MilSpouse Friday Fill-In is here again! Or actually – I am here again! Thanks to all travels, exams, and deadlines I simply missed the MilSpouse Friday Fill-In in March…. however, back to the bandwagon! And thanks Wife of A Sailor for hosting this great blogosphere get-together!
1. What’s one thing in the past month you would have changed? March was a great month, and the only thing I would change would have been (at least) doubling the length of spring break. Hubby and I had an awesome time in Arizona.
2. What was your favorite thing that happened in March? Spring break trip to Arizona, hands down! We were hiking in Grand Canyon, did some great photography work, played golf…
3. Check your phone… who was the last person you called and what is your favorite thing about them? Super easy: my hubby! Pretty obvious that everything about him is awesome!
4. If you were a crayon, what color would you be and why? Sunset orange because I am bright and warm at the same time. Or Royal Purple for being stylish and classy every once in a while….
5. What are you looking forward to in April? End of the spring semester! I have several exciting research projects going on, and I look forward to wrapping up the papers, getting publications out….
Only a week to go to Christmas, and a couple of weeks to the end of 2011…. Christmas preparations are still work in progress but at least we got all of our Christmas cards out more or less on time, as well as presents have been purchased – or at least I have a great plan in place. Finally.
Tonight hubby and I went to see Anchorage Ballet’s Christmas 2011 performance that consisted of some more contemporary dance pieces as well as the most loved pieces of Nutcracker. It was a real blast, and we had so much fun. I would have loved to see the whole Nutcracker ballet but unfortunately there were only few shows in Anchorage, and at the time I woke up to book tickets, all the good seats were gone. Oh well, hopefully next year! However, Nutcracker music and ballerinas never fail to make that Christmas feeling.
This is the last MilSpouse Friday Fill-In this year. Always awesome Wife of A Sailor will come up with new questions in 2012, so stay tuned, and join the fun – either now or next year!
1. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to be more organized with all the things I need to do and tasks I have to juggle with. I am hoping that better time management will eventually give me more free time. I don’t know if it is just wishful thinking but we will see!
2. One thing I’d like to happen next year is to participate and finish an Ironman race…
3. One thing I’m looking forward to next year is our move and new duty station.
4. One change I’d like to see next year is for people starting to care more about their health and well-being.
5. My plans for NYE include not sure yet….. maybe checking out the fireworks in Anchorage downtown, and having a friend or two over at our house.
Almost mid-December! And my Christmas preparations are not progressing at all. Not at all. I am hoping things to calm down a little bit after this weekend once I get the research paper done, and last finals completed. Probably I will also have some time to start (and finish) my Christmas shopping. But before that, it’s time for the MilSpouse Friday Fill-In again - thanks to Wife of A Sailor for being in charge again!
1. My favorite song of the season is I’ll Be Home for Christmas. I love the song even though it kinda makes me miss my family and friends overseas.
2. My husband is someone who inspires me because he is always there supporting and encouraging me, and lives up to the values that we both share. He is my best friend, hero and role model – all at once.
3. If I had $100,000 to give to a charity, I’d give it to … hmm, I would probably donate some to the Military Order of Purple Heart, and/or USO – both do awesome things for the service members and their families. And I would also love to give some as scholarships to the military spouses and/or children pursuing the advanced degrees.
4. If I had a theme party, I’d make it an afternoon tea party. Yeah, I love the English traditions.
5. If I had one wish for my kids/future kids/some young person I care about, it would be to wish them to live the life by enjoying it, doing things that matter the most, and remembering how precious every single day is.
This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life.
– Author Unknown
I came across to The Christmas Questionnaire at my friend Jane’s blog, A Few of My Favorite Things. What a great idea! Feel free to copy and share you celebrate the Christmas.
Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? I don’t care about either one. If I really, really had to choose one, I’d go with Hot Chocolate. Bur in general, no thanks.
