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Hiccups & Christmas Survey

I have had the damn hiccups all day today! And let me tell ya – they are exhausting!!

None of my usual tricks have worked either, which is so strange. Usually eating a Tums or two always helps. Or chugging water, holding my nose while drinking water, etc. Just not working.

I somehow managed to make it out into the shopping world though to finish the stocking stuffer project along with pick up some presents for Kona 🙂

Since it is safe to say she probably doesnt read the blog, she got a cute new chest harness with matching leash and matching color and a new name-tag. Aww. Along with a toy, treats, and a bone of course! Spoiled.

I also managed to get some more cookie baking done, there was a new recipe I wanted to test out and figured I could bring them into work for coworkers to enjoy tomorrow. They came out excellent! It happens to be a recipe that I have seen floating around a few other blogs (different variations of it at least) and not quite sure where it came from originally, but yum!

Here is a sneak peek:


Recipe to come tomorrow! 🙂


I also spent today doing this:

Yes, working on Christmas cards… within a week of Christmas 😉

We actually werent going to do them this year but Torrance said he just feels like we really need to so everyone knows we are thinking of them. I am actually taking a break from the hand cramping as we speak!

I end up sending out a lot. I have a huge, huge family with lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins. I typically send them out to the ones I keep in touch with most which is a little more than half – but it still ends up being a lot of cards between Torrance and mine’s family. Tis the season though!


I’m off to finish cards and I think I will squeeze in another run today. I did my first run in the Couch to 5K program yesterday, and it surprisingly went smoothly. I felt like I could have maybe kicked it up a notch, but I think for now I will ease into it and follow the program.

I was definitely feeling all those squats we did at training Friday night though! My legs and glutes were a little on the sore side!

I will leave ya with this fun Christmas survey I have seen on many-a-blog. I really enjoy reading these from others – fun seeing other people’s holiday favs and traditions!

25 Questions: Holiday Style

Eggnog or hot chocolate?
Not an eggnog fan, so most definitely delicious hot chocolate!

Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
He always wraps them! Except stocking stuff!

Colored lights on tree/house or white?
Depends. I have red and white on my tree, and then outside off our balcony of our apartment I have white icicle lights and with some blue lights in between.

Do you hang mistletoe?
No, actually never have.

When do you hang your decorations up?
Right after Thanksgiving, Xmas decorations are one of my fav parts of Christmas!

What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Ooo that is tough, since we had a lot of traditional Italian Christmas’ we had a fish dish that I liked a lot or also a we did duck which was always fabulous.

Favorite holiday memory as a child?
All day on Christmas, everything about it! And decorating the tree with my mom (my dad never helped, he said his contribution was going out and cutting the tree down). We always, always had a real tree and we would decorate it one night after school with Xmas music and hot chocolate!

What is on your Christmas wish list?
Pots and pans and a new camera. <—-I’m so wild!

Do you open a gifts on Christmas Eve?
NO! I used to beg my parents to let me open just one on Xmas eve but it never worked.

How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
I changed my colors this year – red lights up the inside of the tree and then white lights around the outside with lots of red and silver ornaments and swizelsticks!

Snow? Love it or dread it?
I like it! This will be my very first ever non-white Xmas, unless it surprises us and snows!

Real tree or fake tree?
REAL! the last 3 years I have had a fake one other than that, always had a real one (and a real one this year too!)

Do you remember your favorite gift?
A computer when I was like 9 (we didnt have one in our house at the time – it was a huge surprise!) And When I was 12 I only had a couple presents under the tree that year (I usually had a lot of smaller presents) and I remember opening one and being really confused at first but it was a brochure on Disney World. My parents surprised me with a trip to Disney World! We left January 1st right after Xmas.

What’s the most important thing about Christmas for you?
Keeping traditions going. That is kind of weird, but I love the traditional factor of Xmas!

What is your favorite holiday dessert?
Christmas cookies 🙂

What is your favorite tradition?
Honestly, decorating! And Stockings on Xmas morning 🙂

What tops your tree?
A red glittery star… I went all out on the glitter this year.

Do you prefer giving or receiving?
GIVING. I think it is so fun and I am usually more excited about people opening their presents than opening my own!

What is your favorite Christmas song?
Jingle Bell Rock and Santa Baby.. and would you make fun of me if I told you liked the Chipmunks Christmas songs? haha

Candy canes, yuck or yum?
Meh. small doses.

Favorite Christmas movie?
Oh man, the Home Alone movies, or Elf.

What do you leave for Santa?
Well, I used to leave milk and cookies! I remember my dad always told me how santa was sick of cookies and he would rather have “a biscotti and a hot toddy.” Ha!

Do you have a Christmas morning tradition?
Wake up and do stockings and make a nice breakfast and then open presents!

Do you prefer to shop on-line or at the mall?
I do enjoy going out and shopping for Xmas presents but lately I just dont like the crowds around Xmas and do most of the Xmas shopping online from the comfort of my own home 🙂

Christmas letter or Christmas card?
Either! 🙂 I rarely send out Xmas cards (Im horrible about it, but want to just always wait too long) but love receiving them!


  • What trick(s) do you use to get rid of hiccups?
  • Do you send Christmas/holiday cards?
  • Do you remember your favorite gift?

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