I Didn't Buy My Fiance A Christmas Gift

And neither did he.

During the past few weeks when people would ask me what I bought Paco for Christmas and I replied with "nothing" I was greeted with a few reactions including:

"Oh" - said with a look of horror

"WHY?!" - said with a look of horror

"THAT IS SO SAD!" - said with a look of horror.

So if you are trying to keep score - apparently everyone thinks I'm a dysfunctional Grinch. Which is not (entirely) the case.

After our long (3 year) engagement we finally decided to plan a wedding, which is set for August 2015. Paco has been working like crazy saving up for this wedding which I appreciate more than even he realizes. And if you've never planned a wedding before the only thing you need to know is THEY ARE EXPENSIVE AS HELL.

Therefore, we kind of agreed to forgo the Christmas / birthday / holiday gift exchanges because it seemed like the responsible thing to do. Plus, we’ve been together for so long it seems silly to buy the typical “button down shirt / new purse / house appliance” gifts since we buy that stuff year-round anyway.

Sure, it’s fun to buy things for your fiancé but I’m looking at the bigger picture. And right now that picture is of me in a wedding dress (that I haven’t shopped for yet) with 200 guests (that I need addresses for) watching me walk down the aisle. The thought of trying to figure out the perfect Christmas gift for Paco on top of ALL that, well, quite frankly.. nearly drove me to the bottom of a vodka bottle. So – it was decided - no gifts.

Being responsible is hard…

Wait, who am I kidding?

We PLANNED to do the responsible thing and not buy gifts…

But then..

Then we bought plane tickets and are going to a tropical paradise for a week in February!

I’m going to call it our Pre-Honeymoon.. muahaha.

ST. Thomas USVI Virgin Islands Vacation Pre-Honeymoon

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Let's Play.

The Movie Saw Puppet

Just kidding.

It's super easy and called Sincere or Sarcastic. All you have to do is read each statement below and figure out if the statement is intended to sound Sincere or Sarcastic. Let's start with an easy one:

I'm so glad that I chose to work the week of Christmas instead of using my well-earned vacation time.

Get the picture? Okay, let's continue.

Oh boy. Another bridal shower!

Thank God my online order was cancelled at the last minute, I love frantically running around stores 2 days before Christmas looking for additional gifts.

I love drivers who don't use turn signals.

I think it’s funny when my coffee shop gives me the wrong order.

Boy, am I glad I didn’t receive a Christmas bonus.

Oh thank God American Eagle only sells skinny jeans now, they look great on everyone.

Christmas proposals are so unique.

I wish my student loan payments would never end.

Sleeping is overrated, give me a restless night of no sleep anytime!

Blogger spacing issues are a fun challenge.

Wedding vendors are so reasonably priced.

Getting stuck in a traffic jam is relaxing.

These extra 10 pounds on my hips look great.

Rain on Christmas surely puts everyone in the Holiday spirit.

Burning your ear/neck with a flat iron is a great way to start the day.

Sweet! I just remembered I have a dentist appointment after work.

Fantastic.. Taylor Swift is playing on every radio station!

Are you noticing a trend?

*Only 8 more hours.. 8 more hours of work.. 8 more hours...*

May your holiday season be stress free and full of booze love!

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Never Have I Ever.

The other day I told you that I've never baked cookies by myself which got me to thinking of other "common" things I've never done. (Read: I am a lame ass.)

Never Have I Ever:

Cooked a pot roast/roast beef.
Growing up this was a staple in our house. I looked forward to the days when Mom had a big hunk of pot roast in the oven with mashed potatoes and homemade gravy. Although I love that meal more than anything.. I've never cooked it myself.

Had my own apartment.
I received a partial scholarship for college with one of the stipulations being that I live on campus all four years to "experience" the college life. Living in a dorm didn't bother me since I have 3 sisters and I shared a room my whole life. After sophomore year though I opted to pay for a single dorm room which I loved. It was like my own apartment. My very tiny, single 1 bedroom apartment, with 500+ roommates.

College Life

Dyed my hair pink or some other crazy color.
I was pretty boring growing up. Well, I guess the right word would be responsible. I think my mother would have killed me if I came home with hot pink or blue hair. Even when I got into my teenage years I didn't care to do something crazy like that since I always had a job and I assumed employers didn't like the rebellious teen look.

Gotten a tattoo.
Sure, I've thought about it. But not seriously. My sister has a few and I love hers but I am just too chicken. And cheap. And indecisive. Therefore- no ink for me.

Driven a stick shift car.
Paco has tried to teach me a few times but I am just un-teachable when it comes to driving standard.

