Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Christmas Spirit

Child with Christmas Present

Right about now is when – as a kid – I would get uncontrollably excited for Christmas Day.  So my guess is that right about now is when parents hit THE WALL.  You’ve been standing in cash register lines for what feels like centuries.  You’ve spent more money than you earned in all of your 20′s on toys that will give you migraines through all of your 40′s.  You will have to sell your ’03 Corolla just to afford enough batteries to power their endless whirring and beeping.

So to you, I just want to say – everything you’re doing matters, no matter how big or small.  So give yourself a moment to breathe.  Your children might not realize it now, but they will know how much you loved them when they think back on these years.  That is bigger than any gift you can give.  And it isn’t the big piles of presents under the Christmas tree that they will remember.  It’s how much you must have loved them to have gone to Wal-Mart at all ever.

*Photo Source: Nina Leen*


The New Yule Log

At first I wasn’t sure if this cat was real – she’s got the big round eyes of a ventriloquist’s doll.  But she is real – due to various genetic anomalies, Lil Bub is a “perma-kitten” – she will stay kitten-sized for life.  And that tongue!!!  (I will find her and make her mine.)  Enjoy an hour of her yule log debut replete with purring, slurping, and snoring – you’ll never watch the Channel 11 yule log again.


Be Your Own Beyoncé

Beyonce Je T'aime

Happy Monday, everyone!  So last night I went to Beyoncé’s concert in Brooklyn (wearing a really aggressive sequin shirt), and – as if you didn’t already know – she is ONE.BAD.BITCH.

I mean let’s face it – we all want to BE her (yes, even you, straight guy).  I can make that happen – for the low, low price of free.

I give to you…My Top 11 Ways to Be Your Own Beyoncé: …AFTER THE JUMP!


Junk Drawer Friday – Freedom!

Star Trek Lunch

Happy Friday, everyone!  For those of you who are starting your Christmas breaks after today…FREEEEEDOMMMMMM!

I took next week off from work, so that I could see every movie ever made in 2013.  Currently on my list to see:

  1. Anchorman 2
  2. Her
  3. Saving Mr. Banks
  4. Inside Llewyn Davis
  5. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  6. Black Nativity
  7. The Book Thief
  8. Dallas Buyers Club
  9. August Osage County
  10. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  11. Enough Said

Am I missing anything?

Here’s a little link love from around the www for you to read during the “First Look” previews at the theater: …AFTER THE JUMP – A round-up of the best-designed sex toys, hater’s guides to Williams-Sonoma and juice cleanses, and dinosaurs!


Tramp Stamps

Confetti and Red Shoes

I spend a fair amount of time pretending I’m going to get a tattoo.  It’s basically a part-time job – I research designs, I bookmark tattoo parlors, and I keep an eye peeled for lines of poetry that resonate with me.

One of my favorite poets (ok, ok, the only one I actually know) is E.E. Cummings, and I love his poem, “I Carry Your Heart” – specifically, the line:

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart).

I’ve thought about having that tattooed near my ribcage, but then I remember I’m not Rihanna.  Also I’m not that comfortable with the fact that I first heard the poem in a Cameron Diaz movie.

Also, I’m a good girl from the Midwest whose mom taught her that tattoos were naughty.  (I so want to be baaaad.)  Do you have any tattoos?  Have you ever regretted it?  (Chinese tramp stamp from college, perhaps?)

Would love your ideas – am trying to work up the courage!

*Photo Source: Flickr*


12 Days of Giving

Give a Gift That Counts

We’re on the final countdown to Christmas, so – if you haven’t already – it’s a good time to start thinking about whether you might like to donate this holiday season.  I know many of you volunteer at food banks, collect coats for the homeless, and purchase toys for children – and I love that!  But on the off-chance you’re still looking for ways to do something for others, it couldn’t be easier than with Google’s Twelve Days of Giving.  Click here to visit their Twelve Days of Giving website to make quick and easy donations to a great variety of organizations that need your support – Google reveals one organization a day for 12 days with easy access to information about the charity and what your cold hard cash will do.

And if you’d like to up your charitable giving throughout the year, check out the One Today app by Google, as well!

Also, if you’d like to donate a fruitcake to me, well, don’t.

Ready, Set, Go (best synth ever):

*Photo Source: thinkspace*


It’s For the Birds!

Airbnb Bird House 10

I have always loved miniature things – like the little cassette tapes that go in old answering machines and burger sliders.  I didn’t know until today that I also like …READ MORE!


A City Bike

City Bike

Coolest.  Bike.  Wheel.  Ever.  It doesn’t even matter that you couldn’t ride with this wheel because I don’t believe in exercise or sweating.

More pics of the wheel design on Behance here!


Stocking Stuffers

Santa Clothesline

I was just laughing to myself (I’m a one-woman show over here) about some of the funny traditions we had around Chanukah and Christmas in my house growing up.  I know that they say “when you stop believing in Santa, you start getting underwear in your stocking.”  But I believed in Santa until the ripe old age of 11 (this is consistent with a lifelong trend of believing in dead-end relationships), and I got underwear the whole time.

On the second night of Chanukah, my mom always gave us socks.  My mom had a depression-era sensibility (despite having been born in 1948), but I still have some of the socks I got in college, so she really has saved me a lot on sock money.

Also we always got Reese’s peanut butter trees in our stockings.  To this day, my sister and I would trample a class of kindergarten children to get to the last Reese’s Christmas trees on the shelf at Target.  We take no prisoners.

I would love to know – what are some of the funnier gift traditions in your family?

*Photo Source: Unknown*


The Tutu Project

Tutu Project 2

This guy had me at “tutu.”  Meet Bob.  Bob began photographing himself in a pink tutu 9 years ago and hasn’t stopped since.  Not because he harbors secret hopes of becoming a bunhead, but because …READ MORE!