December 19, 2010

Sad Ass Christmas Songs.

Bah Humbug! Now I know I can't be the only person that feels this way. Christmas has gone from the best day of the year with so much family piled into the house that you can't breathe, to omg is it over yet? Maybe it has come with age for me, maybe it's being so far away from family year round, maybe it's the fact that it's always Christmas in my house, who knows. Whatever it is though, I can tell you nothing can make the Humbugging worse than some sad ass Christmas songs. So in no particular order I thought I'd share a few of my favorites. Why six? No good reason other than these are the ones that came right to mind.

Blue Christmas by Elvis
This cd has been a staple in my life forever. I have a special place in my heart for Elvis, so his holiday stuff is no different. This one is somber, catchy, and bluesy.

Same Old Lang Syne by Dan Fogelberg
At least 90% of my friends can relate to this song whether they want to admit it or not. To bump into someone, usually when you're at a low, and be able to reminisce and think what life could have been. Sigh....

Please Come Home for Christmas by the Eagles
Sure, the lyrics for this one are undoubtedly a downer, but it's actually the tune that gets me on this one. Strangely I dance in the kitchen to this one with my little guy, but I always tear up the whole time.

Celebrate Me Home by Kenny Loggins
I do get to go home every year for Christmas Eve, but Christmas Day does usually put me way down. This kind of song always makes me want to just jump in the car and speed on home.

Miss You Most at Christmastime by Mariah Carey
Some songs you just relate to something. Well actually I do that with almost every song. Anyway, this one relates to my first Christmas with out my grandpa. Too difficult to even write about, but I usually don't even make it through the whole song.

I'll Be Home for Christmas by Frank Sinatra
There are tons of versions of this, but Frank's deep, heartfelt version gives it the feeling I believe it's meant to have. At college around finals time, I always got itchy to go home, knowing I was missing all the pre-holiday festivities. This tune had me crying from Oneonta to at least Roscoe, even though I knew I was on my way home:)

I know there are more, but those are my top tissue users. No, Christmas Shoes is not on my list. I never liked it, it's almost overly done to me, but to each her own I suppose.

What's on your list?

December 15, 2010

Pack Your Crap....You've Outstayed Your Welcome.

I'm so over you. I'm so over you that I'm already looking ahead. I'm counting the days until I can be rid of you for good.

I didn't want you at the beginning, and I definitely don't want you now. You've been a headache since day one. You've been sucky to me. I've had to wake up to you day after day. You've been hot and cold and everything in between. I've had to revolve my life around your calendar.

I can't get rid of you fast enough, even though I've been trying for months now. I've been as patient as possible, but we all know I'm not a patient Mama.

So pack your bags 2010*. You have sixteen days to get out of my life. Don't expect any postcards from me.

* What did you think I was talking about? ;)

December 14, 2010

A Sweet Kiss of Chocolate

A whole, roasted hazelnut atop of whipped chocolate filling, hugged by a generous portion of dark chocolate. Sound tempting? IT IS! Perugina(now Nestle) Baci are hands down my favorite little treat at this time of year.

Baci are available throughout the year these days, but are much more accessible around the holidays. Individually wrapped in a silver foil, and each contain a small piece of paper. What is written on the paper is not a fortune, but rather a love note. Quotes about love and relationships. Thoughts to ponder as you bite into this heavenly piece of chocolate. Here's some examples of what you might find:

There is no instinct like that of the heart. ~G. Byron

Kisses kept are wasted; Love is to be tasted. ~E.V. Cooke

Every great love begins with a kiss ~Anonymous

I usually get a box when I go home and hit my favorite bakery in the world. But nowadays they are easier to come by, and sometimes I stumble upon them right here in the middle of nowhere!
So if you're looking for a sweet treat to buy your sweetie, go grab a box. And if you've never tried them, well then get going, you are truly missing out!

December 8, 2010

My Coffee Partner in Crime.

Flashback to early 2007. I'm climbing the biggest mountain of my life: trying to balance the boys and home life, a possibility of going back to work, getting my son much needed services, dealing with some family issues in NY, and being sick. Having no one local to lean on I wasn't sure what to do, and honestly was a bit sad about it.

Being in a different place and making new friends was tricky. Especially mommy friends. Now I was not only looking for friends that I have things in common with, but that our kids get along. Ugh, great, a new dynamic on an already difficult task. Then the icing on the cake, I have a child that is not typical, and I weed out yet another handful of potential friends as they turn out to be ignorant.

K, so back to my flashback. 2007. Made a few mommy friends, but eh, it was more about the kids than me. I guess that's just how it goes and was ready to make peace with that. But then one day, I was in the basement listening to my older one playing and my younger one screaming as usual, and my phone rang. It was a woman I didn't know, but had gotten my number through the grapevine and was offering her hand and her ear as I started a journey into the unknown world of autism. I was caught off guard and was grateful, but just put it aside for a bit. But when we finally did meet, and our boys met, it was...

Huh. I'm at a loss for a word right there. We clicked. They clicked. Four boys who had never met, gravitating towards each other. Spouses clicked. We clicked. I was never one for friends that were girls growing up, so I wasn't expecting this stranger to be anything more than an aquaintance. But now, over three years later, I have to say she's an amazing friend. She's an amazing mom, an amazing person. I'm so grateful to have her and her family in our life. The boys can go weeks between seeing each other, but when they do, it always puts a smile on my face. They understand each other. They respect each other. It's what true friendship should be.

I had no super purpose for today's post, other than a shout out to my dear friend. A thank you for all to see. I treasure our friendship and I appreciate all she does. And did I mention she loves Starbucks too?? You rock, Claire. Thank you for all the cups of coffee and fun:)

"A real friend is one who walks in when others walk out."

-Walter Winchell