Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Busy - Busy

It's November 29th as I write this post and I'm on a plane headed to Kansas City, MO to present at a Reclaiming Futures conference. It's been a VERY busy last week. Kent and I are both on business trip right now - he in CA at Apple and me in MO. He definitely got the better deal at this time of year! We are also headed to New York next week and a bowl game in either TX or CA before the end of the year! So with all that is going on in the month of December Kent and I have worked hard to be prepared for the holidays.

Back in mid November Kent put the lights on the house although we didn't turn them on until the day after Thanksgiving. We also got the Christmas cards ready to mail early and the gifts for family and friends that needed to be mailed all ready.

So just what have we been busy doing besides getting ready for the holidays?

The day before Thanksgiving I took the day off and got the entire house decorated for the holidays! Usually we wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate the house for the holidays but since we decided to spend Thanksgiving with friends this year we went for it! I managed to get everything done aside from actually decorating the tree which we decided we would do together on Thanksgiving morning. Since the house was all decorated we decided to take in a movie - I had to drag Kent but we went to see the Twilight movie - Breaking Dawn. Now I have enjoyed most of these movies but this one was too much! Kent counted and said he rolled his eyes 18 times! It was corny! Before heading home we stopped off at Lowes where I added to my list of chores by buying several hundred flower bulbs that were on sale for 75% off.





Thanksgiving morning we got up and decorated the tree. We
bought a new artificial tree this year which we really like! It is pre-lite do right out of the box it was ready to decorate! Once that was done we I made a few deviled eggs to take to the Thanksgiving dinner and put together a hostess gift and we were ready to go.





We spent Thanksgiving in Seattle with our friends Sean and Barbara and a couple of there friends and Barbara's Mom. We had a great time and a great meal. Thanks for inviting us Mary Lou!





As is usual when we are in town the day after Thanksgiving we got up and made sure we were at Fred Meyer at 5am! It all started years ago when we discovered socks at 50% off and we have been back ever since! Not that we need socks but that's beside the point! We hit a few more stores before heading to the holiday parade downtown Seattle and more shopping! We had a basketball game at 3pm that day so before the game we spent time at U- Village doing - what else but more shopping! After the game we headed over to Bellevue and had dinner with friends before taking in the festivities of Holiday Lane at Bell Square. It was a busy full day packed from beginning to end!




















Saturday we did a few more chores around the house to get ready for the holidays - including replanting the pots in the front porch and wrapping gifts.








Then in the afternoon we took in the final Husky home football game of year - the Apple Cup! The remodel of Husky Stadium has begun so we played the game at Century Link Field. I have to say it was a lot of fun! CL Field is a great venue for football! We had great seats on the 48 yardline about 6 rows up from the field. We decided to take the train to the game from the south end which was perfect! I'm actually looking forward to playing at CL Field for the next year! It helped that the dogs won big over WSU - third year in a row. We will find out which bowl game we go to in the next week and of course we will go! Most likely Texas or California.















Sunday we both did a little work before heading to Olympia for the day. We had lunch at the Oyster House and then took in Christmas Forest. We try to go to Christmas Forest each year which is a fund raiser for Providence Health System. Beautifully decorated trees and wreaths that are auctioned off each year. It's one of the first things Kent and I attended when we first started dating so we have find memories of the event.












As if Christmas Forest were not enough, we took in our 78th movie if the year - Hugo in 3-D!


Nice movie for the holiday season. We did some shopping in downtown Olympia where I pretty much finished my holiday shopping except for a few small final gifts for Kent. Feels good to be done so early!

We had an overnight guest - my nephew Isisah's wife Susan has applied to Anthoch University in Seattle and had an interview on Monday so we picked her up at the Amtrak station in Tacoma late Sunday evening. It was really nice talking with her and getting to know her better. I'm hoping she get accepted at Anticoh so we can spend more time together with both her and Isiaha.

I took Monday off from work to do some final prep for my trip to Kansas City and a few last minuite holiday tasks. I got up and did some final planning for one of my presentations and then took Susan o the lightrail station. The rest of the day was filled with chores- got my parents gifts mailed, planted all my several hundred bulbs and packed for my trip.


When Kent got home we went down to meet friends at a basketball game against the Evereen gooieducks and Seattle University. Go Gooieducks! They lost - big time!


So now we are planning all our holiday events. With all our "chores" done we can sit back and enjoy the holiday season. So far we have a Christmas concert on Dec 3rd., a play -Sylvia on my Birthday 12/4, 5 days in New York where we will go to a basketball game, see Book of Morman, War Horse and the Radio City Music Hall Christmas show. We are also planning to see Ham for the Holidays with my friend Nancy, my Godchildren and several other friends on 12/17. And although Kent thinks I've crammed in way to much I've got my eye on Zoo Lights, a brass band holiday concert and the Messiah sing along! It's going to be a great and busy holiday season!

Have a good one -

Jim









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