35 Days of Celebration: 03

35 Days of Celebration: Day 03This is going to be a mix in progress. I do love spotify, it makes making mixes so easy. A little too easy though, my mix is forever long. However I have all month to narrow it down! I’m also quite excited because my mother has been going through some old boxes and found a bunch of records. Now I also have something to play on the record player for the season including Bing Crosby Christmas, Alvin and the Chipmunks (volume one and two), and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer to name a few. Between the records and my digital mix I will not run short on options. By the end of the month I’ll also have heard a lot of new songs. For now though I have a long digital mix, and although it is really long now (and has quite a few duplicates) by the end of the month it will be widdled and full of my favorites. If you’re interested here is a link to the spotify mix: Christmas 2013. Now I’m all set for Christmas music throughout the month of December.

Until next time
~ Q

35 Days of Celebration
01 | 02

Thirty Day Challenge: Day Six

Day Six: Your Views on Mainstream Music

I guess I don’t really have a preference. I’ll listen to whatever interests me. If it’s an underground band that’s cool, if it’s on the radio constantly that’s fine too. I just like listening to music. I’m the office DJ so that works out. My interests are quite diverse so each day has it’s own theme. For example we have Motown Monday, Two-step Tuesday, Walt Wednesday (where we listen to Disney music), Throwback Thursday and Free choice Friday. Like I said, I don’t really have musical preferences, I listen to most all music.

All music is beautiful ― Billy Strayhorn

Until next time

Previous 30 Day Challenge Posts:
Five Ways To Win My Heart
| Something I Feel Strongly About | A Book I Love | Bullet Your Whole Day | Things You Want to Say to an Ex

Thirty Day Challenge: Day Five

Day Five: Things You Want to Say to an Ex

This one is made painfully simple based on the fact that I don’t have any. I hang out with guys but never really date any. Boring, a bit pathetic, but true. I’d hope I’d be mature enough (and pick well enough) that I could thank any ex of mine for the time, memories, and lessons that being with him gave me. Time will tell if I’m ever that mature.

Until tomorrow

Previous 30 Day Challenge Posts:
Five Ways To Win My Heart
| Something I Feel Strongly About | A Book I Love | Bullet Your Whole Day

35 Days of Celebration: 02

35 Days of Celebration: Day 02Uff da! I am so full I am honestly surprised nothing has burst yet. However it was only the first day of having the extended family in town. There are still two more days to try, although traditionally Sunday is extremely low key. The day started with me turning on the car and hearing the Black Eyed Peas song I Gotta Feeling.

Tonight’s gonna be a good night…

How right the song was. SunriseOn my way to the parents I was greeted with a gorgeous sunrise which helped put me in a good mind set to undertake a new adventure: shopping on Friday. This doesn’t happen. Ever. I don’t really love to shop competitively so Black Friday shopping has never really been my thing. However since the stores we were going to weren’t popular targets for most, it wasn’t such an overwhelming notion to try.

The trip was spear-headed by my oldest sister and her quest to get a hair straightener. Luckily the store she was going to was right next to both a grocery store (since we needed some more staples) and Hobby Lobby. Clearly not the standard stops for the avid shopper. We had a rather successful outing in which we all chose our separate colors of wrapping paper, I claimed black and white chevrons myself. Then we headed home after making one pit stop so I could get a tree stand. Oh how the details elude me – I had a tree skirt but no stand….priorities. Once we got home we continued to hang out until my mother’s extended family started trickling in.

My mother’s two sisters and brother (and their families) come down every year for the weekend. This year was no different. What was different was that before the meal there were house tours and appetizers at my place. I headed home around two with every intention of starting the pinwheels, the warm appetizer I was serving. However as mentioned before sometimes my priorities are a bit out of whack. Instead I decided I really really needed to get my tree stand sorted out. After working on that for ten minutes I finally mentally berated myself enough to get the appetizers prepped and in the oven before continuing with the madness. After fighting with the bolts I was able to get the tree in the stand quite easily…crooked, as my darling sister later pointed out, but in none the less. I was a bit more focused on watering my dying tree and since it’s not even December I wont even begin to worry about how the tree looks.

The evening continued and after we all went through the house and chatted we returned to my parent’s home so the eating could start. And once it started it kept going and going.

Eat through the pain!

Now, five hours later, and I’m still somewhat regretting my food choices. I started off well, but then quickly crumbled. My family knows how to cook and there is just something about Thanksgiving food. Perhaps the fact it’s comprised of the best comfort foods.

