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  1. List your top shows/TV moments of the year. You can do top five, top ten, however you want. I've only got four that I really remember. The episode of NCIS titled "Call of Silence" with Charles Durning as Guest Star. The episode was beautifully written and it pulled performances from the cast that have been the best so far. The second is the episode of ER that had Ray Liotta as the Guest Star. It was also one in which the script and director were able to get incredible performances by the actors. The third is one of the saddest for me, especially now, and that was when Lenny Briscoe said goodbye on Law & Order. The fourth was from the pilot episode of Stargate Atlantis when the city rises from the bottom of the ocean.


  2. List the best new TV show you've seen this year. I'd have to say Stargate Atlantis.


  3. Tell us the worst new TV show you sampled this year. I didn't watch that many new shows this year that I really didn't like. I really didn't watch that many new shows. ;)


  4. Is there a show that got the axe last year that you wish hadn't? Nope.


  5. What show that left the airwaves this last year had the best finale? I didn't watch any shows (or don't watch) any shows that were killed last year.

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Woolfden was down for almost 24 hours and has just come back up. Something to do with a new server. Unfortunately they used a backup of my site from the 23rd so now I have to figure out what entries I can rehash.

Today I spent the majority of the day cursing because the site was down and making blinkies. They are really kind of fun to make. See I got a couple of new programs: Paint Shop Pro 9 and Animation Shop. I've signed up for some groups for beginners using PSP but haven't been accepted in any yet. One was full and I'm on a waiting list. The other hasn't responded yet. So I'm been messing with things that I can do such as the blinkies. You can find the ones I've made so far at My Blinkies.

Jerry Orbach died last night. I was so looking forward to the new Law & Order with him in it. The last I heard he was doing pretty good after surgery so I wasn't prepared for hearing the news. He'll be missed.

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Well here is my second one using .



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I'm kind of behind the learning curve here but I'm going to slowly catch up. Thanks to I'm learning some new tricks.

Here's the very first little blinkie that I've made:



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1) Which holiday do you celebrate this time of year? (If necessary, modify the following questions to suit your holiday.)

  • We celebrate Christmas and New Years.


2) Do you begin shopping for gifts earlier than Thanksgiving, looking for the perfect gift? If not, when do you begin?

  • I start making gifts around March or April. When I purchase gifts I'm a last minute shopper and don't start to after the 1st of December.


3) Do you only purchase gifts that you know are perfect for the recipient and if you don't find that gift, do you just get anything?

  • I search until I find something I know that the person will like, want, or just appreciate. It's a lot of fun trying to match gift with people.


4) Did you receive or give any "obligatory" gifts this year?

  • Nope.


5) Do you decorate your tree as evenly as possible or do you skip the areas that are not visible?

  • My mother was a perfectionist when it came to our Christmas tree. Each ornament was perfectly spaced and tinsel was put on 1-2 strands at a time. I'm not quite as patient as she was when it came to decorating the tree, but I try.


6) Do you like multi-colors on your tree or do you prefer monochrome?

  • Up until last year our tree was every color under the sun. For the past two years we've gone with a new white tree with gold ornaments only. No lights either, just a red spotlight that shines up from the bottom through the branches. (I got lazy. ;))


7) Did you bake "traditional" cookies, frost them and decorate them? or did you cheat and buy the ready to bake kind? (like I tried)

  • This goes back to my mother again. She would start baking and making candy in October so that's what I do. Everything is then batched up and put in the freezer and split up into three's for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's.


8) Are you the host of a holiday gathering? which one? family, work, friends

  • Well after my mother passed away, I took over the holiday get togethers for our family. However now that we've moved to Tennessee, it's just my husband, my son, and myself unless one of our girls show up.


9) With whom do you spend the holiday?

  • See above. ;)


10) How did the holiday turn out? Perfectly? funny mishaps? miss anyone?

  • Our holiday's are always perfect. We try to look at what we have and not what we haven't.



Thank you for the questions and thank your sister, too.

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Christmas Day has come and gone but the presents and the feelings remain.

Last year my husband was in Iraq and it was a stressful time even though my son and I tried to make everything as normal as possible. So this year we're very thankful that he's home safe and sound and that he was able to join us for Christmas.

Watching him watching our son open his presents yesterday morning was the highlight of my day. Our son has wanted an electric bass guitar and he managed to get him one. His father got him one while he was in San Antonio and Ian's reaction when he saw what it was wasn't a disappointment. I think the only other thing that could have caused his face to light up was being given the keys to the car and that isn't going to happen for awhile. ;)

I just wish that everyone else who has a family member or friend who isn't home this year could share in our happiness.

While out surfing around the web, I discovered this site Otto's Site and it is such fun to wander around in. I highly recommend this site to anyone who has a moment to look around. There's a little bit for everyone.

