LOVE the pics, k&a&c'smom and DisneyDmbNut! Thank you, trishadono, k&a&c'smom, mickeynut1, princessmocha, grannieminnie,and blue skies, for your warm wishes about my job, and commiserating about the dog situation. i appreciate all your kind words! although i am still technically contracted until 1/1, yesterday was my last day to physically go to the old job (they can technically still call me back in but i doubt they would do that)... it is still not fully sinking in that i am finally DONE with that place! hopefully it really hits me soon because i really want to celebrate! welcome, and congrats! this is very exciting! rpc is just amazing. i have no doubt you'll love it. i think i have some pics and videos from flickr and youtube towards the beginning of this thread. i wish i were going to be there next december!! i loved reading about everyone's christmas preparations. that is something that i love about this time of year... it is the one time of year that most of the women who celebrate christmas are united in that we all have christmas prep in common.... whether we're wrapping or baking or buying or decorating, it's just kind of neat that for a month straight we're all doing essentially the same things. i can't think of any other time of year that we have that (at least not for weeks on end). today i plan to get the christmas cards addressed and ready to mail and possibly bake some kiffles (a filled cookie)... i have had the dough ready for several days but haven't pulled the trigger on the baking because they are so labor intensive. i hope you all have a wonderful day! it is freezing here but we have snow on the ground, so that makes up for it.