Hopefully you wrap up this year on a high happy note and ring in the new year with plenty of champagne and little actual pain. Enjoy yourself tonight!
Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Yesterday my husband and I went and got a little taste of winter here in Texas. We found a local ice rink, rented skates, donned mittens and made slow laps on the ice dodging children. It was a fun afternoon, but we had to quit after 30 minutes because the rental skates were so painful. I even have a killer blister on the side of my foot to show for it. I do miss those wintery moments. Now I have to clean house to get ready for 2011. What are you up to?
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Celebrating just isn't the same without party hats. People around me have figured this out and are always willing to be more festive and don spectacular hats at my parties. I have not yet thrown a hat-worthy celebration while living in Texas (all of those have been back in Seattle) so I've got to hunt down a celebratory hat to ring in the new year. Do you wear party hats willingly?
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
When searching for a holiday dessert we inadvertently struck gold. This spiced carrot cake was amazing and we had to give half of it away so that we wouldn't cave into temptation and eat the whole thing ourselves (we love Cooks Illustrated). This was moist, tasty and something that we'll be baking again. I'm so spoiled to have a husband who is a talented baker. We have the week off together so I'll be posting intermittently because it's not often that I get all of this vacation time together with my husband. Are you planning anything special to ring in the New Year?
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Today we brought home our Christmas tree. At first I felt bad for not having a tree up, let alone any holiday decorations. When we got to the tree lot and only paid $15 for a $40 tree, I didn't mind so much. Having never purchased a tree that I can remember less is more with me. I used to love trudging out into the snow and sawing down a tree from my own back yard (a ten acre back yard, mind you). This year, thanks to my mom, I have a bunch of beautiful straw ornaments to add to the tree. Now, it's time for lights. When did you put up your tree?
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
These shoes look like they are ready for a party. Now that school is finally out for the holidays, I too am ready for a party. I have to dress for my husband's holiday work party on Sunday and I'm actually not dreading it this year. I'm having fun dressing up this year and have found some great fun accessories. Not that I couldn't see adding some fantastic shoe clips to my wardrobe. Do you remember shoe clips?
Thursday, December 16, 2010
A friend of mine is on his way to Australia & New Zealand. I am pretty envious of the adventure he is embarking upon, but will be happy to read all about his trek. This is a dream destination and I cannot wait to cross it off of my own list of places to see. Where would you love to travel to?
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
One year my brother got some coal in his stocking with a warning note from Santa. Really, we just crumbled up some charcoal briquettes and made it look like it had ridden on a sleigh. Would you put coal in anyone's stocking? Have you been good this year?
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
While visiting Dallas for the first time I am sleeping in what amounts to a theme park. Our lobby has stuffed wolves looking down at you when you check in and there is also a water park and all kinds of attractions for children. I guess this could be fun, if I was a kid and I wasn't here for a conference across the street in the super fancy adult-themed hotel... I'll get over it.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Yesterday my husband cooked his first ever vegetarian entree. We had chickpea patties with cucumber yogurt sauce and they were excellent. I am so glad that he had fun cooking and that he too enjoyed our dinner. I am excited to eat more vegetarian options, especially when my husband is behind the idea too (he formerly thought that it wasn't dinner if there wasn't meat). Exploring vegetarian options will make dinner so much more fun. Are there any recipes we should try?
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Odin has a new job around the house that he loves, he brings in the mail for us every day. You should see how proud a mail-carrying bulldog is to run in with magazines and bills. He's even good about not really biting into everything. I wonder what other useful household tasks we could teach this bulldog?
Monday, December 6, 2010
My room is an explosion of laundry. I can tell where my husband stands when he gets home from work every day because there is evidence of him shedding, just a pile of shirts ties, socks and pants. I think that he actually wears about 3 outfits a day - one for work, one for work-out, and one for sitting around. I don't mean to complain, but I hate laundry and it always seems to sneak up on me. Our house has a cycle and it is dirty once again. We kept it tidy for a while and then then laundry monster started to sneak in. How do you manage your clean house?
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Yesterday we lost our dear dancing Fr. Rog. He touched and influenced countless lives of students at Seattle U and people all over. In one of his last letters to us all he reminded us to love ourselves and one another. His light, love and passion for life along with his affinity for movies and pop culture will be missed. I think we're all speculating on what his first dance moves in heaven would be.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Ever since we bought a huge tub of vanilla ice cream for Thanksgiving I've been indulging in a little every evening after dinner. Not the best habit to start in the evenings. Especially not the best habit considering all of the other holiday eating I will be doing to celebrate this December. I guess I'll just have to run a little further and take the bulldog on more walks. I do see myself scooping some of this creamy goodness into some hot coco. Do you have an evening indulgence?
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Today is World Aids Day. The theme this year is universal access & human rights. Having known people living with AIDS, I see the education of the public and the world and access to medical care as an achievable goal. I'm usually not one to use my blog as a soapbox, so you can decide for yourself. Check out the website, learn something, and possibly make a donation.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
If I were in Idaho, this is what I would be doing today. My mom said she was going to sled down the driveway to the car and I'm jealous. Maybe next week when I go to Dallas I'll see some snow. Haven't seen snow in two winters now.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Usually a Seattle winter includes much gray, drizzle and cold. This year instead of rain they got snow for Thanksgiving. I know not everyone was happy to be home bound, due to the cold, but a week off can't be all that bad. My week off is over and I am headed back to work with the children. I can't say I am excited to be up early this morning, but I can also begin my countdown to winter break. It was fantastic seeing my family and hanging out with friends, now I have writing cards, wrapping gifts, and mailing packages to look forward to. What does your December have in store?
