2013 in Pictures

Monday, December 30, 2013

January—My sister came for a visit. 

February—Finished making two baby quilts
March—Visited Minnesota with GH. 
April—Planted a garden
May— Celebrated our one year anniversary in Chicago
June—Biked a portion of the Katy Trail
July— Visited friends and family in Utah
August—Visited Yoko Ono's Wish Tree while Amy was in town. 
September—Started my 30 day photo challenge, jammed out at Lou Fest, and traveled to Europe
October— Took three road trips: 1. Breakfast with Katie, 2. Nauvoo, and
3. Colorado Springs to help move my in-laws.   
November— Hiked Pere Marquette State Park. 
December—Went shushing through woods on a snowy morning. 
Choosing one image to represent each month of the year is nearly impossible. Thanks for looking back on some of my favorite memories from 2013.   

Currently | 12.18.2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Things have been fairly quiet around these parts. Both in this online space and in my day-to-day life. It could be the lull of winter or it could be that big things are on the horizon. Either way, I find myself slipping into this comfort. Being delighted by simple things. A meal of homemade pizza with friends. Braving freezing temperatures to take part in a Las Posadas reenactment. Writing off postcards to friends far and near. In truth, this calm is the antithesis of the crazy commonly associated with this season. And that feels right. Wholly right.

READING: I finally finished You are a Badass by Jen Sincero. It taunted me, accruing overdue fines, sitting on my nightstand for weeks. I was literally intimidated by a book that was going to tell me how awesome I am. Ironic, no? Once I finally dug in it immediately became one of those books I wanted to simultaneously hurl against the wall and devour all at once. Infuriating, but incredible at the same time. Everything Jen writes about, and I mean EVERYTHING, is the real deal. With activities and examples scattered throughout the book it is the rare self-help book that might find a permanent spot on my bookshelf.

MAKING: Festive goodie plates. Lest you think this is some annual culinary tradition, let me assure you it is not. Yesterday, with the help of a friend, we made platters of peanut butter balls, thumbprint cookies, toffee, and fudge. It was a day drenched in butter and sugar. What did I learn? Hot water and corn syrup can fix just about anything.

WATCHING: Over the weekend we saw The Book Thief in the theater. Tolerable, but you know, not the book. But watching Frances Ha on Netflix for the second time this year, now THAT was time well spent. Seriously. It's even better the second time. And yes, the entire film is shot in black and white. Deal with it.

LOOKING FORWARD TO: Fat-cheeked nieces and nephews, eggnog and tamales, and a high tea tradition at the Grand America.

A Few Things I'm Loving Lately

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Ready or not, the last month of the year is here. And we have snow in the forecast! But before we get to all those best-of year-end lists here are a few things I've been loving lately.

According to the numbers I have sent and received over 140 postcards this year without even knowing it. Somehow the world seems just a bit smaller when you can connect with strangers all over the planet. Although I've tapered off sending anything in the last month, I just put together a custom pack of postcards using my Eastern Europe pictures. Artifact Uprising makes it so easy to create these little booklets. I can't wait to see what they look like!

Who doesn't love getting gifts? Even if it isn't your top love language (like it is for me). This year I decided to make mostly homemade gifts. However that hasn't stopped me from enjoying curated online lists like this one and this one.

Whether you believe in listening to Christmas music all year round or if you are a December only kind of listener, get ready for some new holiday tunes. Downloadable holiday music is available at Paste (my favorite song is Christmas Thyme) and Metcom Studios. Listen in your cubicle or while making Christmas cookies.

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