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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Countdown to Christmas


Once you buy the presents, then you have to wrap them. It can be a tedious chore, but over the years, I've chosen to think of it as a way to sit and relax for a few hours in an otherwise hectic time of year.

But before the wrapping comes the choosing of the paper. Each year, I go to Target and peruse the wrapping paper aisle. There's a plethora to choose from to be sure. Cartoon characters and Christmas prints, patterns, and symbols. There's also fancy-schmancy paper with glitter. Target usually has mix and match sets. Once I find one that tickles my fancy, I choose several prints and find the bows and ribbon that match. Sometimes I choose a separate roll of paper for all the other presents--the ones that aren't for the kids and DH and I. That way, they're easily identifiable in the pile.

Our paper this year:


I wasn't especially bowled over by the selection this year. But it is just paper and will end up torn and crumpled on the floor, so I wasn't overly worried about it.



Once the time comes, I set up my station, brew some tea and choose a movie. I usually choose one I've seen many many times. Since I do have to pay attention to what I'm wrapping, I can't pay full attention to the movie, but because I've seen it so many times before, I know where I am in the film by dialogue alone. And when it comes to my favorite, must-watch parts, I can pause from wrapping and do so.

Last night, I really wanted to watch Star Trek, but couldn't find it. I chose my second favorite film, Penelope.

Two of my favorite parts are here...

After the curse is broken (and she's no longer the pig-faced girl) Penelope goes out into the world. She becomes a teacher and, in this scene, it's Halloween. Many of the kids are dressing as Penelope as their costume and of course Penelope spent her whole life looking that way so she's whole-heartedly tired of the whole thing. Anyway, the little girl is lamenting that, "I wanted to be Penelope. Instead, I'm stupid static cling." (See the socks stuck to her and the crazy hair?) To which Penelope replies, "I find it rather refreshing."


And then...


Close to the end, also after the curse is broken, and she goes in search of the one guy who didn't freak out when he saw her pig face. There's more to it, of course, but the kiss is lovely.

Oh--and the YouTube version:


It's quite yummy. And I'll say it again, if you haven't seen this you should. It's just a really cute live action fairy tale.

So...do you enjoy wrapping or is it just a chore?

3 comments:

Regina Richards said...

I always doing the leaving the house presents in a separate paper too. It just makes things so much easier.

Great kiss.

Lara said...

I LOVE to wrap presents--my family thinks I'm nuts, but I really enjoy it for some reason.

Like your paper choices! I can't put bows on mine because my furry beasts tend to eat them... Oh well.

Jen FitzGerald said...

The kiss is pretty awesome, Regina, isn't it?

Lara, I save putting on the bows until we get where we're going on Christmas. That way they don't get smashed during transport. :)

Thanks for stopping by, ladies.

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  • DH = my husband
  • my Brown Eyed Girl = my oldest daughter
  • DD = my Darling Daughter (the younger one)
  • Sonshine or Marching Band Boy = my son
  • NT = the North Texas chapter of RWA
  • RWA = Romance Writers of America

2014 Goals

  • lose weight--get down to 120ish pounds (that's 16 lbs.)
  • pay off the credit card with proofing money
  • create bulb bed/plant bulbs on the side of the house
  • work on back yard
  • bookshelves in living room
  • ramp up proofreading
  • publish three more Romance Writer's Guides books
  • get my son graduated
  • read up on how to make the body work like it's supposed to and help my hubby lose weight and get healthy
  • read 64 books, including 12 books on plotting

Books Read in 2014

  • The Roles We Play by JoAnna Grace
  • Whip Me Up, Tie Me Down by Lavender Daye
  • Game of Fear by Robin Perini
  • Lost in Temptation by Lauren Royal
  • What Wendy Wants by Nikki Sex
  • Improper Proposals by Juliana Ross
  • Kira's Keeper by Jan Schliesman
  • Improper Arrangements by Juliana Ross
  • Improper Relations by Juliana Ross
  • How to Kick Your Fat in the Nuts by T.C. Hale
  • Stop!!! Manifesting Money by D/C Russ
  • A Lady in Defiance by Heather Blanton
  • Secret Obsession by Robin Perini
  • Rebooting Your Life: A 12-Day Program for Ending Stress, Realizing Your Goals, and Being More Productive by Gibbons
  • 30 Daily Weight Loss Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle by Joshua Wylie
  • Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer
  • Coconut Oil Recipes: Nature's Remedy for Health, Beauty, Weight Loss, Allergies & Detoxing by Scarlett Aphra

Books read in 2013

  • Incredibly Delicious Soup Recipes from the Mediterranean by Vasela Tabakova
  • Madam President by Jerry Beller (didn't finish)
  • Kick Menstrual Cramps in the Nuts by T.C. Hale
  • Blurred Lines by Janie Crouch
  • Love Me or Leave Me by Kristine Mason
  • Wish On a Star by Lauren Holly
  • Paradise Valley by Dale Cramer
  • Take a Chance, a Private Delights novel by Lavender Daye
  • Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
  • Protecting Their Child by Angi Morgan
  • Outlaw by Angus Donald (didn't finish)
  • The Warrior by Wanda Ann Thomas
  • Private Designs by Lavender Daye
  • Private Passions by Lavender Daye
  • Northern Lights by Nora Roberts
  • Pick Me by Kristine Mason
  • Kiss Me by Kristine Mason
  • Missing by Beverley Bateman
  • Bedded By Her Bodyguard by Kristi Avalon
  • Playing for Keeps by Jamie Denton
  • Dare You To by Katie McGarry
  • The Cradle Conspiracy by Robin Perini
  • Behind the Lies by Robin Perini
  • Ain't Misbehaving by Molly Cannon (audio book)
  • Undercover Texas by Robin Perini
  • In Her Sights by Robin Perini
  • Christmas Conspiracy by Robin Perini
  • Hunted by Beverley Bateman
  • Private Delights by Lavender Daye
  • Desired & Defended by Kristi Avalon
  • Cowboy in the Crossfire by Robin Perini
  • Finding Her Son by Robin Perini
  • Collision Force by C.A. Szarek
  • A Texas Baby by Linda Warren
  • Highland Moon Sifter by Clover Autrey
  • Trusting Her by Starla Kaye
  • Nurses in Vietnam: The Forgotten Veterans edited/compiled by Dan Freedman and Jacqueline Rhoads
  • Station Hospital Saigon: A Navy Nurse in Vietnam 1963-1964 by LCDR Bobbi Hovis, NC, USN (ret.)
  • Joyful Momma's Guide to Shopping & Cooking Frugally by Kimberly Eddy
  • Home Before Morning: The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam by Lynda Van Devanter
  • Whistling in the Dark by Tamara Allen
  • If it Ain't Love by Tamara Allen
  • The Only Gold by Tamara Allen
  • Downtime by Tamara Allen
  • Off Her Game by Suzan Butler
  • Bet on Love by Barbara Witek
  • The Hand of Vengeance by Mike Mendoza
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (audio book version) by J.K. Rowling
  • Offside by Juliana Stone
  • The Memory of You by Laurie Kellogg
  • Plotting: A Novelist's Workout Guide by Aaron Allston
  • Relentless by Cindy Stark
  • Don't Let Me Go by Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • 100 Ways to Save and Grow Your Money, Financial Fitness for Regular People by Peter Sorrells
  • Short Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer
  • I Want it Now: A Memoir of Life on the Set of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory by Julie Dawn Cole
  • From Dunes to Dior by Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar
  • Aggie's Inheritance by Chautona Havig (didn't finish)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory