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I am a dreamer – not only am I lost in thought at many points during the day, but I dream so much at night that it’s sometimes exhausting (no pun intended). Almost every morning, I wake up distinctly recalling at least two dreams I had the night before, and I actually have one reoccurring dream I stumble upon during slumber at least 5 times a year. In this dream, I’m going on with my life, la-de-da-ing throughout the days, until it suddenly hits me that it’s only one or two days before Christmas Day. Instead of worrying about my lack of gifts for my family and friends, I kick myself for letting the month pass me by without listening to my favorite Christmas tunes and watching my favorite holiday movies. Yes, it’s a rather strange dream to have over and over again throughout the years, but now I live in fear of missing out on Christmas. Oh no, I hope I’m not stuck in some holiday Lifetime movie and this is all just a part of the secret script…

Nonetheless, while I am frantically listening to “Have Yourselfย  a Merry Little Christmas” on repeat and watching “Love Actually” while baking holiday treat after holiday treat for my friends (and myself) to enjoy, I hope you guys take some time to relish in all the joys that December has to offer. Check out some of the fun ways to celebrate the month and make your own holiday memories and miracles.

  1. December is “Stress Free Family Holiday” month. Yes, I know this seems quite an oxymoron (“December” and “Stress free”), but according to Ladies Home Journal, the concept is possible. Read up on stress-free tips and sit back, relax, drown out the sounds of Fluffy knocking over the Christmas tree, your kids tearing the house apart hoping to find a hidden Zhu Zhu pet Christmas gift, and your mother-in-law’s persistence six-a-day phone calls reminding you to stock the refrigerator with prune juice for her visit, and slowly sip (or chug – whichever combats stress better for you) some eggnog washed down with a sidecar of brandy. Remember, you’ll get to everything eventually, and everything doesn’t always have to be perfect or go smoothly. That’s the beauty of the holidays – the disasters and crazy turn of events are what make the best memories (Mom – remember when our huge Christmas tree fell down the minute after we had finished decorating it and we just stood still and cried looking at all the broken ornaments until we both started laughing? I love that memory) ๐Ÿ™‚
  2. If you are properly observing “Stress Free Family Holiday” month, take advantage of the stress-free atmosphere and curl up with a good book in observance of “Read a New Book” month. Find one at Barnes and Noble (one of my most favorite weekend destinations).
  3. December 4th is “National Cookie” day – I am honored to celebrate this holiday (In fact, if you want to send me some cookies to ensure that I actually follow through, I will happily pass along my address… ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). If you are in the mood to bake some yummy cookie treats, try one of the fabulous cookie recipes from Joy of Baking. Before viewing the site, I must adequately warn you – the cookie images you are about to see may cause unprovoked salivating and hunger pains. Please proceed accordingly.
  4. Let us not forget the monumental attack that occurred on December 7th, 1941 – a “date which will live in infamy.” Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii killing more than 2,300 Americans. This attack on Pearl Harbor was a major factor in ushering in World War II. Learn more about the significance of Pearl Harbor and take a moment to honor all those persons whose lives were lost on that day.
  5. Hanukkah (Chanukah) begins on December 11th! Learn more about Hanukkah FAQ, traditions, and stories from Chabad.org.
  6. On December 14th, 1819, my state of Georgia was provided an irreplaceable gift – Alabama became the 22nd U.S. state and Georgia would forever have a border state to pick on. Hey now, Virginia has West Virginia, Alabama has Mississippi, and Georgia has Alabama – call it survival of the fittest.
  7. December 23rd is “National Roots” day – take a break from the hustle-and-bustle of Christmas shopping, baking, decorating, and eating to celebrate however you see fit – pop in a Nappy Roots CD, dye your hair (or let those roots show girlfriend!), discover your heritage, or weed your yard.
  8. Christmas Eve is on December 24th – take a few minutes to enjoy Clement C Moore’s classic poem – “The Night Before Christmas.” May Sugar Plums dance vividly in your head.
  9. December 25th – Merry Christmas! No matter your religion, I hope that everyone enjoys this day and is able to spend it with those they love. If you are Christian, please do not forget the true meaning of Christmas – to celebrate the birth of our Savior who gave His own life so that our own lives could endure.
  10. The holiday decorations have begun to come down, the Christmas music has been replaced with “Americas Top 40,” and the tree is starting to die in the corner of the living room – Yup, its New Year’s Eve – December 31st. December 31st is also “Make Up Your Mind” day so grab that pen, establish your New Year’s Resolutions (this time – try and stick with “I will workout at least four three two times each week month”), and then head out on the town to ring in 2010!

