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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Vacations

I'm on vacation this week, and it has been wonderful! Ginger and I went to Ikea yesterday for our semi-annual trip. I LOVE Ikea. They have such neat things there. And they are very reasonably priced. We got there at 10:50 AM and they had $1.49 breakfast until 11:00 AM. We raced inside and up to the cafe. The woman who was working there TRIED to ignore us, but we got her attention, though she was a bit cranky. We got our breakfast and headed on our mission. It took us two hours to completely tour the store and get our winter fix. My Christmas cards came yesterday and I got them all in the mail. Most of all, I have been just enjoying being home and doing things I don't usually get to do... eating breakfast and enjoying the paper, reading books, and of course, watching Judge Judy. The office Christmas Party was today, and everyone brought food. It was delicious! And kudos to Michele for putting it all together. Kitty missed it, but I ate enough for both of us. Today was the highlight of my week. I got to be the mystery reader at Monkeyboy's and Sprout's school. What fun! There are fourteen children in their class of second graders and people take turns surprising the children by bringing in books to read to the class. The kids are absolutely delightful and they giggled, laughed and shouted out questions when asked. Their teacher giggled when I brought out the book called "Teacher's Pet." It's been a busy week, but such an enjoyable one. Lunch everyday, Monday with a fellow Springsteen friend. We haven't seen a lot of each other, and I often forget how much I enjoy her sense of humor. It's the time of the year to catch up with old friends to see how life is treating them. And to be with friends and family. I am exhausted, but you know what? I can sleep all day tomorrow...I don't have to go to work! Happy Friday everyone.

11 comments:

SassySam said...

Mia, you don't have to gloat! SOME of us have to go to work tomorrow. Sounds like a wonderful week. Shopping and eating, who could ask for anything more.

Jen said...

I was in Ikea once in Chicago, at least I think it was Chicago. It is a very large store that has everything. What fun it was. This is the time of the year to take a vacation, to try to de-stress and relax. And I agree, mia, to see family and friends. Sometimes, though, family can cause additional stress!!! Relax, enjoy and have a great weekend everyone.

Michele said...

Thanks for the kudos on the party. It really did turn out nice. Thanks for taking time out of your vacation to come back into work. I'm sure the kids loved your story. I wish my nephews had something like that!

Cathy said...

That does sound like a good idea, mia. I think I am going to suggest that to our school. It's a way to get the community and the parents involved in the school and with the kids. So, what book/books do you read, and do they have to be pre-approved by the school?

Jessica said...

That's what vacations are all about, isn't it? Resting, having fun and enjoying the time. I am off next week, and I can't wait! Have a great weekend everyone.

Ben said...

Mia, I am taking two weeks off, so while you may be working, I am resting. Not really. Time to take on the bathroom and rip up that floor and replace everthing. But,I won't start that until Christmas is over. So, at least I have a few days to relax. Ikea is great! Not that I buy a lot, but it is fun to look. Have a nice weekend, and GO STEELERS! Are you ready Kitty?

Elizabeth said...

We shut down for this week, and I am so glad. I love those kids, but it will be nice to have some time off. I am flying home tomorrow, hopefully! The weather is going to play a big factor. Happy Holidays, everyone.

Anonymous said...

Your stories continue to amuse me, Mia. Your pictures continue to bring me pleasure. Happy holidays to everyone, no matter your faith or beliefs.

ginger said...

Yes, we always enjoy our trip to Ikea, Mia, just remember to bring your 59cent bag next time. Did I ever tell you that I looove my potato peeler?

I still enjoy Christmas even though there are fewer of us around now. We open gifts Christmas Eve and Christmas day we go to my daughter's and watch them open their gifts. Then she always has a birthday cake and we sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. That's what it's all about so Merry Christmas to all!

tigger said...

Snow started here on Friday and it was very pretty. Then it turned to freezing rain, then rain. Not so pretty. Lots of people stuck at the airport. But for a minute, NYC was incredibly beautiful. Thought about you in Chicago, Mia.

City Kitty said...

Sooo Ben, I guess "ready for what?" would not be the right answer today. Are you installing a Jacuzzi Tub? Some cats do like water. It would help my weary bones after these cheering marathons. And would someone please let Santa know that I am out of cat nip?