Are you all officially in the Christmas vortex now?!
Crazy how this time of year just piles up with busyness.
And the shopping... oh, the shopping.  And the TRAFFIC.
As you may recall from last year, I do not relish getting in the crowds and doing my shopping the week of Christmas.  No, no.  I live by an oath to get any in-store shopping done prior to December and any purchases after that are made online.  I feel such a sense of brain cell preservation when I plan ahead like this.  I know we're not all wired that way, and to those of you who love going to the mall at the height of the season, GOOD FOR YOU.  Meanwhile, I'll be avoiding any malls as if there were greeters at every entrance spraying aerosol cans full of the ebola virus.  MERRY, MERRY!

I am looking forward to some extended downtime over the holiday, coming off of the busiest work season of my life.  I am going to watch movies, stare at my Christmas tree, and do very little else.

Maybe I'll squeeze in a few more posts before year's end.
I want to go on some photography excursions, too.

H A P P Y   C H R I S T M A S  !



{ sighhhhhhh. }

Long time, no type?  Or something like that.  Heaping amounts of work these past few months = very few blog posts.  

{Is it really Christmas?  Has Thanksgiving passed already?}

So, here are some flashes, or glimpses, of the minutia of life around here lately accompanied by my random commentary.

You have to scoop up opportunities when they come your way, guys.  
And they're real cheap at HomeGoods right now.  
Great stocking stuffers.

Yes, it is Christmastime.  And packages are going out.
How annoying are these styrofoam peanuts?  
They can get away from you FAST.
But they're fun to photograph.
And now they are on the UPS truck and will be someone else's nemesis.
Hashtag glad tidings.

The aforementioned heap of work has been much more tolerable when accompanied by Christmas movies!
First up was 'Miracle on 34th Street' - my favorite.
Another night was 'White Christmas'.

On the subject, what is your favorite movie to watch this time of year?
True confession:  I watched 'It's a Wonderful Life' all the way through for the first time in my life only LAST YEAR.
And that was because nothing else was on TV.
This movie has always made me feel weird.
It's dark, right?
But I know it has a redeeming message.
It is my brother's favorite, and he has washed his hands of me now since I expressed my thoughts on this film to him.

And while we are talking movies, have you seen 'Adventures in Babysitting'?  
I also watched it this week while chipping away at the heap.
It really is the quintessential {slightly cheesy} 80's movie, and I love it.
The music used in the film is FANTASTIC, too.
Whoever constructed that soundtrack should be applauded - it still holds up.

A piece of chocolate in the afternoon never hurts anybody's feelings.
And yes, a Post-It can be used as a plate in a pinch.
Side note:  the Crunch bar is highly under-rated.  
Rice + chocolate = good.

I've also been receiving packages lately, as is normal around this time of year.
But let me tell you the most anticipated item I got this week was in that Amazon box...

I am serious.  Not a hippie.
But this stuff helps when my brain won't turn off at night.
I take this every night in the summer when my travel is at its peak.
And it's been great lately with the extra workload.
Just putting this out there, if you need sleep help without meds.

Now, you want to know who doesn't need anything to calm down?


I took this last time I was home after I caught him just hanging out all by himself in the hammock.
This was not staged, y'all.
He's chill.

See that tail? 

And I just snapped this while waiting on some take-out one night.
I like the composition here and think the lighting is dramatic.
This restaurant gets it right with their interiors and branding.
They get it really wrong with that evil multi-flavor Coke machine lurking in the background, though.
Does anyone like these things?!
Frustration nation when there are 15 people in line for a drink.
Because the ice is in the same machine.  Ahhhhh!
And inevitably, there will always be a little kid mixing all 100 flavors together.
In front of you in the line.
I love Coca-Cola.
But I'm not fond of these machines.

And if that's all I have to complain about, then it's going to be a merry Christmas.  :)

On a positive note, I'm watching a college basketball game as I type this.
I love the sound of the squeaky sneakers on the court.
And I'm happy that the season is in full swing now.
For whatever reason, it signals wintertime to me and being cozy.

And on that note, I'll wrap it up.

Happy weekend to all.