Only 4 more work days for me until Christmas vacation! Yay! I am GREATLY looking forward to having an extra long weekend... don’t know what I am going to do with myself! I do know I plan on lounging around the house doing nothing except for reading my new books (I bought myself 3 of my favorites for Christmas) and watching a bunch of movies. Then I go back to work for three days followed by a four day weekend. I am very thankful I have vacation time saved up and can take a few extra days off around the holidays. I thought about taking an entire week off, but in the end, I decided that was wasteful since I have nothing to do and nowhere to go and I should really save my days for future cruises and hopefully future maternity leave. Just saying!
I have almost all of my Christmas shopping done and all my presents are wrapped. I am on a roll!
I spent ALL day Saturday shopping - two malls, plus JC Penny's at another mall, Kohl's, Sam's, Best Buy and Meijer. Yep, that’s a lot of shopping. My legs ached from all the walking I did...
I bought myself several items for Christmas. After two hours, I had only been to one mall and Kohl's and had only bought one gift for someone else and a bunch of clothes for myself. Kohl's was having a great clearance sale and I had Kohl's cash and a coupon. But you know what? I barely spent any money. For $25 (after $20 Kohl's cash and a 15% off coupon), I bought 2 pairs of jeans, 6 shirts and panties. I previously bought a pair of jeans at Old Navy which ended up not fitting well and need to be returned... the price of those jeans are what the 2 new pairs cost me ($8 each). But everything else, I wrapped and they are under the tree. We set ourselves a spending limit this year and are allowed to buy ourselves some stuff we have been wanting to purchase. (Hence the new clothes and books.)
I feel bad I have barely bought Matt anything and I know for a fact he has bought me several things (I peeked at the credit card statement). Shhhhh!!! Don't tell him. He shops almost exclusively online which makes it hard to tell what and where he bought from though. That’s okay... I secretly like surprises even though they almost kill me because of the unknown. I usually annoy him until he gives me hints.
We have watched several movies lately:
The Giver - I LOVED this book when I first read it back in the 7th grade and while I re-read it about a year ago. I had been wanting to see this since it was in theater. I'm glad we waited until it came to DVD. It was alright and pretty true to the book, but I guess I was just expecting more. I give it 3.75 stars out of 5.
Let's Be Cops - Started off very funny and then quickly turned boring. I would have stopped watching had it not of been for Matt still watching it. He too thinks it was just okay. And I hate to say that because I LOVE these two on the show New Girl - Nick and Coach. BTW - hilarious show if you have never seen it. 3 out of 5 stars.
Reclaim - Had some boring parts, but I liked this movie. The entire concept was a bit nerve wrecking. I cannot imagine going through what these people go through. 4 out of 5 stars.
Good People - We stuck with this movie for 28 minutes... could not get into it.
We rented all of these movies from our local library. For free! If you haven’t discovered your local library, you are missing out. Check it out!
Going back to Christmas... I never did show you a picture of our tree this year.
Our tree has white lights already on the tree, but I wanted some color. I added three strands of color bulbs and I like how it turned out. I would have liked more color, but I refuse to buy any new lights. Especially considering next house (no current intentions to move), I hope to buy a new bigger tree. I recently saw a tree at Home Depot which had a remote control... push the button once = white LED lights, push it again = colored LED lights, push another time and get alternating lights and then push a fourth time = get different alternating light patterns. It was awesome! But cost $300 or $350 = not in my budget.
Besides, where would I put it? My current tree isn’t very large yet the only place we can put it in our living room is blocking the front door. We don’t use our front door, but it still looks ugly right there. Next house will for sure have a larger living room with a good spot for the Christmas tree.
I learned a secret while shopping on Amazon yesterday that I would like to share with you. If you don’t have $35 worth of participating products to qualify for free shipping, add a $25 gift card into your cart. I added one for Red Lobster and received free shipping. Yay! I think we are going to be subscribing to Amazon Prime in the near future and will no longer have this issue, but this is still good to know.
Speaking/Typing about Amazon... did you know you can download some free Kindle books? I knew this, but never took advantage of it. Monday, while at work, our computers weren’t working correctly and we were unable to work and I was bored out of my mind so I downloaded a few books and actually read a full book on it. The phone is too small to read on, but I think it would be fine reading on Matt's iPad. This does not mean I plan on reading this way normally, but it is nice to have the option while I am away from home with no books. I doubt I will buy any books though - what's the point of buying something I can never touch? Can get free books from the library as well.