Wednesday, December 29, 2010

, there are so many things to share! I would really, really love to show you all of the wonderful gifts that we received this Christmas... some seriously amazing gifts. We are so, so grateful and extremely giddy ripping everything out of their boxes and playing with them. But we have to remember what Christmas is really about. And since we spent our time with our family and celebrating the birth of Jesus, that is what I want to share.  (Don't worry... I'm sure our lovely presents will be popping up sporadically too).

We are extremely blessed to have so many wonderful people in our life to celebrate the holidays with. This is so amazing.. and also extremely exhausting. We had a total of 5 Christmas celebrations, 3 house guests, 3 late nights, 1 Christmas mass, a lot of cups of coffee and countless gifts unwrapped. And a lot of love shared.

With no time to sort everything out or put our house back together, I started my new job this week. As flustered as I was leaving my house in complete disarray and feeling completely unprepared, it has been going good. Good. That's about all I know right now. People keep asking, but I'm really just too overwhelmed at this point to know anything else. It really does seem like a great place to work, but it's so hard to know anything at all when you know nothing about what is going on around you. So, being the perfectionist that I am, this drives me crazy. But things are going well and there has been a lot of training, so I feel pretty good. I have a very short week this week... very nice to just ease myself into this whole working full-time business (wow, not working for a year really messes with your head) and then next week things will really start to pick up. So I hope to know my feelings better about the situation very soon! And again, I must thank each and every one of you for your outpouring of support and prayers through this hard time. I appreciate it so much.

And finally, I am ecstatic for this weekend. New Years Eve. Such a wonderful holiday with a wonderful spirit about it. Everything is new and fresh and exciting and unknowing. Anything seems possible. It is a new year for us. It is a new chapter. I am grateful for our entire 2010. Everything about it.... while it wasn't appreciated in it's time, it is now. To close this chapter and begin writing the next, I will be participating in Reverb10. I am very excited about this. Learn all about it here. I am technically still okay to be starting this only now, even though it is suppose to end in December. For many reasons I wanted to start this in January for myself. So I have been patiently biding my time, and thinking about my year and what I want for myself within the next one, and admiring the honesty and integrity of the other participants. It is exactly how I want to begin this new year and I encourage you to do the same if you are interested. It has already resulted in a very positive outlook for me (and I haven't even really started yet).

And now... I'm going to tuck our Christmas gifts neatly away, finish folding this load of laundry (because holy cow I can't do it on leisurely Wednesday afternoons anymore), dust off my gold sequined jacket and get ready to celebrate a new year.


.I realize that I refer to my life in chapters
a lot. I always think of it that way. I guess it's a good thing I got a job in publishing.

..I also have not yet completed my
list project of 2010. Instead of rushing this and creating lists that don't mean as much to me, I'm going to carry this project over into the new year. Perhaps my favorite memories of ringing in the new year?

(kate spade.)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

So, no blogging this week. I have several really good blog posts drafted, but just no time to finish them. There is so much going on- getting the house ready for company, last minute shopping, wrapping, wrapping, wrapping, Christmas parties and gift exchanges, Hollie is in town, celebrating Hollie's birthday, preparing for my new job, tons of Christmas celebrations, church, trying not to play with our new toys, visiting all of our friends & family... as you can see... a lot going on. But I wouldn't have it any other way. I love Christmas.

Merry Christmas to you & yours!!


Friday, December 17, 2010

Happy Friday everyone.

I'm very much looking forward to this weekend for-
wrapping presents. cuddling with my puppy. sleeping in. cleaning the house. singing along to Christmas tunes. watching the snow fall outside. baking cupcakes. drinking hot cocoa. & burning my Christmas candles constantly.

Enjoy the tune.

PS- right now I am obsessed with adding hot chocolate mix to my coffee in the morning. It is like my own little mocha venti. Delicious.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I just saw The Kids Are Alright last night. It was brilliant. I tend to over exaggerate my love for movies because, well, I do love them. This one is seriously a must see. So fresh & unique & honest & sincere & different. It really is wonderful. There are so many things that I love about it. But I will keep my mouth shut & just let you see for yourself.

And I have never loved this guy more-

Seriously. "I'm still stunned by the existence of this movie."
It's that good. That is really the only way to describe it.



So, let me start this by saying that I never win anything. In fact, as far as I can remember, I have never won anything. I just don't have that kind of luck... until recently. I always enter random blog giveaways because a. they are always for really great stuff so what the heck, and b. I usually comment on my friends posts anyway. Much to my surprise, this time I actually won. And it was a really good one to win too.

The lovely Jasmine over here, hosted a wonderful giveaway from Magnolia Family Vintage shop. And I won. A $50 gift certificate. Can you believe it? $50 to a kick-ass vintage clothing shop. I freaked out (Stacey had to listen to my screaming). It was a very good first strike of luck, wouldn't you say so?

Some of my favorite things from the shop at the moment-

I love it all. But I'm sure the piece that I will be walking away with is this baby-

I will totally rock that blazer!
Thanks to Jasmine. & thanks Magnolia Family Vintage.


