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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Christmas Cheer ... and a Bah Humbug!

I participated in Kathleen Marie's Ornament Swap and my partner was Connie. She sent such great ornaments!

Kayla loves shaking the angel bell and I really like the snowmen ornaments! Thank you Kathleen Marie for hosting this swap and thanks Connie for your ornaments!

3 wonderful ladies have passed on "The Spirit Of Christmas Award" to me.

What is the Spirit of Christmas you ask? Quite simply it is those that have a generous and giving nature. Those who care about others. Those who have a kind word to say or a broad shoulder to lean on in the times that others need that. Those who display the "Spirit of Christmas".

Thank you to Shannon, S. of Our Vietnamese Ladybug, and Miss Sniz for passing this on to me.

I would like to give it to the following bloggers (and forgive me if you've already received this award - I just haven't been able to keep up with who has what award LOL):
Kathleen Marie
I can't get the code to work for me, but you can get it here

"Operation Christmas Card" is underway! Joe has received 6 cards already! He was very surprised by the first one (and I didn't let on there were more to come!) and said that was really nice that someone wanted to send him card, now he's received more and finally asked me if this has something to do with the post I didn't want him reading. He said it's cool to be receiving all these cards and sends his thanks. I can just imagine the smile on his face the last few days (and the days to come!) when he gets to work and has an email saying "You have a letter" - I'm sure it gives him something to look forward to each day! Thank you all for participating!

Now for the Bah Humbug part of my post! On Wed Kayla and I went to the Families Apart Dinner and on the way home I was pulled over and given a ticket :( That's just what I needed after coming back from a dinner for those with deployed spouses! Ok I know that's not an excuse to get away with anything, but it's not like I was speeding, driving recklessly, running a red light etc. It just felt so trivial. I was in a right turn only lane, obviously turning right, and I didn't use my turn signal! Ugh! It was 8pm, there was no traffic, and well I guess I just didn't think about using it. I always use it though and of course am kicking myself now for not.

Then it took 25 min from the time I pulled over to the time he gave me the ticket. My nerves were on edge already and then I'm sitting there wondering what is taking so gosh darn long. When he finally comes back he apologizes and says he didn't have his pad or book or something with him and had to wait for his Sgt to bring it! He couldn't have at least come and told me what the hold up was? And what happened to just giving me a warning? My record was clean, insurance and registration up-to-date. Yeah I know, pass me the cheese with my whine!

He then told me to have a good evening! Ha! That's when I felt like saying "and a bah humbug to you too!" LOL

Emotional already from missing my husband? Hormonal? Pregnant? Stressed? Making mountains out of molehills? Check, check, check, check and check! Needless to say I went home and cried my eyes out! I know it wasn't that big of a deal, the ticket was only $35, so not too expensive, but man I felt awful! Like there was this big black cloud hanging over my head saying "you did something bad, bad, bad!" I was just not in the right frame of mind for getting a ticket, to say the least! :)

And to end this on a good note - today is my mom's birthday (ad my aunt Debbie's since they are twins!) so Happy Birthday Mom and Aunt Debbie!

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~Melissa~ said...

I would have been bummed about the ticket too - no fun!

The ornaments are so cute!

Corey~living and loving said...

oh man....yeah...you totally should have gotten a warning. that stinks. :(

Christina said...

Oh man! I definately say that officer should have given you a warning...For such a minor thing, come on!

Those ornaments are super cute!

Anonymous said...

He must have been using you to meet his quota!

I'm glad to hear Joe's liking the cards. I mailed ours about a week ago or more but it might take longer from Canada. I hope he gets it before Christmas!

(Hey, come over to my main blog to enter to win a sling for your new baby!)

PEA said...

About two years ago I got stopped for speeding...my very first time to ever get stopped and he charged me the full amount, even though it was my very first offense and my record had been clean for over 30 years!! UGH! You really did a bum ticket also:-(

Congratulations on the award, you deserve all of them that are out there:-) I love the ornaments that Connie sent you for the swap...they are so much fun to participate in!!

How wonderful that Joe has started receiving some of the cards...it must mean a lot to all the men and women out there who are away from their loved ones!! xox

Salome said...

Don't feel bad. Giving out traffic tickets is how municipalities make money. It's the price we pay for home rule. Here in the Garden State every little hamlet has it's own police department. Salaries and equipment don't come cheap. That's where hapless motorists come in. Police are given a quota and if they don't make it, they're likely to get assigned the most awful duties available. I know this because I'm an attorney and many municipal prosecutors have shared this with me. Get yourself a police courtesy card and you'll be exempt from future tickets.

Cindy said...

I would have cried. It seems crazy. But I like to think that maybe dumb stuff like that can actually be God protecting us from something... like being held up for 25 minutes kept you from being in some accident up the road farther.

