Happy New Year & YouTube Friday

I’ve been enjoying a week of family and friends – but couldn’t let the day go by without wishing my Blog world a very Happy, Healthy and Safe 2011!

I know I’ve got an exciting year planned and can’t wait to share it with all of you!

Happy New Year!!

YouTube Friday – Christmas Edition

Merry Christmas Eve lovelies!

Settle in with some hot chocolate, or a Christmas Chai Tea Latte, and get ready for this weeks YouTube Friday.
I’ll admit, my November and December posts have been lacking…. but I’m making up for it here, with no less than 5 videos to share with you my FAVOURITE Christmas movie.  I was SO excited when I found this on YouTube I couldn’t believe there wasn’t anyone to share it with at the time.  Well, that’s what you guys are for! An audience to share all of my wonderful finds with.

So without further adieu, I give you A MUPPET FAMILY CHRISTMAS

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! I wish you all a happy and healthy Holiday Season to be spent with all the people in your life that you love, be they human, animal or Muppet.

1 for 1 – 2 for 2

Christmas in the post-War United States

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1 day closer.  1 more project finished. I dare say, if the recipient doesn’t love it… I’m totally keeping it for myself! Oh! I can’t wait for Christmas for so many reasons but one big one is so I can show all of you what I’ve been up to.  I don’t want to spoil any surprises!!

So that takes me to two more days with 2 more projects to finish.  I’m feeling pretty strong right now… I love the pressure.  I’m thinking my love of the last minute rush is going to wreak havoc in about 260ish days.

That’s right people… we’ve started a countdown. Which means we have a date. Which means we have a venue.

For the diehards – I challenge you to tell me the date in the comments.  For those that are already off on Christmas Vacation (it’s my jealousy that makes me use the word teacher as a curse word twice a year), and are feeling lazy… you’ll probably just wait until I tell you all about it.

For now… sleepy sleepy.

3 More Days – 3 More Projects

How did this happen?  It started with 3 projects.  3 small projects.

And then the list grew… and grew… and grew.

I started off strong.  I only had 1/2 a project left (not one of the original 3 BTW).  So I started on the B list – the projects I thought about starting ONLY if I got through the already expanded A list. I only had 1/2 the project to go… so I started the B list.

Now it’s 3 days until Christmas and I have 3 projects still on needles, including that 1/2 a project left from the A-list.  As I started to feel a little over-extended I started thinking that some of these presents might be just a ball of yarn and an I.O.U.

But then. Then. I started.

And now I’m feeling the pressure. Now I’ve got three days and I’ve started 3 more projects. Did I mention I’m working this week? And also that I haven’t finished Christmas shopping yet?

Yikes!

The good news? I got a camera cord, AND the camera

Venue 1 – Shenanigans

You may recall that when the Boy and I saw the first venue – Holland Marsh Winery, we were in love.  We had some reservations about the size of the space, but we were thinking since it wasn’t built yet, and we were the first to inquire, and Rolland (the owner) said he “always takes care of his first,” it was looking like Venue 1 would be the standard by which all others would be measured.

Well, we looked around.  In that process I decided that it’s really unfair that the most expensive part of the reception is the first decision to be made. Both the Boy and I suffered a little sticker shock.  But in the back of our mind we thought – but we’ve got a great deal at the Winery.  What’s that thing they say about things being too good to be true? Argh.

Since Rolland couldn’t give us a ballpark having never had an event in his space, given that it’s not finished yet, my parents and I went and saw a local caterer that my work uses regularly and creates all things delicious.  On the pro list for the Winery was we could use any caterer we wanted, and the caterer that I knew was looking to become Rolland’s preferred caterer. So we met her and made our wish list (the Boy chose to opt out of this meeting and made dinner for me upon my return instead – cool with me).  She said she’d put together a quote, meet with Rolland to see how he wants to work out his end (room rate – he had no idea when we met him, and/or percentage of the food – and what percent that might be).  She said she’d have an answer for me by the end of the week…. that was 2 weeks ago.

I emailed her last week to say – I know you’re busy with the holiday season, but I’m here looking to make a decision before the rest of the universe gets engaged over Christmas.  She answered – thanks for your patience, meeting with Rolland should have a quote in the next few days.  That was December 13.  On the 17th I called her.  Really looking to make a decision this week.  She said she’d send me her quote by Saturday afternoon but she wanted to let me know that my BFF Rolland – the guy that was going to take care of us as his “first” wants $5000 for the space alone.

What?