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Thanksgiving TurkeyWell, October’s gone – it disappeared as quickly as my Halloween candy stash – but now, we venture into November as we all look forward to the fourth Thursday of the month in which we engorge in turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. But, we have many days leading up to Turkey Day, so lets take some time to discover the other joys of November, shall we?

  1. November is National “Peanut Butter Lover’s” Month which I will fondly be observing. I know I’m no longer seven years-old, but PB&J (white bread, crunchy peanut butter, and strawberry jam) has always been, and will always be, one of my favorite foods. Although I do love peanut butter, I must bow down to the true King of Peanut Butter (and Rock ‘N’ Roll), Elvis, who was known to eat up to 15 PB&B’s (Peanut Butter and Banana sandwiches) in one sitting. The recipe for the “Elviswich” is below – If you’re “Lonesome Tonight,” start frying a “Hunk of Burnin’ Love (Yes, that “burnin’ love” you’re feeling is heartburn), and enjoy!
  2. Election Day is the first Tuesday in November (November 3rd) and, as Americans, we are able to choose elected officials for our city, state, and country – so let your voice be heard and rock the vote!
  3. November 11th is Veterans Day – Take some time today to truly honor those persons who sacrifice their lives to protect our country and secure our freedom. Today, I personally honor my great grandfathers (World War I vets), my grandfathers (World War II vets), and my father and uncle (Vietnam vets). I can’t thank you enough for your service.
  4. November 15th is National “Clean Out Your Refrigerator” Day – Grab your rubber gloves and oxygen mask and venture into the unknown. If the dish is moldy and a completely opposite color than it was when you first ate it, do yourself a favor and chuck it. After five weeks, Grandma’s “Pasta Surprise” is probably a lot more “surprise” and a lot less “pasta.”
  5. November 16th is National “Button” Day – I suggest celebrating by helping sweet, little Corduroy find his missing button for his green overalls (Corduroy by Don Freeman).
  6. On November 18th, we celebrate the births of the great American rappers, Fabolous and Pastor Troy, as well as funnyman Owen Wilson; but more importantly, we celebrate my daddy’s birthday ๐Ÿ™‚
  7. On November 22nd, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by the “shot heard around the world.” Lets celebrate his legacy by remembering some of the great things he did for our country – like creating the Peace Corps!
  8. November 25th is National “Parfait” Day – “Everyone loves a parfait” (Thank you for reminding us of this, Donkey from Shrek).
  9. November 26th is Thanksgiving! Eat, give thanks, and watch football – enough said.
  10. The Friday after Thanksgiving is Black Friday (however, I think it can also be called “National Leftover’s Day”). If you dare, wake up before 5 A.M and venture to the mall or mega store and nab some serious deals. I’m thinking about pulling an all-nighter this year and fighting my way to a cheap laptop at Best Buy. I’ll let you know if this thought actually becomes a reality…

Elvis Sandwich - Peanut Butter and BananaElvis Presley’s Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich:

-2 slices of white bread
-2 tablespoons of smooth peanut butter
-1 small ripe banana mashed
-2 tablespoons butter

Spread the peanut butter on one slice of bread and the mashed banana on the other. Press the slices gently together. Melt the butter (or to be truly Elvis-like, melt bacon fat!), over low heat in a small frying pan. Place the sandwich in the pan and fry until golden brown on both sides. Eat it with a glass of buttermilk to get the full effect.

My Dad and Me

November 18th - Happy 63rd B-Day Big Dave!

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Why Love October? Let Us Count the Ways…

  1. America Celebrates Columbus Day! (Say it with me – “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue…”)
  2. Halloween! We can eat all the candy and chocolate we want while dressed in ridiculous costumes. If you have kids, nieces, nephews, etc., you have an excuse to eat some of their candy, because you are just “testing it out” to make sure it isn’t poisonous… ๐Ÿ˜‰
  3. It’s Football Time in America! (Go Dawgs and Skins!)
  4. The Leaves Begin to Change Color
  5. It’s National Chili Month – Visit a Chili Cookoff Near You!
  6. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Schedule Your Mammogram!
  7. The end of October Marks the End of Hurricane Season (Good news for Florida and other coastal areas!)
  8. We get an extra hour of sleep during “Fall Back” and who doesn’t need that???
  9. It’s Virginia Wine Month! (And Virginia is for Lovers )
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    Sweet Jax

    It's Adopt a Dog Month! Who could resist adopting this sweet face???

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