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.

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