waitin’ on the mail

So I’m sitting here, freezing to death, working on a wedding album, and waiting on the mail. I need to go north to edit a video that must be complete before Sunday but there are like 5 packages supposed to be delivered today and they cannot be waiting outside. So I wait. Not just for the regular mail but for UPS, too, so I have no idea when they might all be here. The video might have to wait until tomorrow. Which is gonna suck because I know this is going to take me a long time. I hate deadlines.

I’ve also decided that these wedding scrapbooks take way too much time. I’m not doing another one unless I’m being paid a lot of money! Or, more than likely, someone just asks really nicely…

But speaking of freezing to death. Oh. My. Gosh. I know my friends in colder climates are laughing their butts off about now but it is 18° F outside right now! And that’s better than it was yesterday. Yesterday it was so cold that Steve and the other electricians were sent home, pulling wire too cold can cause it to crack and break so they couldn’t work. I think today they are just barely pulling off working. Our thermostat is set at 74 and I feel so cold yet if it were warm outside, I’d be sweating at this temperature. Blasted old, drafty house! We had our first snow of the season Sunday morning, it’s still out there, but there’s not much at all.

After my packages get here today, most of the Christmas presents will be here. The one that really sucks though that’s still not here is one that I need to add it to other things and turn around and ship out somewhere else. I have a feeling that one won’t reach its final destination until after Christmas. Got some really awesome soap from Naked Soap, too. Love it! Unfortunately, some of it is for my mother-in-law and she stopped by while E and I were off at his 4-H meeting and I hadn’t finished wrapping and she saw it. Also unfortunately, it looks like I have one package arriving tomorrow and one Thursday as well, so I don’t know when I’m supposed to find time to edit…

the art of not-spoiling… or is it?

So I’m sitting here wrapping presents at the kitchen table. This wrapping paper is double sided. How cute. However shall I decide which side to use? What a waste of ink. :)

I have to say, it is so much better doing this here than on the living room floor. For one, I’m tired and I quit for the night and I’m just going to leave everything here and Kayleigh won’t be able to get it.

But, please, someone stop me! I am spending too much money!!

For the most part, I guess it’s about right, but this year I have spent, in my opinion, too much on my own kiddos. I’m drawing the line here! I actually had them both finished and spent equal amounts on them, within a dollar, then I saw something I couldn’t pass up and spent another $40 on Kayleigh (HEY it was on a $80 item with basically free shipping). So I had to follow that up with E. But of course, there was only one other thing I knew he wanted that wasn’t a Transformer, and that was found in a buy two video games and get one free deal… So, yeah, I bought two and picked out the free one for Steve (we have nothing he likes anyway, no cool manly games). I think I’ll save one of E’s games for his birthday, though. If I don’t, the cycle will never end!

I do love me some “buy two, get one free” deals though. Same thing on something I got for my sister and sister-in-law. One for me free! Sure, I could have given it to someone else, but there’s no one else it’s appropriate for, so mine, all mine. Hey, sometimes I just have to treat myself, right?

This was the first year, though, that E made any kind of Christmas list. I actually asked him to because I know he’s all about Transformers but heck if I can keep the dang things straight. I know Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, and a couple of others that he has schooled me in (ie drilled into my brain), but that’s it. And he is telling me that he wants this one and that one and this one and my head is just spinning. So he goes and gets a piece of paper and a pencil and – wait for it – GETS ONLINE and Googles and finds transformers.com all by himself and proceeds to write down… about 25 of these blasted things. I had no idea there were so many. I thought there were like… five.

Yeah, I’m SO not buying 25 of those things. I thought 2 was a good number but ended up with one that’s a two-in-one, they fit together to make one vehicle but are two separate robots. So I’m in my amazon.com list going down and deleting off the list ones that I think are too expensive to pay for and then deleting again ones that he doesn’t have on his list because BELIEVE IT OR NOT, there are even MORE than 25 of these things. Then I picked from the affordable ones on his list and he’s getting the police car Decepticon and then the two Autobots that go together. That one was kind of hard to find, actually, on amazon anyway, somewhat limited and the first one I added to my cart actually got purchased before I could check out, so I had to find another and, of course, the one I ended up buying was a bit more expensive.

These kids are making out like bandits, I think. Of course, other parents might look at everything we’re getting and go “what the heck, I spend 4 times that much on my kids” and maybe a lot of parents do, but, really, my kids don’t need anything. They have everything they could need or want already and I don’t see any point in just spending hundreds of dollars per kid each Christmas. For one, I don’t want them to think that is what Christmas is all about, amongst other reasons, including the fact that they get tons of stuff from grandparents and aunts and uncles, etc. (One of the perks of being the only grandchildren on two sides, sans one.) I’m happy though, yesterday Elijah came to me and was talking about what he thinks Christmas really is and he didn’t mention presents.

