Saturday, 26 November 2011

Defining the word UGLY

This one's for you sis....

ug·ly
[uhg-lee]
adjective, -li·er, -li·est.
1.very unattractive or unpleasant to look at; offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance.

You may wonder why I'm beginning this post with a definition of the word 'ugly'.

My husband and I just attended our first Christmas party of the season last night! It was a hoot and we had a lot of fun! But, I have to admit that when we arrived at the party...we were definitely a little 'embarrassed' at our choice of attire. hehe.

You see, the party was an "UGLY Christmas Sweater Party" and although I will admit that the majority of the attendees were indeed 'dressed for the occasion,' there were only a select few who went, how should I say..."all out!" and my husband and I did just that. We went 'all out' in our ugly attire! and props to our friends who did the same! I'm talking, definition of the word ugly. haha.

We arrived in our festive attire consisting of sweat pants, patterned sweaters, Christmas tie, light up necklace, poinsettia broach, and more! We were 'in it to win it' as Randy from American Idol might say.

So I'm writing this post today in hopes to entertain you, give you a confidence boost, or maybe just make you smile. When you are invited to an Ugly sweater party....don't be afraid to go all out, or step out of your comfort zone!!!! The word "ugly" doesn't just mean 'silly' or 'fun'. You read the definition - - - So none of this 'pretty ugly', 'pleasing to the eye' kind of stuff!! You can do better than that!



Merry Christmas friends!!!


xoxo
Vent Machine

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Through the Choas and the Noise...


I LOVE Christmas, I think.

Every year I get really excited for the first snow, Christmas music, decorating the house, spending time with family, giving and receiving presents, yummy treats, and so much more. But, at the same time, EVERY year I get frustrated again and again.

A gift for this, a gift for that, money money money, VISA card running high, family expectations, rush and busyness of stores, adds promoting Christmas greediness, etc. etc. The holiday I love and cherish gets me on a roller coaster love/hate relationship every year.

I honestly go through ups and downs every year feeling really excited and happy one day then bitter and angry the next. Why has Christmas become like this? I'm sure many of you feel the same way. Our culture and society has turned a beautiful holiday into a stressful greedy unnecessary insanity every year. For me, it's often turned giving a gift from a joy to an obligation, and turned the joy of spending time with family to an insane rush to 'fit everyone in'. Not only that, the agony of 'paying off the VISA' after the Christmas rush is a real heartache.

In all this craziness, the lyrics of this song really hit home...

"I need a silent night, a holy night.
To hear an angel voice, through the chaos and the noise.
I need silent night, a holy night.
To end this crazy day, with a silent night."
-Amy Grant "I Need a Silent Night"

I'm glad I'm reminded of this early this year...as this insanity is just beginning. The craziness and stress of Christmas is NOT what Christmas is actually about or what it should continually feel like. Instead.... listen carefully because there is NOTHING I vent about that is more important than this right here....

Christmas is a celebration of my new life, the new life I have received through the life of Jesus Christ. Because of his life, and because of HIS entry into our world, I no longer need to feel the burden of 'life' anymore...I get to live HIS instead!!

What a relief!

Now THAT is the kind of 'peace on earth' and 'joy to the world' I want to be celebrating this Christmas!!


Bring it on... it's Christmas time!!!

xoxo
Vent Machine

Saturday, 5 November 2011

A Girl can't live without a Good Pair of Panties!

We all have our favourites right!!?? ...a favourite food, favourite colour, favourite shirt, favourite pants...etc. etc. Well, just like other favourites...I have a favourite brand of underwear. Yes you heard me correctly, this post is about underwear.



This past week I learned that I can no longer get my favourite undewear! This is a big deal! I've never done well with change, but this one has really hit me!! For the longest time, probably over 10 years now, I have been purchasing my favourite underwear - Fruit of the Loom Bikini's from Zellers!! When they get worn out...I go get more. The time has come once again to buy more underwear...and to my sadness....my favourite kind is no longer :( (Zellers still carries the same brand and name but they have changed the style and material it is made with) And so, the great underwear hunt begins!

In my opinion, a good pair of underwear is one that...
1. is affordable!
2. has full bum coverage
3. does not stick up out of my pants at the back
4. breathes well and is made with a comfortable material (cotton)
5. is neutral (no fancy frilly polka dotty underwear for me...let's be practical folks)

So I'm calling all women....I need your help!! What is your favourite brand of underwear?? Please post in the comments below (you can choose to post anonymously if you choose) This hunt may take some time...but I am determined to prevail! A girl can't live without a good pair of panties!!

xoxo
Vent Machine