Monday, December 29, 2008

Another quick note...

So the holidays are here and gone... well only half way gone that is. Christmas is over but New Years is right around the corner. So while I'm at work for the next 3 days, I'll take a moment to blog.

My Christmas this year was great! Just enough time spent with everyone, and not enough time in one place to get too bored. I even got to go skiing and play in some snow... well before it all melted. I even got some great new gifts from my mom and dad, including a leaf blower for my yard and an ice cream maker for the house.

Well, looks like I'm out of time. Checkout my facebook page to see more pictures. Hope your holiday was as good as mine!

Oh yea, one more thing... I've already raised $1,135.00 towards the MS150_2009! Thanks to everyone who has helped out. I'll be sending out thank you letters shortly, I promise.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Whew... it's the holidays.

Well. The holidays are in full swing, and I'm exhausted already! The good news is that I got most of my Christmas shopping done this past weekend. Now I just have to figure out how to get it all home. These new fees for checked bags are really becoming a pain in my ass. Someone please explain that to me. Gas prices are the lowest they've been since like 1990 and yet the airlines are still charging for extra bags. At first they tried to claim that increased gas prices were responsible for the baggage surcharge, but now that prices have dropped, don't you agree that the surcharge should go away also? Anyway, enough of that rant.

Lots of other fun things happened this weekend too. First, I got my new wine rack in the mail. It took about an hour to assemble, but it is awesome. I really like how there is a drawer, wine glass storage, and 20 wine bottle storage spots. Plus, it looks great in my living room.

I also was able to get in a 35-40 mile bike ride Sunday morning with the guys from AustinBikes. I rode about 50 minutes with them until I got dropped about 15 miles into the ride. The head wind was about 25mph from the south, so as soon as I dropped off the back, there was no way that I was catching up. Though it felt good to stick with them for a while, and I think next time I'll do even better. What was nice, was the 25mph tail wind on the way back into Austin. It made for an enjoyable ride back, even though my legs were burnt up.

Well that's about it. I've got work to do and then a bit more Christmas shopping before the holidays are over. I hope everyone has a Magical Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

A quick note

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and we are officially wrapped into the holiday season. I'm happy to say that after Thanksgiving dinner, the weekend was as calm as can be. There were no plans made, and no places to rush off to. It was a nice relaxing weekend. Of course the day before... well that was a different story. The night before Thanksgiving, I stayed up until 3am making tiny little chocolate cakes and tiny cheesecakes. Okay, I definitely went overboard, but it was super fun! Check out my facebook page if you haven't seen the pictures yet. I always forget how much work it is to make a cake until I get back into it. Just the prep work alone, takes hours. I probably spent most of the 6 hours prepping the piping bags and getting the icing colored just the way I wanted it, then of course, cleaning up. But in the end, it was all worth it. The cakes tasted so yummy, and they were really cool. Though I think i've learned that it's best just to choose one dessert to focus on, instead of trying to make lots of them. Hopefully I'll remember that next time I have to bake.

Now, it's off to Florida to watch my friend, Rachael, get married. Yes, she's having a Disney wedding, and it's going to be awesome! I'm super excited for her, of course, and I'm also excited becuase I get to go to Disney! My parents are also flying down for the wedding, so It'll be good to spend a few days with them. We'll be hitting all the theme parks and universal studios. The nice part about this trip, is that I won't feel rushed. I've been to Disney so many times, that if I don't make it on ALL the rides, it will be okay. We'll probably just make sure we hit the good ones like splash down mountain, the runaway train, and space mountain.

Well, that's all the time I have. Now it's back to packing and getting ready to leave.