Monday, December 22, 2008

Merry Christmas: Good-bye, Home; Hello, Chicago

I have been doing some serious traveling this year.

It always seems like that, though. Two years I won't go anywhere, and then the next year I'll take three trips in twelve months to make up for it. Before this year, the last flight I took was going to Orlando for my honeymoon three years ago. Now, this will be the third trip this year I've taken, and I'm heading to the Windy City.

And I'm slightly terrified. It's cold up there. REALLY cold. Like in the negatives.

I've never experienced cold like that before.

I've reconsidered my clothing for the week, even though the weather man up there says it's going to warm up. But I was in Boston when it “supposedly” was 60 degrees, and I nearly froze. So this time, I'd like to pack better.

Superman is heading off to wonderful places such as Los Angeles and Hawaii for two weeks (and I'm having to basically kick him out of the house to go – he hates traveling without me. Now, everyone, say it together: “Aww...”) so I'm heading to Chicago with relatives. And I am not anticipating that I'll have Internet connectivity until Dec. 31 or later. I know you're all tearing up with sadness. ;)

Also, I'd like to thank Rachel for the following bloggy award (my first! Yea!):

I'm supposed to tell ten things about myself that I normally wouldn't tell people, soooo – here goes!

1.I fell in love with my husband when I first saw him. Well, maybe not in “love,” but he caught my eye. And I wanted to be his friend. And I was. We were close friends for about a year before we started dating.

2.I've written stories from my imagination since as far back as I can remember. My mom even bound one “book” I wrote in the second grade. One of my teachers called me a “compulsive writer.” And she's completely right. I HAVE to write. I have to get the stories out. Crazy, I know.

3.I love clean houses, but my house is never clean. Never spotless. Maybe “straightened up,” whatever that means, but it's never completely clean.

4.I want to snowboard and learn how to surf. It's on my “To-Do-Before-I-Have-A-Baby” List. I have gone parasailing, hang gliding, and diving, though. And a cool pilot let me fly a two-seater plane. But I don't want to skydive. I think that's weird (that I don't want to; not skydiving in general).

5.I may have gotten kicked out of grad school at one point. MAY have.

6.I took my first flight when I was in eighth grade, and it was too Hawaii. However, my mom and I almost had to get off the plane because (as it was the first plane ride for both of us), we didn't realize how small the seats were. And we're VERY claustrophobic. It was highly uncomfortable. I love flying now – as long as I am NEAR a window. On the way back from Jamaica in college, I was in the middle of the last row on a HUGE plane – it was bad. I had to keep my head between my legs pretty much the entire way back.

7.I can write it – but I can't speak it. My mouth doesn't work as well as my fingers do. That probably doesn't make sense, but maybe it does.

8.I was a “dramatic” child. My mom said I lied a lot. My grandmother said I needed to be an actress. Then I went into public relations.

9.Everything I DIDN'T want to do, I ended up doing – and liked it. I didn't want to go to the college I attended. Now I LOVE it. I didn't want to teach. And what do I do? Teach.

10.However, as a side note to No. 9, I flipped a coin to decide which school to attend.

And, therefore, I would like to pass this award to newly-married Brooke. She's an awesome girl, and I'm glad she found her Mr. Right! ;)

So, Merry Christmas, everyone, and I hope you have a fabulous holiday with family and friends. And, just so I won't forget, may I present the winners of the PIFG (yes, a day or two early; who doesn't like some early Christmas cheer?):

Sarah M. -- Sarah Short and Gaudy

Jackie at Our Moments, Our Memories

Mrs. N at All That Naz

And, guys, just e-mail me your home addresses, and I'll try to get those shipped out tomorrow. If not, it'll be after I return from Chicago (so sorry! I really have horrible timing).

Again, Merry Christmas to all!


Beth said...

okay, here is what you need, long sleeved t-shirts in multiple colors, wear two of them at a time UNDER a sweater..... ahhh.... and carry around a cup of hot tea. THEN you are "golden"! HAVE FUN!!! I am heading SOUTH SOOn!!!

Beth said...

ha! i just noticed that I am wearing a blue t-shirt under a gray t-shirt and black sweater in my profile pic! I should not be surprised! that is how i dress pretty much every day for work... really, it is my goal each day to figure out how to create THREE layers... yep... three!

Sarah M. said...

We'll be driving thru Chicago tomorrow and also on Sunday. It's wicked cold right now. Even for us used to it. I hear it is supposed to warm up.... you know to like 20 degrees....
Thank you for the prize! I guess I'll have to find out what the rules are, to do my own!

Sherry said...

Congrats on your award!

Yes, I would layer up for the trip. Beth should know. She is experiencing negative temps this week! We will be in the single digits tonight. I'll be turning up the electric blanket :)

Have a good time and stay warm!

Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Awww...don't be scared of our cold weather. Just be sure to bring a COAT!!! And just layer up! You will love it. I hope you have a fabulous time and I will look forward to hearing all about it when you get back!
btw...we are supposed to have a "warm up" but more snow...we'll see!
Merry Christmas!

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...
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Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

I cannot tell you how much I relate to #7. That is me all over the place.

We went to Chicago 3 or 4 years ago during Thanksgiving, and I have NEVER ever been that cold in my life (and I grew up in Indiana, so I was used to the cold). We bundled up and walked for awhile one evening, and when we got back to our hotel, it literally took me three hours to warm up, huddled under mounds of blankets and drinking hot chocolate. All that to say...take many, many, many layers. But it is a great city, I loved visiting, and I know you'll have a great time.

So excited I won! Thank you! I'll be emailing you...

Brooke said...

Merry Christmas!! and bundle up!

I froze in Wisconsin in October. Sure it was in the 50s, but i had on several layers and was still chilly!

My first bloggy award! Now to stress about what secrets to tell.

MInTheGap said...

Number 7 makes a lot of sense. You can get a lot of thoughts down on paper much faster than you can get them out of your mouth!hantem

Trying to Stay Calm! said...

Merry Christmas my dear precious friend! ♥ Hugs :) Shauna

Gayle @ thewestiecrew said...

Hi there! I sure hope you aren't becoming an icicle as I type this. Chicago is one COLD place... :)

Anyway, numbers 3, 7, and 8 I completely relate to! ;)

LittlePeopleWealth said...

How was your Chicago trip? It is super cold up there :(