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Wait, did you hear that? Oh! I think I know what that is! Follow me! Just be very quiet. You don’t want to scare them! They scare easily…

SHHH! Look over there!

They’re wood elves. And they’re getting ready for Christmas. Oh man. My mom is not going to be happy about waiting for me. But we have to see them. We’ll be quick. Oh..wait…look at that on the perch…

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I think I may have been reading too much about those fairy photos from the early 1900’s, because last night I dreamed that it was me visiting a girl in the city.

Fairy dream!

In my dream, I could see lights, I could see cars and I could see all kinds of interesting buildings, but I have no idea what city I was in. I didn’t want the dream to end and I wanted to explore with my human friend. What could this mean? Anything? I woke up in my own bed and got up to go to school. I told Faye all about it. I may have daydreamed about this off and on all day. But school was TOTALLY boring. I had to study boring old fairy dancing. I’ve been fairy dancing since I was 7. School is so lame.

BUT! I had a surprise waiting for me after school outside my tree fort. It must have been the elves because, look! Wood!

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This Year’s Advent Prologue

by Carol Browne on November 30, 2014 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, Festivities

Is that a tiger or a lion?

But first, Mike with the Siegfried & Roy statue outside The Mirage. That was a dreamy hotel. The Mirage is where we saw The Beatles show. When you walk into that hotel, there’s a huge tropical forest you walk through to get to the casino, the theatre and other lovely shops and amenities. There’s a big garden area as well, but, we didn’t get there, either. DARN! So much entertainment! So little time! Oh well. NEXT TIME, right? Right!

Yesterday was a sleepy lazy day – I fell asleep on the couch several times because my own snoring woke me up over and over – but today I had to get things done because tomorrow is December 1st! And if you know anything about me, that is I love Christmas and I love those Advent Calendars that LEGO and Playmobil make. You get a little toy every day leading up to Christmas and I make up a story for each day. In the past, I’ve done them the day of – I got up early, took a photo of the toy and wrote the story up that morning. I’ve also done some in advance. While I prefer to do it the day of, this year, I prepared and took photos ahead of time. I don’t like to do this because I’m superstitious that way. My Great Grandma told us that it was bad luck to turn a calendar early, and I can’t shake the feeling that something might go wrong because I opened the cardboard door on the advent calender days early! But, I shall persevere and hope that’s not the case. Come on! It’s an old-wives tale! *GULP*

It begins tomorrow!

Please note: I didn’t buy my calendar until yesterday. I had hoped that I could find something in Vegas, but no luck there. Therefore, my selection was limited. But, I’m always up for a challenge, so I will make this work.

In other Christmas news, I took some time to learn how to make these:

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Like an Octopus’s garden

by Carol Browne on November 28, 2014 · 1 comment

in Family and Buddies

Just got back from a late-night visit to Old Vegas. Next time? We're staying there.

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American Thanksgiving just kept on giving to us today. Today included a morning trip to the outlet mall, where Mike and I realized we are not really into shopping at outlet malls for fun. Weird. I know. But it seemed to me that there were a lot of picked over things that were sorta cheap, and the good stuff? We could get for the same price at home, so it made no sense to drag it on the plane. We unceremoniously left Jason and Maria to shop their little hearts out and we took a cab to old Vegas in hopes to visit the Mob Museum. Sadly, it was closed for Thanksgiving, so we roamed the street with our cameras for a few hours before heading back to our hotel room.

Next up, delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings INCLUDING vegetables. My body was happy with that arugula salad, that’s for sure. Then we went to ANOTHER Cirque de Soleil show – The Beatles one. Mike’s been dying to go since we got here. He loves the Beatles immensely and while the tickets were pricey, we decided we should go. It was worth every penny to see the acrobats and dancers and roller bladers and floating beds with kids on them and break dancers. AMAZING. Whoever designs these stages are geniuses. And the whole show was like Dr. Suess and The Beatles got together and decided to do the strangest performance art WITH the state of the art technology of 2014. I loved it.

We finished up the day back in old Vegas thanks to The Deuce! The public transit system. For $8, we got a 24 hour bus pass. I am kicking myself for all those cab rides we took these past 2 days. NEVER AGAIN. AND, we’ve decided that next time we come out, we’re going to stay at the Golden Nugget. It’s an awesome place in Old Vegas. We walked through it tonight and it was the coolest. And Freemont street was all lit up and we listened to a live band.

I have many photos to edit.

I can’t believe we’re going home tomorrow.

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4:30 am comes early

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Planning meeting

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The Supervisors

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They seem to be watching me all the time these days whenever I’m in the kitchen – looking for any opportunity to jump on some unsuspecting food stuffs. I made the mistake yesterday of leaving a container of ricotta cheese open on the counter. I only turned away for a second, and in that time, […]

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November 20, 2014

I’m late to this weeks Throw Back Thursday, but here I was, in all my glory for a family wedding back in the day. I think this was for my aunt’s wedding. Or it could have been my grandparents’ wedding. My grandpa remarried. Nope. Pretty sure this was for my aunt. I have to say, […]

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Just another day at the office

November 19, 2014

There is never a dull moment around these parts. Right now we are planning a graduation ceremony, a company Christmas party and another portfolio show (that will be in January). PHEW! Such parties! Such celebrations! After a long day of party planning, I came home and cleaned out the front closet. I have HAD it […]

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Spreading the joy

November 17, 2014

You may remember that I found the coat of the century at the thrift store last week. Not only was it the coat of the century, but it was the deal of the century as well. Best $25 I’ve ever spent! I found this on Wednesday and wore it to work AND Quilting Bee on […]

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