Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday

In what is becoming a yearly tradition......

"And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?

It came without ribbons.


 It came without tags.

5 Ways To Get Ahead of the Black Friday Craze

 It came without packages, boxes, or bags.

Black Friday shoppers gleefully rush through the doors of the New York City Macy's after it opened its doors at midnight on November 25, 2011.

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.
People are camping out in front of Best Buy for the Black Friday sales a week before the event!

What if  Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store?

Walmart Black Friday Stampede

Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” -Dr. Seuss

Like always, I'll be staying home on Black Friday.
 I like a good deal as much as the next gal, but Egyptomaniac just doesn't play like that.
If you happen to venture out today, I wish you great deals, cooperative crowds, calm shopping, and charitable hearts.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself."

Monday, November 24, 2014

OOTW: 11/12-11/13/14

Jacket: James Perse | Tee: J Crew Factory | Jeans: American Eagle | Boots: Sam Edelman

Vest: Uniqlo | Sweatshirt: J Crew Factory | Jeans: American Eagle | Boots: Dolce Vita | Bag: Chocolat Blu

Ugh! I am so behind this week. How did Thanksgiving slip up so quickly?  I realized today that it's just a few short days away, and I have done nothing to prepare. No menu planned, no food bought, nothing. So I packed up Child (who has the whole damn week off from school) and took him to the grocery store. NIGHTMARE! By the time I was done, not only had I lost my happy giving-thanks spirit, I wanted to throttle every single person. I should have known better than to venture into a grocery store mere days before the biggest eating day of the year.

To tell you the truth, I don't even really like Thanksgiving.  For the sake of Husband and Child, I try to make a go of it, but as a vegetarian who is health conscious, the idea of gorging one's self on meat and other calorie-laden dishes is........unappealing, to say the least. I do try to make all the dishes that they love, but I draw the line at touching the dead bird. If Husband wants turkey, he makes it himself.

And the historian in me wants to cry foul and protest against how the Pilgrims lied to, tricked, cheated, and killed the natives. Like Columbus Day, it's not something I feel entirely right about celebrating. I think there are other ways to show thanks and be grateful year round.

I know, I know. I should probably go hide under a chair for the rest of the week and just let people enjoy their holiday. Is there a Thanksgiving version of Ebeneezer Scrooge?

Friday, November 21, 2014

OOTW: 11/10-11/11/14

Sweater: J Crew Factory | Skirt: self-made | Shoes: Lands' End | Bag: LV

Top: Brooks Brothers | Skirt: self-made | Belt: Lands' End | Shoes: Sven Clogs | Bag: LV

Just spent the afternoon: sewing new curtain panels for the living-room. Our new furniture arrived last week and of course new furniture (in new colors) leads to new rugs, leads to new decor, leads to new curtains, leads to an entire re-decoration of the living-room. It's all good though..... I've haven't been in the mood for clothes shopping lately, so that means all that extra fun money can be funneled into redecorating. 

Looking forward to: Thanksgiving break! I only have to teach one day next week. Yay! A break is desperately needed so I can recharge before that final push to get to the end of the semester. I'm tired. My students are tired. I think we're all burnt out. So happy Thanksgiving means the end is in sight!

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend!

Monday, November 17, 2014

OOTW: 11/4-11/5/14

Top: Uniqlo | Pants: J Crew | Shoes: Lands End | Bag: LV

Sweater: Gap | Pants: J Crew (almost vintage--10 years old!) | Scarf: J Crew Factory | Shoes: Brooks Brothers (sim) (sim) | Bag: LV

Worked all weekend: on putting up Holiday decorations. I know, I know...... one holiday at a time would be nice. If I had my own way, the holidays would be a very minor thing with none of the obnoxious commercialism or BUY ALL THE THINGS NOW attitude.
But Child deeply loves all the decorations, love, and cheer associated with the holiday season. He was already asking to put up the tree the day after Halloween. I was just glad I could put him off as long as I did. I don't think the magic of Santa is going to last many more years at our house (he's 7 years old already) so I know these last few years of sweet innocence and wonderment are a gift to be treasured (to later be replaced with bitter teenage angst and parent-resenting rebellion). Our house is now a Winter Wonderland and Child's eyes have a new sparkle in them. Worth it.

Silver lining: I have most of my holiday gifts purchased and wrapped now too. (Can't have a decorated tree without presents underneath!) We can now spend the rest of the season relaxing, spending time with family, and trying to do good for others.