Thanksgiving is over, Black Friday is done and here I am. Right now I'm on the couch waiting to start dinner for the hubby and figured it's a good time to catch up here while I watch some DVR that's backed up because of the holidays.
So ... here's what's been going on:
The paper wreath project. I told you it was huge ... it's measuring 12" deep and just about 24" across. Truly, after I made it, I loved it ... but the one phrase that kept coming out of my mouth was "it's so huge!" So, my advice to you ... go with the 1o" base ... or smaller - though I haven't tried anything smaller yet ... but I plan to.
There were only 2 options for where to hang it ... over our couch in the den (high enough so my clumsy but loveable husband doesn't whack it with his arms when he stretches) or on the wall of our stairwell where no one will see it except myself and my husband ... and those select few who wind up in our upstairs.
My sister and I settled on hanging in the den above the couch. Thankfully the wall is big enough that it doesn't look out of place. I do have to find some other things (frames?) to hang beside it so it's not just floating there on its own. Here are some quick pictures I took of it (excuse the mess & poor lighting :) ).
Onto Thanksgiving ... we co-hosted, as I mentioned. My mother-in-law wasn't feeling well, so we were down 1 ... but still had a great day. Dinner was fantastic if I do say so myself! I must say, between my father and I, we're pretty damn good at timing everything. We had some family favorite appetizers early (quick quiche, mini hot dogs, pseudo-antipasto and stuffed mushrooms) and they were devoured relatively quickly. Dinner was pretty traditional as well - but we added a chateaubriand into the mix as well being that we had so many and everyone usually takes leftovers home. It was mouthwatering. It was one of the best pieces of meat I've had. Homemade stuffing, mashed potatoes, carmelized onions, string beans, broccoli and sweet potaotes. Probably other stuff that I'm missing, but all of it was delicious.
The fun part ... the table setting: (the sizing options aren't cooperating with me)
And all of this ... brings us to the one day I don't mind shopping all year ... Black Friday! Anyone else with me on this? There's something to be said for not sleeping, leaving the house at 3:15am to get coffee before hitting the first store at 4am. Yes ... yes, I did. (We actually - it's a sisterly adventure every year.) We're smart enough to know not to go for the crazy $200 computers or things like that, but we get some pretty good deals on things (like $49 for a slide scanner ... $59 for a $125 floor steamer).
How did you guys make out? Did you even go out on Black Friday?
Yesterday I sorted through the bags and made final decisions about what to keep and what to return (yes, there are some things to return!). This week I'll do my returns and pick up the missing Christmas gifts I need.
My husband and father in law will be putting up our Lionel train (my father in law is an avid train collector and it's a nice tradition to have - especially after we have kids) around the tree in the next day or two, so that's when the majority of our decorating will get done. I still have to write out Christmas cards ... and I must admit that I'm behind this year - they're usually in the mail ON December 1st ... I'm such a slacker ;)