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Holidays in Photos

Frost on fence

Happy first day of 2015! Mine is off to a fabulous, albeit freezing, start. I’m trying not to complain too much because we’ve had a relatively mild winter until last week, but still: starting your work mornings off by shivering in your 55-degree living room while trying to build a fire in your bath towel is just about as pleasant as it sounds. As I was braving frostbite to take that photo up there on the way to work one morning last week, I got a text from a friend complaining about how “cold” it was in Los Angeles – 37 degrees. I told her to suck it.

Anyway. I had a lot of fun celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve with family and friends, and since I’m still recovering from my annual post-holiday-eating stomach ache, I’m going to take the easy way out and just post some photos from the last week or so. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, if you celebrate. I’m not one for resolutions, but I will say that I am looking forward to devoting a little more attention to this space in the coming year!

Stockings on Mantle

{Christmas Eve mantle}

Christmas Pajamas

{Matching Christmas pajamas}

Cascade Theater

{Ceiling detail inside Redding’s Cascade Theater}

Christmas Tree

{Can you spot the toddler?}

Baby cheeks

{Baby cheeks}

Happy 2015

{No NYE celebration is complete without fireworks}

P.S. – Sorry for the grainy shots – perhaps I should break my resolution boycott and vow to use my DSLR more often in 2015!

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

So I blogged exactly three times during NaBloPoMo. That’s a pretty spectacular fail, even for me.

At least I tried, I guess?

At least I tried?

What was I doing all month instead of blogging? Working, mostly. My new job is amazing, if not a little bit intimidating (like all new jobs tend to be, really). I was also putting up a crapton of Christmas decorations, much to the chagrin of Dave, who will most likely bury my debit card like a dog in the back yard if I bring home another lighted garland. But in my defense, look how pretty!

Garland

Yes, that’s exposed drywall behind the sink. Yes, our beautiful glass mosaic backsplash tiles have been in the garage waiting to be installed for over two months. Yes, I know that I’m the worst.

Do you know who DOES appreciate my Christmas decoration addiction? Whiskers. Every night when I get home from work he sits under the tree and stares at me with his beady little cat eyes until I turn on the tree lights.

Whiskers tree

So noble, for a creature that spends half his life licking his own butthole.

And then I spend the rest of the night yelling at him for trying to chew the sequins off of my tree skirt. If you visit our house between now and Dec. 25, prepare to hear a lot of early 90s Amy Grant Christmas music interspersed with the occasional, “KNOCK IT OFF OR I’LL KILL YOU” aimed at the cat. It’s super magical.

And speaking of early 90s Amy Grant Christmas music, I’m working on a Top 10 list of my favorite Christmas albums ever. With any luck, I’ll actually get it written before next Christmas rolls around.

 

High Five for Friday

Greenhorn

1. Eating lunch outside during that glorious one-month period of the year where it’s in between “pleasantly warm” and “I can actually feel my eyeballs sweating.”

Fried in maple sausage grease. Because duh.

Fried in maple sausage grease. Because duh.

2. My friend is hooking me up with fresh eggs from her chickens and they are SO GOOD. We’d like to get some hens eventually (we can have up to five within city limits), but we need to figure out our backyard plans first.

Bread Pudding

3. This bread pudding from Porter’s. I had them package half of it up to take home with me, and then I ate it out of the box the second we got home. #suchrestraint #muchclass

Spaghetti squash

4.  I didn’t feel like making dinner one night, so I heated up some leftover spaghetti squash and topped it with avocado basil sauce. Just combine a large avocado with 1-2 garlic cloves, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 4-5 fresh basil leaves, and a pinch of salt in a food processor and blend until smooth.

Via Instagram

Via Instagram

5. Dave and I went wine tasting in Southern Oregon with a group of acquaintances last weekend. A few thoughts: 1) Turns out, I really like Bordeaux-style wines. 2) Southern Oregon is so pretty, and we should all live there. 3) Pretentious people are really fun to watch, and I WILL mock you on my blog, should you decide to brag about your palate being able to discern what kind of soil the grapes were grown in.

What were your highs this week?

December Photo Challenge Day 11: Book I’m Reading (With Bonus Josh Hutcherson Pics!)

Hunger Games

The odds of me reading in bed without falling asleep are never in my favor.

As you can see, I’m currently finishing up The Hunger Games trilogy. I’m about three quarters of the way through the final book, and while I’ve been enjoying the story I’m kind of ready for it to be over so I can stop being annoyed by Peeta. Like, sorry you were tortured and your “fighting skills” are more suitable for Cupcake Wars than the Hunger Games, but quit being so needy. Also, your name is dumb.

Josh Hutcherson, on the other hand, can follow me around like a helpless goon anytime he wants.

Source

Source
Really hoping he’s over 18.

Want to play along? Click here to see the December Photo Challenge.

December Photo Challenge Day 10: Nails

Nails

Nails are Color Club’s New Bohemian. Mug is from Starbucks last year, but you can occasionally find them for sale on eBay (although for about twice the retail price). Totally fake lens flare courtesy of boredom and Photoshop.

In other news, it is still freezing outside, although the city finally put cinders down on the street (or should I say DEATHLY ICE FIELD OF DEATH) outside my office:

Ice

I’ve instructed Dave to look for my body in this intersection if I don’t come home from work this week.

I’m totally regretting not putting these on my Christmas list this year.

December Photo Challenge Day 9: Handwriting

First of all, I’m sorry if you follow me on Instagram and have noticed that I never know what the date is. On Saturday I thought I was already on day 9, and then this morning I thought it was day 10. Good thing I put a planner on my Christmas list.

Today’s photo is supposed to be of my handwriting, and I sat here for a long time deciding what I wanted to write to showcase my magnificent penmanship. I finally came up with this:

Handwriting

I know that seems kind of harsh, but here is what I woke up to the last two mornings:

Weather

More like -BULLSHIT.

I live at a fairly high elevation so I’m not a total pansy when it comes to the cold. I can handle lows in the single digits, but when I walked outside this morning it actually hurt to breathe. My car had trouble starting. I almost fell three times walking to work because the city didn’t feel the need to plow and cinder the luge courses that have replaced our streets. (Did I mention we got 5 inches of snow Friday night, which is now covered in a thick layer of ice? Because THAT HAPPENED.) To sum up: I hate the cold, I hate the city, and I hate that for what I’m paying to the power company this month I could buy my own tropical island to reside on. WHERE IT DOESN’T SNOW.

IHateEverything

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December Photo Challenge Day 5: Outfit Photo

I had planned on wearing a dress today, and when I woke up and saw that it was 3 degrees outside with a high of 34, I knew I’d need to come up with some extra layers to keep from freezing. Enter: boot socks and a chunky cowl.

OOTD

Imagine that I’m standing two feet to the left so you can actually see my tree.

Dress, JCP (similar) | Sweater, Old Navy (similar) | Tights, Target | Boots, Audrey Brooke (similar)| Cowl, handmade | Boot socks, Target (similar)

CowlCowls are one of my favorite things to crochet – they take no time at all (especially when you use a giant hook, like I did for this one), and they make such a huge difference when it’s cold out. I thought I’d lost this one, but discovered it hiding out under my desk when I was vacuuming at work yesterday. Apparently I don’t vacuum very often. #dirtbag. Speaking of dirtbags, those boot socks are really just the top half of boot socks. The ones I bought weren’t tall enough to stick up out the top of my boots, so I just hacked the feet off and wear them like leg warmers. I may look like an extra in an Olivia Newton John music video before I put my boots on, but it works.

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MIX MATCH