Detailed – intricacy retrieved through the delicate work of management.
Seriously, you aren’t done shopping yet?
I’m done done done. and now it’s time to start getting creative with bows and wrapping paper and getting sappy with cards and love notes. Well there you go. So there.
Anyway, for you last minute shoppers (tsk tsk) then I figure I’d throw a few ideas your way.
Loving these little jars from Cost Plus World Market. IF you have the time, make jelly, or if you have less time, perhaps cookie mix in a jar! Either way, the work will look cute delivered in these!
I’m a huge text junkie and these huge letters from Anthropologie caught my eye. I’d want an L and an A for my office, or home or somewhere! and I’m telling you, what a statement. Pricey, yes, but cool – definitely.
I gotta do a little plug for my amazing singing peeps in my life. Sean, Ty, Michi, Blair, on and on and on and ON…that said, this lovely CD of classic Christmas fantastic-ness is sure to please. Can’t wait to come and see everyone sing in a few weeks – tissues at the ready!
Another amazing plug goes out to school friend Christine Ha, winner of MasterChef. Stop and pick up her recipe book now, full of amazing home cooked goodness. I’m already working my way through it and it’s hard to stop choosing which recipe to take on next. She’s an amazing person, and an amazing cook!
And for the other foodies in your life, please get good balsamic vinegar. This will be my secret Santa take-along this year – looking forward to the fun at the upcoming Crazy Hat party my lovely girlfriends throw every year. Good vinegar makes for good eating and it’s unique, loved and sure to please!
For a few stocking stuffers, why not interesting USB drives? Personally, this little Mini Cooper caught my attention…is it because I drive one? May-haps. I go through USB drives like water and it’s nice to have one that doesn’t get lost in the bottom of my purse (or I can drive around my desk whilst I’m on a conference call…just sayin.)
For the man in your life, a warm sweater is always wonderful for him (and you) to snuggle in. It’s a luxury item, but a cashmere cardigan is something that makes me particularly happy to hug! Okay, sometimes the cardigan can be a style stretch for a lot of guys, so stay traditional if you’re not sure yet and do a nice v-neck or crew. Either way, it’s winter and warm, and utilitarian with a bit of love mixed in is the way to go.
But if you were me…and you own the word Geek like you own your name, and you’ve been sent geek clothes by a mizzillion friends, then my gift guide readers, try this sweater for that crazy lady in your world. I mean come on, who doesn’t want to take that and add combat boots, a million earrings and yes, a hat, or tights, or well, anything. Cozy up on the couch, hit the book store, whatever, own your inner geekness.
Budding writer in your life? How about an amazing journal to jot thoughts for their next book, or poem or even their, dare I say it, blog in? I adore the Paper Source for a million things, and journals are one of them. Right now I’m staring at about a dozen empty ones on my desk, and they continue to fill up with new ideas from time to time, and then I move onto the next one. Journals, good ideas, do it.
Maybe your girl likes to dance to The Cupid Shuffle. Perhaps he prefers Shostakovich. Either way, a retro radio on the desk makes either a fashionable past time. Tune into the favorite radio station or plug your mp3 player in for something a little less retro and a little more modern. Either way, music never disappoints.
Merry Christmas and happy final days of shopping!
I don’t know how I feel about this. It’s all a little too Orwell, Divergent, creepy Back to the Future House that does everything for you Kubrick and what happens when we don’t need humans any more for me.
I know that’s probably overdoing it times a thousand, but something just says, “Please Jeff, Don’t send a drone to my house, thanks. The dogs will want to eat it.”
Last night, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos appeared on 60 Minutes and announced his plans for Prime Air, a service that will deliver small packages via drone. FAA regulations for commercial drone use are expected by 2015, so those five-pound-and-under packages will be sent the regular way until then.
There is a labor of love when you hit the kitchen and want to tackle a new recipe and make it perfectly. I’m not always the best at this, sometimes my impatience (read: hangry-ness) makes me lose sight of the pace that one should have when preparing good food well.
That said, I applaud Mandy’s efforts and her amazing writing skills (and snarky personality which I can relate to) in her quest to make these potato chips. An self-proclaimed expert myself on this salty snack, I’m impressed with both how gorgeous, and how different this particular product came out. I may just jump through hoops (with a bag of Zapps in hand to keep me charged)….to get them.
Yesterday, I spent a good deal of effort in the kitchen, not just on the usual manual labor I do driven by unknown impulses, but on trying to draw the very blurred line on practicality/doability when it comes to home-cooking, which I have slowly come to realize to having a very different definition than the general public. Well, I suspect not having a day-job has something to do with it, but really though, what do people consider worth-the-effort when the grunt work is to be done by their own hands in their own kitchen?
1. I want arms like Evangeline Lilly. Okay, maybe these actually look a little Lillyish. I am so happy to report that I am my goal weight minus two more pounds. Now I’d like to do some shaping, but I think in life we need to come to grips that I will always have thighs, and no matter how much I wish for little pin legs, my legs are nice, and get me to where I need to go.
2. 2013 Journal – Still going strong on this. Have been slightly lax only because I’m so tired sometimes! I find that I’m writing three days in the same day – shh, don’t tell me. I know that’s bad, but at least I’m keeping a record and feel like this was my most successful project this year.
