Raves and Faves: NOVEMBER

Here is my Top 7 (yes, 7) list of November loves. In other words, another chance to List thing-ys. *claps*

1.  MamaP turns the big 6-0 this year!  In fact, she turns 6-0 TODAY.  Please wish her loads of happy birthday wishes because she deserves it.  Also, send presents.

Happy Birthday Mom, I am glad you were born.  Also, I’m somewhat indebted to your birth because otherwise, I wouldn’t be alive.

Thank you for always being by my side with support, strength and love.  Today, is YOUR day to feel that in return!!  I love you.

Happy 60th Birthday!!  Cheers to many more!

(I must give a shout out to the other November babies in my family – happy birthday wishes to you all too!)

2.  GETTING MY CHRISTMAS CARDS DONE.  I’m a superhero.

Image courtesy of http://feelgoodstyle.com

Actually, EMILY is the superhero, but don’t hate me for delegating.

3.  Taking our house off the market.  PHEW.  Now my inner slob can roam wild and free!  Boomshakalaka!

4.  MamaP spoiled me with this awesome reusable bag that is currently tucked away in my purse (it rolls up soooo small!).  I’ve already used it for groceries and can’t wait to fill it with Christmas craziness when I get my shop on.  I super big puffy heart it.

Image from envirosax.com.

5.  Giving thanks, enjoying wonderful meals with family, and eating high calorie desserts. Specifically the MIL’s pumpkin cheesecake with gingersnap crust.

Hub’s enthusiasm for the delicious Thanksgiving grub was pretty apparent…

Myself and my nephew Noah camping out in his fort built of blankets and furniture.  I tried to snap a picture of us but… “Auntie Candace ssshhhh, we are supposed to be sleeping!”

The purple pie eater people in full effect.  We are cutely coordinated, aren’t we?

The newly engaged!!  My cousin Tiffany and her sweet fiance!  Another wedding in the family – yeeeha!

6.  Getting a jump start on my Christmas shopping – over half done!  Weeeeeeeee!

7.  Putting up our razzle dazzle holiday decor.  It’s sparkly and fabulous and I resisted the urge to buy anything new this year… Oh Christmas, how nice it is to have you back in my life!  If you want a bit of holiday nostalgia, click on the video below and don’t be afraid to snap your fingers and sing along.

November got covered up with the fluffy white stuff and the month of Christmas cookies is FINALLY here.  I’ve been (impatiently) waiting for you!

Flashb(L)ack Friday

Hey Turkeys.  I hope you bought some sweet deals on Black Friday.

I also hope you didn’t buy the same shirt as another friend in college and then BOTH chose to wear it to an important career fair.

Collegiate Candace: “Hi, I’d really like a job, being it’s a recession and all.”

Company Recruiter: “I think I already talked to you.”

Merry Thanksgiving!

Don’t be a turd and forget to tell your loved ones that you are thankful for them.  I didn’t forget.  I made this sign and hung it in the bathroom for my Favorite Person of All Time.

I have much to be thankful for, I really do.  Most of all, I’m thankful for my Hubs – he rocks more than rock gardens.  Of course, I am thankful for the generic “friends and family” – but truly, mine are kick butt and awesome in every way.  And randomly, I’m thankful for the good food in our fridge, YOU (my wee little bloggy readers), and the cute sweater I bought last weekend.

Have a merry Thanksgiving.  Let’s all eat pie and sweet potatoes and exchange virtual high fives.  Life is sweet so give someone you love a squeeze (pre pie binge, of course, otherwise things could get messy).  Give me a shout out and tell me what you are thankful for, mmmkay?

Sincerely with high fives and turkey toots,

theCandace

Candace’s Crafty Corner: A onesie that says it all

Adorable?  Yes.  The idea stolen off of the internet?  Yes.  A great gift for a baby shower or the birth of a new little munchkin?  Yes.

You can copy me, I promise I won’t tell.

What you’ll need:

  • white onesie, prewashed
  • stencil
  • black fabric marker
  • black fabric paint (I used soft black)
  • Friends or family members that are procreating

I traced the letters first with a black fabric marker and stencil.  Be sure to put a paper towel liner inside so it doesn’t bleed through the back.  I also slipped a small cutting board inside to have a hard surface to craft on.  And since I have too much time on my hands (and don’t own a paint brush), I filled the letters in with fabric paint using a toothpick.  Because I’m anal retentive like that.

Let it dry for a long while, then tie it up with a cute bow and hand it over.  People will think you are cooler than you are.  Score.

Guest Blog: The Aftermath

A few weeks ago, I got the opportunity of a lifetime.  I guest blogged on a Real Blog and my life was forever changed.

