can work it into a pseudo-costume.

All play and no work makes Sassy a happy bear!

As soon as I got home, I got to work getting the candy out and open and ready for disbursing.

We may have overdone it a bit,
but better safe than sorry!

I started out wearing this for handing out treats (Thanks, Glen!) but, throughout the night, I transformed into a Kangaroo, Then a Giraffe. However, it was WAY warmer out than anticipated so I only lasted a couple minutes in each outfit before I got overheated and had to change back yo my awesome Snoopy shirt!

And I completely forgot to get pictures of me in either outfit. DOH!

Two of our friends joined us at the house for Sushi and a movie, and we had a lovely evening. Jeffrey took point on dispensing treats, and really enjoyed himself interacting with the kids (and he didn’t mind interacting with the neighborhood DILFS, too much, either, if I’m being honest.)

We got far fewer trick-or-treaters than years past… maybe fewer than 50. (We are used to getting about 200 kids.) So my office will inherit 3 of the 4 bags of candy we bought.

All-in-all, it was a fun day.

Stay safe, everyone!

Halloweekend

We spent Saturday cleaning house, in preparation for having guests on Monday for Halloween, which led to many reorganizing and purging projects…no drawer or cabinet was safe. What should have been a 2-3 hour job turned into a 5-6 hour job. (This is a quality of mine my husband does not particularly love…my inability to discover something disorganized and leave it be to focus on the task at hand.) I am pleased to announce there is no longer a cabinet full of expired meds, a drawer full of a tangled wires and plugs, and the cleaning supplies under the kitchen sink have never looked so well organized and accessible. After that, we treated ourselves to a pizza and martinis and watched “Ghostbusters: Afterlife.” It wasn’t fantastic, but it was entertaining enough, and it starred Paul Rudd, who’s one of the men on my “Freebie List.” We stayed up way too late, but really enjoyed our evening.

This morning, I woke up at 6:30am with a soar throat (uh-oh!) and feeling kinda crappy (again.) I moved to the lounge in the living room, accompanied by my sidekick Harvey the cure bomb, where I immediately feel back to sleep until 10:30am. I woke up to Jeffrey sleeping on the couch next to me, and we sluggishly made our way through breakfast, and then i took an at-home COVID test (which was negative, thankfully) before completing our only chore today: replacing the old air chamber on our Sleep Number bed with the new one that arrived earlier in the week.

It was actually WAY easier than we expected, and would have done it the day we get the new chamber if we had realized there wasn’t more to it.

After this INCREDIBLY exhausting task (*smirk*) we returned to lounging mode and finished up the latest season of the animated “Young Justice” series on HBO Max while I drifted in and out of sleep. We had a late lunch (left over pizza) so decided to skip a proper dinner for some Gouda cheese with slices of Hickory Farm beef Summer Sausage, while watching Halloween themed episodes of various TV shows. (If you have not seen the “Bob’s Burgers” Halloween Episode this year…go watch it…it’s really sweet.)

I am proud to say, I have survived four days without eating any of the Halloween candy we have in the house.

Well, without eating MOST of it…sigh.

All Hallow’s Eve Hearth.

Happy Halloween Eve, all!

Filleration

I have such great ideas for posts (I think), but work and life and “yadda yadda yadda” gets in the way, and then, by the time I get a chance to blog, it’s late, and I’m tired, and all my ideas have washed away. But I want to get in the habit of posting regularly again so, even if all I do is write one of these lame posts, by gum I’m going to write it.

I had dinner (and reconnected) with an old friend, after work, tonight. While he is a friend of both mine and Jeffrey’s, I decided to plan this dinner one on one, just my (our) friend and me. It was wonderful to see him again, and catch up, and just be together in the same space. My social circle has shrunk so much in the last few years, but the people who remain have become so much dearer to me, and every moment spent with them is precious and uplifting. And, although I love Jeffrey with every fiber of my being, and love being a couple, it is nice, once in a blue moon, to be just “Sean” instead of “Sean and Jeffrey.”

But ONLY once in a blue moon.

Cuz that guy is my world.

Stay safe, y’all.