Archive for December, 2012

Bring on the Christmas!

Posted on December 24, 2012. Filed under: Holiday, Home |

I love Christmas. Who doesn’t? It’s the bestest. Here’s how we decorated our house this year for Jolly St. Nick and Baby Jesus.

You know how I love my table settings. Here’s what we did on the kitchen table:

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The dining room table:

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We have a piano now thanks to Adam’s parents. I decided to do something festive to the top of it:

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It was fairly easy. I bought the trees and mercury votives at Target. Everything else I had:

  1. Votives from our wedding
  2. Red pashmina scarf
  3. Footed dessert bowls with our own acorns and juniper sprigs from the yard
  4. Waterford bowl (wedding present)
  5. Red ornaments

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Here is our tree:

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I don’t get particular about colors or themes on our tree in the den. I’d like to get a tree for our living room next year and have it be the red/gold, or white/gold, or 12 days of Christmas tree. But for the tree in our den where we spend the most time, I don’t want it to have any rules. I want to be able to display sentimental ornaments, things we made as a kid, things our children will make. One of my favorite things about Christmas is decorating the tree and remembering all of the ornaments as you take them out of the box and what they mean to you.

Mason has a few ornaments this year:

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As well as his own stocking…

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We finally got a tree topper after 3 Christmases together…

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Here is our mantle. I decorate it the same every year. I like it and it seems to work.

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There are other little touches throughout our house.

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Adam built me the manger for our nativity scene with scrap wood that he found behind his dad’s shop. It’s already weathered and rustic. It’s perfect.

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And for the grand finale….

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I talked Adam into doing outdoor lights this year. I LOVE IT!

We hope you have a Merry Christmas!

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Moving Up

Posted on December 17, 2012. Filed under: Real World |

I love blogging, but I haven’t been such a great blogger in 2012. This year has been pretty insane with work and a new puppy. The last few months at work have been all-consuming and I was spending much of my free time trying to find another job. Well, three months, five interviews, and one breakfast later, I got the job and started last Monday!

It’s too early to tell what my new job will be like, but I know it will be demanding. The good thing is that I already feel much more satisfied. The work is rewarding, everyone I’ve met has been so nice, and my office is on a pretty quiet hall.

There is a trust at my new job that I haven’t had for some time. I have two bosses and they both seem to share the same work philosophy: no time clocks, just get your job done and we trust you to do it. Awesome.

I loved my 4 years at my old job. I learned so much there and was able to surround myself with a great arts and culture scene. However, in recent months the organization started to face the consequences of its financial problems, morale was affected, and I began to realize that my opportunities for advancement were nonexistent. There were many other things, but I’m not going to get into them. I am grateful for my time there, but now that I’m out and on the other side I know I made the right decision.

Five days in and the new job is going well. It won’t be an easy job, but the people I’m working with are fantastic, smart and influential. The benefits are great and I’m a part of a larger community of education, social activities, and entertainment where I already feel like I belong.

Please be patient with me on the blog as I navigate new waters and figure out how everything will balance.

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