After all was said and done, after the sky cleared and the dust settled, after I came up for air from being submerged in the craziness of paparazzi and fame…there was one more thing that happened in the aftermath of my whirlwind guest blogging experience.

Emily asked me to write another post.

I took her offer and basically ran it in for a touchdown.

Or maybe just ran it out of bounds.  I’ll let you decide.  So, go.  Read.  Please?

Once upon a time,

There was a very lonely little house.  And she lived a very lonely life.
You see, this little house has been on the market since early spring and no one had bothered to give her any attention.  She was extremely depressed.

Until one day, the little house got out asked out on a date.  The little house got all dolled up in her fanciest threads (I cleaned on my hands and knees, sweating excessively) and despite her imperfections (the linoleum), she felt fresh and excited to meet her blind date.

But you know what happened?

SHE GOT STOOD UP.

I mean, who does that!?

I did what any loving parent would:  fed her a truckload of leftover Halloween candy and dried her disappointed tears.  I told her that I thought she was good enough and smart enough and doggonit, I liked her.

We decided as a family (Hubs, myself and our little house) that we’ll be taking some time off from this dating funny business.  This little house is going to take the winter to build up her confidence, lose some weight, and get a facial.  She’ll come back next spring, ready to meet the boy of her dreams.  Or girl.  Or old couple.  Whomever.  Hopefully she meets SOMEONE who will like her.

Until then, we’ll enjoy our time off the market.  I’m not going to make my bed for an entire week just because.  So there.

Helmet Hair

It’s getting chilly out (well, KINDA.  It’s been an usually warm fall!).  Anyhoo,  it’s time to put the bike away for winter.   I don’t put the helmet away though.  I keep that out and wear it to parties because safety is always my top priority.

I thought I’d bring you along for my last ride.  Oh come on, what else were you going to do for the next 2 minutes?

Hubs packed me a lunch and sent me on my way.  He works from home now and is very relieved when I finally make it out the door and quit my incessant jabbering.

Bye Hubs!  I’ll probably email you 11 times today!

I peddle casually out of my neighborhood and take this quiet time to think about the day ahead.

Before I know it, I realize I am not biking at all anymore.  In fact, I am zooming down the hill from my house (because I am fancy like that) at approximately a bazillion miles per hour (I stopped peddling long ago) and it’s so freaking cold that my nose hairs have frozen together.

FROZEN TOGETHER.

It also crosses my mind that if any of the seniors residing in the assisted living center next door decide to take a motorized morning jaunt in their wheelchairs, I might not be able to yield to them since I’m moving at the speed of sound.  Not that they could hear me coming anyway.

It takes a while for me to thaw but once I do, I take the rest of the ride into the office to soak in the fall-y view.

Too soon, I arrive at work.  Off to save the world until I win the lottery!

Well.  It’s been 8 hours and I didn’t save the world but I did pay my energy bill and fought with forgotten passwords.  I’ll try again tomorrow.

I grab my helmet and head out.  I may be reading into things but I think my helmet is trying to tell me something.

That I am special.  Anyway.  I’m off!  People are a lot nicer to me when I am on my bike.  I’d like to think it’s because peace and harmony and kindness abounds in the world and not because they are mistaking me for an 11 year old girl.

Don’t be impressed, the hardest part about this little bike ride is passing by this lovely establishment twice in one day.

How would the Hubs ever know if I swung in and got myself a cup of curly fries before dinner?  Exactly, he wouldn’t.  Let’s keep it that way.

Ah, almost home.

Sorry, that’s the massive assisted living complex that completely blocks the view to my actual house.  You remember my morning concerns.

I just have to make it up the (frozen nose hair) hill until I can rest.  *sigh*  Here it goes…

And after a little while (which seems like forever), I’m home.  Thanks for coming with me.

“Hey Hubs!  Guess who’s hooooome!?!  In other news, I’m so hungry that I could eat my arm off so we need to have dinner right now.”

What is everyone else doing to prep for winter?

A Random Shout Out

I’m loving this song:  Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri

The Hubs and I first heard it when we were watching So You Think You Can Dance (worst show title ever) and had to download it right away.  Because we are nerdy delicious like that.

It has a sweet back story. Christina Perri, a singer songwriter from Pennsylvania, was a waitress trying to make ends meet until her little known song was featured on the show, catapulting her to stardom, fame and fortune.  And I’m certain she leaves big tips when she eats out now. What a happy ending!

Anyway, this song is fabulous, darling.  You’ll love it too.  (Or we can never be friends again).

You know what happened?  I fell in love with this jingle even more when I saw the video.  Because my little SYTYCD alumni appear in it (love you Katherine, always will!).  So, I am posting it on my blog to give a little shout out and to share this bad ass song. Christina, call me, we should be friends.

Digging any tunes as of late??