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2013 Holiday Review

OH HI INTERNET FRIENDS!

I’m here! I’m alive! I’m a blogging slacker. I keep meaning to start logging my life here again. I always tell people that the biggest reason I blog is to be able to look back in 40 years and remember what happened.

I was going to make a The Notebook/Ryan Gosling joke here but instead I got lost in a sea of HEY GIRL images. STOP SIDETRACKING ME, GOOGLE!

So, Christmas! It happened! And so did New Years! So here, past self, is how we spent the 2013 holiday. I’ve also included pictures to remind you what you looked like before you ROCKED those stunning gray locks.

This was the year that you plugged in the tree to find that several of the strands of white lights had stopped working leaving dark patches on the tree. This was completely unacceptable for you for Control Freak reasons so you decided to remove the lights from the pre-strung tree. You never really liked white lights on the tree and no matter how hard Ben tries to convince you that you were using this as an excuse to get rid of them, it really wasn’t that. It really did just keep you up at night and instead of sleeping you were thinking about all the lights that were out and how are you supposed to sleep when this drama is happening right downstairs and threatening to ruin Christmas for everybody!?

Finally got the tree out of the attic! And a whole level of lights won't work! GAH! Worried I won't be able to fine a strand that matches the same. BOO! I'll try the fuses later. Worst part of a fake tree is having to fluff all the branches one by one to


It only took three and a half hours to completely remove them from the tree and then three and a half days for the feeling to come back to your finger tips.

FINALLY got all these stupid things off the tree. Total time to remove them all: 3.5 HOURS!


The new color lights looked great though! Plus, LED! This was when LED had just started to become really popular. Cars didn’t drive themselves yet and Hoverounds didn’t actually hover!

Almost there! Just need to vacuum and put the skirt down and we will FINALLY be ready for Christmas. Probably. No telling what crazy project I'll get in my head next. Should probably avoid Pinterest!


You got a few new ornaments this year to add to your now extensive geeky ornament collection. The highlight was the Yoda tree topper. The very one you are still using to this day because OMG YODA TREE TOPPER THAT WILL NEVER GET OLD.

These are hanging on our tree now. They were stuffed into Ben's stocking by Santa! Came from ThinkGeek and they are REALLY nice. Heavy, solid ornaments! Highly recommend to any festive geek out there! #thinkgeek #christmas

Colored lights and silver garland and one ornament on the tree! Time to take a break. #christmas #tree #geek #maytheforcebewithyou

Tree is officially complete and ready for presents! #yoda #Christmas #maytheforcebewithyou

You know that adorable sweater you wear to the retirement home’s Christmas party every year? At one point people didn’t appreciate your artistic genius and this is the year that it won your work’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest!

DONE! I was going to add lights but I'm too tired for a Target run and I still need to make dinner. It's so horrible. So, so horrible.

BAM! The one girl that always goes ALL OUT seemed annoyed I won because she bought that sweater you put an iPad in and had a fire burning on it but they pointed out it was an UGLY sweater contest and clearly I won The Ugly! ;)

You got some pretty awesome gifts! Including an iPad Mini that Ben “wrapped” in pretzels and cheeseballs!

So Ben told me to open this bag. I had been wondering where the dogs had been getting pretzels to eat for the last few days!! We are really starting to punk each other with wrapping gifts. This bag was filled with like FOUR POINDS OF PRETZELS AND CHEESEBA

“Go in peace my daughter. And remember that, in a world of ordinary mortals, you are a Wonder Woman.” Queen Hippolyte

Cassidy got a guitar and then we didn’t see her for a month straight but we were always able to hear that she was at home!

Face says it all. Pretty sure this was her favorite gift. Good job, Nana!

Ben got some cool gifts too! Including a ride in the Millenium Falcon!

Another gift that Santa brought Ben. #starwars #christmas

All in all it was a fantastic holiday and you really enjoyed yourself! It wasn’t as good as that year that Ben bought you a Ferrari but it was close!

You spent New Years Eve with the always awesome Julie, Chris, Kim and Melanie. I’m not sure how you managed to get together with Julie and only get two pictures. I know, it’s UNTHINKABLE. But there are only two.

*shifty eyes*

This one would have been MUCH cuter if you hadn’t gorged yourself on a 10 ounce filet mignon at dinner at Shadowbrook in Capitola. Then you wouldn’t have immediately ran upstairs to change out of your jeans and into your fat pants as soon as you got home.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

You only made one resolution this year and it was to blog more. Hopefully you stuck to it and have a lot more memories documents for Ryan Gosling to read back to you from his little notebook!

PS – Ben, don’t make this entire blog post a lie. Buy your wife a Ferrari!

4 Comments on 2013 Holiday Review

  1. Ronni
    Sunday, January 12th, 2014 at 2:43 pm (8 months ago)

    What a fun post. I always wondered if it was possible to get the lights off a pre-lit tree. Now I know it is.. but it doesn’t seem like fun!

  2. Sean
    Friday, January 17th, 2014 at 12:26 am (8 months ago)

    I love the geeky ornaments, especially the console controllers, I am going to have to look into them next Christmas. Sucks that you had to restring a pre-lit tree though, could be worse though, it could have been a fiberoptic tree that went dark.

  3. Caity
    Saturday, January 18th, 2014 at 9:34 pm (8 months ago)

    That ugly sweater is awesome. I knew it was a winner.
    Those ornaments are so cool and I want them!
    Happy New Year!

  4. Michelle
    Sunday, January 19th, 2014 at 2:18 pm (8 months ago)

    OH MY GOODNESS! I got the same video game controller tree ornaments. Hahaha They were really cheap and awesome too. I ended up giving my mother the Atari ornament because it was like a nostalgia bomb to her. That’s awesome. Happy late New Year and really Late Merry Christmas!

    I love this post just because it was filled with things I love. Hehehe

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