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tuesday tune- Wait by Alexi Murdoch because I have been listening to him all day long. Every one of his songs is brilliant and life-affirming, but if I had to chose a favorite, this would be it. It's completely cheesy to say, but I don't care- this song has been my life for over the past year... this song has been us. Especially my sweet husband and I, but really every one in my life. It's perfect. Not even only the words, but the melody, the standstill in his voice.. all of it. I hope you enjoyed as much as I have.
Feel I'm on the verge of some great truth

Where I'm finally in my place

But I'm fumbling still for proof

And it's cluttering my space

Casting shadows on my face

And if I stumble

And if I stall

And if I slip now

And if I should fall

And if I can't be all that I could be

Will you, will you wait for me?


I can't sleep tonight. My sleep schedule has finally started to resemble normalcy lately, and now, here we are. Can't sleep. Not tired, at all. I'm really going to have to work on this since I start my new job in two weeks.

I have fallen in love with the beautiful image above. I stumbled across it on Etsy this morning & have been going back to it all day; just to look at it. There is just something about it. I really love it. (Selfishly I shouldn't share it with you because I really want it for myself, but lucky for you am usually pretty unselfish. Usually.)

Tonight was lovely. I wrapped a pile of presents and suddenly our tree looks so much brighter when them happily residing underneath. I still have a lot of wrapping to do, but I don't mind. It is one of my favorite parts of Christmas. (I might be saying that about everything lately. That's okay.) My Mrs. Claus's Kitchen candle burned for about 11 hours today. I know, they're not suppose to go that long, but I can't help it. I like it too much. And I figure that in a couple of weeks it won't be appropriate to burn anymore anyway, so why not? Oh and I watched A Christmas Story and About A Boy while wrapping. Why can't it be December all the time?

sweet dreams-

Monday, December 13, 2010

Why I love
Exhibit A-

Don't even try to deny how awesome this is. With an inbox that is constantly filled with mind-numbing auto responses, this was a breath of fresh awesomeness. CDBaby, you are rad. I am honestly in no way affiliated with this web site. Other than the fact that I'm sort of in love with it. Just thought you should know.


Oh what a weekend it has been. We had our second major snowfall and it was well.... it was a blizzard. It was awesome. It was ice. It was freezing rain. It was below zero temps (still is). It was snow snow snow snow snow. I loved it.

On Friday night we went Christmas shopping, then settled into Aaron & Kathy's warm, cozy house to watch the hilarious Christmas on The Office as the rain & snow started to fall.

Saturday: we slept in; got lunch; and then more Christmas shopping (we are really close to done- but what's left is all the hardest); headed home just as the roads were almost undriveable- we almost got hit, twice. We did take a safer approach to enjoying the snowflakes & went for a little walk around the neighborhood. It was magical.

I took my baby with me even though she's broken. Manual focus still works sometimes so I got a few results. (I'll be sending it to Canon after the holidays. Can't wait!)

Then we got ready to head out to our annual ugly sweater Christmas party! Sadly, I don't really have any pics of our ugly sweaters, you'll just have to take my word for it. They were UGLY. Everyone is certain that mine was originally a tree skirt. This is the only gem that I got:

Yes, I look horrific. Oh well. I guess that sums it up quite nicely since I drank entirely too much & have since vowed to myself that I won't do that anymore... not for a long while. (Sorry Kathy, the only pic I got you weren't there yet. Boo.)

Sunday was, you guessed it, horrible. I convinced myself that I must have had the flu because I was just that sick. But I'm sure that events of the previous night had a lot to do with it. Regardless, I spent the day in bed and in the bath. Thank you husband for endlessly taking care of me. Otherwise I'm sure I would have died. Yep, no more heavy drinking for this girl. I am strictly sticking to a few glasses of wine and/or beers. That way I actually enjoy my alcohol consumption, which is afterall, the point.

So I'm spending today cleaning & folding laundry.. making up for my lack thereof yesterday and then spending the afternoon wrapping presents! That, my friends, I am excited for.

12 days to Christmas!


Friday, December 10, 2010

One Tree Hill post part 2. This song:


You all know about my obsession for a little show called One Tree Hill, right? Did you watch their mid-season finale? If not, you must have heard about it. (Beware- spoilers). It was C-R-A-Z-Y. I'm still not over it. I literally died & came back to life. It was that intense. I don't think you understand--

See what I'm talking about?  Thankfully there were some really sweet Naley moments to break up all of the drama. And A Christmas Story references.

And now I have to wait seven weeks for the next new episode... it might kill me. But they sure did go out with a bang. Gosh, I love this show.

That is all.


I just posted about finding really great things in unexpected places and then (BAM) it happens again. I do frequent Old Navy regularly, but usually for t-shirts or sweatshirts or gifts... but my last trip there I stumbled across some really pretty pieces. And a lot of great stuff that I could totally use for new work clothes--

*Mental note to make a trip there after Christmas to start new work wardrobe (& my kind of prices).


