just busy, so the blogging has suffered! Anyway, here’s the recap of this past week:
Monday night was the UVa Alumni Club of Houston Holiday party. It was fun! It was at a huge house in River Oaks, the fancy pants neighborhood in Houston. I didn’t have house-envy, I had furniture-envy! The home had room after room full of lovely furniture!
Tuesday night was the Development department’s holiday party at Buca di Beppo. I had never been there before – so I was glad to get to try it, but not sure I am rushing to go back. We were supposed to be in the Pope room, but somehow we got bumped from there and got put into a room that was slightly too small for the number of folks we had. We also did a white elephant gift exchange, and this is what I ended up with:
It is a handmade heart-shaped basket, made by someone with disabilities at the Brookwood community. I thought it was really sweet, and was glad no one stole it from me! LB said no one else really wanted it, which was just fine with me!
Wednesday was a late work night for me – I didn’t leave until around 7pm! and then I attempted to find some velvet pants in Rice Village, which was a mistake. It was packed and I was tired and not really in the shopping mood. Needless to say, I ended up empty handed. That night I started to really feel sick – couldn’t breath through my nose! And I am a horrible sick person – feel bad for Boom when he has to deal with me.
Thursday I had some blood taken – 8 vials! It was a lot – I was afraid I wasn’t going to have enough blood left! But I do think it contributed to me feeling sick and bad. Blah. To add insult to injury, we had to fly to Charlotte for less than 24-hours for a work party! Traveling whilst sick is not all that fun.
But it was nice to meet all the peeps at Boom’s firm, granted I’ll likely only see them once a year, but still nice to meet folks. It was weird, as when we were in RIC, I knew everyone! and here I was the random satellite office wife.
Getting home on Friday was slightly painful. Our flight was delayed a couple hours, due to no crew. I guess the crew had gotten in late Thursday night, and FAA regulations state that pilots have to have at least 8 hours off, but we didn’t hear any of that until after the crew finally arrived. And then the fog was so thick, I was afraid we would be delayed due to poor visibility! But we weren’t. Just too bad that we had gotten up at 4am our time – so made for a tiring day at work.
I had brought in some holiday gifts for my supervisor and the big bosses, and handed them out when I got to work on Friday:
Since it is all about the packaging, I thought they turned out pretty cute! I wish I had had more time to make hot chocolate mix to give out in jars (I had seen it on a blog, but can’t find the post anymore!). Maybe next year. Boom and I were exhausted on Friday night, so it was a good night to stay in and chill out.
Saturday we went Christmas shopping – we divided and conquered and so we were done by noon! Lots of sales going on, due to pre-xmas sales as well as the down economy. We had some friends come over that night, which was great and I hope to do more of entertaining at home once we get more furniture. EK brought me an Xmas gift – and it was so cute:
Quite a surprise and just so cute! And fitting! I was just thinking the other day, I basically collect cookbooks. I just love them. Wish I loved cooking as much as looking at cookbooks, but maybe that will follow.
Sunday morning I went to yogidy, then Marm and Dad came into town! We went to Ruggles Green for lunch, which was quite good! They gave us 2 desserts for free, since they forgot to place Marm’s order. I will def go back – good food, green, and good customer service! Then it was downtown for Handel’s Messiah. I enjoyed it, but I don’t think it was the boys fav. Once Yarbs posts, I’ll be able to show photos from Sunday. And it is getting cold again, so much more approp for this season.
A short work week and then Christmas! Where did 2008 go? (BTW, I am sending out new years cards, as I didn’t have my stuff together enough to send out Xmas cards.) 2009 is going to be a good year – I can just feel it!