Christmas-Hating Cats and Etsy Pick-ups by Santa

You know how I mentioned that my cats like to chew on the Christmas tree?

Well, they tried to kill it this week. While Brad and I were making dinner the other night, he noticed Watson was playing with something and went over to check it out. It was a Christmas light plug. So I went and checked the plugs by the outlet (tree was not plugged in yet) and they were fine. Which meant digging into our Christmas tree to locate the damaged string and to make sure that no other strings were chewed through as well.

Their disdain for Christmas has been noted. #catsofinstagram #occupytree

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If you think about it, everything that goes along with the holidays really does interrupt our pets’ daily lives. My cats have a very quiet existence and a pretty stable schedule, so the holidays kind of derail their little lives. All of a sudden there’s a giant tree in the living room, boxes appear, we are gone at different times, people come to visit and their humans try to wrap things in paper rather than pet them. Continue reading

Holiday Outfits Call for Holiday Pods

I’m not a big fan of getting diabetes-type things as gifts, but Pump Peelz for my diabetes devices make the list of d-gear I wouldn’t mind finding in my stocking. I like being able to dress up my pods and as a company, Pump Peelz has a lot of personality and heart. They offered to let me test out something from their holiday designs to review so I picked the Star Paper Pattern for the OmniPod.

I find myself wearing a variety of holiday outfits this time of year so it only makes sense to dress up my pod. It was hard to pick the design I wanted to try because the holiday options were all pretty great.

Peelz are pretty easy to apply and are forgiving if you need to reposition them. I find it way easier to place a peel on a pod before I activate it. I start at the window and smooth the peel on from there, locking everything in with the side flaps. Continue reading

Friday Five: Holiday Catch Up

Here’s what is or has happened holiday wise so far:

1. Decorations are up. 

Of course I haven’t taken very many pictures yet. *gasp* But Brad and I decided to dial it back a bit at our house this year and only put up the big tree in the living room. The shorter dining room tree is hanging out in the attic this year.

2. We partied last week.

I was right to be excited for Brad’s work party last weekend. It was yet again a lot of fun.

 


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Miles to Go

I know in my head that I’m lucky to have so many family members who want to see us, especially at the holidays. But sometimes, it’s overwhelming. Brad and I live an hour drive from our closest “local” family members and a 4 hour drive from the farthest. (The non-local family members are only a phone call or Facetime chat away.)

The problem is, we’re far enough that a trip take pre-planning but close enough not to skip the occasional year. (But we’re too far for certain people to come visit us, so we have to go to them.)

Last year, we traveled 1,000 miles in the course of one week for family events. That’s the allotted mileage for a single month on our lease used up in only a week. Parents want separate celebrations from grandparents/extended family and then there are other events including (but not limited to) work parties, friend parties/visits, choir concerts and church events. Throw in the various holiday errands and the miles, gasoline and stress add up.

What many don’t stop to think about when making plans to host a holiday event, is how much busier we are at the holidays. Brad and I have to try to split holidays somehow between our families and unfortunately I don’t think what we all pretend is a balance actually balances out for the families. Continue reading