Thursday, December 30, 2010

Oldies, but Goodies

This past Monday I got together with some dear friends that I have known for at least a decade. We reunited for a little spa day and dinner and of course to catch up on one another's latest happenings.

It was just as much fun as the good ol' days and we are now thinking a spa day after the hectic holiday rush will become our tradition.

I love good friends that you haven't seen in a while and yet when reunited it feels like no time has passed at all.

Love you all ladies, can't wait for next year's spa day!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Twas the Night before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

~Clement Clarke Moore~

One of my very favorite poems for the Christmas season.

I hope everyone has a wonderful & joyous Christmas day with all your loved ones.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A birthday celebration.

I had a wonderful birthday dinner last night with my dear friends.

It's gonna be another good year--I can just tell!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Gallivan Center and Gourmandise

Have I mentioned that I love ice skating?

Well I do, I'm no Nancy Kerrigan, but I can hold my own on the rink.

Saturday some friends and I went to celebrate my friend's birthday at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake.

Round and round the rink we skated, laughing and observing others and their skills or lack of.

On the observing of fellow ice skaters my friend Brian noticed a girl--probably mid 20's-- that had fallen and when she got up from her fall he noticed she'd peed her pants. Now if that were me, I'd march myself right out of there and go home. Not this brave soul, she kept ice skating and just pulled her shirt down. Brave souls out there I tell ya!

Then another brave man or just a pure idiot was spotted by another friend. He had a gun, very noticeably attached to his belt. Fifteen minutes later the cops came and he was questioned and escorted out.

Afterwards we walked to Gourmandise and had ourselves some yummy sandwiches, soup and pastries.

Oh how I love ending an evening with good company and pastries. Truly doesn't get better than that.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Mo-Tab & David Archuleta

In all my year's in Utah I have never been to the Mormon Tabernacle Christmas Concert.

So when I got the invite to go, of course I jumped on that train. Plus squeaky-clean & cute-as-a-button David Archuleta was the special guest so that only added to my excitement.

It was so great to hear the choir live and to be in the amazing conference center. It really felt like the Holiday season was official with all the Christmas music and cheer of being around temple square.

Random thing happened as the concert ended and I was getting my coat on.

This guy kept looking at me and finally came up to me and said, 'Alicia is that you?'

I chuckled{kindly of course} and said, 'No I'm sorry, I'm not Alicia.'

He quickly scurried off. Not sure if it was a weak, very weak pick-up line or if I have a doppleganger out there named Alicia.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Let it Snow

{Pic taken last winter by Utah Lake}
I looked out the window this morning to finally see a bit of snow on the ground, thank goodness!

There's only a little, but it's much better than nothing. It's December and we've hardly gotten any snow--even our 'blizzard of the century' was a doozy.

A white Christmas is a must in my opinion--still hoping for it.

Please pull through Mother Nature.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

It's a disease.

in·de·ci·sive (nd-ssv)
1. Prone to or characterized by indecision; irresolute: an indecisive manager.
2. Inconclusive: an indecisive contest; an indecisive battle.
3. Not clearly defined; indefinite: indecisive boundaries running through mountainous terrain.

inde·cisive·ly adv.
inde·cisive·ness n.

I need to find a quick cure for this disease I have lately.
If you know it--send it my way asap.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Tis the Season...

To watch all those favorite holiday movies{Elf, The Holiday, The Family Stone, etc}.
To listen to all those Christmas songs that make your heart all warm & fuzzy.
To sit by the Christmas tree all aglow with a cup of hot cocoa.
To go see the magical lights at temple square.
To ponder on the birth of our Savior.

My favorite time of year is back and I only wish it lasted a little bit longer.

But I'm happily going to savor each bit of it because:


Monday, November 29, 2010

Your Song

Love this song from one of my most favorite movies Moulin Rouge--found this version and am really diggin' it!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Last Thanksgiving I was here:

It was so wonderful to wake up to the sound of waves crashing, an agenda of absolutely nothing other than making sure my tan was even, eating pineapple galore and reading a good book. It truly was a slice of heaven.

But I missed having the traditional family Thanksgiving we have every year where I pack up my overnight bag and head to my parents place. My brothers are up early for the turkey bowl, my mom, sister-in-law's and I are in the kitchen baking away and the aroma's of turkey, stuffing, pies, rolls, & potatoes fill the air. After enjoying a delicious meal, we all go put on our sweats & head to the family room to watch movies.

So I am eager as can be for tomorrow's traditions!

Thanksgiving always gets me thinking of how thankful I am for everything I have. The list truly is so long it could go on forever, which that in itself is something to be thankful for. Lately my thoughts of gratitude are for the same things they are every year, but with deeper appreciation for those things such as the gospel, family, friends, having a job, and having good health.

So here's to another year of gratitude--Happy Thanksgiving!