janiejones: ([w&g] grace. are you sleeping?)
Pictures of the gingerbread house are forthcoming (and I am just tickled that some of y'all asked to see), but in the meantime wanted to share the love with my fellow procrastinators:

Has anyone heard of Free Shipping Day? Apparently it's a yearly occurrence--a ton of retailers decide on the absolute last day they can guarantee shipping by Christmas, and they offer free shipping on that day only. This year the day is December 18th, and there are already like 50 or 60 merchants listed, among them Target, Sears, Crate & Barrel, the Body Shop, Victoria's Secret, and on and on.

From the site:

What is Free Shipping Day?
Thursday, December 18th, 2008 is Free Shipping Day. It's a day when participating merchants give free shipping to online shoppers with guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve.

Free Shipping Day is the last chance for many procrastinators.


I don't know if the merchants will specify only certain items, but it doesn't sound like it, and either way it's a pretty cool deal. I mean, I personally, of course, would never need last-minute shopping deals, but just in case some of you aren't as on the ball as I am ::cough:: ...

Hee.
janiejones: ([xmas] ralphie omg!)
Since I haven't been felled by some sort of dramatic illness-slash-surgery & recovery, I can finally breathe easy. (Hee.) Which means it's time to start my Christmas shopping.

This year our budget is tight, like most other people, and I've never felt the need to go overboard anyway. I'm focusing on the kids this year, and for the first time I'm mapping out a battle plan. Usually I'm very fly-by-the-seat-of-my pants: I shop at random stores, get what looks good, and I'm done. Now I'm actually making a list, checking out websites, doing what I guess would be called comparison shopping. It's totally foreign to me, but I'm getting the hang of it.

I'm watching tonight's Eli Stone and feeling really sad it's almost over. Pushing Daisies is on its last legs. I've lost interest in Brothers & Sisters. I have no dramas left. This is a bummer.

Hello, 2007

Jan. 2nd, 2007 10:33 pm
janiejones: ([everwood] friends)
Oh man. I am never going to get caught up on anything, let alone LJ, at the rate I'm going. Last night was the first night in nearly two weeks that we didn't have a guest, and I recuperated today by playing with Small Anne and watching a hundred episodes of VH1's ANTM mega-marathon.

Christmas was lovely. The big family dinner went well. Our families ended up segregating, but naturally, not awkwardly, and everyone fawned over the baby. I hope she enjoyed it; this time next year she'll have at least one cousin to share the attention with (one of S's brother is expecting a baby with his girlfriend, and who knows? The married brother and his wife are still trying).

I had an awesome, awesome time with J. I'm so glad she came after all. It was wonderful having her here; I really miss having a good friend close by. She was a total hit with Small Anne, and she and S had a marathon conversation about BSG, Star Trek, Dr Who, Stargate, and other sci-fi things of which I could contribute little. So we all miss her.

We saw Eragon while she was here. Meh. Not impressed. I've never read the book, but I expected good things. It didn't hold my interest and I didn't like the way it was edited--lots and lots of short, choppy scenes. Also, I could have just saved myself the $8 and watched Star Wars and Lord of the Rings instead. It was deja vu all over again.

Small Anne is turning 1 two weeks from today. I'm not even sure how I feel about that yet, expect slightly stunned.

My New Year's resolution is to go to bed earlier.

As you can see, I'm still recovering from the holidays.

Hope you all had nice holidays. I'm off to find out if you did or not :)
janiejones: ([xmas] cb snow)
Despite my swearing this year would be quieter, we are hosting a big family dinner tomorrow. I can't imagine how we are going to fit 10 people in this little house. Eeep!

I'm feeling a bit merrier today and I'm looking forward to the festivities. My friend J, who was due to arrive Thursday night, had her flight canceled due to bad weather at O'Hare, where her flight connected. She managed to get a full refund AND to book a new ticket at the same price, only she's arriving tomorrow instead. ::fingers crossed:: We are planning a week of decadence and indulgence, also pure, unbridled laziness.

Merry Christmas to you all. [livejournal.com profile] kelbelle, I'm not quite caught up, but it looks like you're home for a visit, so I hope that means you're doing well. [livejournal.com profile] thestickywicket, I hope you're feeling tip-top again soon. To everyone else, I hope you have a fun/relaxing time, whichever you're hoping for most.

Merry Christmas!!! Read A Child's Christmas in Wales. You won't be sorry.
janiejones: (christmas night :: iknowmyprince)
Hmm...Which of my many, many Christmas icons to use for what is potentially my last Christmas entry?

Today is going to be busy--We are doing the grocery shopping for Christmas dinner, wrapping the last of the presents, delivering the last of the presents, and then having dinner and exchanging gifts with our friends. Oh, and somewhere in there, I need to find time to finish cleaning the house. Then tomorrow--W arrives in the afternoon and we have our big family celebration that day! In short, I will probably not be online much till after Christmas.

The one thing I forgot to include in my fannish Christmas meme yesterday is actually one of the most important--A Child's Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas. The story is just gorgeous, and the short film version they did of it is magical; if I ever need a dose of the Christmas spirit, this is the film I go for. It more than delivers. If you ever find it at the library or see it on TV, I highly recommend watching it. It takes just about an hour of your time, stars the lovely Denholm Elliott, and is just...magical, is the only word I can use for it.

