Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas Pics

Some in MN and some in CA....

Grandma and her Grandkids (minus Jarrod & Kelsey)

The first generations of cousins (35 years young and older)- Darien, Heidi & Carrie

Mom baking in CA

Little Casey- meow!

Dad & Jarrod at the Sharks game

Mom & me at the Sharks game

Jarrod & me ready for some hockey!!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Yes, Holidays Are Busy

Apparently holidays are really, really busy.... due to the fact that I have not posted for 20 days! Wow. I have been bad. No, not bad, just busy. And full of Christmas spirit.

Let's go back 2 weeks....
I went to Minnesota, between Seattle and Kansas City work trips, and had tons of fun with family and friends to celebrate the holidays:
Friday- Lunch with Fun Amy and dinner with Andi
Saturday- Pizza party with Jen, Family Christmas at the bowling alley, dinner with Shannon & Anita and ending with wine with Sue & Maggie
Sunday- Brunch with Eve & Erica, visit with Grandma, and dinner with the "Flanery Girls" Aunts & Cousins

It was so fun! And so festive. Very lucky to see tons of friends and family the weekend before Christmas. Then off to Kansas City, back to the Bay area for more work, and then 3 and a half days of more holiday hectic fun with the immediate family.

Mom & Dad flew in on Friday afternoon. 3 days with the folks and Jarrod:
Friday- Dinner at Pyramid Brewery followed by the best ice cream around
Saturday- Massage & lunch with Mom, relaxation at home & movies with the family
Sunday- Official holiday of good food, lots of gifts, going to the movies, and ending with a turkey feast.. very nice family day
Monday- Shopping with Mom and ending with dinner in San Jose and the Sharks hockey game with the 4 of us... fun times! Go Sharks!

I was really sad to see Mom & Dad leave on Tuesday, as I was heading to work, but both weekends were fantastic and I still have New Year's Weekend to come. How lucky!? Very.

The spirit of Christmas was all around.... between friends & family time, lots of holiday movies, music in the air, festive moods, and making people happy.... it was a wonderful season. Could not have asked for anything more. Well, maybe more time with Mr Big... but we have more time for that in 2012. I promise.

I hope everyone in blogland had an amazing Christmas holiday. Photos to come soon.
One final..... MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Holiday Heaven and Beyond

I have been feeling a little depressed the past few days (they do say the holidays brings that out in people, right?) so like a sane person (hopefully!) does, I try to focus on the positive.. especially with all the hustle & bustle of the holiday season. So, push the negative aside and I am so very thankful and looking forward to December and beyond:

Christmas celebrations- starts in 1 week- the weekend prior to Christmas in MN. I have a weekend full of dinner with my best friend, a family bowling party, drinks with girlfriends, brunch with more best friends, time with Grandma and ending with dinner with my cousins- yep, super full fun festive weekend.

The weekend of Christmas, the folks are flying to San Fran for 4 days to hang with Jarrod and me in Cali. Relaxation, movies, lots of food, and the San Jose Sharks will keep us busy. Can't wait for a long weekend for some festivities with the nuclear fam.

Then comes New Year's Eve... I have never been one for "going out" this night (leave that to the amateurs) so as usual, I am hosting a DVD marathon at my place. This year it's fondue and
The Big Bang Theory". Yippee!

As the New Year arrives, there is even more to look forward to:
Sundance Film Festival Part 1 with Amy & Kari and Part 2 with Shannon in January (this alone is enough to make me giddy with joy!!!)
Florida beach vacation in February
40th Birthday Caribbean Cruise with Shannon in April
We wil take March to breath

Does it get much better? Nope. So, work will be insane (as it always is), but I have some much to look forward to over the next 5 months. THAT is what keeps me sane when holiday depression sets in, I have to travel almost every week, work hours are super long, flights are delayed, snow causes accidents, and people get cranky... and I mean down-right rude.

Let the fun for the next 5 months begin! Right now... the fun is a bottle of Sterling Merlot and "Annie Claus" on the Hallmark channel :)

Ho.... Ho... Ho!!!

A Quick Complaint

I have a very quick complaint.. I know it's a weird one, but here goes:

I just don't get the fascination with Cinnabons. Ya know the mass produced gloppy Cinnamon rolls you can find at a kiosk in every mall and airport in the U.S.?

You may ask- what is there not to like about warm, soft, sweet carbs dripping with sticky, sugary frosting? Well, maybe that just answered by question: overkill. Simply too much of a good thing at once.

Many may think- "Darien, what is wrong with you!?" Well, just don't think they are all they are cracked up to be. Just my opinion. I will take anything my Mom bakes over a Cinnabon any day. No offense Cinnabon.

Ok, back to my coffee and "Love Actually" on DVD.... It's beginning to feel alot like Christmas...

Friday, December 2, 2011

Am I Too Old For This Crap?

Another long, but good work week.... meetings, dinners, being social, solving problems.... and to top it off, after a planning/alignment/team building day yesterday, along with 7 fabulous co-workers- all who happen to be men- we decided to stay out and "party" until 2AM! Seriously!? What was I thinking!? I am not 21 anymore.

Yes, after a 10-hour work day, we went to dinner- low-key seafood at the Pier in San Fran.... then a stop for a "night cap" turned into 2 more bars, a view of Occupy San Francisco, a few semi-naked San Franciscans and a wonderful cover band at Dan's Bar back in Walnut Creek.

A solid meal of seafood, lots of water and lots of walking helped the martinis not take over this 30-some-year-old body, so we aren't even talking "hangover" here---- we are simply stating this: I don't want to get in the habit of having a very long night of fun that ends with only 4 hours of sleep before I start another work day again. Not in my wheelhouse apparently. Gosh- I'm sleepy.

So, here I am on Friday.... just wrapped up another 8 hour work day (good thing it was at home on Conference Calls, emails and returning phone calls, but still...) and I am darn worn out. An early movie, dinner with a friend and I expect to be in bed before 10PM. And I am just fine with that.

I must say, I had an absolute blast last night. The city of San Francisco, especially on December 1st as the holiday season is in full swing, has so much to offer- lights, sights and fun. I laughed so much, enjoyed the company and did not overdo it on food nor liquor, but a little more sleep would have made it even better. What a fun night. I smile as I remember the fun.

Confession: I am confident, despite my whining, I will do it again. Just not very soon.