Eaten sushi.
The thought doesn't really interest me.

Played a sport.
I wasn't on a basketball, softball, or baseball team growing up. I was a cheerleader in high school though.

Had braces.
Although, I think I could have benefited from them I never had braces.

Traveled for work.
I am SO jealous of all you people who fly around the country for work. Hook a sister up.

Fired a gun.
Growing up in NEPA this is hard to believe since the majority of people I know are hunters.

Been to Disneyland or Disneyworld.
Maybe one day when I have kids I'll take them?

Watched Gone with the Wind.
I have no idea how I managed to avoid this movie since my mother and sister love it. But I've never watched the whole thing.

Read the classics.
Such as Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Catcher in the Rye and so on.

Been out of the country.
Minus a class trip to Canada in the 6th grade I've never been out of the U.S.

Had a fancy Starbucks drink.
I drink black coffee therefore skinny latte mochas cupcake milkshake sprinkle sparkle drinks are not my style.

Dunking Donuts Coffee large Black

Not bitten my nails.
I am a terrible nail biter and cannot quit no matter how much I try.

What are some of your "Never Have I Evers?"

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Knock it Off, Monday! + Weekend Things

I am in no mood for you Monday. So knock it off.

This weekend FLEW by. I got some shopping done but am nowhere near finished. You know, with only 10 days left and all.. what's the rush? *eye roll*

I think Bailey's blog debut went to her head because this weekend she was a royal pain in the ass. Friday she almost got hit by a truck when she darted out into the road. That ruined my whole night. And nearly my whole life because... yeah I can't even imagine. She spent the rest of the night sulking and sucking up.

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Saturday I woke up and promptly turned on Netflix because I found a new addiction. The Killing. It's pretty good and I need something to occupy my time until The Following starts. I guess it's safe to say that I am addicted to crime shows.

Saturday night we went shopping and I wandered around the stores mindlessly freaking out that I have no idea what to buy people. What are some good gifts for an 8 year old boy besides the typical Lego's and remote control car stuff?

Sunday I decided to bake cookies. For the first time ever.Yup,  I managed to never bake a cookie in my 28 years of living. How is that possible you might ask? Well, my mom is an awesome baker and my sisters are too so I never HAD to bake. Cookies just always magically appeared. My cookies turned out "okay" but I guess I just don't like sugar cookies. Kind of bland tasting to me. Any no-fail cookie recipes you'd like to share?

Sugar Cookie Christmas Cut Outs

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I told you.. I love Halloween.
Then we fed Bailey a cookie because we're bad parents and she got sick and threw up all over. Nothing like ending your weekend by cleaning up smelly dog vomit.

Border Collie Christmas Cookie

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Border Collie Christmas Cookie

P.S. Paco ate the cookies too and DIDN'T throw up.. so my cookies weren't the cause of the dog vomit so don't even....

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Guest Post - Miss Bailey Sue Border Collie

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I'm taking over Mom's blog today. No need to thank me. We all know she's been slacking lately with this whole thing which is ironic since she doesn't do anything else besides vacuum and complain about pet hair (damn cat anyway...) She has more than enough time to blog, don't let her fool you.

I wanted to hack into her blog because I have a few things to say and I've seen Veenie and the General do this a few times at Venus Trapped in Mars. Mom has never offered to let me guest post but I think that's because she's still a little pissed at me since I stole her fiancé. Whatever.

It was 3 years ago on December 3rd that Dad adopted me and I thought I'd take this time to thank Dad and the housekeeper, I mean Mom for all they do for me. So thanks.

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But why I'm really here is to discuss a few serious matters. Every great relationship starts with communication, or something like that. I heard it on Dr. Phil the other day. So, without further ado:

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The bragging. While I love to hear you tell everyone about the cool tricks I do and how adorable I am.. it is too much pressure. Have you ever heard of stage parents? Yeah? Well then get a hobby and get off my back.

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The crate. Really? What in the actual hell were you thinking with that crap? I'm glad you finally realized I was un-crateable and now we can all live happily together. Without a cage.

My new bed. That big fluffy king sized bed is my favorite. I'm glad you now see that little napkin sized bed on the floor wasn't up to par. But really? White sheets? And my black fur? Duh.

Bones. I hear you guys making fun of me when I don't eat the rawhides but rather hide them around the house. Stay out of my business.

Goldfish crackers. I think it’s time you swapped out my boring old food for Goldfish crackers. You know how much I love them.