Should I repeat that? $5000 FOR THE SPACE ALONE. As far as I know (since it’s now Monday and she still hasn’t sent me a quote) that price doesn’t include anything… just space.  Space that’s not even built yet.  Space that we have only seen digital plans of.  Space that no one else has used.  There are no testimonials.  There is no coordinator.  There is no history. There is no reputation.  $5000, for 150 people to come to a space and stand there.  No one has anything to eat. There are no decorations. There is no food.  And the Boy and I are naked.

I repeat… Uh… What?

So I said what any bride-to-be (BTB for short you know) would say – “Um What? Does he know that that is 2-3x the venue price of other places we’ve looked at.”  Let’s keep in mind that those other venues are built, not North of Hwy 9, some of which are right in the beautiful city of Toronto, with beautiful city of Toronto prices?  To put this in perspective, stunning Venue #3‘s rental fee is $2500 and that includes tables, chairs, basic linen, silver candlesticks, all staff costs and a night of Maitre’D.

So what did Ms. Caterer say? “Well, he says he’s done some research and spoken to another similar venue in town.”  This other venue that he “researched” has done over 800 weddings according to their website.  She did not try and convince me.  She did not say she thought this was a reasonable price.  In fact, she followed that statement up with, “Have you looked at Waterstone Estate and Farm?”

We hadn’t.  We did this weekend.  There were more shenanigans there, but it seems that this might be another viable candidate.

As I’m typing this it’s now Monday evening, I still haven’t received a quote from Ms. Caterer.  I should say I would normally just say the name of the company I’m waiting on, but she is really good, and I think the delay (while I still find it unreasonable) is likely due to the holiday season.

So the long and the short of it is we thought the venue was going to be an easy decision, but I’m quickly learning that when it comes to wedding, there are few “easy” decisions.

BAH!

Positive thoughts.  Positive thoughts.

4 Days ’til Christmas!

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YouTube Friday

1 more week ’til Christmas!!

Have you finished your shopping yet? More important, have you finished your Christmas knitting?

Well if you haven’t I suggest you watch this week’s YouTube Friday video to get you in the spirit of the season, and get your %$$ in gear! (Boy I’m this is directed to you!)

To help you along, I’m gifting you with Classic Mariah

1 WEEK AND COUNTING!

PS – The Sista delivered and we have a camera cord in possession.  We have a quieter/ish weekend ahead and lots of posting to be had – next week, Venue 4, 5 and 6… and hopefully a decision!

Baby it’s COLD outside

Or at least that’s what I’m hoping the problem is….

The car wouldn’t start this morning.  ARGH.

The good news – you can knit while riding the bus and I turned out another 10 rows on my sock.  We’re on a DEADLINE here people!

In other good news I received this email this morning

A little blurry – but she has come to save the day.  Pictures of my random knitting escapades to follow tomorrow!  And our mad Christmas Tree decorating adventures of this evening.

You know your a knitter when…

You carry a sock in your purse and bust it out while waiting at the doctor’s office.

 

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Hey 5 rows is 5 rows and I’ve only got 10 days ’til Christmas.

Photo from me – its old… the cord might be officially lost forever.

How’s your shopping list coming?

YouTube Friday

No I haven’t gotten engaged and promptly given up all of my hobbies.

No I haven’t had absolutely no random thoughts to share in the last week.

No I haven’t fallen off the face of the Earth, or had some kind of tragic accident.

I’m here. 

Yes, I do co-coordinate a Holiday Hamper program providing “Holiday gifts” for families in need through my work.

Yes, this has meant for VERY busy work days lately.

Yes, this means I am simply exhausted by the time I get home.

Yes, the camera cord is still lost.

Yes, my mom brought me a new one.  No, it wasn’t the right one.  Yes, my sista is scoping out hers to give to me this weekend.

Yes, I have brilliant posts stirring in my brain to share with you next week.

Yes, I’m promising that next week will be better.

Yes, there’s a good chance that may turn out to be a lie.

Sorry.

Alas, it is 2 weeks ’til Christmas Eve and in that spirit and continuing my love of all things Muppets.  I give you The Ringing of the Bells

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And because I’ve been such a slacker this week

I give you the 12 Muppets of Christmas

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Happy 2 weeks to Christmas

AND Happy Friday!

Who is your favourite muppet?

Counting down to Christmas

The Boy and I put up our first Christmas tree as a betrothed couple last night.  It’s BEAUTIFUL… but I still can’t find the cord, so you don’t get to see it. 

Yes, I realize this is getting ridiculous.  That is why I have put the call out to Mom to bring me her cord so I can stop these shenanigans and post some pictures already! We’re off to meet with a potential caterer tonight… things are getting serious!

In the meantime Shana over at Fumbling Toward Normalcy is counting down to Christmas with giveaways. So check her out and if you win – I vote I get a 10% finders fee!

Happy counting!