But alas, and woe is me, my Christmas spending for this year is not over yet. I still have to get my grandpa something and Steve still has to get something for my brother. We still have to figure out what to get his mom, and I think we’re going to go together with his brother and his wife and get their dad a new cell phone (without extending a contract), then I still have to figure out what to get my parents. All us siblings were going to go in together on a gift for them again, but I think none of us have any ideas at this point. At least I have my aunts and uncles and cousins on my mom’s side figured out, because that’s always really hard – I don’t want to just give them candles every year (even though they all rave and say “keep them coming”), but I can’t spend a lot because there are just so many of them… and they’re multiplying every year…

In part, I think I feel like I’m spending more on Christmas than I really am because other things have come up, too. Steve had to get some new tires on Thanksgiving Day (long story), I got a candle order only to find out I’m out of wax (what the heck, I could have sworn I had 10 lbs left) so I had to order that (STILL waiting on it) and, of course, the price has gone up again. My printer broke. (Thankfully, Marie tells me she is going to save me there! Thanks, Darling!) My tripod broke. Stupid hunk of plastic. I gotta stop buying cheap ones, I guess, but then there’s more mahnies there. Then there’s every day things like food and our enormous natural gas bill this month… oy.

Que Sera, Sera!

candles and weddings

Oh, yawn. K took a really long nap today for some reason so I spent the better part of the day in our stupid basement going through candle scents and candles. I’ve got to weed some of this stuff out. I pulled out a ton of scents to get rid of and I’m going to be trying to sell off some of this stock. Got a few commitments already and pushed off my sister-in-law’s favorite scent on her when she stopped by earlier! I’ll be discontinuing many scents, but not all that are currently in stock, but what I have in stock just needs to be moving. Then I will concentrate on my best sellers.

Who knew going through junk in the basement could be so tiring? I should go to bed, my back sort of aches!

Saturday, for the first time ever, I directed a live-to-tape recording of a wedding. Yes, we do this on a weekly basis, but have never done a wedding before. In fact, you could say in the past we have made it a point NOT to do weddings. But this was a special favor to several someones. While I was up in the control room, I took a few still photos, too. I will use one or both for the DVD menu, if nothing else.

Acre Wedding Acre Wedding

This is the same church we were married at, I wish we had a photo like this from our ceremony. The couple’s photographer did not get anything like this, I’ve already promised the groom’s mother some high resolution images, she loved the photos. It’s just too bad I couldn’t have gotten a more dead-center shot, but the control room only overlooks the sanctuary with two very darkly tinted windows, one on each side. I’d love to have a center window, but that will never happen, haha.

beginning to look…

A lot like Christmas? Somewhat, I guess. Not in my house, we haven’t put up any decorations. Really, there’s just no room. I could put something in the living room if I really wanted, but there’s absolutely no way that K would EVER leave it alone if her life depended on it so that’s out. The lower room is another option but I still haven’t quite gotten everything out of there that needs to be out. Still have some boxes of books to figure out what to do with, still some construction supplies, etc. Adding a tree down there is just going to crowd it. We’ll see though, E may talk me into it yet.

Last week we finally hammered out the gift exchanges on both sides of the family. We are doing sibling exchanges and drew names on Steve’s side on Thanksgiving. My family wasn’t able to completely be together for Thanksgiving so we worked it out later. On my side, I have my sister, a little obvious as we are the only two girls there right now. On Steve’s, I have the middle sister. Haven’t done much shopping yet, but just finished those two ladies tonight. I am trying SO hard to get on this and get everything done online so I don’t have to go out shopping. I don’t mind being a home body, ha. I hate shopping, the stores are always hot, I can’t stand crowds, and when you add my two little monsters to the mix… yeah, it’s enough to drive a person crazy. So I got the sisters done and we have just a little bit so far for K and for my niece, but not finished there. I’m glad I don’t have to worry about boys this year, haha, they are so hard to shop for. Steve says he’s about ready to order for his part of the exchange, one of his brothers and one of mine, he just has to make up his mind.

I’m still unclear as to whether or not we siblings are all going in on gifts for the parentals this year or not. I know my father-in-law needs a new cell phone, I’d love to get him something good. Not sure about my parents or my mother-in-law, though, or my grandpa (he is the absolute hardest one) or Steve’s grandmas.

Getting there, though. I like this organized exchange thing, and I think everyone else does, too.