One of the family things we've been doing is playing a game called Kingmaker. It's a boardgame based on the War of the Roses and it is quite fun. We've got a version for the computer as well but it won't play on our newer ones so it's been relegated to the "maybe one day" shelf. The only problem is that I have a difficult time ganging up on either my husband or my son which means that I lost all three games that we've played. I honestly don't have any idea why I feel this way because I don't have a problem stomping on them in other games we play together. I'm undefeated in Clue. :)

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  1. holiday:: happy

  2. fault:: no

  3. beep:: censor

  4. bubble:: bath

  5. needle:: eye

  6. fare:: train

  7. treat:: chocolate

  8. express:: o

  9. webcam:: blah

  10. capital:: hill

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Beginning Tuesday morning ice and sleet started coming down and at times, coming down very hard. It had some wind behind it so we've deeper, little drifts of it against the front of the house including the front door. Later in the day we got some snow on top of it. All total about 3-4 inches of ice, sleet, and snow.

Wednesday the kid and dog spent the majority of the day outside slipping and sliding. I think the most entertainment we got yesterday was watching people try to make it up the road in front of our house. We're at the bottom of an incline and there were even a few large, four-wheel drives who slid back down and had to start over again.

We're still pretty much coated in snow and ice. The road crews haven't made it here as of yet. I guess I can figure it out after watching the news last night. Apparently they haven't made it to cleaning up the interestate yet either in the area. They reported that it was taking all day to get the 40 miles from Nashville to here on I-24.

The husband, who made it here just before the storm hit, is going to walk to the grocery store today to pick up a few things that I need for Christmas dinner tomorrow. The way it still looks outside it's probably safer than trying to drive even if our car was working. I like seeing the white stuff and I'm sure glad I don't have to go out into it.

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  1. What do you do with your spare change? Spend it.

  2. What prompted you to give some money to a stranger recently? If you have given money to a stranger recently, of course. Most of the time I don't carry cash with me but the last time I was at the grocery story I had a couple of one's in my pocket that I had gotten for change so I dropped them in the VA bucket outside. So I guess the answer is if I have change, I'll give it to the guys outside the store.

  3. What charities do you support and why? The Make A Wish Foundation.

  4. What's the kindest thing a stranger has done for you? Actually it wasn't for me, it was for my husband and the members of his unit when they came back from Iraq this year. Someone sent me a huge box of snacks and treats to give to them when they got off of the plane. It was fantastic.

  5. Do you wish people a "Merry Christmas", "Happy Holidays", "Seasons Greetings" or something else? Why did you choose it? Before Christmas - Merry Christmas and for New Year's - Happy New Year. I didn't consciously chose. It's just what comes out.

  6. What's your most memorable moment of 2004 online? Offline? Both online and offline, it's only one thing. February 22, 2004 when my husband stepped off of the plane coming back from Iraq. It's not a day I'm ever going to forget and I want to thank everyone who knows me, offline and on, who prayed for his safe return and were just as happy as I was that he was coming home.

  7. What is your hope for 2005? Health, happiness, and that all my family and friends enjoy the same.


  8. Happy Holidays, everyone.

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From Thursday's Pennies.

Since I'm the one who started this, I suppose I should answer them and try to get something started. ;)


  1. What is the very first memory you have of Christmas? I don't remember how hold I was but it had to be prior to age six. I know this because the memory is of the first house we lived in. I was opening presents with Mom, Dad, and the Grandparents. I remember opening one box and finding out that it was empty. I'm guessing the look on my face was one that a person could expect and after the laughing stopped, my mother told me to look in my lap. Apparently in my zeal to open the package, I dumped the contents in my lap. Anyway, it was a cowgirl outfit thing complete with lasso and six-shooters.

  2. What do you remember about sitting on Santa's lap? I know I did at some point in my childhood because we have pictures, but I honestly can't remember ever sitting on Santa's lap. I can say that when my oldest daughter first sat on Santa's lap, she screamed like a banshee. I really felt sorry for the old guy.

  3. What was the best Christmas present you ever received as a child and then as an adult? My favorite as a kid was a chemistry set. I loved playing with it in the basement and turning litmus paper blue. As an adult, I received two one year that are still my favorites. The first is a teakwood lap desk from my son and the second is a gold bracelet from my husband. I still use the lapdesk and wear the bracelet.

  4. What Christmas carol makes you tear up when you hear it? There's really only one that causes me to choke up and that's The Little Drummer Boy. It's also the first one I learned out to play on the piano.

  5. What Christmas carol do you hum, sing, or whistle when you're by yourself? I don't know why, but it's Oh Come All Ye Faithful. Most of the other carols I can hear and forget but this one usually ends up as staying in my head for hours.

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