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.

PSA

Oct. 29th, 2007 08:37 pm
janiejones: ([halloween] great pumpkin)
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is on tomorrow night, 8/7C on ABC.

The holidays are heeeeeeeeeeeeeere!

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: (autumn path :: lidi)
For the past three years, S and I have hosted Thanksgiving at our house, but this year we're headed to his mom's. It's nice not to be responsible for anything but the ice cream and the sparkling cider. On the other hand, S's mom and step-dad are nutbars, so there's that.

It should be fun, though, for Small Anne to have her first Thanksgiving. I expect to take lots of pictures.

Hope you all have a wonderful day tomorrow. Happy holidays!

ETA: Squee! It's holiday time!

Happy 4th!

Jul. 3rd, 2006 11:52 am
janiejones: (iced tea :: allbottledup)
It's really weird having S home on a weekday. Weekends are easy to adjust to, but when he's home on weekdays it really throws me off. Not necessarily a bad thing, just weird.

We're all kinds of busy today, and tomorrow we're headed to our friends' house for swimming and barbeque and fireworks, so here's wishing everyone a very happy 4th!!! ([livejournal.com profile] alto2, I'm not sure how you'll celebrate over in the country what we independenced from, but I'm sure you'll have fun anyway! ::g::)
janiejones: (walk the line :: azyi)
In lieu of a holiday-appropriate icon, I'm using one from 'Walk the Line.' We saw it Christmas night, and I loved it; in fact, the more I think about it, the more I realize how much I loved it. It is definitely one of my favorite films of the year.

I'd planned on my last entry being a year-in-review meme, but we're having guests over in a couple of hours, and there's still plenty of cleaning left to do, so I'll have to make this short. Suffice it to say, this has been a very good year. The highs far outweigh the lows. In fact, the only real low I can think of is being laid off, and you know, that was a good thing in some ways.

This year we added two little dogs to our family, got pregnant, and bought a house. I think that will do nicely for 2005.

Have a happy and safe New Year's Eve, everyone! See you in 2006!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
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)
"It's still just once a year, isn't it?"

Hee.

Happy Groundhog Day!

I was intending to call my parents' house and leave a message singing, "I Got You Babe," but they beat me to it. When I got to work, my sister had left me a voicemail, yelling, "It's GROUNDHOG DAY!" just the way the deejays do on the radio in the movie. And when I called back, they were already watching it, and so we quoted it for about five minutes ("Well, what if there IS no tomorrow? There wasn't one today!") and laughed like it was the first time we'd traded quotes from that movie, instead of the bazillionth.

My family are dorks. I love that.

PS. Can anyone make me an icon with this picture, and put the words, "Don't mess with me, porkchop." on it? I can send the original picture if it would help.
janiejones: (Default)
So I messed about with my LJ and came up with new colors and a new 'look.' I like it. We'll see how that goes.

Took down all the holiday decorations today. Sniffle. Always makes me sad.

New Year's Eve was good. Lots of champagne and a little bit of 'Steel Magnolias' (it was on Lifetime; I can never resist). Plan on spending most of today sleeping.

In the year 2005 I resolve to:

Spend more time snuggling puppies.

Get your resolution here




I love my resolution. I don't believe in them, generally, but I'm all for that one!

Happy 2005, everybody!
janiejones: (Default)
I bought S the greatest hits CD Pearl Jam put out this year, and we have been waxing nostalgic ever since. I've hijacked it today, and "betterman" is on constant replay. Love that song.

It's slow at work, so a few of us have been playing an 80s lyrics quiz. It has been an absolute blast, and I have kicked not a little bit of ass playing it. I am a whiz with the 80s lyrics. Except the hair bands, I don't know them.

Last night S and I bought our champagne for New Year's Eve. My friend said a $15 or $20 bottle should be decent; we spent $30. I don't know if by decent he meant 'pretty good' or 'vaguely drinkable,' as I know absolutely nothing about wines, so we'll just cross our fingers and see. If I don't show up Monday, please advise the coroner to check for antifreeze in my bloodstream.

Tomorrow S and I are taking advantage of the day off to do a bit of shopping for ourselves, since we've been very good this past month and not bought anything for ourselves. I'm going to get a pair of pink Converse, maybe 'Keen Eddie' on DVD, and best of all...ANOTHER BIRDIE!

I'm going to get a parakeet this time. My family has always had a parakeet in the house, since before I was born. I should have stuck with the same breed, because I have not been successful with Nigel (who is a cockatiel). He's mean and he doesn't love me and he hisses at me every time I put food in his cage. Bet you didn't know a bird could hiss, did you?

Anyway, I need a prissy English name, like Nigel, for my new bird. So far I've come up with Cecil, Dudley, Eustace, Bertram, and Neville. I'm up for suggestions. Anyone?
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?

Happy 4th!

Jul. 3rd, 2004 08:26 pm
janiejones: (Default)
A year ago this weekend I was carousing in DC with two of my dearest friends. Sigh.

This is just my "Happy 4th, everyone, and have a great weekend!" post. The Snippet and I are going to my parents' tomorrow for grilled burgers and lashings of potato salad, but the rest of the weekend we are spending in the Great Library Organization of 2004. We are cataloging all our books on a spreadsheet, and then we are going to reorganize them, possibly into fiction and nonfiction, but definitely into alphabetical order.

So far we are up to book #210 on the spreadsheet, with four entire bookshelves to go, and I must say we are having entirely too much fun with this. Because we are nerds.

Which leads me to the book meme what I stole from Macha. )

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