Thursday, December 9, 2010

There are so many things that I love about Christmas time. Your surroundings turning into a different world overnight with the first snow, houses twinkling with lights, wrapping presents with care for loved ones, stockings filled with candy and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. 

One of my favorite parts of Christmas is the music. Surprise, no? I want to share with you some of my favorites from very traditional to not-so traditional... I love it all.

Sufjan Steven's songs for Christmas is simply perfect. The joyous harmonies and melodies play in my head for days and that's where I like to keep them forever. Words really can't define how amazing how great all of their tons of Christmas songs are. You must listen for yourself. (Sample here).

I grew up listening to this Christmas collection every year. Seriously every year... my mom can vouch for this. It's her favorite. Traditional, classic Christmas music. Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Julie Andrews, The Beach Boys, The Carpenters, Nat King Cole, & Dolly Parton among many, many others. (Sample here).
I think it's pretty obvious why I love this Christmas album. EVERLY. I probably would have loved it even if the songs sucked because it's Everly, but honestly, they could NEVER suck because it's EVERLY. It is sooooooo good. Very traditional, but with a bit of a twist. Oh, it's my favorite.

And then of course...
Even if you aren't familiar with the show, The OC, definitely check out this Christmas mix! It's sooo good. Seriously, check out the track listing here. I told you. Here's a little taste- you must listen to it!

And then there is everything Glee. Glee + Christmas = Unbeatable. I loved their Christmas episode.. & enjoyed so many songs, especially Baby It's Cold Outside, Welcome Christmas & Last Christmas:

And I certainly don't forget that a lot of great Christmas songs aren't on albums necessarily & have compiled quite the play list. Here are a few faves:

Christmas by Rogue Wave.
Christmas All Over Again by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
Peace on Earth / Little Drummer Boy by Jason Segel & Jack Black.

My list would not be complete without a Death Cab For Cutie Christmas tune. This one ROCKS:

I love love love this song from Elf w/ Zooey:

You can hear Zooey's full version with Leon Redbone here, I just prefer her with Mr. Ferrel.

And finally:

Glee did a pretty killer version of it this week too.

Oh, Christmas music. It seriously puts the biggest smile on my face. I'm going to listen to my favorites curled up with a cup of tea & a good book.

Hope you enjoyed.


News: I am no longer a member of the unemployed community. That's right... I got a JOB with a capital J. I am excited, nervous, grateful, anxious, happy, scared, & (enter any enthused adjective here). Thank you all SO very much. You all have shown me such an amazing outpour of love & support over this past year and I will be forever grateful for that. Truly sincere and genuine people in this world is what makes it worthwhile. It makes everything okay. And I am so lucky to know so many of you. THANK YOU.

My new position is a Project Coordinator at a publishing company. I will manage 60-70 education textbooks from contract sign date to development, production, manufacturing & into inventory. I am very excited to work for a publishing company, the people seem very nice & family-oriented, and I think it's a really great company to get invested in. WoooHoooo!

And the really great part, I will be starting the week after Christmas. Which means I don't have to worry about rushing around getting our house & gifts ready for Christmas like I had expected. I can sit back, enjoy the holidays with our family, & then get my butt back to work after the holidays. A very nice feeling- I must say.

Today I am checking some major things off of my list- making calls, answering e-mails, trying to determine how many more Christmas gifts we need to shop for, finishing up Christmas cards, paying bills, and listening to Bryan Greenberg because I am totally seeing him live in concert this weekend. Check him out:

I really just can't say thank you enough to all of you. So I will one more time- Thank You!


Monday, December 6, 2010

. I never realized how addicted to tumblr I was until it crashed (please come back).

02. I have two job interviews tomorrow (fingers crossed). And hopefully my head doesn't explode.
03. I finally have an appointment to get my hair cut & colored... oh what to do, what to do. Suggestions?
04. Tomorrow is the mid-season finale of One Tree Hill before their winter hiatus. Their promos have been driving me mad.
05. I'm addicted to this song, despite my normally awesome musical tendencies-

Don't judge. Maybe it's because they say G so much. This is what he did today:

This version is pretty awesome too (thanks Hollie).

06. St. Nick brought me a jacket & candy this morning. I think "St. Nick" wasn't paying attention during our no spending money Christmas chat! Do you think "St. Nick" will be mad if I return it? 

That is all.


I am mildly obsessed with bakers twine. I use it for everything that I can. It's so simple, & so pretty. My favorite use is for packaging my etsy orders up real cute, but I can't wait to experiment with my Christmas wrapping this year too.

All of the colors are so, so pretty, but my favorite will always be the classic red & white.

You can find tons of options on etsy, some local craft stores, & also be sure to check out baking wholesale options online if you are wanting to buy in bulk. This is what I do as it is much cheaper & I don't have a local option. This is the best supplier I have found.

Happy twining! I will try to remember to post my finished products on the blog once I start wrapping.


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