I hope you have lots more Christmas cheer and NO more Bah Humbug encounters!!

RK said...

Big bummer about the ticket. I'm all for turn signals, but come on...a warning would suffice!!

Sandra said...

Ugh Michelle, isn't that the worst??? I got pulled over on base for the first time ever and he only gave me a warning, but he pulled me over in the Burger King Drive Thru LMAO I mean really...couldn't he at least do it before or after I got my meal???

So glad Joe is enjoying the cards, hope he got mine already :)


Mary said...

It must have been a slow night and they needed something to do! Anything to make that $$ quota! I'm sorry that it was you!

chelle said...

ugh sorry to read about the ticket, that sucks.

Those ornaments are soo pretty!

Omaha Mama said...

I'm sorry about your ticket. That stinks!

I think you should have played the "my husband is deployed" card. Or the "I'm pregnant" card.
Or the "It's Christmas" card.
That guy should have given you a warning! A no blinker ticket? Ugh.

Some days are better than others, that's for sure!

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

Busy post! First of all, Happy Birthday to your mom and aunt. Second of all, thank you so much for the award. This is one of my very favorites so I appreciate that you thought of me. And third of all, what kind of dipstick pulled you over and gave you a ticket like that anyway??? Since he was so ill prepared by not having his book, he should have had the good grace to give you just a warning. I mean really. And not because you're pregnant or because your husband is deployed, but because you weren't endangering anybody and were obviously more in need of a reminder than a punishment. What a grinch that guy was. He's causing me to want to add to my "rant" post today and let's face it, NOBODY wants THAT! lol

Oh yeah - I love the ornaments, too!


Beck said...

I'm so sorry about the ticket - that was just ridiculous!

Tracey said...

Glad he's getting so many cards! Hope it helps him get in the spirit.

Grr. Stinks when you get a ticket for something you ALWAYS do. I remember when Patrick got a ticket for supposedly going 50 in a 25 mph. Thing is? I WAS IN THE VAN WITH HIM. With my kids. Which means that he would NOT have gone that fast cuz I wouldn't have LET him! Duh, officer! I actually said something to that effect... I also made a stink over the fact that in order for my big honkin van to get to 50, from a dead stop, to where he "clocked" us, was IMPOSSIBLE. Truly. He still gave us the ticket, but we fought it.

We won. :)

Jessica said...

I would have been so mad too! I hope the rest of your weekend is a good one!

Mommatude said...

Love the ornaments!!

I think that offense deserved just a warning too.

Congratulations on the bloggy award!!

Shannon **Gabi's Mom** said...

You can get a ticket for that???? I never use mine! I know I am a bad girl!

Sniz said...

OK, Keri and I are in total agreement here. If the (I want to say jerk, but my hubby says it's totally wrong) If the police officer is so ill-prepared as to not have his book, what in the heck is he stopping you for such a minor thing for? If his intent was to meet a quota, wouldn't he have his book for sure? I'm sorry, but that burns me up. He should have given you a warning or not even pulled you over in the first place. Isn't his notebook a required part of his job? He's allowed to do something like that and inconvenience you, making you wait 25 minutes for HIS unpreparedness, and you can do nothing about it! For Pete's sake, you weren't even speeding? Every day I see tons of people speeding and driving recklessly...and YOU get a ticket. Geeze.

ChupieandJ'smama said...

I'm sorry about the ticket! I hope Santa leaves that cop coal in his stocking and I hope Rudolph leaves him a little "something extra" too :(

rylie's mom said...

I can't believe you got a ticket for not signaling-that's just crazy and even more crazy is he made you wait to get your ticket!-Sorry

Dori (Aviva's mommy) said...

That stinks..especially it took so long..he should have let you go.

Happy Belated Birthday to your Mom and Aunt.

Karen said...

Oh, Michelle, I'm so sorry about the bad day. Those things are usually the straw that breaks the camel's back.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe the officer didn't have his book on him. he should of told you what the hold up and also just gave you a warning.
The ornaments are really nice.
Happy Birthday Donna and your Aunt Debbie!!
love ya,

Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

I am so behind!!!
Okay... so Daniel and I discussed the ticket thing and found it to be mind boggling ridiculous. Daniel said the guy had a terrible supervisor, and I say that the guy was just dumb. Seriously, he shouldn't have told you he hadn't brought any tickets with him (like really, who does that?!) and just given you the warning it called for. Or perhaps looked the other way! - that would have worked too!!! Sheesh! Daniel once got a ticket on base in Grand Forks for taking a corner at 26 mph - or so the guy supposedly clocked him at. Absolutely ridiculous! Our car would have totally flipped!

ANYWAYS! Thank you for the award! I always feel so honored when you pass one along to me. Thank you so much.

I hope this week is going much better than last week :) Sorry for getting on my soapbox about the ticket - that stuff totally drives me bananas!