Monthly Archives: December 2014

Happy New Year | On A Break

Hello dear blog readers. Derek and I will be taking the next week off from blogging but will reconvene in the new year with photos and highlights from 2014. Hope you all have a lovely end of December and a very happy new year to all of you from both of us.


Big Kids Night Out

Logan and I were wild and crazy last night.  We headed down to Whole Foods for their special night from 10pm to 1am. It’s their version of Black Friday, where they have special deals, raffles, a mascot roaming the aisles, and lots of shoppers.

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Root Beer Review #30 – Dr. Brown’s Root Beer

Dr. Brown’s. I definitely look forward to buying another one in a NY Delicatessen.


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Weekend Recap December 19-21

Derek spent a good portion of the weekend repairing the lights on our Japanese maple with his mad soldering skills. It seems that the little squirrels who call our yard and trees home, think gnawing on wires is super delicious. On Saturday, we ran a whole bunch of errands. I wasn’t looking forward to being out with the crowds, but we had a good plan and we were incredibly efficient. That is until we got to CVS to pick up my new prescription–my thyroid medication got bumped up a bit which will hopefully make me less tired–and discovered that the entire CVS computer system was down. Whoops.

We got home by lunch time and spent the rest of the afternoon baking cookies. It’s become a tradition for Derek and I to bake a whole mess of cookies and deliver them to our neighbors. We took it a little easy this year and didn’t go too crazy with super fancy cookies. We focused on the basics: chocolate chip, oatmeal ginger, chocolate wafers, gingerbread animals, and crisp rice treats with toffee bits.

Sunday, I was inspired to make a baked omelet for breakfast and it was pretty delicious thanks to the addition of leftover roasted potatoes from dinner on Saturday night. After breakfast, Derek went for a run, I did a little living room workout, and then we got back to the cookie factory. One of my favorite types of cookies that Derek makes are the cut-out gingerbread cookies. Every year we make a bunch, I make too much frosting and then we proceed to make ridiculous looking gingerbread animals. We make very tasty cookies, we just don’t have a vision when it comes to frosting them.



Week of December 15th – Best of Liver Lovers Unite

I’ve missed a couple weeks of tumblr recaps, so, welcome back!

I think there’s a time and a place for inspirational quotes. I don’t always know when that time is, but here goes nothing:

It’s OK not to be optimistic. Buddhist teachings say, you know, feeling that you have to maintain hope can wear you out, so just be present… The biggest gift you can give is to be absolutely present, and when you’re worrying about whether you’re hopeful or hopeless or pessimistic or optimistic, who cares? The main thing is that you’re showing up, that you’re here, and that you’re finding ever more capacity to love this world.

Philosopher and Rilke translator Joanna Macy on how Rilke can help us embrace our mortality and be more fully alive. (via explore-blog)

Sometimes this time of year can be hard. There’s a weird expectation that we must all be joyous, or overtly thankful, or bursting with good tidings and cheer. It can be a little crushing. This is just a reminder for all of us to remember to give ourselves a little credit for showing up.

And when all else fails, there’s always silly stuff from the internet. Have a great weekend!

1. It’s just a little too clear for my taste.

2. Hella jacked!


3. I know I like cats, and for some that’s controversial…BUT LOOK AT THIS CAT!!

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4. This is an accurate description of how I feel sometimes:



5. I love birds. Do you love birds?