I started Christmas day by opening presents with Alan. I got a snuggie, warm wool socks, fastbreaks, a coupon for a massage, and a coupon for workout clothes from him. It was wonderful to take a few minutes and remember the real reason for celebration as well. After Alan went to bed, I headed up to Greeley to spend the day with Dave and Kayleen. We visited. Kayleen and I made tasty treats. We watched HGTV. The Browns and Tuttles (Kayleen's side of the family) came for Christmas dinner. We just enjoyed chatting, laughing, and each other's company.
After dinner was over and everyone left, I drove home so that I could pick Alan up in the morning and bring him back to Greeley for our Hunt family celebration the next day. It was snowing pretty heavily in Denver, so I got to witness a snowy Christmas evening on top of all the beautiful white snow on the ground.
We got about 7 inches over the past 2 days.
Well, I was somewhat productive this Christmas Eve... I got a haircut, went to workout, went to the grocery store, made chicken noodle soup, talked with my family, made goodies for Alan's ICU buddies, watched It's a Wonderful Life, spoke some to the Savior that entered the world as a child, and drank some candy cane peppermint tea. I'm off to the ICU in a few minutes to deliver the goodies.
Wonderful words, the Good News...
Today was such a lazy day. We had beautiful snow all day with huge, wet flakes. I just watched it from inside until Alan and I ventured out in the afternoon to do some final Christmas shopping done. I've had a blanket wrapped around me all day because we turned the heat down after an absurdly high electric/gas bill this month! Good grief! I can't wait til spring!
On another note... I've been inspired to experience a new area of cooking by my friend Lindsey. Click here to see her tutorials on making chicken stock and homemade chicken noodle soup. Tonight I made White Chicken Chili and used a rotisserie chicken for the meat. See the picture of leftovers. I then followed Lindsey's steps to make chicken stock out of my leftover rotisserie chicken. Picture below is the final product. I will let it sit in the fridge all night long and make homemade chicken noodle soup on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. I may even venture to make homemade bread to eat with it! I love having time to do things like this.
Side note: I hate shopping at the Walmart near our house. Today, I felt like a criminal because all of the electronics are locked up. I'm not even talking just I Pod's and Wii's. I'm talking car chargers, blackberry skins, earphones, etc. After about 20 minutes, I finally got someone's attention to free the item that I needed, only to find that I couldn't even take it with me anywhere in the store, but that they would hand it directly to the cashier and I had to buy it right there! I didn't know that and still had a few things I needed to buy, so I got to wait in line twice. Next thing I know, I bet the lettuce will be in a cage and socks will have sensors! I may think twice about going back to shop there for such items and head to another store where I can freely browse and examine the items I want to buy.
When we walked in the door to our house, we were greeted by a very happy dog and by a really cute gift from my friend Becca, who watched Nigel for us when we were away. I thought I would share the gift with you, in case you need ideas for next year.
Alana came over for a while in the afternoon and helped us plan a little for our Europe trip. Woo hoo!
Also notice in the above picture that Stephanie and Stacy are both holding dogs that our drinking out of their glasses. My parents' house was basically run by the dogs this weekend (there were 4!) I can't imagine what would have happened if we would have added Nigel to the mix! Maybe next year?
And, I'm really sad, but I didn't get a picture of our little Russellville friends reunion this afternoon. Lauren, Warren, Ryan, Laura, Alan, and I went to La Huerta's for lunch and then to Lauren's house to hang out and visit (Meggie we missed you!). I so enjoyed catching up on what everyone is doing. It was also really fun to reminisce about elementary school through high school with them. Although we are all in different places in life right now, we have the connection of a shared childhood and adolescence. No one quite knows you the same without this connection.
Soon after we got back from the friends reunion, Charlie (Stephanie's husband) made it into town. We proceeded to go to Madame Wu's for dinner (which so happens to be one of the Galbo Christmas traditions). It was delicious as usual. You just can't have a Christmas without egg drop soup, Triple Delight, Cashew Chicken, Mandarin Shrimp, and a fortune cookie.
- Went to work and got all paperwork done before noon.
- Alan went to the bank and post office.
- Participated in work Christmas party.
- Alan packed his bags after sleeping for ~ 3 hours.
- Eric took us to the airport and we had about 45 minutes til boarding.
- Made it through security and to our gate in record time, giving us about 15 minutes of down time before boarding.
- Wonderful direct flight to Tulsa and wonderful family to come and pick us up!
- 3 hour drive back to Russellville.
- Visited with the fambrilie (that is Galbo talk for family- hehe) before heading to bed.
- Ah to be near loved ones.
It was a very productive day. I only treated 1 kid though!!!! I had my employee evaluation in the morning, right smack dab in the middle of when I normally see kids at one of my elementary schools. However, when I ran back to the school after my evaluation was over, all the kiddos were absent! So, I ran a home exercise program over to a middle school student, then headed back to the office. I called the help desk and got my printers reinstalled on my laptop (this will save my life when I have to print out all of my Medicaid billing information on Friday!) My printers got erased when they fixed my computer from the virus. Then... our PT team cleaned out our entire warehouse full of equipment from 12 to 4:30. I WISH I had a before and after picture. The warehouse was so stuffed full of random, broken, old, and actually some good equipment that you could hardly get to what you wanted. I think I discovered half of the stuff in there today! It will be SO more useful now and we have room for our new equipment that is coming on FRIDAY!!!! Yay for stimulus money!
