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Jack’s back…

Ok, it’s time to decorate the bathroom for fall.  Last year was the first time we decorated for the fall and when I first suggested it Sully was a bit skeptical.  I talked him into it by coming up with a theme he would like, Jack Skellington.  Sully loves Nightmare Before Christmas and I was pretty sure we had plenty of items to help pull the room together.  We did have quite a bit of things and then I spent about twenty dollars to finish the room.

Here are some pictures from last year along with some additions that I added when I decorated yesterday.  Enjoy!

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I ordered this poster off of Amazon for $2, and we got the frame at Michael’s for less than $5 (with a coupon, of course!).

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Sully got this snowglobe for his birthday last year.

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I ordered the Jack Skellington patches off of Amazon.  I think together they were less than $5.  We already had the towels in the linen closet.

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I bought the black dress netting at JoAnns (with another coupon), I think it was two yards.  It was so inexpensive I don’t remember the price.  I had a couple of yards of black lining material that I draped across with the black netting hanging over.  The frame on the upper left holds a reusable shopping bag from The Disney Store.   The black wreath was 40% off at Michael’s.  

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This is a new addition this year.  We bought the hat at Disneyland in July.  It even took a trip down Splash Mountain.

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These mugs are new too.  Sully and I got those last Christmas.  I painted the miniature chest last year, another great find at Michael’s.

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I made the curtains (that hide the closet from view) from broadcloth purchased at JoAnns.   We brought Zero back from our trip to Disneyland last October.

 

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Happy day…

Last night we went to Sully’s mom for our birthday party.  Both of our birthdays are next week, first is Sully’s and then mine the next day.

My sister, Lily, planned the party with Sully’s mom which had an Avengers theme.  Here is a picture of the table.

I wish we had gotten a picture of it during dinner.  We had lasagna, meatballs, sausage and peppers, garlic bread, salad and black olives.  Sully’s mom makes incredible Italian food.  Her father actually came from Italy after WWII and her mother was a second generation Italian.  So when I say her food is amazing, it is actually so much better than that.  

Lily brought this awesome cake.  She has a friend that makes cakes, Lily designed it and the friend put it together.  Sully was quite impressed and said that the cake was pretty tasty.  I am not much of a cake eater, yeah, I know I am weird.  I had a small piece and it wasn’t bad.

We had a fun night and I was glad everyone could be there.  

 

Ok, so my plan to balance everything started  yesterday… 

House  –  …and garage  – 20 min* (yesterday and today) 

School  –  Prepped for next week.

Writing  –  Do blog posts count?  

Fitness  –  stretched (yesterday), stepladder (today)

Me  –  reading (yesterday), watched football (today)

* 20 minutes per job each day.

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All about us…

So, Tuesday night, we relaxed for a bit after Sully’s long day at work.  He reminded me that we were doing our birthday gift exchange.  In my worry about how he was doing during the day I had completely forgotten.  Boo and I dashed out to pick up Panda Express for dinner.  

We exchanged gifts before dinner because Sully couldn’t wait any longer for me to open my gift.  

Look!  A framed still from ‘Thor’, autographed by Chris Hemsworth.  

It even came with a Certificate of Authenticity card with a picture of Chris Hemsworth signing the movie still.

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It’s so beyond awesome.  Thank you to Boo and Sully!  They are the best. 

Boo and I got Sully a video game, Borderlands 2.  He wanted the super cool deluxe set so he pre-ordered it sometime over the summer and it came out today.  The last part being the main reason that we are celebrating our birthdays a week ahead of time.

Sully ooh’d and ahh’d over all of the nifty things in the set.

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In a funk…

I’ve been in a funk most of this week.  It kind of comes and goes but talking to Faith about her recovery from back surgery seemed to make it all a bit clearer.   I spent the morning thinking about how seriously messed up last year was and messed up is putting it lightly and a lot more politely than what really comes to mind.
When I say year, I mean the school year, last year from August to May things were all over the place.  If I were being honest I would say things went bad at the end of April 2011.  Papa was in the hospital or rehab from the first weekend in May through mid July.  The end of that school year was messed up and I really didn’t have anytime to regroup for school to start last year.  I am grateful that we are on the other side of things now but I can’t help but feel the weight of everything that has gone on.

 

It’s understandable that I would be down, it’s only been a few months since we lost Papa, and this month is the six year anniversary of my own mother’s death.  Six years seems like a long time and although I don’t have emotional outbursts on a daily basis I do miss her everyday.  I was 35 years old when my mother passed, clearly I was well into adulthood.  Adult or not, I was devastated.  I spoke with her everyday, sometimes just to ask her about the weather report on the news, or to get a dinner idea.  In the first weeks after she had passed I would go to pick up the phone to ask her about something, only to realize our long distance plan didn’t quite make it to the other side.  It actually took months for me to stop doing that.  

 

Of course, during those same months we were dealing with my father being diagnosed with lung cancer.  In fact, his diagnosis is what may have precipitated my mother’s collapse and subsequent decline.  I honestly believe that the thought of losing my father was too much for her to bear.  He started chemo the day that she was transferred to hospice.  In that same vein, I think my father gave up in his battle with the lung cancer because he couldn’t bear to live without her.

 

I was mad at both of them for a while, although somewhat indirectly, in a mostly head shaking sort of way.  I was not happy with how things happened, obviously, but they did things their own way.  My dad used to always tell me, “you’re making things harder than they need to be.”   When I get really bogged down with all of the ‘what ifs’ I try to remember what he said.   This is hard enough I don’t need to add to it. 

 

I have these moments of sadness and depression but at the end of the day I know there is only so much I can control.  I count my blessings, mainly Sully and Boo.  I hug and kiss them as often as possible and try not to make things harder than they need to be.

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All roads lead to Disneyland…

We are headed to California Adventure today.  

We were excited to see the changes to the entrance to California Adventure as well as the Carsland.

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Here is the Oswald gas station on Buena Vista Street.

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Carsland!

 

 

 

 

 

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The lines were crazy for the rides, 180 minutes for the Radiator Springs Racers.  That’s 2.5 hours!  I couldn’t believe anyone would wait that long.  Crazy!  

 

 

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I was really happy to see the buildings in Radiator Springs.

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After, wandering around Carsland we grabbed lunch, rode the Monsters Inc. ride, did some final shopping and then headed out towards Downtown Disney.  We shopped at World of Disney, Build A Bear and then RideMakerz. Boo got a Disney Exclusive Pirate Bear at BaB and Sully got a Mater at RideMakerz.

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I titled this “All roads lead to Disneyland” because for some reason when we try to leave Anaheim we always get turned around and end up heading back to Disneyland.  It’s literally happened the last five times we’ve left Anaheim.  Even using the GPS we’ve had issues, so now we don’t trust it and we end up going the wrong way.  Seriously, talk about second guessing yourself.  I am making notes for next time.