happy new year!


oh, let’s make this year, this decade, a good one. 

(awesome swedish retro calendar from stephanie levy, hanging out in my kitchen.)

make it a tall one

all i know is i’m glad this work week is over.  i’ll be glad when this decade is over. 

apple mint punch (recipe from ideal home’s christmas magazine)

i threw the juice from 1/2 lime into a tall glass with a bunch of mint leaves and a couple slices of granny smith apple.  filled the glass with ice, added a couple glug glugs of rum, topped off with some sparkling apple cider and *presto change-o* – there’s your celebratory work-week-ending cocktail. 

merry christmas

hoopy new year.

xmas eve

i thought i would treat myself and bake some delicious allergy-free brownies this morning before heading into work.  a little something sweet to look forward to after my christmas eve shift was over. 

now i’ve made these things several times before.  and they’re always good.  but today when i licked the spoon after emptying the batter into the pan, i was all, “uh-oh, that don’t taste right.”  but i baked them anyway.  and i checked the package to make sure the expiration date hadn’t expired.  it hadn’t.  and i re-read the directions to make sure i hadn’t misread something.  i hadn’t.  i think i just got myself a faulty batch of mix. 

they’re the most inedible things i’ve ever made.  they’re just awful.  drat.  the christmas brownies are garbage.      

thank goodness i have a bottle of prosecco chilling in the fridge for me as we speak.  not exactly a tasty brownie, but it’ll do for this year. 

happy christmas eve!

xmas eve eve

ya ever have one of those days where you fully expect to work and then suddenly find yourself at a 1:15 matinee?  precisely what happened to me today.  i was ready to go see “up in the air” this evening after work as it opened today and i wanted to avoid the christmas day crowds, per usual.  work phoned and said i had nothing on my books, so i opted for the full day off.  and i was pleased as punch. 

the theater was practically empty and, for a change, actually warm and toasty.  perfect movie-going conditions.  and thoroughly enjoyable.  and while i thought the movie was heading toward predictable, it did not end the way i imagined.  and i was happy for that.  that’s it.  that’s my review.  a good solid movie and a good solid movie-going experience.  these are days i live for.  an unexpected day off from work and a good movie in a warm, empty theater.  merry christmas to me. 

red + green

found a green one. 



add it to a red one. 

instant christmas.

blizzard after effects

while today (a MUCH NEEDED day off) should be all about finishing up some crafty projects, instead it will be all about attempting to shovel out car #2. 

i am not amused.


all i know is i am amazing.  you don’t understand the workings of ‘hood parking unless you’ve lived a winter in the ‘hood with on-street parking.  it’s vicious.  you can shovel for hours and then leave your space only to have it scooped up by some jerk right after you leave.  i learned my lessons the hard way last year and you have to only shovel enough for your own car.  but now that i have the two working vehicles i have to shovel out the 2 spots and move one car to the middle of the 2 spaces when i take one of the cars to run errands.  it’s a bit of a pain, but it’s completely worth it.  this way a car cannot fit in front of you or behind you.  and you must also possess mad parallel parking skills, of which i’ve become a master.  snow parking in the ‘hood – it’ll toughen up the girliest of girls.

i may have gotten a little carried away with the shovel and shoveled too much space in front of the white car.  i might have to fill that in later. 

what will inevitably happen is the city plow will come on by while i’m out paying bills and completely ruin everything.  ruin my strategically planned mathematical parking space perfection.  just you watch.