So here I sit...

Instead of tackling all the 101 things I need to do before we head to Chicago for Christmas at my brother's on Sunday...I'm at my 'puter. I have started cleaning the bathroom and the shower curtain is in the washing machine, but I still need to print my Christmas letter, get my cards put together and mailed, clean the rest of the house (Hurricane Dane has once again taken its toll), wrap a buttload of stuff, buy stocking stuffers and a few last-minute gifts, get another run or two in (including a 10-11 miler tomorrow), ship stuff to DH's grandma in OH, pack, etc.

Ugh. I have no motivation.



Party Hearty!

Tomorrow my brother receives his master's degree in Computer Science from IIT, so after I drop Dane off at school today I will be driving the rest of the way to Chi-town to hang with my bro' and the 'rents for the weekend. I'm looking forward to a mini-vacation with the fandamily. After Grant's ceremony we're planning to hit up a pub with 100 high falutin' beers...mmm....beer.

When I return I need to take a moment to post about what happens when little boys go snooping and find their Santa gift.





Dane and I just caught this film yesterday...and it was just as fantastic as the reviewers have said almost unanimously. Fun, charming, and such a cute tongue-in-cheek parody of sorts. It sort of pokes fun at earlier Disney princess films, but in a very sweet sort of way...and still has a fairy-tale ending.

Apparently there is already Oscar buzz surrounding the female lead, Amy Adams--and a nomination would be greatly deserved. The original songs are cute, too, so a nomination for one of those would come as no surprise, either. Susan Sarandon was a fantastic love-to-hate wicked stepmother/queen and James Marsden (aka Cyclops from the X-Men films...I knew he looked familiar, but had no clue it was the same guy until I checked IMDB at home after the show) made for a perfectly charming prince.

And I think I see what all the fuss is about with Patrick Dempsey...wow, he really is dreamy! Hard to believe what an awkward dork he was in all those 80s flicks.

Life's otherwise been fairly uneventful and busy. I finished the bulk of my holiday shopping (can I just say how much I continue to LOVE online shopping?!), now we just need to organize and wrap, get stuff to my sister, etc. This weekend is my brother's graduation...he is receiving his masters in Computer Science. I will be driving and staying for a few days, as will my folks. Then 10 days after his graduation is Christmas, so I will be home for all of a week before turning around and returning to Grant's place for that holiday. Hopefully the weather will cooperate for these road trips.