Walks. This is a serious one. Why don't we go for walks in the winter? All summer long we went for long strolls through the neighborhood and I miss that, What gives? You silly humans can't handle a brisk wintry walk? How about you go collect alllllll of that pet hair that you bitch about and sew yourself a little furry jacket to put on your wimpy ass and take me for a walk?

The cuddling has got to stop. Just because I'm little doesn't mean you can  grab me whenever you want. I'm starting to develop a complex.

Baths. Are you trying to drown me? And what’s up with that groomer lady who comes by once a month? Do you like paying other humans to torture me? Because I'm pretty sure that's illegal.

This one might be the most serious offense... the nicknames. Oh God. The nicknames.Why do you need to have so many of them? Bay-Ree. BaileyBoo. Sugar. Suggie Bear. Suggie Monster. Princess Bear. Prettiest Girl in the World. Sweet Little Baby Princess Fluffy Ears. Seriously. Stop. You're embarrassing yourself.

So, as you can see we have a lot to work on. Thankfully, the New Year is right around the corner and now you have a drafted list of Resolutions. You're welcome.

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Buy Your Aunt a Case of Wine + Other Practical Gifts

This time of year Blogland is full of gift guides and suggestions and I'm sure you are already sick of reading them. Or, you have already purchased all of your gifts and if that's the case I hate you Congrats! I figured I'd throw my hat into the ring and give you a Sincerely and Sarcastically approved Holiday Gift Guide.

1) Case of wine. Simple enough, right? Go to the liquor store ask for a box and fill it up with random bottles of wine. Show up to your next holiday party or Aunt's house with a case of wine and you'll be the star of the show. They will certainly find a use for 12 bottles of wine during the holiday season by entertaining, re-gifting or drowning their own sorrows. Give the gift of booze and everyone wins.

2) K-Cups. That shit is expensive. And sure you can rationalize that a cup of brew from your local shop costs $3+ while a 12 pack of K-cups only cost blah blah blah. Whatever. I HATE adding a pack of K-cups into my grocery cart because I know that's instantly another $8 - $10 tacked  onto my grocery bill and Mama needs to save her money for the 2 for $4 Bagel Bites deal! If you want to get a little creative you can create your own chocolate covered coffee spoons/stirrers and attach those to the box of K-Cups with a bow.

3) Gift card to photographer. Chances are you have a local photographer who offers great family sessions for a low cost. This gift works for new parents, families, the engaged couple, the 50 year anniversary couple, the high school senior and college graduate. I think everyone would enjoy a gift certificate for professional photo services.

4) Scrub Daddy. Sounds weird, I know. But hear me out! This is an incredible sponge featured on the popular show Shark Tank and the inventor has made millions off of this little smiley sponge. I buy mine from QVC or Home Depot but they can also be found on Amazon. Go do yourself a favor and watch the demonstration video of this product online and prepare to be amazed. It really does work, I promise. It can be used in the kitchen, garage, bathroom, hell - I even used it to scrap paint off my hands during the kitchen painting fiasco. It's a conversation piece that's for sure.

5) iTunes gift card. Nearly everyone has an iPhone, iPad or iWhatever. I'm sure your child / best friend / grandma  / baby sister / cat groomer has one of these devices and they can easily add the gift card to their account to buy music, movies, games, apps, and whatever else.

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I am in a Cult

I have a serious matter that has been weighing heavy on my heart the past few weeks.

And since there is no easy way to say this, here it is: I am in a cult.

It's serious and embarrassing. At first, I didn't think it was a cult but I was so obviously clueless. It started out slow but now it's in full swing and I'm in over my head. I never considered myself much of a "Follower" but I was wrong.

The Following

Okay, so I'm not really in a cult I'm just mildly obsessed with this show. Meaning I watched nearly the entire first season in 2 days. I should be embarrassed to admit that but I am not because this show is perfect. Also, did I mention that Kevin Bacon is in it? No? Well I just did, so go watch it. It’s about an FBI agent trying to catch a serial killer with a crazy cult following.

I never understood those people who got so emotionally invested in a TV show because the last time I was that obsessed with a show was back in middle school when I watched 7th Heaven religiously (#nerd.) But now, it's safe to say that I am just as obsessed with Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) as much as I was with Matt Camden (Barry Watson.)

The whole thing started when I added a few crime movies to my Netflix queue recently and this show popped up on the suggestion page. When I clicked on The Following that morning I figured I’d watch a couple episodes and call it a day. Wrong! I was instantly hooked. Before I knew it, I was 8 episodes in, sitting in my pajamas at 6 p.m. eating luke warm spagettios because I didn’t want to wait 2 minutes for them to properly heat so I could run back to the couch to continue watching....