Colored lights on tree/house or white? White lights. I love the simple style and elegance.
Do you hang mistletoe? Nope. I don’t even know where to find mistletoes nowadays.
When do you put your decorations up? I have started with a couple of items already but most of that stuff will wait till mid-December(‘ish).
What is your favorite holiday dish? Hmmm, that’s a tough one. Especially when I’m so much into munching salads and other healthy stuff. I think I would vote for the Carrot Casserole that I always used to have in Finland, and even I can make it pretty tasty.
Favorite Holiday memory as a child? Simply the excitement and time together. While it was busy before the dinner on Christmas Eve, the dinner was always time cal down, and enjoy the good food. Back in Finland the Santa came on Christmas Eve, so it was of corse a major highlight. I think one of the greatest memories were to get the first pair of my skis when I was probably about 3 or 4 years old.
When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I don’t exactly remember. It was before I went to the school though.
Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? When I was a kid, in Finland the Santa visited always in Christmas Eve, and that was the time to open the gifts. Nowadays, I’d like to open them (of course) on the Christmas Eve but I am compromising with the hubby and especially when spending Christmas with the family, I’ll have to wait till Christmas Day.
How do you decorate your Christmas tree? We have ornaments from nearly all of the places in the world we have visited, so they belong to the tree. We use silver garlands, and have a star tree topper. Although I’m trying to find an angel tree topper, the original, German-style one.
Snow! Love it or Dread it? Hmmm….. We are in Alaska, so I really can’t hate it or my life would be really miserable. I don’t love it and would prefer not to drown in the snow but on the other hand White Christmas has its charm. Besides, this is very likely to be our last winter and Christmas in Alaska, so I am cherishing every moment.
Do you remember your favorite gift? It’s hard to pick up one gift over the another but as a kid, I was really excited about new skis every time I got them. And of course various toys were always a blast. Nowadays the favorite gift is just to spend the holidays with my awesome husband.
What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? I don’t care abut desserts, although will munch a gingerbread cookie or two occasionally.
What is your favorite holiday tradition? Collecting ornaments all over the world.
Candy Canes: Yuck or Yum? They look cute but that’s how far I go with them.
Favorite Christmas movie? The Polar Express, and Frosty The Snowman.
Saddest Christmas Song? I’ll Be Home For Christmas.
This makes me always think of my family overseas, a million miles away, as well as all of our friends who are going through deployments over the holidays.
What is your favorite Christmas song? I love Christmas music ….. so there are tons of ones I like. I’ll Be Home For Christmas (I love it despite the sadness), Let It Snow, Frosty The Snowman, It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, The Christmas Song, Grown-Up Christmas List, Christmas Is a Feeling, Holly Jolly Christmas.
….. and not so Christmas music but perfect for every occasion, Luzzi’s Ave Maria sung by my sister, Noora, who is a professional soprano. I so wish we were able to hear one of her live performances this holiday season.
It’s time for another MilSpouse Friday Fill-In, thanks to Wife of A Sailor for putting this together again!
Hard to believe it’s December already. Less than 30 days left of 2011. While it is not time to review this year yet, I have to say this year has been full of adventures, and oh boy how fast it has flown by. But now to the questions of the week.
1. If I could be on any reality TV show, I’d want to be on Amazing Race. I love to travel, enjoy the adventures – more excitement, the better… And besides, I have been traveling extensively all over the world, speak fluently seven languages, and know all the tricks what comes to using any transportation method in the world. Yep, I think I would totally rock it with my hubby.
2. This past Thanksgiving was absolutely awesome. Hubby and I had a wonderful, relaxing time together. And cookings were delicious.
3. I’m looking forward to December because of all the upcoming travels, and because I simply love holiday season.
4. One thing I’d like to accomplish this month is to finish some crafts projects that I really would like to have done for the holidays.
5. To me, winter is another season full of adventures. Time for skiing, snowboarding and all other good stuff!