After work, I came home and told Alan I was stressed because I hadn't gotten my paperwork done for the day that I needed to do, but I still wanted to make Christmas goodies for our small group friends tonight. So, my sweet husband went to Wal-mart and King Soopers for me and picked up the supplies to make goodies while I worked on paperwork. Then, we frantically made chocolate covered pretzels and oreos and reindeer cookies. Yum! See picture below. We raced over to Bob and Kyla's (we actually ended up being the first ones there!). Then we had fun catching up on Bob and Kyla's baby and adoption stories. Plus, we got to gaga over baby Ezra. He's such a beautiful baby. Now, I have written one more evaluation report for a meeting tomorrow morning and successfully blogged. Soon, I will be waking my husband up from a quick night nap, so he can attempt to stay up all night (he works tomorrow). I don't know how he does it. Speaking of... I'm headed towards bed as well. I need a good rest if I'm going to meet my productivity needs tomorrow! Christmastime is a busy time!
Finally... I'm bored. Being sick is no fun and because of it I missed out on 5 days that my husband had off work. :( We were planning on spending lots of quality time together. Instead, I spent lots of time keeping him awake coughing and asking him for favors. I know I'm being pouty, but I'm allowed to right? Okay, maybe not, but I guess I am anyways. All that to say: I will be so glad to feel better so I can:
1) Go work out again at 24 hour fitness
2) Go to church
3) Have energy with kiddos
4) Be able to cook a meal for my husband
5) Clean the house
6) Hang the Christmas lights
7) Do some Christmas shopping (and clothes shopping)
8) Not be emotional
9) Slow down on the neti-pot usage
10) Feel like the good ol' Susan again.
Slept in, went to workout, cleaned the house, got ready for the Parade of Lights. The Parade of Lights is the Christmas Parade in Denver. The windchill was below 0! Unfortunately Sarah and Nicole took most of the pics on their cameras, so this is the only one I have from the night. Sarah and Carissa look cute though! I'll try to post the rest when they put up the pictures. After the parade, we went to Panera for dinner and to warm up. Then we went back to our house to hang out. Unfortunately, I think the cold got to me because as soon as everyone left, I started feeling really bad! At least I had a little fun before getting sick. Hopefully I can recover before Monday.
First of all:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!!!!!
I love you very much and miss you! You have been such an example in my life of how learning and faith are so closely tied together. You have taught me about hard work, following God's calling on your life in every stage, critical thinking, and I have learned a corny joke or two from you :). I was always a daddy's girl and in many ways we're so similar. I hope I can be like you "when I grow up."
I finally went to 24 hour Fitness! I was just too busy earlier this week to make it, but I went tonight after Alan left for work. I ran for a half hour, then lifted weights for a half hour. I can't currently lift my arms above my head, but other than that- I feel great! I did finish off the evening with a bowl of fudge brownie icecream (good thing my goal at working out is not to lose weight- hehe). I saw my pro-fitness competitor co-worker at the gym. I bet I will see her there a lot as she was still working out when I left and I think had been since she got done with work (it was around 8 when I left). Crazy! She is quite beastie though :).
Gotta love Denver.... this picture explains it all. I'm sleeping with the space heater on tonight!
Alan and I are celebrating Advent this year by doing daily readings each night and lighting the advent candles. We are using World Vision's advent calendar. We just have it on our computer as a pdf file. If you want me to email it to you, just comment with your email address. It does promote some of world vision's projects, but it is nice because it has a global focus. See my little advent display below.
It has been really good so far to focus our minds on what this season is about and be intentional about waiting for Emmanuel to speak to us. Tonight there was a quote that really stuck out to both of us:
"Active waiting means to be present fully to the moment, in the conviction that something is happening where you are and that you want to be present to it."
So often I get in a hurry to plan my future and take action. I forget that God has a plan for my life and that plan is not 20 years later, that plan is NOW. The moment that I am living in is part of God's plan for me. He is using this moment to shape me, to be with me, to create new life in me.
Next month we are reading: The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall- it's suppose to be crazy and good and mind boggling all at the same time. I'll let you know how it is!
1) Go to dashboard
2) On the bottom half of the page there is a tab called "Blogs I Follow"
3) You have to follow all of the blogs you want updated (or you have to enter them all in by html address on the Blog List gadget)
4) You can either follow them publicly or blindly- it doesn't matter for the blog roll
5) Go to Layout
6) Click "Add a Gadget" on the right side
7) Find the gadget called "Blog List"
8) Title the blog list whatever you want and pick the items you want to display on the sidebar of your blog
9) Click Add to List, then click "Blogs I'm Following"
10) Enjoy instant updates of when new posts come up on your favorite blogs!
*I mainly did this because I was wasting time going to every blog site that I was interested in to see if they had reposted or not. Since most people don't post that often, this is a great way to keep current without draining time!
After listening to Christmas music on the way home, I decided that today would be a good day to put up decorations. Yay Christmas! Here are pics of us putting up the tree and then the living room with its final decorations.