Corazon de Swiss

December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas!!

Filed under: The Fam — by corazondeswiss @ 10:23 pm


At Casa de Swiss, one person gets a crap-tastically wrapped present in a time honored tradition.  My dad used to (before my sister and I started wrapping presents), wrap my mom’s presents last, and use multiple papers to wrap one.  My sister and I have carried it on.  This year, our brother is the big weiner and gets the crap-tastic wrap job. 

I wish you all a Merry Christmas!
I hope that it is filled with laughter and love, family and friends.


December 21, 2007

Still Sick

Filed under: In Sickness and In Health — by corazondeswiss @ 8:38 pm

People I am still sick.  The nasal congestion has worked its way down and I have acquired a tight cough and shortness of breath.
So, yesterday, I finished up at work early and decided that the cough and chest congestion was not getting better on its own.  So I took my little self to the walk-in clinic.  I went to the one listed on my insurance, which happens to be closest to the hospital where I work and there were only 3 people in the waiting room when I got there, so I thought I was going to be in and out of there in no time flat.  (Why I delude myself like this I don’t know).  An hour and a half later I had seen the Physician’s Assistant who made the not so definitive diagnosis of the flu.  (What the hell?! I got a freakin’ flu shot.  Before I move on, I know the flu shot does not cover all types of flu.) He said they could do a blood test to check my white count, and figure out if it was viral or bacterial.  If the count should up neutral, we’d be where we were at that time- trying to decide if I wanted antibiotics or not.  He said, generally with the flu you start to feel better in the second week and I was almost there since it was Thursday and this all began on Saturday.  Since I am sick and tired of being sick and tired…I voted yes for antibiotics and the cough medicine. 
The cough medicine has broken up the chest congestion, but I coughed so hard in the shower this morning I gagged.  So I called in sick to work.  Which I hate to do, but you can’t see patients in the hospital when you are coughing so hard you gag yourself.  So I’ve been resting off and on, wrapped a couple presents and generally been lazy.  I still sound pretty awful, but I’m actually feeling better today than I’ve felt in awhile.

December 17, 2007


Filed under: Cheesepuff,In Sickness and In Health,The Fam — by corazondeswiss @ 8:54 pm

First of all congrats go out to the recent graduates- my sister received her BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders from my alma mater.  And also to GFF for becoming Dr. GFF!!
Second, somehow I caught Janet’s killer cold of death over my sister’s graduation weekend and spent 15 hours in bed from Saturday to Sunday.  CP was my nurse as I spiked a fever.  Brought me soup and a sandwich, ice cream and turned the heat on and off as my fever broke.  And gave up on a romantic evening with his girlfriend alone. In a hotel room. With a king size bed.  And a whirlpool tub. 
I’m feeling better and I have GOT to get my Christmas cards done.  I am so behind on this!  In fact, I’m off to do this now…

December 10, 2007

Holiday Survey

Filed under: It's All About Me — by corazondeswiss @ 8:19 pm

I got 2 of these, so I tried to combine them into one long one….

Favorite Part about winter?
Fire in the fireplace, soup in the crockpot for dinner.

Do you like hanging around the fireplace because it’s warm?
Yes.  I also like snuggling in front of the fire, the smell and sound of the crackling wood.

Snowball fights or sledding?
I’ve only had one snowball fight, but I’d be willing to have another.  I’m from FL and still live there- we don’t get a lot of snow.

Snow, love it or hate it?
For very short periods of time, I love it. 

Can you ice skate?
Not well, but I’m better than CP.

Ice skating or walking around the mall?
Ice skating!

What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Dressing, cranberry apple compote, and sweet potato casserole. Also, green fluffy stuff and heavenly hash.
Turkey or ham?
Yes, please.

What is your favorite holiday dessert?
Yes, please.

Egg nog, hot chocolate, or apple cider?
Anything but the egg nog.

Candy canes:
Yum in small doses.

When do you put your decorations up?
Shortly after Thanksgiving.

Colored lights on tree/house or white?
I like the all white.
Outside decorations?
Of course!

Fake tree or real tree?
Fake because I am allergic to real ones

How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
A mix of childhood made/given ornaments, family and friend made/given ornaments.

What tops your tree?
An angel

Do you hang mistletoe?
Ever Been Kissed Under The Mistletoe?
Not yet.

When is it too early to start listening to Christmas music?
Before Thanksgiving!

How do you feel about Christmas movies?
I love them!

Favorite Christmas movie?
Miracle on 34th Street

What is your favorite Christmas song?
My favorite Advent song is O Come O Come Emmanuel.  My Favorite Christmas songs are Silent Night and O Holy Night.
What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you?
Time with friends and family.  Looking for something special for someone special!

Favorite Christmas tradition?
Dinner before Christmas eve service, Driving by to see Christmas lights on the way home.

Do you enjoy going downtown shopping?
I don’t do a lot of shopping downtown.  I love my Market Days shopping.  And shopping in general.
Do you remember your favorite gift?
I always get really good gifts. 

Which do you prefer, giving or receiving?
Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
Yes, and I know what is in it.  My Christmas pajamas.

Stockings before or after presents?
Usually we have them before presents.

Does Santa wrap presents or just put them under the tree?
Just puts them under the tree.
What do you leave for Santa?
Milk and cookies.

Go to someone else’s house or they come to you?

What do you do after presents and dinner?
Nap.  Spend time together.  Wash new clothes and play with new toys.
What is your favorite holiday smell?
Cookies baking.

December 6, 2007


Filed under: The Fam — by corazondeswiss @ 8:26 pm

As my dad was trying to put my 15 month old nephew to sleep last night.
“Are you ready to go night-night?  Because I’m about through with you fighting me.”

December 4, 2007

A few of my favorite things…

Filed under: The Fam — by corazondeswiss @ 8:47 pm

Christmas is one of my most favorite times of the year.  And I am very glad to be home with my family this year (even if I do have to work Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas.  And I already worked the day after Thanksgiving.  But I am not bitter.  Really.) I do miss having my own decorations, like my ornaments and my linens and candles, etc.  We have several of my favorites at home. 
My Granny (my dad’s mom) painted ceramics as a hobby. And since she was a Christmas Eve baby, all things Christmas were some of her favorite things to decorate.  Since she is gone, there are no more pieces and fortunately she had plenty and I’ve gotten a few (and so has my sister.)  Obviously they are irreplaceable at this point and have lots of very sentimental value.  Anyway. I have a tree just like this one.  I can’t tell you how excited I was to get it. 

Fully lighted and decorated tree

Santa (also painted by Granny)

And finally the Willow Tree Nativity (I have one of these as well and there is a new one of just the Holy Family that I love and will ask CP for someday)

What are your favorite decorations?

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