Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Ringing in the Hodgepodge

1. Share something you loved about your Christmas Day.
I loved being with my family. We had a full house Christmas weekend and so my sister and I got to have a sleepover and I just love waking up and having everyone in the house with me!
2.You get to put five items in a time capsule to be opened in 100 years, what items would you choose and why?
  • My hot rollers: I love my hot rollers (and my curling iron, straightener and hair dryer) and maybe in 100 years they'll still be around (I mean they've lasted this long) but it's probably more likely that they will look about as strange as this:
  • My cell phone: pretty sure it's not going to take 100 years for it to be obsolete. Probably wont even take 5 years.
  • A DVD: unless we can all agree to collectively ignore whatever they try to force on us after blueray, these things will be ancient history!
  • A favorite book: I am anti Kindle/E-reader. I want to own a million books and have a floor to ceiling library with a rolling ladder and comfy plush chairs by a fireplace to read and read for hours and hours. Sadly, though, I have to wonder if books will still be printed in 100 years :(
  • A note written in cursive: I only write in cursive! I wonder if they'll still teach it in school 100 years from now?
3. What do you like on a cracker?
Baked brie en croute (recipe here)

4.Do you make resolutions? How'd that work out for you this past year?
I generally have some goals that I'd like to accomplish over the year. For instance I really want to put together a filing system for all those important documents that are piled up on my desk. I also have to start dancing again! This one has been a resolution for the past 5 years but I just know this is going to be the year it sticks!

5. What song or song lyric will you associate with 2011?
Take Heart by Hillsong United. Here's a snippet of the lyrics:

"All our troubles
And all our tears
God our hope
He has overcome

God our justice
God our grace
God our freedom
He has overcome

God our refuge
God our strength
God is with us
He has overcome"

6.How will you ring in the new year?
I am going to Peter's house in Ocean City. I love the beach in the winter (or any time at all) and I am so excited to be with my honey on New Years. This will be our 4th one as a couple but our first one spent together!

7.What is something you look forward to in 2012?
My cousin Anna being completely healed of cancer!!

8. I want a fun sparkly dress like this one to wear on NYE:

(from here)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Giver

I wrote a little bit about my cousin Anna's story here but haven't really mentioned it since. Not because it hasn't been the number 1 thing on my mind, but because I don't think this silly little blog could contain what Anna and her family, my family, have been dealing with. Life for her has been put on hold while she goes through this trial. Plans, holidays, normalcy has been swapped out for a new plan of simply making Anna healthy again.

And today is a big day, a huge step forward towards total recovery!

Today a complete and utter stranger is giving Anna the most awesome gift! This stranger, whom we have been affectionately calling Nigel (because the one thing we do know is that he's a man living overseas), was identified as the best match for Anna's bone marrow transplant. He has taken time out of his week before Christmas to give Anna the healthy stem cells that she needs! The harvested cells were flown across the pond and will today be given to sweet Anna.

Please praise God for this wonderful, selfless giver, shower him in thanks. And pray for Anna to stay brave and for her body to receive this gift with no more sickness and no more complications.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Gift Time

Tonight Peter and I are exchanging gifts! I am so excited to give him mine and somehow I have managed to keep it all a secret. I only have to go a few more hours without giving it away! I think I can make.

Since I can't show you what's inside yet, I'm going to show you some DIY gift-wrapping details I tried out!

I made these gorgeous paper snow flakes using these instructions. The funnest part is unfolding them and seeing the final flake. I put a big flake inside the box and one on top, and a smaller one on top of the little box.

I used the ribbon and a bell left over from my hot chocolate jar project
To the big box I also added a bow that I made with scrap wrapping paper.

How to:
1. Cut 9 strips of paper 3/4 inch wide.
2. Make three of the 12 inches long, three more of them 11 inches long and two of them 10 inches long and cut one 3 1/2 inches long (this one you simply loop into a single circle, add a dot of glue and set aside.
3. Then you take the other strips and loop each end as shown below. Secure in the middle with a staple or glue.

4. Beginnning with the longer strips, layer them in alternating directions, securing with glue each time.
5. Add the final loop to the middle and voila!
The final produt:

I know Peter doesn't really care about how I wrap his presents. Nor do the presents really even matter. But I am still anxious for him to open them up! Although with all the super glue and ribbon he might have a harder time than he expects...

Monday, December 19, 2011

Weekend Brief

(Peter and I at the tacky Christmas sweater party- not sure either of us looks that tacky, especially Peter in his cute Christmas flannel but it works.)