Otherwise, you can always read it here, and as I have every year, I encourage you to do so.

In the meantime, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and just all around general good wishes during this festive time of year! Thank you for all your gifts to me, both tangible and intangible :) Y'all are loved and appreciated.
janiejones: (cb snow :: peacefully)
'A Charlie Brown Christmas' is on tv and I am blissfully eight years old again. The last few years, I've missed it whenever it was on, so I made a point of finding out when it was on this year and setting up a reminder on the digital cable and everything.

I could get it on DVD, I know, and I will someday, but there's something about the tradition of watching it on tv, stupid commercials and all.

And wow, do I love that soundtrack.

Awww...

Nov. 29th, 2005 09:54 am
janiejones: (pregnant :: cru5h)
My mother-in-law may be a nutbar sometimes, but she can also be very sweet. I have been craving deviled eggs, but have no idea how to make them (I'm sure it's not beyond me, but I am not a cook), and my mom doesn't either (my mom? So not a cook), and S told his mom, and so she's making me some today and bringing them by. She also offered to make me anything else I've been craving, if I just let her know.

Man, I shoulda been milking this pregnancy thing long ago.

Also, I'm still looking for homemade gift ideas if anyone has any more!
janiejones: (wrapping paper :: kyleia)
So this year, what with buying a house and preparing for a baby (not to mention my being unemployed), we are going to need to be a little more ingenious with our gift-giving. I always like to include something thoughtful and homemade when I give Christmas presents to family and friends, but this time, with funds being more limited, I'll need to be even more creative. We are by no means in a desperate situation--trust me, we wouldn't worry about giving gifts if we were, and I think everyone would be happy with a batch of cookies and a Christmas card. But I really enjoy giving gifts for the holidays, and S does as well, so we really want to do something.

And that's where this request comes in. Y'all are such creative folks, and so many of you are craftsy: Can you suggest any type of homemade gift you've given (or received) that was an especially big hit and/or ones that you were very proud of?

I’m open to all suggestions. They don't have to be complex or fancy, or something you even made, maybe just something you put together or arranged. Heck, they don't even necessarily have to be Christmasy. Just please bear in mind that: a) I can’t sew, knit, or crochet, and b) I can’t draw. Like, at all. Also, I myself am no Martha Stewart, so I don't have things like decoupage kits or glue guns. However, I salivate at the thought of Hobby Lobby and Michaels, so if your suggestions lead me there, hurrah! *g*

Prettiness

Nov. 25th, 2005 11:47 pm
janiejones: (christmas night :: iknowmyprince)
I had a great Thanksgiving, and there's plenty of leftovers to keep the baby and me very happy for another few days.

In honor of the season, I'm spending the weekend decorating my house...And I've created my pretty, pretty new LJ layout.

Yay!
janiejones: (Default)
Does anyone know how I could get a nice new layout for LJ? I'm tired of this one, and I'm lousy at creating them.

Sigh. Had a really lovely Christmas, although it was hard to compete with last year's, since this time last year, the Snippet and I were on our honeymoon in the Pacific Northwest. Still, it was very, very lovely and relaxing, with lots of good food. Christmas Eve, S and his mom made us Chinese food--yummy, scrumptious, delicious Chinese food. Christmas night, we spent with my parents, and had a yummy, scrumptious, delicious roast. I'm obviously getting old; the presents aren't my focal point anymore, it's the food. Hee.

Speaking of which, the past week has been amusing, because S's little brother (he's 18) has been in town, on leave from the Air Force, and our house has been filled with persons of the teenage persuasion. I'm not old, I know I'm not, but being around 16- and 17-year-olds for a week makes me feel old. We're like the old, married couple around them. The cool old, married couple that is.

I'm not scared of getting older, but it's jarring when you flip past 'The Princess Bride,' and one kid has never seen it, and you realize it came out when you were nine, and he WASN'T EVEN BORN YET.
janiejones: (Default)
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!

It has been a much better Christmas than I deserve, and there is no better sight than the light in a child's eyes when they see that toy they've been wanting for so long...even if that child is 25 years old and your husband.

Hope you are all having a beautiful day.
janiejones: (Default)
I caught [livejournal.com profile] philateley and [livejournal.com profile] alto2's discussion of "Do They Know It's Christmas?", and now that song will totally be in my head all day long. I love that song. Love it. It tears me up every time, because I am a sap.

And speaking of that song--don't anyone stone me please (*cough*[livejournal.com profile] em_meredith*hack*[livejournal.com profile] christinekh), but I'm really ready for autumn and winter and Christmas. I'm all set to break out the sweaters and boots and crank up the heater and make hot tea in the evenings. I'm ready to walk out the door and feel cold air in my face. Come on, autumn! Bring it on home to mama!

::ducks::

Hey, [livejournal.com profile] pookha, have you seen Garden State yet? I haven't, but I intend to. Zach Braff is so cute it hurts me. And 'Scrubs' is back next week! Celebration!

Although, they're adding Heather Graham to the cast. First Tara Reid, now Heather Graham. What is this conspiracy to add irritating actresses whom I hate to my favorite show?

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