Friday, December 26, 2008


Gabe & Erin's dog, Wanda, is doing amazingly well after recovering from a horrible accident and losing one of her legs.  Watching this dog you don't even realize that she was close to death at one point and has survived multiple surgies.  She gives me courage for all injured animals and people.  Something can be said for the spirit of animals and their positive attitudes despite the circumstances!  

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Gift Wrapping Advice for Men

My mother sent me this article written by Dave Barry. Very appropriate for this time of year:

Gift Wrapping Advice For Men
This is the time of year when we think back to the very first Christmas, when the Three Wise Men; Gaspar, Balthazar and Herb, went to see the baby Jesus. According to the Book of Matthew, they, "presented unto Him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

These are simple words, but if we analyze them carefully, we discover an important, yet overlooked theological fact: There is no mention of wrapping paper. If there had been wrapping paper, Matthew would have written, "And lo,the gifts were covered in 600 square cubits of papyrus which was festooned with depictions of people crafted in snow." And Joseph threw the wrapping away but Mary commandeth him, saying, "Stop dear husband! Discard notthe papyrus! It shall be useful in our later years!" And Joseph did roll his eyes. And the baby Jesus was more interested in the papyrus than the gold, frankincense or myrrh.

These words do not appear in the Bible, which means that the very first Christmas gifts were NOT wrapped. This is because the people giving those gifts had two important characteristics:
1. They were wise.
2. They were men.

Men are not big gift wrappers. Men do not understand the point of putting paper on a gift just so somebody else can tear it off. This is not just my opinion: This is a scientific fact based on a statistical survey of two guys I know. One is Rob, who said the only time he ever wraps a gift is "if it's such a poor gift that I don't want to be there when the person opens it." The other is Gene, who told me he does wrap gifts, but as a matter of principle never takes more than 15 seconds per gift. "No one ever had to wonder which presents daddy wrapped at Christmas," Gene said. "They were the ones that looked like enormous spitballs." I also wrap gifts, but because of some defect in my motor skills, I can never completely wrap them. I can take a gift the size of a deck of cards and put it the exact center of a piece of wrapping paper the size of a regulation volleyball court, but when I am done folding and taping, you can still see a sector of the gift peeking out. (Sometimes I camouflage this sector with a marking pen.) If I had been an ancient Egyptian in the field of mummies, the lower half of the Pharaoh's body would be covered only by Scotch tape.

On the other hand, if you give my wife a 12-inch square of wrapping paper, she can wrap a C-130 cargo plane. My wife, like many women, actually likes wrapping things. If she gives you a gift that requires batteries, she wraps the batteries separately, which to me is very close to being a symptom of mental illness. If it were possible, my wife would wrap each individual volt.

My point is that gift-wrapping is one of those skills like having babies that come more naturally to women than to men. That is why today I am presenting:


*Whenever possible, buy gifts that are already wrapped. If, when the recipient opens the gift, neither one of you recognizes it, you can claim that it's myrrh.

*The editors of Woman's Day magazine recently ran an item on how to make your own wrapping paper by printing a design on it with an apple sliced in half horizontally and dipped in a mixture of food coloring and liquid starch. They obviously smoke crack.

*If you're giving a hard-to-wrap gift, skip the wrapping paper! Just put it inside a bag and stick one of those little adhesive bows on it. This creates a festive visual effect that is sure to delight the lucky recipient on Christmas morning. Imagine the conversation:

YOUR WIFE: Why is there a Hefty trash bag under the tree?
YOU: It's a gift! See? It has a bow!
YOUR WIFE (peering into the trash bag): It's a leaf blower.
YOU: Gas-powered! Five horsepower!
YOUR WIFE: I want a divorce.
YOU: I also got you some myrrh.

In conclusion, remember that the important thing is not what you give, or how you wrap it. The important thing, during this very special time of year, is that you save the receipt.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Lucy my Lu

I'm lucky my husband has a knack for taking pictures because our dog, Lucy, is well documented! I have to share a few photos... Good thing we don't have kids yet because I have a feeling they will feel like the paparazzi are after them :)

Xmas Tree Hunt 08

This was the first year we hunted for our tree with NO snow on the ground! My first thought was this will be easy. Little did I know that even though the trees are easier to get to we would still spend the same amount of time haggling over the perfect tree. I felt like the higher we climbed or the deeper in the forest we went we might find one with a halo of light surrounding it saying "Here I am the best Christmas tree ever". Not enough branches. Too tall. Too small. Too brown. Too Charely Brown. But regardless of which one we picked I think we would have loved it the same as soon as we got home and decorated it....which is exactly what happened! Zach used our new wedding chain saw (timber!) and it was easy for both of us to carry after dealing with firewood all autumn. Lucy had a GREAT time to say the least! She managed to sniff everything within a 5 mile radius of our tree. Good job gang!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Thanksgiving to All

Zach, Lucy, and I had a wonderful trip down to Reno to visit with family and friends. There is always lot's to do and little time to accomplish everything but we managed to have two Thanksgiving dinners, take a drive up to Tahoe, do a little shopping, and I got to babysit my nieces, Callie and Avery. They grow up so quickly so it was a good opportunity for me to get to know them a little better before they are off to college! And I can't believe we don't have any good photo's of Callie. Everyone did a wonderful job cooking and we ate and drank more then we needed but had a wonderful time doing it :) I wish we could visit them ( and Lake Tahoe!) more often.I am so grateful to have such a wonderful family and am happy we could share this holiday together.