Self-esteem boosters with Sarah

Be honest, you thought I’d have run out of these already, didn’t you?

Ah, then you don’t know Sarah. They just keep on comin’.

The most recent was on Christmas Eve, when she got a little confused about who I was talking about and assumed it was a guy I was seeing.

When I corrected her assumption?

“You could have a boyfriend, you know. You’re really darn attractive.”

Amo a mi familia

Things my family had at our Christmas party that I bet yours didn’t:

Sombreros and fake mustaches

Lots of ninos and Holly/Pooder

Precision shooting contests with a Nerf gun

A chili pepper pinata filled with candy and prizes held by someone who a)first suggested we break it in the house and b)doesn’t remember that first part at all.

Competitive ribbon dancing

So yeah, this year for my family’s annual Christmas party, we had a theme. Was it a Christmas theme? Pfft no. It was a Mexican theme.

We ate tacos and fajitas and drank margaritas. We did a white elephant gift exchange from which I received the coziest blanket of my life that has gained a permanent home in my bed.

We have yet to decide on a theme for next year’s party, but ideas that have been tossed out include Vikings, Pirates, Chinese or German.

Or we could do a combination of those. Yeah. We’re awesome and unpredictable like that. Reason #1291523859081290 why I love my family. As if I needed any more reasons….

The power of persuasion

You guys, relentless hounding, hinting, nagging, bugging, suggesting and blogging on the subject really does work!

‘Cause guess what this girl got for Christmas?

In all seriousness, though, it’s much more and much nicer than I expected and I’m blessed to have gotten it. My parents and sisters are the best and they’ve covered just about any gift-giving occasion for me for the next several years!

Here’s another shot, out of the box. Isn’t she pretty? We’ll call her Stella, since, let’s face it, I’m not getting a puppy anytime soon. But, I can take beautiful pictures of other people’s puppies with this!

In case you needed another reason

Newsflash. I cannot find the charger for my camera battery. I found A camera charger, but it’s the wrong one, leading me to think mine might be somewhere I can’t go back to (cougholdjobcoughcough) or somewhere in the abyss that is my room/closet/car..

The best thing to do at this juncture would probably be to get a new camera.

One such as this:

Just sayin’.

A gentle reminder

You know what we’ve not talked about in a few days? How I need want need a camera.

Preferably one that looks like this:

I think it’s time I bring in some supporting arguments in a segment I like to call: “Look what I can do.” I’ll show you some of the amazingness I am capable of with a camera like that.

I call this one “Best Photo I’ve Ever Taken.”

“Amazing Action Shot”

“Scared pioneers”



“Dad in his natural habitat (Mark’s Feed Store)” a.k.a. “Dad look at this shout-out you’re getting”

Think of all the photos you could be seeing on a regular basis. And they’ll be this awesome. Or awesomer. Or awesomest.

Looking for a good present to get me? It rhymes with shmamra.

Oh hey there. I was just thinking earlier today that it’s about that time. About that time when I remember that people that buy me birthday/Christmas presents read this blog. And hopefully, they are susceptible to blatant hints.

On account of there’s something I want. And not that i expect it but it would be really awesome and I’ve been good this year. For the most part.

And I could buy it for myself, in a few months probably, but Mom and Dad want me to be saving my money for other things – like a condo/house when the lease is up here with The Roommate. And buying this camera that I totally don’t need but really want would just be irresponsible at this juncture. (Right, parents?)

And, oh would you look at that. Here’s the kind of camera I want. Pay close attention to the amounts for used or refurbished cameras.

Yeah, that’s right, it doesn’t even have to be brand new. And you don’t have to buy me anything else but the body and the regular lens. I’ll buy a longer lens later and even buy the memory card for it myself.

Hey, here’s another one! Even cheaper! And that’s fine, as long as it’s not damaged or the lens isn’t scratched!


Pay close attention to how it says it can be gift wrapped. Gift wrapped. ‘Cause it could like, be a gift for someone. Maybe someone who is kind of good at taking pictures and wants to get better. And will totally take awesome pictures for you to hang on the wall in your newly decorated and painted living room/family room/dining room.

Oh, the pictures I could take with this camera. All amazing at whatnot. So, in conclusion, please remember how much you like me and I will never ask you for anything again. Or at least I will try not to. For at least two years. Unless I need help with the new place to live thing…..JUST KIDDING….shhh.

In lieu of buying all those stamps…

For the past couple years I’ve been a legit grown-up – out of school with a job and apartment – I’ve sent Christmas cards to family and friends. This year, for many reasons, I decided not to send any. Instead I’m being cheap and sort-of creative. Plus, pretty much everyone that I’d be sending a card to reads this blog, at least every so often.

So, here you go. My Christmas wish to you. It’s short, it’s sweet, it’s pretty.

When surfing the Internets

This week’s suggestions are for if you want some ideas for Christmas shopping, or stuff to read in between visiting sites to do your Christmas shopping.

They’re either sites I’ve bookmarked or sites suggested to me by friends or family. The shopping ones are cool if you have some one you have no idea what to buy for. The others will just make you laugh – hopefully – amid the shopping stress.


1. Claudia’s Room If you ever read a Babysitter’s Club book, you will LYAO at this site, where a girl about my age re-reads all the books and provides hilarious commentary on it

2. Autocorrect hilarity Have an iPhone? Or another phone that auto-corrects? Because if you do you know the pain. This happens to me a lot but most recently when I was trying to tell someone what’s in burgoo. Instead of “other things” I said “other thongs.” Yeah…

3. Amazon If you haven’t shopped on this site you’re crazy. Stuff is cheap and this site is responsible for the majority of my book and movie collection.

4. Uncommon Goods For Christmas a couple years ago my aunt bought us some stuff from this site. I have a bag that’s made out of laminated newspaper. Cool, weird stuff. For cheap.

5. Perpetual Kid Roommate told me about this and it’s my new favorite thing. I really need to find someone to buy for off this site. Too funny not to.


In 13 minutes, Christmas will be over. No more presents, no more Christmas music. I’m watching Christmas Vacation (third time in the past two weeks) on TV right now, taking full advantage of these last few minutes of this holiday. I’m unpacking my presents and thinking back on what an awesome day it was today.

Last night, of course, was Christmas Eve, where we took part in our annual tradition of getting together downstairs between services to snack and catch up – us old youth group members – and as usual we had a good time and laughed way too much. We even invited the pastor to come down and visit, it’s tradition. Then we went to the third of three services my church holds Christmas Eve.

This morning, we got up at 9 a.m. to open presents as a family. I got some awesome stuff, including a spa package, DVD player and new iHome-type alarm clock. Everyone got great stuff. Then the grandparents and my aunt, uncle and cousin came over to open presents and eat breakfast. We went to my other Grandma’s this afternoon for dinner and more presents and watched (500) Days of Summer – a great movie I highly recommend you see.

Now, I’m home, back in my apartment, unpacking my gifts and thinking about how thankful I am for all that I have. I am grateful for an amazing family, awesome friends and so many other great things. I am truly blessed and that’s what I’m happiest about this Christmas.

I hope all of you had great Christmases too – and thanks so much for reading!

We now resume regular posting.