Binge watching.. it’s a slippery slope. Tread lightly.

The Following; Netflix; FOX

1) Kevin Bacon.

2) The show is unpredictable. You think you have an idea as to what is going on. WRONG. You don't know shit so don't even try to figure it out. The whole show is full of suspense and plot twists.

3) The plot. I think the whole premise of this show is a great idea. However, it's kind of sick and twisted which makes me wonder wtf is going on in the writers heads.

4) The whole show feels like a movie. It's one of the only TV series I've watched that has that "movie" feeling.

5) Did I mention Kevin Bacon?

The third season is set to come out in 2015 on FOX.. so hurry and finish the first two seasons (on Netflix) so you can catch up before then.

Seriously. Go do it.

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Feeling Nostalgic - Christmas Edition

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Now you know Paco's real name.

I don't know what's gotten into me lately but I am feeling nostalgic. Perhaps it’s the holiday season. Or the Christmas music blaring in grocery stores. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m getting older and am more aware of my surroundings. Or maybe I’m just being a nutcase. But I am feeling, smelling, and observing everything “Christmas-y” around me. It happened overnight and now I am trying to squeeze every possible second out of this month. I find myself glancing at the Christmas countdown calendar as often as a 10 year old would.

The other night Paco and I hung up a floating mantle shelf in our living room and as he attached our Christmas stockings to the hooks, I said that we should purchase better stockings next year rather than continue to use the little DIY Target fabric ones we have. Paco nonchalantly made a comment about them being our first stockings and I instantly felt a pang in my heart. I never want to retire them now because they are our first stockings. See, nostalgic.

It’s been since that night that I can’t shake this sentimental feeling.

I stared at those stockings for a long time trying to remember the night we created them and all I could come up with was a vague outline of that night. I was probably distracted with 10 other thoughts, stressed about last minute gift ideas or the load of laundry I should be tending to rather than playing with glitter pens and stockings.

As I was trying to pull that memory from the back of my mind, I told myself that this year I was going to make a serious attempt to be mentally and physically present from now until Christmas. So often it’s easier to just go through the motions of Christmas instead of really enjoying them. It’s common to get lost in the hustle and bustle and obligations during this time of year that we forgot to sit down and really enjoy the season. You’re probably making memories and not even realizing it. Like me, with those stockings.

Who would have thought 4 little stockings could be so eye opening?

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Holiday Cheer + $750 Amazon gift card

As the days tick away on my Christmas countdown calendar I am starting to feel that Christmas itch. You know the one I'm talking about. That familiar feeling of excitement and anticipation where you want to do nothing but watch Christmas movies, eat cookies, decorate the house with lights, garland, and pine needle / peppermint bark / elf vomit fragrant candles. 

My house currently looks like the North Pole threw up all over and I love every second of it. So in a way to calm myself down and burn off some of this holiday steam I decided to join in with some lovely bloggers to bring you a little Holiday Cheer in the form of a....
$750 Amazon gift card.

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Rambling Randoms + Some Questions

I put up my Christmas tree on Monday and spent 2+ hours attaching little white lights to it and I hated every second of it. Grinch - Party of One, please! For the past few years I've done the lights the same way but this year I decided to channel my inner Martha Stewart and wrap a string of lights around the entire length of the trunk to help illuminate the tree from within first. It looks great, but it was not worth the aggravation and scratches up and down my arms from the branches.

Speaking of aggravation.. I am already up to my ears in stress thinking about Christmas and all the gifts I need to buy / should buy but can't afford.

I love buying my planner every year and look forward to it way more than I should. I've already bought one for 2015 thanks to Target. I bought an Erin Condren planner last year and while I liked it, the price was over $50 and was hella huge. Way too large to carry everyday and not practical to use.

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I've recently become addicted to peppermint tea. < That one is my favorite. Go try it.

I re-downloaded a calorie counter app on my iPhone and after using it for 3 days I remembered why I deleted it in the first place. Counting calories is HARD and annoying but most of all discouraging. I'm trying to keep my intake around 1400 - 1500 a day to help keep some of my jiggles under control especially with all the holiday diet sabotages lurking in every corner.

I am thinking about participating in a Wedding Wednesday Linkup to help push me through this whole wedding planning process. I feel like I'm flying solo and I'm starting to panic. Any suggestions on a good link up?


I have a bunch of weird nonsensical referring URLs on my blogger traffic tab. Including "adult" websites if you catch my drift. Does anyone else have weird sites like abc123.ru or anything similar? Where are these things coming from and how do I make them stop?

Thoughts for Thursday

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