3. I want to pull back out my Rosetta Stone: Italian and tackle it. Well, did I tell you that I give up completely on this? Only until I know where I’m going next year – Paris and Italy. Just Paris? Just Italy? Oh my goodness. Now I just need to decide traveling partner or go solo.
4. I want a Great Dane. Penny has come home. And I’m watching her grow and now that we’re ending the months of “terrible twos” behavior, I’m so proud to have a mammoth dog who loves on people. This.dog.wants.hugs. She stops going full speed towards the door to go outside after work and insures she waits for me at the foot of the stairs to walk with her. She leans against me with meaning, and wants her love. Then she goes and makes a pool in the backyard.
5. My Photography is going to make a comeback. So so here. I’ve been taking out the camera. There’s lots and lots of events coming up this holidays season that will no doubt give me reason to dust off ALL the lenses and make things happen. I’m looking forward to twinkly lights and champagne bubbles.
6. A+: Complete! With 34 years closing in fast, I think it’s time to set some goals about things to do before I’m 40. So the current list looks something like this: Marry. Have one kid. Get a great dane. See Paris. Finish one fiction novel. Learn violin again. Learn one great song on the piano. Start one large public singalong. Write my younger years memoirs for my kid to read. See Seattle. See Scotland. Sell the hats I make on Etsy. Strut one catwalk. There’s other things, but by 40, this is doable…I hope! List hasn’t changed. I think this resolution can be marked DONE-O……okay, so I’ve added “drive a race car” in the before I’m 40 list….I think it’s necessary to try and live life fast…a little!
7. Finally, after all those things…it’s time to relax and be independent. I am doing so.damn.well. I’m dating. There’s something special brewing, and I’m just leaving it at that. I’m ending this year on such a high note that I can’t believe where 365 days has taken me. I’m a washed off, whole new person. My heart is full, my smile is at top wattage and I’m so ready for the amazing road ahead, no matter how unknown it is.
Thank you God and all of the powers that be that landed me here on Thanksgiving, 2013.
I am grateful for the family that sits beside me right now, where I already know the meal ahead of me is the same it has been for decades of Thanksgivings. I am grateful for the knowledge that I can depend on my mother’s turkey, and my father’s yelling at football, like I can depend on them always being there no matter what happens.
I am thankful for my little sister, who is turning 30 next year, and amazed that we’ve come so far. I am thankful for her differences and abundant talents. She’s accomplished so much, and has so much more to tackle.
I am grateful for the second families that I have. Those families of choice that continue to be a source of mum, dad, and a million siblings in my life, I am appreciative of the love you share, the circle you have opened up for me and the amazing love that you continue to outpour in my direction regardless of the situation or how long it’s been since we could finally share a meal. You are loved with a strength that I continue to grow.
I am so flipping grateful for my fuzzy kids at home. Sure, I’ve lost an electric blanket, a cook book and perhaps 1,000 pet toys this year to fun and rebellion at home, but it’s been an amazing run this year to have added Penny to the clan. Coming home and watching how much she’s grown and how well Ralph and her get along, and how much better it gets every day warms my heart. Alice, continue to be the preciously evil fuzzball you are.
For those friends in my life this year, who have lifted me up when I needed it most. I am thankful to Mattie and Maria and Charley, to the wine club, to the NOMADS, to the endless groups in between who continue to provide me a space to be myself, to ask the stupid questions without eyebrowing me and to be the best me, and help me achieve the dreams in the road I have ahead.
I am grateful for my work family. Thank you for being supportive. For the laughter and the tears and the sarcasm and the lessons learned. Thank you for letting me fall down without reminding me how bad my injured ego may have taken it. I’m appreciative of an environment that let’s me learn and doesn’t retaliate, who let’s me work to the best of my ability and cooperates as one rather than it’s parts.
For those strangers on the street, thank you for the smiles and kind acts that you gave me this year. Thank you for the odd conversations, the random compliments and the continued trust that man, for the most part, is meant to be good and loving. I appreciate you all, even those I will never see again.
For the roof over my head and everything in between the windows and doors, thank you for the comfortable nest I have come to make a home. I know these things are material, and in the grand scheme of things don’t matter, but I am grateful for a place I can call, truly, my own.
I am grateful for my health. For breathing and running and dancing and jumping and holding a big dog and a little dog and fighting a rabbit and cooking and moving in general. I am grateful for a body I can achieve my life’s dreams with and it allows me to press the limits.
I am grateful for the strength to fight the battles I have faced this year. I am grateful they are nearing an end and life is even better for what I’ve overcome. It’s nothing worth writing an article or movie over, but it’s worth everything in the world to me to be entering 2014 with a spirit that is free and happy.
I’m grateful for the man in my life. For every laugh and all the laziness, for the upcoming adventures and whatever comes next. I am grateful that we met, and for every moment that has followed since.
I am grateful for the love in my heart, the ability to have hope and the strength to carry on with the renewed energy and spirit I have. I am grateful that I have not given in to darkness, bitter emotions and the many other paths that I could have succumbed to along the way.
I am grateful. Thank you for this year.