On Sunday I ended up making the red velvet whoopie pies to take to the Young Life party. They were actually super easy! I followed this recipe. I suggest dolling them out onto the baking sheets in 2inch scoops and baking for 7 minutes. Try to make them all the same size. They turned out pretty good! I used cream cheese frosting instead of the filling the recipe suggested.

(post baking. Aren't they pretty. Sorry I forgot to take a picture of the completed pies before I ate them all!)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Five Things Friday

1. Adorable and simple Peppermint Hot Chocolate gifts for my co-workers. I got the idea from pinterest/my mom. I then used this free printable and added ribbon and a little bell to jazz it up.
2. A big bag of delicious Clementines sits on my desk. They are my favorite winer snack. Plus they're good for you during this cold season- lots of vitamin C.

3. Last night was our firm's holiday party that my manager and I have been working on none-stop! I am so pleased with how it all came together! We worked with a red, black and white color scheme for a Frank Sinatra Holidy theme. *pictures to follow soon.

4. I have 2 Christmas parties this weekend. A tacky-sweater party tomorrow and a Young Life party on Sunday. I don't know where to find a tacky sweater. Any suggestions on stores that still cary them?

5. I also am bringing a dessert to the Young Life party. I'm debating on what to bring. I'd like to make something seasonal like these pretty red velvet whoopie pies

but this just looks sinfully delicious:

(Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie and Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar)

Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

I am linking up at my mom's blog for the Wednesday Hodgepodge!

1. Will you be hosting any house guests between now and the end of December? Does that thought make you happy or crazy? Do you do anything special to make your house guests feel welcome? How long should a guest stay?
This year I am still technically a "guest." I will hosted at my parents along with my mom's side of the family. It's strange to think that one day (in the very distant future) I may be hosting Christmas at my own house and this time of year would make me feel more crazy as I prepared for a house-ful of family and friends. But for now I like being the one coming to visit. My mom always buys cereal that she knows I like and usually puts a couple good magazines and a little treat for me in my room. And as far as how long should a guest stay? Well I'm pretty sure my parents would be ok with me moving back in forever.

2. Walter Elias Disney was born this week back in (Dec 5) 1905...what's your all time favorite Disney movie? Here's a list in case you're struggling...and yes, you have to pick one.
My favorite Disney movie of all time is The Little Mermaid. Hands down. No questions about it.

3.What's the last thing you purchased that you realized was a mistake after the fact?
I bought a pair of shoes once and thought they fit just right in the store but the first time I wore them my feet were like "NO WAY girlfriend- this is not happening!"

4.What percentage of your Christmas shopping is done online?
I do probably 60% online. It's easier than braving the parking lots and shopping malls.

5. Amaryllis...snowdrop...poinsettia...your favorite winter blossom?
I like snowdrops. Their name is darling and sounds like a wintery candy. And that's pretty much what they look like as well.

6.What is one thing on your personal wish list this year? I think we all want peace on earth so let's make this an actual item.
This may not seem that fun but I asked for a queen size mattress.

7. If you could only use one word today what would it be?
Positive. I am going to be positive today, about my job mostly. It's been frustrating me lately so in the words of Barney from How I Met Your Mother:

Not that I'm sad but like I said I'm having a tricky time staying positive about my job this week so instead of being negative I'm just going to be awesome/positive instead!

8. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in my house:

Last night my roommates and I decorated our tree, listened to Pandora Christmas radio, and had some eggnog. My one roommate and I both have a large collection of ballet ornaments so our tree is covered in glass ballerinas and tiny ballet slippers. All three of us went to the same university so there are also a couple ornaments from there. I think it looks beautiful and I was pretty pleased with how full it is!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

That boy

Yesterday after work (seems like all my posts and all my fun happens after work...) I walked to Peter's apartment to meet him for dinner. When I came through the front door I was so wonderfully surprised! Not only had he bought me my favorite flowers (daisies and hydrangeas) and a bottle of wine for us to share, but he had cleaned his apartment! That boy sure does know the way to my heart!

He had also "lit" the fireplace for us. Aka. turned on the "fireplace" app on his laptop and connected it to the tv, complete with crackling logs and popping embers minus the fire hazard.

We ended up going to delicious sushi restaurant for dinner (Current Sushi). We have a special fondness for sushi since our first date was to get sushi! We had debated going ice skating but put it off since I was freezing at this point. Instead we walked to Melodie Records and bought a movie to watch that night (Garden State, I'd never seen it- soo good). We also decided to hit up Whole Foods for some movie-watching snacks: brie, manchego, crackers and olives.

Basically it was a perfectly lovely evening! Please excuse me as a gush on and on about how lucky I am to have a most loving and thoughtful boyfriend.