Saturday, December 31, 2011

Goodbye 2011, You've been a bad friend

I'll start by saying I have a lot to be thankful for. My family is amazing, I have a wonderful husband, great fur kids, and a good job. I've been healthier than I have been in years, and my house was spared in a horrible fire that burned down houses across the street.

That being said, 2011 has been a crappy year. While so many bloggers are recounting their year in happy blog posts, I remember my year in failed fertility treatments. I know I haven't really gotten into details on this blog, but this has really been the hardest year yet for me. I've literally been through the ringer, and I need a break from bad news.

For 2012, I don't have any resolutions except to do things that make me happy. To focus on the good things in life and to keep on keepin' on.

I wish all of you a very happy New Year's Eve and hope that 2012 is an amazing year for all of us!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Very Pirate Christmas

This is a super random post. I hope you are all still my friends after reading.

A few weeks ago, I was Christmas shopping at Old Navy. Little did I know that there would be a Santa at Old Navy for Christmas photos. And little did I know that standing directly in front of me would be two people dressed as pirates.

So I did what any normal person would do...ask if I could take a picture with them.

My only regret is not wearing lipstick
Yes, these are real people who dress up like pirates.

They told me that they had a Facebook profile, and last night, I got curious and decided to look them up. That's where I found this goldmine of 515 YouTube videos. The one below is holiday-themed, complete with skeleton mummy and dancing Santa.

Enjoy the holiday cheer.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The only pics of us and our dog family semi-well behaved.

Me, Mr. Bee, and our rag-tag bunch of miscreant dogs. This is our family (besides our poor kitties who are constantly living in fear of having their food eaten).

These pics were taken at the house of Mr. Bee's mom, who just closed on the house this weekend! My dogs will be thrilled to spend weekends in Grandma's large yard.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Holiday Questions

Thank you to Eat, Laugh, Love, and Sometimes Shop for these 25 holiday questions. If you answer these, will you please comment so I can read everyone's answers? 

25 Questions: Holiday Style

1. Eggnog or hot chocolate?  Hot Chocolate (or even better, Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate!) 

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Santa ALWAYS wraps the presents. Even the small ones in the stockings.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? I love both. This year I like the white more, but I think colored lights are more fun and whimsical.   

4. Do you hang mistletoe? Negative.   

5. When do you hang your decorations up? Usually the first weekend in December.   

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?  Do crescent rolls count?

7. Favorite holiday memory as a child? Probably having slumber parties with my sister, then waking my parents up super early to open presents.   

8. What is on your Christmas wish list? Absolutely nothing I need.   

9. Do you open a gifts on Christmas Eve? Usually just one small gift.   

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? All of our ornaments are sentimental, so we just put those up.    

11. Snow? Love it or dread it? LOVE IT! We've had virtually NO snow this year and I'm so bummed out!  

12. Real tree or fake tree? I prefer real trees, but I don't know that I trust my animals with one just yet. 

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? A Miracle Keyboard. Then I discovered I could play by ear, and learning how to play notes didn't seem to be a priority.    

14. What’s the most important thing about Christmas for you? Being with family. 

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? My Grandma-in-Law's Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge. Best ever.  

16. What is your favorite tradition? Getting to my parents house and decorating the tree together, then watching Miracle on 34th Street with them on Christmas Eve.  

17. What tops your tree? More tree. I don't have a tree topper in my life yet.   

18. Do you prefer giving or receiving? Definitely giving. Would anyone actually write receiving? Just curious. 

19. What is your favorite Christmas song? Oh Holy Night  

20. Candy canes, yuck or yum? No thanks.   

21. Favorite Christmas movie? Miracle on 34th Street.  

22. What do you leave for Santa? Santa doesn't get anything anymore - my dogs would it eat. 

23. Do you have a Christmas morning tradition? These days, we get up, open gifts, then my mom makes amazing Eggs Benedict, which I don't like, so I make my own breakfast. Then we call our extended family and wish them a Merry Christmas. Even the Jewish members of my family.

24. Do you prefer to shop on-line or at the mall? Online is so much easier, but I still get most things in the store.

25. Christmas letter or Christmas card? Card. Some of the letters I've gotten over the years are just so depressing. I like to keep it short and sweet. 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Card - Finally!

Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Feliz Navidog, from our family to yours!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Santa's Coming!

I really have everything I need, so any of these would be icing on the cake. I'm so excited to go back and see my family and Mr. Bee's family in just a few short weeks!

KatherineBee's Christmas List:

Costco Shearling Boots

Would love a pair of these in black! I got a pair last year and I will never spend money on a pair of Ugg boots again. These are so comfortable and perfect for snowy winters.

Infinity Scarf

I'm the worst at scarves. These are a no-brainer. Would love one in black or mustard yellow.

Flat Black Boots

These would get a ton of use

Lush Bath Bombs
These are so amazing for your skin in winter. And I love me some bath stuff.

Photo Printer

This one looks simply amazing because you can dock your iPhone and print photos instantly. I'd love if I could also print photos from my digital camera on it too. 


I love this Prada perfume. It's a lot "spicier" than most of the scents I wear, which smell like food, but I really love it. Because it has patchouli. And I like smelling like a hippie. A clean, well-dressed hippie. 

Betsey Johnson
This is my go-to perfume, and it's being discontinued. Boooo....

Harry Potter DVD Box Set
This is one I'm not sure about. No more Harry Potter marathons with commercials? Great. Will I still watch all of them on ABC Family? Yes, definitely.

Target Gift Card
Contrary to everything my mother tried to teach me, I love Target.

Fun Tights

If any guys are reading this, these is a very good possibility that your significant other has a Pinterest account. If so, you'll never have to worry about finding the perfect gift.

Here's mine. Don't totally disregard the $1,500 Burberry bag. Just kidding. Kind of.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Send holiday cheer. Send holiday cards.

I am seriously lacking in holiday cheer this year. But, I promise if I get my act together, my Christmas cards will be fantastic. Yes, I got my first Christmas card yesterday and felt like the Grinch because I have not even started to think about cards this year.

Shutterfly contacted me again this year about promoting their holiday card promotion which I was more than happy to post about because their cards are amazing. I think this vintage-looking card has to be my favorite.

And yes, I think it's perfectly justifiable to send out photo cards of just you. Or you and your dogs. Or just your dogs. There really is no excuse for me to have not designed and sent my cards except that the reading on my Caring Meter has largely diminshed lately. It's been verified by a professional caring meter reader. And if you know where that is from, this is why we are friends.

I'm also thinking that everyone on my holiday list may get a photo calendar of my dogs, because who doesn't love Ellie and Tucker photos?