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Today is a good day to reflect on all of the things that make your life worthwhile. I am grateful for such an awesome group of friends and family who constantly remind me why my life is good. I am glad to be greeted on a daily basis by snorts and wiggles from the bulldog (not the husband). I am lucky to have a beautiful home to live in, even if the location is far away from the beautiful Northwest. I have my health, I have everything I want and need, and I am loved. What are you thankful for?
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Having two pies in your house, freshly baked and not being able to eat them. That is akin to torture. We're pre-making much of our Thanksgiving meal so that tomorrow is less grueling and daunting, but that doesn't make me salivate any less when I see a pie sitting on the table. What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Today my parents are flying in for another visit. Last year they came for Thanksgiving and it was a blast. This year we have more to show them and they get to sleep in an actual bed! (The bed we ordered last year was delivered on the day they left...) I am so happy to be able to host my parents and to give them a break from all that they do. I can't wait to see them both today. Who will you be spending the holiday with?
Saturday, November 20, 2010
As the holidays approach I often think of my brother and his view of Christmas trees. His birthday is usually on or just after Thanksgiving and when the holiday decorations come out I remember him urging us all to plant a tree for Christmas instead of cutting one down. I wonder if he would appreciate his own little tree in a sustainable bamboo pot? He should be going home for the holiday, but I think he'd dig that I was inspired by him. Do you cut down a Christmas tree or assemble one from a box?
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Today I am in need of some comfort. I'm currently slacking off in a planning meeting because my lunch is two minutes away. All I can think about right now is chocolate and happy hour. Thank goodness I just have to get through one more day of teaching before I have a week of vacation. Yes, you read that correctly - I have a whole week off for Thanksgiving. What more could a girl want?
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I have got to change my mindset. Only three more days of work until I get a nice break to hang out with my parents while they are in town. Man, do I need to clean my house. Right now I'm still shuffling around the house trying to ease my sore quads as my muscles remind me of what I did to them on Sunday morning. I can't be a whiner, I have to stop being lazy, I have to clean my house. What is your least favorite household chore?
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I've wanted a pair of boots in my wardrobe for a while. If these boots were a table saw, I know my husband would have had them ages ago. I think that these mid-calf boots are pretty sensible, cute and they're comfortable too. Now, I just have to find them on sale or convince my husband that I need yet another pair of shoes.
Monday, November 15, 2010
*Image by Trevor Jorgensen
I did it! I finished. I even came in close to my original goal time at 2:21:19. My estimated time running is closer to 2:15 though because I had to stand in line for a potty break (thank goodness they had those!) Today I am sore but proud, wearing my race shirt to school to hobble around with a grin on my face. Thank you for the encouragement, there were so many of you on the course with me.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Five months of early Saturday mornings. Mornings that started out sweltering and are now pleasant and chilly. This is the first Saturday I can recall sleeping in since before summer started. It was good to lounge and feel rested, too bad all of my good sleep still ended before 7 o'clock, just in time for what would have been my morning run. Race day is tomorrow. Can you believe it?
Friday, November 12, 2010
I have been looking forward to today since my Out of Print shirts came in the mail. Today I get to wear my new shirt and strut around proudly like the literary geek I am. Not only that, I will have a proud partner in crime. We're even putting together an Outsiders care package for another teacher so we have three shirt wearing fellows in our little club. Do you get to wear fun shirts on Fridays?
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Kate Spade just put out their gift guide and this thermos stuck out right away. It's pretty, can you blame me? I wouldn't mind some of the other items featured on the list, don't get me wrong. I guess I'm just a practical gal. Have you made a holiday wish list? What's on it?
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Ok, I get the savings now. If I want to be well rested and take advantage of the newfound energy I experienced yesterday I need to get to bed sooner. I found myself distracted in front of the computer and stayed up too late. Now I'm tired. Daylight savings should encourage me to go to bed earlier because it's nice and dark outside. How do you manage the change?
Monday, November 8, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Now that my husband has finally finished his car stereo project (after working for over 600 hours) he needs something else to keep him busy. He likes the idea of wood working so I suggested he start with an upholstered bench for our bedroom. This seems like a nice easy project to start out with, and I wouldn't mind paying well under the $400 Pottery Barn is charging (not to mention benefiting from my husband's meticulous hard work). I even found a great tutorial so that I could help out and that we could work together. To what lengths are you willing to DIY?
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Today was the last official group run before next Sunday's race and it felt good and fast. Maybe the group was running more slowly than normal, but I think I was running faster. I never thought I would be the type of person to utter, "only 5 miles" but that phrase actually came out of my mouth today. I can't believe how much stronger I feel now in comparison with my first 10k group run this summer. Next weekend is going to be great. What have you done to give you a feeling of accomplishment lately?
Friday, November 5, 2010
With family coming to town to see our new house for the first time I want to make a great first impression and set a beautiful Thanksgiving table. We were given a gorgeous linen table cloth for our wedding, but I love the fun designs, table runners and napkins available on Etsy. The internet has a wealth of great accessories for the tabletop. Now I have to narrow down my favorites. Any pointers for setting a lovely, welcoming table?
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I finally caved in and bought some true English teacher apparel. I now have two book-themed shirts headed my way. I'll have to wait for this beauty, but I do love the new Mikey Burton designs. The best part is that I get to wear these with a nice pair of jeans on Fridays, or with fun slacks or a skirt any other day of the week. I'm such a geek, this is a culmination of two previous posts. Books I like and clothing. I can dig it. Which piece of literature would you proudly wear?
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
I've been searching for some cool round mirrors for a while now. Lo and behold, there are plenty to choose from in the new West Elm Catalog. I'm feeling inspired to add a few more decorations to the house now that we've got some company to look forward to. These mirrors also caught my eye because of the striking blue wall on which they hang (very similar to my living room). What are your favorite final touches in a room?