Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Please ring in 2013 safely! If you choose to go out and enjoy a drink, make arrangements for a designated driver!

In 17 states, AAA's Tipsy Tow service is available. This is available statewide in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, Nevada, California, Texas, and Utah. Also available in select locations in Tennessee (West and Middle), Hawaii (Islands of Kaui, Maui, and Oahu), Montana (Missoula, Bozeman, Helena, and Billings), Oklahoma (Metro Tulsa, Metro Oklahoma City, Shawnee, Bartlesville, Enid, Muskogee, and Lawton), South Dakota (Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Aberdeen, Mitchell, and Yankton), Virginia (Tidewater area only- Greater Hampton Roads including Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson, Yorktown, and Williamsburg), New Jersey (Morris, Essex, and Union counties), and Merrimack Valley (wherever that is??). Call 1-800-222-4357 for a ride in these areas. Some of the tow services will take you AND your vehicle to your destination within the specified area, others will only take passengers. Some places will charge you for the ride, others make New Year's Eve fares free. Call ahead to find out!

If you don't fall into one of these areas, check AAA's Sober Ride list for information on safe ways home tonight. This list is from the National High Way Traffic Safety Administration and it includes phone numbers, fares, and stipulations for their Sober Rides.

Don't be stupid. It isn't just your life that is in jeopardy when you choose to drink and then drive. Other people can be hurt by your poor choices. My father is severely disabled due to being hit by a drunk driver when he was just 19 years old and has suffered through years of debilitating pain and degenerating nerves because of one man's stupid choice. Even worse, the driver of my dad's car (who was sober) died in that wreck, leaving behind a lot of grieving family.

Even tipsy driving is drunk driving. Don't do it. Don't get into a vehicle with someone that has been drinking. Be safe and we'll see you in 2013!

Love is love, no matter the back story. <3 DS

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Whatever your holiday persuasion, I hope it has been a merry one. I hope that you have spent your time surrounded by friends and family, basking in peace, joy, fellowship, and lots of yummy food. I spent the last few days making a mad dash to clean the house, wrap presents for E & L, and help prepare food for Christmas lunch with family.

During that time, I gave little pause to the crafts I intended to make for everyone. I'm disappointed in myself. I didn't even get half of them done. Okay, so I didn't even get 1/4 of them done this year. I'm sure glad I painted the North Pole ornaments several months ago. I have a dozen half finished sock monkeys waiting for their arms, ears, tails, and faces. My pigs are all cut up and waiting to be put together. The ornaments are only missing the hangers. *sigh*

I have a Christmas party on the 29th so now that the mad rush is over, I can get those ornaments finished up.  The pigs are just not happening this year. My hands are hurting just thinking about them. The monkeys will get done over the next couple weeks. The girls loved their Christmas presents. They especially enjoyed the computer, even with the crap ton of limitations and rules I put in place. Yay for parental controls!

My brother's Christmas has not been quite so happy. His mother-in-law passed away in the early morning hours on Christmas Eve after a near 8 year battle with cancer. She was an amazingly strong woman to have fought as long as she did. My sister-in-law is not in a good place right now, but she has my brother, her brother, and her father as an incredible support group. I think knowing her mom isn't hurting anymore will comfort her once she is able to deal with the grief. What is hurting them the most right now is that the baby is due in 2 months and the kid will not get to know his maternal grandmother. E & L took the news better than I expected. The visitation is Friday.

So the dishes have been washed, the left-overs put away, and the house put back in order. We are leaving the decorations up until after New Year's Eve like usual. The girls are in bed. I'm trying to decide if I want to spend the little bit of money I got from various relatives on more craft stuff, on the holiday clearance for little gifts next year, or on a camera. I have tons of craft stuff but I have staples that I run out of often and the girls are constantly raiding my hope chest for their own devices. The clearance gifts from last year pretty much saved Christmas this year since my parents had little money for gifts this year (Most of the gifts we did buy this year were either put on layaway for several months, came from a thrift store, or were purchased in January 2012.). My camera went missing over the summer and I didn't get one for Christmas (Mom forgot I wanted a replacement and got me a coat instead, although the coat was more a need than a want.). Decisions...

At any rate, I hope your holiday is restful and peaceful. I'm already eager to get the kids back in school and myself back to work. Have a fantastic rest of the week!

Love is love, no matter the back story. <3 DS

Friday, December 14, 2012

Terrible Shooting in Connecticut

My thoughts are for the families dealing with the tragedy in a Connecticut elementary school this morning. Conflicting reports keep surfacing so I don't know the details for sure, other than innocent people lost their lives today. What a heartbreaking experience to go through, regardless of the time of year. Peace to those poor sweet babies and the adults that have lost their lives and strength to those fighting to make it through this nightmare.

I'm keeping my eye on the news reports as they become available. I am vividly reminded, as these pictures of evacuating children scroll over the screen, of the fact that I have two little sisters in school and I can't keep the cold sweat and chill bumps at bay. Please stay safe out there folks.

Love is love, no matter the back story. <3 DS

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Shoe Art

While bored with E & L tonight, I decided to break out some plain white canvas shoes and sharpies. I didn't have anything else to do right that moment so it seemed like a good idea at the time. Here is the fruit of today's artistic endeavor.

 Sun and moon shoes. :) Bicolor laces and an open book included!

 Bubbles, stripes, stacked sticks, and flowers on the sides.

 A fountain pen, more flowers, and a checkerboard on the other sides.

 A dragon and a lacy thing on part of the backs.

 Bouncing balls and layered ovals on the other part of the back.

 What do you think?

I had a lot of fun with these and can't wait to wear them. I think I'm going to wear them to the TGIO party tomorrow. I shouldn't be anywhere near mud there. :)

Love is love, no matter the back story. <3