08 December 2010

The Season of Giving

It's also the season of receiving. Last week, I received a bacterial stomach infection. It was most lovely and provided me with much joy. NOT! It did, however, land me in the hospital last Wednesday where I proceeded to spend 7 hours in the emergency room receiving numerous bags of fluid, various shots, a couple of prescriptions, all whilst "donating" several huge vials of blood in the name of research. It was quite the experience, I tell you. This was, of course, right on the heels of Thanksgiving, a week in which I was stuck at home with another sinus infection. That's right -- I've basically been sick non-stop since September. My poor immune system has taken quite the beating this fall but I'm happy to report that after last week's *ahem* episode(s), which btw, took an entire 6 days to get over, I am feeling about 99.8% better. YAY!

Anyway, I participated in my first swap the other week. The wonderful Cristina over at Born to Fly was hosting a great vintage Christmas ephemera swap and I was lucky enough to get in on that action! I had so much fun sorting through all of my newly acquired Christmas cards, pairing those up with some other goodies, packaging them all up and sending them on their merry little way. Our packages are all swapped out and in route back to us and I cannot wait to see what everyone else sent. I should be receiving my package today, I'd guess, given the close proximity between Cristina and myself.

I finally got my white tree up yesterday and it's chock-full of pale pink, blue and minty green ornaments with a good dose of vintage Shiny Brites thrown in for good measure. I know I say it every single year but I freaking LOVE this tree. I swear if I'm ever lucky enough to live in a house with a big enough space in the office to have a tree year round, this sucker is going to stay up. It just makes me so happy to see it. Matter of fact, I came downstairs at 6:15 this morning, turned on the little space heater in my office, brewed a pot of coffee and then came in here and plugged the tree in and just sat and enjoyed my time on the computer with the glow of the tree behind me. LOVE IT!!

I don't believe I've ever had a tree topper on this tree because I could never find anything that seemed to fit the overall style of the tree so this year I created one! I had bought a bunch of these sequin picks last year which I normally put in the branches of trees but I started playing around with a few of them yesterday and realized they'd be a good tree topper. I pulled the ones I'd put in the tree back off, grouped them all together, secured the lot with rubber bands and then affixed it to the top of the tree and arranged the "branches" of the picks. I think it looks okay -- kind of wild and crazy but so what!

Last Monday, before my little bout with what can only be described as an intestinal DEMON, my friend came over and helped me sort through lots of bins of stuff that Will pulled off the attic. I went through a TON of clothing and donated a lot of it and then I went through bins of linens and really pared down the *LOVE & KEEP* pile and let's just say that the "love but need to sell" pile is tremendous at this point. I'm putting myself on a buying hiatus until which time my stash is more manageable. I will most likely be moving here in a couple of months so I don't want to have to cart all of this stuff from my current house to the next one. That means I'm going to be extra busy listing stuff in the next few weeks.

Oh, and before Thanksgiving, I had TWO interviews! One was with the company I had a phone interview with back in October and it went really well! The other was for a job I applied for back in September with a company that's only 10 mins from my house. Well, seems like I was the first choice for the first company and now I'm in a holding pattern at this point -- hopefully full time employment comes quickly so I can get on with my life!!

Anyhow, I'm outta coffee and need a refill so I can have the motivation to get busy listing stuff so I should go. I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday season so far and that I'll be able to catch up on blogs sometime in the near future!!


Heidi said...

Your white tree is GORGEOUS! I absolutely love it!

MargaretB said...

Your tree is beautiful!

Aleta said...

I'm glad you got over your stomach problem! Sounds miserable!

I hope you get the full time job you interviewed for!

I love your white tree. I have often thought of getting one (a white one), but I really love the traditional green, too, and it is hard for me to give that up.
Have a wonderful holiday season!

Kitschy Cottage said...

Almost bought a white tree this year, but decided to go with a real tree. Now I'm sorry that I passed on the white tree after seeing yours. Looks great!

Monkey Moments said...

I am a little behind on my blog reading....but as sorry as I am that you got the gift of the 'demon', I must say that you gave the gift of 'laughing my head off'!
Thanks and I mean that in the nicest of ways!