Thursday, May 24, 2018

That's Just Wrong

As the newlyweds drove off to their lunchtime reception with family and friends, those looking to make a quick buck (or pound) headed to the nearest computer to post their official gift on Ebay.  As of yesterday afternoon, there were 30+ bags with their commemorative items up for auction with prices now ranging from $500 to $13,000.  I haven't read all of the posts, but I don't think you'll find very many with the description "All proceeds to be donated to (insert name of charity)".  No, friends, what you have here is pure greed.  2640 of these bags were made available to a group of select guests - representatives of the charities associated with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, schoolchildren, and residents of the town of Windsor.  They were given a privileged spot to view the arrival and departure of the wedding party and guests and a limited edition official gift on top of that.  It's disgraceful.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wednesday Hodgepodge Volume 353

It's Wednesday, time to Hodgepodge!  Check out Joyce's post here if you'd like to join in.

1.  The last place you visited/patronized where you felt like you were given 'the royal treatment'?

I'd have to say it was at Vic's commissioning.  He was on sea duty and the ceremony was to be on the ship.  We got in late the night before, checked into the hotel, and Vic had to leave before us in the morning.  We drove to the pier and from that moment on, Sophia and I were given the 'royal treatment' - a car was waiting to take us to the brow of the ship, we had an escort who was there to take care of anything we needed, everyone was so attentive and so welcoming.  I think they were so proud of Vic and what he had achieved and everyone was happy for him and us.  It was a magical day.

2.  The last task you completed that was a 'royal pain'?

Trying to get a handle on the filing - ugh, why don't I file things as they come in?.

3.  How have your strengths helped you succeed?  How have your faults hindered you?

I am super organized and I've achieved success in my career by being able to put my hand on anything my boss needs at a moment's notice.  It all comes down to having a system.  My fault is that I don't delegate as I should so I end up doing it all, all the time, often at the expense of working extra hours or weekends.  I don't mind, but I could make it easier on myself if I could learn to delegate.  I guess I don't feel that anyone else can do the job as well as I can and that's wrong because I'm not really giving them a chance, am I?.

4.  If you found a remote that could rewind, fast forward, stop and start time, what would you do with it?

I would rewind time to when my parents were both still alive.  There are so many questions I have now about my parents' lives that I didn't ask - family members I don't know very much about, what life was like for my parents when they were younger, and things about my childhood and my sister's childhood that are sort of blank areas.  The who, what, where, when, and why of many family photographs, that sort of thing.

5.  Any special plans for the Memorial Day weekend?  Will you in some way honor or recognize the meaning of this day (remembering people who did in service to their country)?  Have you ever been to Arlington National Cemetery?  Does your town do anything special to mark the day?

I'll remember my 4th grade crush, Jamie.  One day, someone from the office came into our classroom and took him away and we never saw him again.  His father had been killed in Vietnam.  I found his father's name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC when we visited and said a little prayer for him and his family.  We booked a tour of Arlington National Cemetery on another visit but we were in a tour bus and it was pouring with rain outside.  The windows were fogged with condensation and we really couldn't see anything.  I hope we can go back before we leave the East Coast.  As for local events, there will be ceremonies on all of the military bases in the area.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Did you watch?  Wasn't it fabulous?

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

May Rudolph Day is Coming!

Here's the three day warning for those of you who do not know about Rudolph Day and for those of you who know about it but may not realize that it is coming up this week!

What's Rudolph Day? Here is the definition according to Organized Christmas:
A few years ago, members of our Christmas community began to observe "Rudolph Day" on the 25th of each month.
On that day, we take a few moments to plan some simple tasks for the month ahead, in order to get ready for Christmas Day with plenty of time to spare. By starting early--and working a bit at a time on each month's Rudolph Day--it's easy to prepare for Christmas, save money on gifts, and cut holiday stress.
Here's the annual line-up with the sub-theme in parentheses:

January - Tie Up Loose Ends (gather ideas and organize your Christmas notebook)
February - Begin a Holiday Letter
March - Birthday Gift-Buying Strategy (party planning for the holiday season)
April - Plan Holiday Crafts 
May - Catalog Shopping Tips
June - Recipe Round Up
July - Choose a Holiday Plan (Christmas in July celebration)
August - Craft Control (thinking ahead to Elf on the Shelf)
September - Prepare for Holiday Gifts and Giving
October - Plan Holiday Meals
November - Write Holiday Letter

The bottom line is...prepare for Christmas by doing something every month and make the 25th of each month a Rudolph Day by doing something Christmasy!