The "kids" table (with the adults' table in the background) - I love panorama shots, it results in the best distortions.

The “kids” table (with the adults’ table in the background) – I love panorama shots, it results in the best distortions.

We managed to get everyone off to their various shelters for the night and things are winding down. Which is probably for the best because we all have been fighting off a mass food coma. I can hardly wait for tomorrow for all the games and catching up that will occur. Also, of course, for more food – it’s soups day!!

Until next time
~ Q

35 Days of Celebration

35 Days of Celebration: 01

35 Days of Celebration: Day 01It’s here! The best part? All the time I’ll get to spend with friends and family over the next month. One of the best parts of the holidays is that all my friends that have moved away come home to visit their families. More often then not I get to see them for a cup of coffee at least. Anyway, the season has started and our family kicked it off well. Our Thanksgiving is never really traditional. We (my immediate family) usually have a laid back Thursday since my mom’s family comes down for the entire weekend. This year we had breakfast for dinner before heading out to go Christmas Tree Hunting. I got to help my sister make dinner, under her very watchful eye, which was fun.

What are you doing? This is a very critical moment, the meat is sticking together! ― Bailey

This year was a bit different in that 1) my nephew got to come with us on the hunt (he’s three) and 2) I also had the fun of picking out a tree for my house too. We had a very successful hunt and the three of us (me and my sisters are always the ones that get to pick the tree) were able to agree on a tree in record time. It was quite fun having the whole family along, even though nephew wasn’t super helpful on the narrowing down process. He liked all the trees, but since we couldn’t get them all it was down to the three of us. Christmas Tree Hunting I have an inkling that as the kid gets older his opinion will start to be a factor. Time will tell on that though. So as day one winds down, with all the fun I’ve had with my family so far, I know this next month (and change) will be lots of fun.

Until next time
~ Q

Thirty Day Challenge: Day Four

Day Four: Bullet Your Whole Day

Being ever so clever I wrote out my day in the shape of a bullet. I'm "cool" like that.

Being ever so clever I wrote out my day in the shape of a bullet. I’m “cool” like that.


  • wake up
  • make a mental list (while still in bed) of everything I needed to do today
  • fall back asleep
  • wake up (for real this time)
  • shower
  • get dressed
  • get ready
  • load the car
  • drive to my parents
  • sass/joke around with the family
  • help my sister make lunch
  • welcome my other sister and her family home
  • eat lunch
  • go to the Christmas tree farm to pick out parents & my tree
  • find a tree and cut mine to bring home
  • return to the parents
  • take a nap
  • wake up and play with the nephew
  • eat supper
  • spend time with the family
  • return to my house
  • sweep the basement
  • chill out
  • sit down to blog
  • go to sleep (hasn’t happened yet, but will do that next)

Until tomorrow

Previous 30 Day Challenge Posts:
Five Ways To Win My Heart
| Something I Feel Strongly About | A Book I Love


Thirty Day Challenge: Day Three

Day Three: A Book I Love

SUCH A HARD QUESTION! Mainly because I love so many books. I’ve recently been jonesing to reread the Harry Potter series.

Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home. ― J.K. Rowling

However I will always have to go back to the first literary character I fell in love with: Sherlock Holmes. (Not a new subject for me, my ‘love’ has been documented a handful of times on my blog, most notably here). My favorite book, however, isn’t by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Although it may not be ‘cannon’ I still love it. A book I keep coming back to time and time again is The Beekeepers Apprentice by Laurie R. King (you may recall that I pulled a sentence from the book for yesterday‘s post and have referenced it several times (1 | 2 | 3) in my blog as my favorite book, at least I am consistent in this). I first came across this audiobook when I was in my teens (12-15 and it was on a cassette tape). I was happy, a couple of years later, when I came across the physical book in a book store and thoroughly delighted when, upon reading the book, I realized I had only ever listened to the abridged version. So many more adventures to experience with Russell and Holmes!

TheThe Beekeepers Apprentice Beekeeper’s Apprentice was the only book I took with me when I moved to Rome for the semester. It’s my go to book when I go to venues or have some downtime for some reading (and am not in the middle of a book). As a result there are a handful of ticket stubs and memories from past musicals tucked away. It’s fun to flip to a random stub and start reading from that point. I’ve read it enough that it only takes a paragraph or two for me to remember the back story up to the point that I’m reading. Like I said, it’s hard to pick a favorite, but this book will always be up at the top of list.

Until tomorrow
~ Q

Previous 30 Day Challenge Posts:
Five Ways To Win My Heart | Something I Feel Strongly About