contest winner & snowy moments (and a bit of walking down memory lane…)

First off, this is a few days coming: a big congrats to Courtney who won the 80’s TV trivia contest for a $30 iTunes virtual gift card!  She got ALL the answers right to the Marmalade Birfday Trivia Extravaganza (ok, so it was just a contest but I need to hype it a bit).

The answers were:

1. What was Reverend Jims real last name on TAXI?

2. What was the name of Arnold’s fish on Different Strokes?

3. Who shot J.R. Ewing?
Sue Ellen’s sister, Kristin

4. Who palyed Mork from Ork’s son?
Jonathan Winters

5. Can you name the 5 original MTV VJ’s?                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Martha Quinn, J.J. Jackson, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter and Nina Blackwood

 6. On Three’s Company, what city did the trio live in?
Santa Monica

Yesterday we had our first taste of real snow falling on the ground here in the Midwest.  My girls went outside to play and I had to haul all the snowstuff / snow wardrobe out from the top shelf of the coat closet in our mud room.  There has got to be a better way of organizing, I tell you, I’m about to go all Henry David Thoreau on the people in this house (well minus the tuberculosis infection).  Simplify simplify simplify.  I so want to do this–funny that it coincides with boxes upon boxes being present in my living & dining rooms for client images.  Funny how I get this urge during the busiest time of the year RIGHT before our home gets inundated with boxes from Santa and well meaning family.

Speaking of Santa—we got to see him on Saturday night!  The girls were so excited, he appeared in the Holiday parade put on by the downtown merchants’ association of Wilmington.  I love seeing all the storefronts lit up with twinkle lights, the street lights with the lit up wreaths.  The parade was a blast and we stuck around all day to see the crowds milling about the downtown area near the Marmalade Studio.  I was sorry I missed out on the afternoon tea at the local bed & breakfast.  I feel bad because I forgot my brand spanking new point & shoot camera that I bought myself for my birthday (a Canon Powershot A570 IS for anyone who is interested (the Amazon link is a full $20 less than I paid.  Darn it.)  I liked it because when it comes time to hand down to my 7 year old I won’t feel horrid that I’m handing down an uberexpensive camera but one that was reasonably priced and that comes with loads of features…I’m really impressed with this little thing and am busily annoying the heck out of my family snapping photos without worry about hauling out the “big guns”).  Of course I bought the new camera to put in my hand bag, um, yeah, didn’t work out for me on Saturday as the camera sat in my office at home gathering dust!  LOL.  Nonetheless it feels good to be back amongst the land of those who snap for the pure pleasure of taking photos.  Perhaps now I can start documenting our lives again (like I did before the business took over my mindset).

Lastly, may she rest in peace.  Our cat, Twin(kie)…one of our very first babies, passed away on Saturday.  We came home from the festivities to find that her sweet life has come to pass.  We are in a state of grieving here at the Marmalade home.  The girls and I wrote little letters and took an old snapshot of her and put her to rest in our backyard yesterday morning.  It was very sad…the girls and I are having a tough time grieving.  She was a sweet sweet soul who spent much of her life purring away, even towards the end she was just an armful of purrs and love.  We loved you sweet girl, we hope the afterlife is filled with lots of Pounce treats and feathers on sticks to bat at.

To that end…thank you for stopping in.  It’s a post with no images, I don’t want to muddy the waters here with grieving and happy shots of families frolicking in Marmaland.  Peace, love and joy to your family during the wind up of the holiday season.

‘Til next time,

xoxo, Mare

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  • Elizabeth - November 26, 2007 - 7:11 am

    I am sorry to hear of your loss.. its funny how our pets become such a huge and important part of our lives and how much thier absence is noticed.. So my thoughts go out to you and your girls today.. its sounds as though she was very loved.. and gave much love in return and thats what counts… the love..

    I know what you mean about the snow gear.. I am always never ready when we get snow and while we may only get a dusting my kdis want to go play in it in full gear.. takes me forever to find everything help them all get into it all and they go outside for 4 minutes get wet and want to come in because they are wet and cold and then I have more stuff to wash.. ( like I dont have enough as it is ) and put away.. not to mention helping to get all the stuff off them.. I stil wonder why I live in a state that has snow.. I dislike winter immensly.. except for the few times we get that heavy wet snow that sticks to all the trees leaving it a winter wonderland.. but I digress.. Hang in there.. my thoughts are with you


  • Denise - November 26, 2007 - 11:41 am

    Sorry about your little furry one! I hope she is doing all the things she loved now.

  • Marmalord - December 16, 2007 - 4:45 pm

    Families frolicking in Marmaland.

    Enough of this – it is tooooooo much!

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