Monday, December 13, 2010


OK, yes, I think my exact words were "and there will be a Champagne Friday this week! I promise!"

And then Neal came home from work.

And opened the bourbon.

Not just any ole nasty gut-rot redneck stuff, either. The Woodford Reserve. (Tip to the bourbon afficionado wannabes: Maker's Mark is for your wife to mix with her Diet Coke/7-Up/triple-distilled sparkling water. If you are asked at the office Christmas party, Woodford Reserve is your drink of choice. Ascot is optional.)

So we had a bourbon with dinner. And another with dessert. And then another while we watched Wall Street (the original, not the one where Charlie Sheen is trying to fit another movie in between jail terms). And then, well...I don't quite remember. A Christmas tree was definitely involved, though. Suffice it to say, the good Cap'n needed to blow off some steam. It was our first weekend home with nothing to do since the first part of September. And in just a little over a month, bourbon will be nothing but a wet dream for him. So, rev up the ice maker and pass the bottle!

Anyway, here it is Monday and while things have calmed down some, I still have a couple of projects I'm finishing up. But I wanted to spread Christmas joy through the WWW. So...first...

Isn't this AMAZEBALLS?? I bet bourbon would be very tasty in an angel mug. Or Champagne. Or something non-alcoholic. Bwahahaha...whatever.

Anyway, as part of Shana's 12 Days of Christmas, this is today's giveaway item. Just by telling you about it I get 3 entries. Which is awesome. Unless 3 of you enter because you saw it here first. Or 4. And then I'm in the red as far as entries go. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on today's post....which you should do anyway because she is, once again, letting us live vicariously through her and Christmas in NYC.

Secondly, the children of Africa are singing your praises because the school in Namapandi has a roof!! Mama Virgo sent me these pictures on Friday:
Isn't the most beautiful thing you've ever seen? Yes, well it's no Frank Lloyd Wright...but it's a fully functional school building. When you're comparing it to a tent, it may as well be the Louvre. If you have forgotten how the school looked when Mama Virgo and her team of IBC volunteers left, here's a refresher:
And then I did that annoying and pushy thing where I asked for money/prayers/a band of angels and *voila* we raised the roof! So, to all of those who sent checks, prayed about it, told a friend who sent a check, or told a friend to pray about it, THANK YOU! Here is proof that money and prayers work hand-in-hand.

To celebrate the completion of the school in Namapandi, Mama Virgo has graciously agreed to write a blog post about her experiences there last summer. She has been known to string a sentence or two together into paragraph form (and once, into book form...God bless the dissertation) so expect great things. No pressure, Mama Virgo.

Congratulations on making a difference, good luck on Shana's wing-ed coffee mug, and Happy Monday! Just 12 more days until Christmas!! I can hardly stand myself...


  1. Awwww, yay the roof is built! I love to see the finished product and can't wait to hear the story :)

    Also, I now have Wings of an Angel in my head. I don't even know if that's the name of the song, but it's what i'm internally singing.

  2. I love seeing that school completed!!!

    There are several people that I know who deserve that angel mug!

  3. I'm glad you and Neal had a nice, boozy Friday. You deserved it. I hope you have a few more in the next month and a half.

    I'm glad you like the angel mug and thanks for the blog lovin'.

    I'm so glad the school has a roof and I can't wait for Mama Virgo's post.

    Happy Monday.

  4. Vaguely drunk Friday is always a totally acceptable event in my book. I'm glad you and Neal were able to get some good time together (there can never be too much!)

    And it really is fantastic to see that school completed; it's amazing what people come together to do.

  5. I Looooove me some Woodford Reserve. Mmmmm......

  6. Man, that is AWESOME to see that roof on there! What good work they did! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay Mama Virgo (and group)!!

  7. That sounds like a truly delightful evening. I often do that with wine.

    Glass while making dinner.
    Glass with dinner.
    Glass with dessert.
    Glass while watching Thursday night TV.

    I'm pretty sure my roommates think I'm an alcoholic.


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