The Life of Erin

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Surviving Married life over the holidays December 28, 2007

Filed under: Christmas,Family — erinp @ 12:43 pm
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There is no way this can work perfectly with any kind of planning. Just go with the flow, don’t stress out, and be happy that so many people want to see you and spend time with you over the holiday season.  Christmas Eve: left at 2:00, made a quick stop down town, and arrived at Matt’s father’s house at 4:00.  I met a lot of Judy’s family that I had never met.  All boys.  People are hoping that Laura, one of the cousins-in-law, will be having a girl.  Things were too crazy and I was eating too much to take photos.  Left Matt’s dad’s in the midst of the party at 7:30 to head to my parents’ house.  Christmas Eve Part Two: 8:45: my parents’ house.  Nice and calming.  But there were too many presents even after we had all agreed to “tone it down.” We opened stockings and stayed late before we went home to rest up for our return in a few hours.This is Christmas “toned down:”Christmas morning: First stop, Dunkin Donuts, 9:30 am.  Bought: Box O Joe and a dozen donuts.  Arrived safely at rendezvous point (parents’ house) at around 10:00 am. Nannie was there, we were ready to dig in.  There was general pandemonium and excitement, with a few eating and bathroom breaks, for about 7 hours.  Holy crap.  Oh, and by the way, this is my first blog post from my new elegant and beautiful mac laptop.  Love it.  Lots of fun was had by all.So we decided to extend Christmas to the 26th.  Mom, Dad, and the boys came over with dinner (good thing because our fridge was once again empty).  Andrew was a doll and tried to be my own personal IT person.  He should have charged me by the hour.  Pandemonium ensued, as always. Dec. 27th: The “seeing friends who no longer live in Philadelphia but are here for the holidays” started last night.  This will continue on Saturday night as well.And soon to come: Dec. 30th: hopefully visits with two families, the Joslyns (cousins) and the Craggs (Matt’s Mom).Then I guess it’s New Years and I have to go back to work.  Holiday vacations are tiring.


Pizzelles December 22, 2007

Filed under: Christmas,food — erinp @ 9:17 pm

I made my first batch of pizzelles today on my own!  I got a pizzelle iron in March at my bridal shower and my mom and Matt convinced me to make some for Christmas this year.  It was hard getting used to a different machine, because I usually make them with my mom on her’s, but I think most of them came out pretty well.  We gave them as gifts to our neighbors and saved a few for ourselves.

  This was at the beginning–I was using too much batter.

MMm…..the batter tasted like my mom’s!

I let Matt make a few.


Tacky Christmas Lights Follow-UP

My mom went in search of the lights that flash along with music and she found these at Lowes.

 My neighbors would hate me if I ever did this.  I think I will add this to my ultimate limit along with inflatables.

 But it does solve the mystery on how that guy got his lights to sync with the music.


Celebrities teach at Temple December 19, 2007

Next semester, Spring 2008, two “celebrities” will be teaching at Temple University.

Soon-to-be-former Mayor John Street will be teaching a Political Science seminar on Urban Politics with a focus on Philadelphia. 

In the School of Communications and Theater, Phil Nicolo, a music producer who has worked with Lauryn Hill, Sting, and Paul McCartney, will be teaching a BTMM course on Digital Audio Production.

Addendum: my cool brother just reminded me that Nicolo also produced Stargazer Lily’s albums!!

 I just thought this was really cool!  (And incidentally, Street just “took over” my dad’s faculty office!)


Weird Christmas Gifts December 18, 2007

I found this article online from 2001:

“Bellybutton Lights…and Other Strange Holiday Gifts”

The suggested gift list in this article includes High-Heeled Handbags, a Portable Lie-Detector, and a Beard Vacuum! 


Lights December 16, 2007

Filed under: Christmas,Funny stuff,Home and Garden — erinp @ 9:58 pm
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One of my favorite things about the holidays are the lights people display in and on their yards and houses.  The tackier the better, in my opinion, and my neighborhood could get an award for the tackiest displays.  In fact, there is a contest between my neighborhood and the one right next to it for best decorations, hosted by the local hardware store.

This house may have a chance, and my dad and I actually talked to the man who owns the house, who submitted his application and is anxiously waiting for the results:

It actually made Matt a little sick after watching it for a few minutes:

Here are some other winners around the ‘hood:

These are the houses across the street:

And finally, the cutest house is ours:

Matt and I decided it was too much work to put lights all around the outside of the house, so he decorated the lamp post with greens and lights.  My mom gave me the blue stars for the lawn and strings of stars from IKEA that I hung inside the porch.  I LOVE how it all looks! Tacky, here I come!  I draw the line at anything inflatable, though. 

(I’m still trying to figure out the best camera setting for taking photos at night.)


Wacky Warnings Awards December 13, 2007

Filed under: Funny stuff,random info. — erinp @ 4:14 pm
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The 11th annual Wacky Warnings Awards have just been announced.

Some of my personal current and past favorites include:

“Do not iron while wearing shirt.”  (See, Mom, we told you.)

“The Vanishing Fabric Marker should not be used as a writing instrument for signing checks or any legal documents.”


“If you do not understand, or cannot read, all directions, cautions and warnings, do not use this product.”