She’ll be Tumbling Down the Mountain When She Comes

I was going to tell you all about our fabulous Christmas today.

Instead, I’m going to tell you about how I fell down a mountain. Joe and I decided to go hiking up Pine Mountain after hitting the after Christmas sales this morning. We made it up in record time and then started the decent back down. We got about 0.2 miles from the summit when I tripped over a root and took a dive. I rolled my ankle, skinned up my knee (and ripped my brand new workout pants. sniff!) and hurt my hand. We tried to get down the mountain, but didn’t make it too far. It was just too painful. We were about to call 911 and have an ambulance bring a stretcher when two guys came walking up and helped Joe carry me down. We started with a chair carry and then switched to the three guys taking turns giving me piggy back rides.

We spent the rest of the afternoon waiting at the Urgent Care office for xrays. Nothing is broken, but I’ve got a bad sprain and doctor’s orders to stay off it this weekend. I guess that means *Joe* will be doing all the cleaning!

Merry Christmas!

A little something funny to enjoy for Christmas. I seriously could watch this video all day and never get bored. I hope you all had a great holiday!

99 Things

I got this from Alynda and thought it would be fun to do on the day before Christmas.

Things you’ve already done: bold
Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven’t done and don’t want to – leave in plain font

1. Started your own blog.

2. Slept under the stars.

3. Played in a band.

4. Visited Hawaii.

5. Watched a meteor shower.

6. Given more than you can afford to charity.

7. Been to Disneyland/world. (Both)

8. Climbed a mountain. (Pine Mountain here in Cartersville!)

9. Held a praying mantis.

10. Sang a solo.

11. Bungee jumped.

12. Visited Paris.

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea.

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch.

15. Adopted a child.

16. Had food poisoning.

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty.

18. Grown your own vegetables.

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France.

20. Slept on an overnight train.

21. Had a pillow fight.

22. Hitch hiked.

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not (physically) ill.

24. Built a snow fort.

25. Held a lamb.

26. Gone skinny dipping.

27. Run a marathon.

28. Ridden a gondola in Venice.

29. Seen a total eclipse.

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset.

31. Hit a home run.

32. Been on a cruise.

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person.

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors.

35. Seen an Amish community.

36. Taught yourself a new language.

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied.

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person.

39. Gone rock climbing. (Once. It didn’t go very well..)

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David in person.

41. Sung Karaoke. (Absolutely not.)

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt.

43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant.

44. Visited Africa.

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight.

46. Been transported in an ambulance.

47. Had your portrait painted.

48. Gone deep sea fishing.

49. Seen the Sistine chapel in person.

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkelling.

52. Kissed in the rain.

53. Played in the mud.

54. Gone to a drive-in theatre.

55. Been in a movie. (An independent film being shot in Dalton needed some extras, and since I was there covering it they had me walk by the camera in a scene. I haven’t seen it, though.)

56. Visited the Great Wall of China.

57. Started a business.

58. Taken a martial arts class.

59. Visited Russia. (My brother has.)

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout cookies.

62. Gone whale watching. (On our honeymoon!)

63. Gotten flowers for no reason. (Joe’s pretty good about this!)

64. Donated blood. (I can’t anymore, though, because of my arthritis meds.)

65. Gone sky diving. (Never, ever, ever, will I do this.)

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp.

67. Bounced a check.

68. Flown in a helicopter. (Over the Grand Canyon!)

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy. (My parents have boxes and boxes of these.)

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial. (Numerous times. Boy, I miss living near D.C.)

71. Eaten Caviar. (Ick.)

72. Pieced a quilt.

73. Stood in Times Square.

74. Toured the Everglades.

75. Been fired from a job.

76. Seen the Changing of the Guard in London.

77. Broken a bone.

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle.

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person. (Twice.)

80. Published a book. (Hopefully soon!)

81. Visited the Vatican.

82. Bought a brand new car.

83. Walked in Jerusalem.

84. Had your picture in the newspaper.

85. Read the entire Bible.

86. Visited the White House.

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating.

88. Had chickenpox.

89. Saved someone’s life.

90. Sat on a jury.

91. Met someone famous. (Cal Ripken, Jr.; Al Gore)

92. Joined a book club.

93. Lost a loved one. (I’m very lucky in that I haven’t lost anyone yet.)

94. Had a baby. (Next December…:)

95. Seen the Alamo in person.

96. Swum in the Great Salt Lake.

97. Been involved in a law suit.

98. Owned a cell phone.

99. Been stung by a bee. (Try an entire nest of hornets.)

Hanukkah Lights

Last night, we played around with the camera and took some shots of our menorah after Joe lit the Hanukkah candles. I love this picture of Dizzy.

hanukkah lights

And, of course, Callie had to check out the candles.

hanukkah lights

Joe played around with the aperture and took some really neat shots.

hanukkah lights

hanukkah lights

Even I took a few pictures.

hanukkah lights cady

hanukkah lights cady

What do you all think?

Learning my Lesson

This morning, I looked up SportsMagick on the Better Business Bureau’s Web site. It has an unsatisfactory rating with nine unanswered complaints, five of which were regarding delivery and refund issues. I guess I’m not the first person to be scammed by that company. It’s one thing to be scammed, but to be scammed at Christmas really bothers me. And, I hate knowing that I will never see my order *or* my refund. At least I’ve learned now to check out any new businesses I find online.

More Luck

Remember when I mentioned that I don’t have the best luck? Today was yet another example. I was so proud of myself for getting my Christmas shopping done early this year, and I was planning on spending tonight wrapping gifts to take to my parents’ house on Wednesday.

A few days ago, though, I started to worry when my dad’s gift hadn’t arrived. I bought him a replica of the Tennessee Titans stadium from SportsMagick, and I was super excited about giving it to him. Today, after yet another package-less mail delivery, I called the company. I was told that the post office typically delivers their packages within 3-5 business days and that they are very reliable.

It’s been 10 days since it allegedly shipped. I talked with two people at the post office — one here in town and one at a different location — and neither of them had any idea where my box is. They said that if it really had been delivered then it was mailed without tracking information because they said their system had no way to pull up any information on it.

I told the owner of the company that this was my dad’s Christmas present, and now he won’t have anything from me to open. She told me that she wouldn’t rush deliver another *nor* would she give me a refund. Nice.

So now I have one day to find another present for my dad. Any suggestions??

Oh, and by the way, our dryer started working again last night after we bought a new one on Friday. On the bright side, it’s been acting up for a while, so we’re taking this as a sign that it’s on its way out. Sigh.