Check back on the evening of May 25th to see how I celebrated Rudolph Day.

Monday, May 21, 2018

TBB May Themed Link Ups - Long Weekend Celebrations

Joining in with The Blended Blog for Long Weekend Celebrations.

We're not beach or lake or backyard BBQ lovers so when there's a long weekend coming, we'll usually head off on a field trip.  It's really nice when it's combined with a stay at a B&B or historic inn - we haven't done one of those since last fall so here's one that's not too far away.

Casual elegance: that’s our goal.
Colonial Gardens Bed & Breakfast offers luxury accommodations that will delight and enchant, all within Williamsburg’s city limits. Once you arrive at our historic inn, you will immediately feel both comfortable and pampered. The furniture is rich yet inviting, the linens and fabrics are luxurious yet cozy.  The gardens at our bed and breakfast will beckon you to stop and watch the birds, butterflies and other wildlife in our park-like setting.
What part of the welcome on their website caught my eye first - elegance, luxury, historic, comfortable, pampered - yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes!  Click on luxury accommodations or historic inn above to learn more.

Unfortunately, Vic's travel schedule is pretty packed so I'm not sure we'll be sneaking away for a long weekend celebration any time soon but I'll let you know if we make it here for a visit before we head to the West Coast.

Life Last Week 2018-19

The weather:::
 Low 80s all week and cloudy.  Rain off and on, getting quite stormy at times.

On my reading pile:::
Still working my way through A Woman of Substance also by Barbara Taylor Bradford and picked up Book 4 in the Cavendon series.

On my TV:::
Still with NCIS.

Checked off the list:::
  • Spouses' group event for the month was a visit to the shooting gallery.  I went last year and didn't really enjoy it, not my thing at all, but I did meet up with them for lunch which was fun as always.
  • Took the Forester in for its 60,000 mile service $$$gasp$$$.  If you have kids who don't want to go to college after high school, see if they would be interesting in a trade school course in auto maintenance/mechanics.  I would love to have a mechanic in the family.  New tires will be next before we hit the road cross country.  Drove this loaner for the day - it was easy to spot in the parking lot!
  • Volunteered at the gift shop and ran into one of Vic's former Commanding Officers.  He had lovely things to say about Vic; I know what a hard worker he is but it's so nice to hear someone else praise him for his work ethic.
  • Had dinner Thursday from the drive-thru at the Greek Festival.  Must get a Greek cookbook, the food was amazing.
  • Watched the royal wedding and loved every minute of it.
Crafts roundup:::
Loveseat on hold while Vic is traveling again.  Started my ornament for the Christmas in July swap.

And in other news:::
Sophia decided to switch her teaching emphasis back to English, Grades 5-12, and found out from her adviser that she met all the requirements and could go straight into the Master's program.  She had been considering Elementary Education and needed to take six classes before she could start.

Two-thirds of the way through the month and I'm doing pretty well with my monthly goals.  Start small, that's the key.

I love this arrangement at the gift shop - thinking about making something like this as a craft project.  Found the wooden box piece on sale at Michaels, now I need to work on the bottles.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Certainly unlike any other Royal Wedding I’ve ever watched or read about - enough pomp and circumstance to make it British but modern, inclusive, a bit fiery, full of symbolism, embracing youth and roots and philanthropy, a little sad that Diana was not able to see it. Stunning dress, amazing fashion on the guests, loved every minute of it.

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Royal Wedding is tomorrow!

Just in case you haven't turned on your TV, or read a newspaper or magazine lately, the Royal Wedding is tomorrow.  Prince Henry (Harry) of Wales will marry American Meghan Markle in St. George's Chapel at Windsor. Here's a great little guide to the schedule for the big day.

Apart from the excitement of seeing the bride's dress, I'm also looking forward to seeing if Princess Beatrice can sport even more extreme millinery than the last two creations she donned for a royal wedding (her cousins Peter Phillips' wedding in 2008 and Prince William's in 2011).  How far over the top will she go?