Friday, September 24, 2010

breakfast of champions

This is what I eat for breakfast. That is, when I actually eat breakfast, which isn't often.


Toasted 7 grain bread with peanut butter, sliced bananas and drizzled with honey. Perfection.




And when I run out of bananas, I use thiny sliced apples. Boyfriend gave me this apple. His coworker has an apple tree and brought in a whole bunch (or bushel?) of apples so he snagged a few for me. They are delicious.


*Did you know honey helps ease allergies? I suffer from them big time so I try to add a few tablespoons of honey into my daily eats when the seasons are particularly bad. Use local honey. The local bees carry around local allergies so their honey is the one you'll benefit from most.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Rambling and The Rose


I ate seven cookies yesterday. Seriously. 7. Seven. 6+1. That's how many I ate. BUT they were oatmeal raisin with wheat germ and no flour, so they were technically good for me, right? That's what I keep telling myself.


She ripped this giant stick off of a tree in my backyard.
She does this often.


I also had a massive cheeseburger for dinner, but I blame my grandma for that.

Speaking of grandmas, mine is pretty awesome. I don't turn her down when she asks me to go for a cheeseburger.

My dog likes to watch airplanes fly by. Really, she stops chewing on whatever stick she's destroying and looks up into the sky. It happened no fewer than five times yesterday afternoon. It was a good day for flying.

See? Watching planes fly by.

She also likes to watch birds fly by. And sometimes I catch her staring into my neighbors yard with wander. She's a dreamer, that Rose.

Today is my niece is celebrating her 9th birthday. NINE! I love that little lady way too much. You know what I'm getting her for her birthday? A giant bag of candy. Sorry, Ran and Kris, I apologize in advance for your super hyper daughter this weekend. (But don't tell her about the candy.)


Her pirate name is Rosie Wet Beard.
I like kissing her button nose.

I'm currently reading Time Was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespear & Co. by Jeremy Mercer. It makes me want to be a poor, aimless writer wandering the streets of Paris. It also intensifies my love of book stores and old books. And quirky people. So yeah, I'm gonna need to go to Paris soon.

I'm playing with the idea of becoming a vegetarian. Just ignore the whole "I ate a massive cheeseburger for dinner" last night comment. Vegetarianism it is, from here on out. I wonder what boyfriend will have to say about this new venture in life.


This is the face Rosie makes when she's getting a belly rub.
It's a face only a mother could love.
And I do.

I'm sort of secretly happy that boyfriend decided to pick up a Thursday night class. It means I get to watch Project Runway. I want to punch that Gretchen girl in the face, even if her style rocks.

I've also seen way too many episodes of Keeping up With the Kardashians. They make me feel smarter because they are so stupid.


Giant paw!

I'm going to the lake this weekend for the second weekend in a row. I'm stoked. Although, after watching two episodes of River Monsters this week, I'm also a slightly terrified.

I promise I don't watch as much TV as it sounds like. I'm actually thinking about cancelling my cable. Except I'd miss the Food Network too much. And the Kardashians.

I got poison ivy in the 5th grade. On purpose. I wanted a good reason to miss school. For some reason poison ivy seemed the way to go. I was wrong. I was waaaay wrong. Turns out I'm ridiculously allergic to poison ivy. I missed school for 2 weeks. It was not awesome.

You know what is awesome? New babies. My cousin had one last week. His name is Chalk, baby brother to Josiah. Cutest baby names ever.


I love my giant Rose!



I think I'll have a cookie for breakfast. Oatmeal raisin is a breakfast cookie, right?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Quinoa Bowl

I bought a bag of quinoa a few weeks ago and it's been hiding in my pantry ever since. Not because I haven't wanted to make it, just because I forgot it was there. It happens sometimes. Anyway, in an effort to clean out my fridge last night, I whipped up this quinoa bowl. 




It was my first time using quinoa and it was quick, easy and super delicious. And, it was a really great way to clean out my fridge and pantry at the same time. Here's how I made it:

For the quinoa:
1 c. quinoa
2 c. water
Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer until water runs clear. Put the quinoa and 2 c. water (and a pinch of sea salt) into pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and let simmer until all water is absorbed, about 25 minutes. Fluff with fork and you're done.

For the fixins':
1 carrot, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 bag spinach
juice from 1/2 a lemon
1 can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1-2 green onions
3-4 jarred sundried tomatos (for me), chopped
handful of black olives (for boyfriend), chopped
store bought pesto
1 T. pine nuts, toasted
I started by cooking the carrot and garlic in a bit of olive oil, just to soften them up. I then added the spinach and lemon juice and wilted it down. I also tossed the chick peas into the pan at the last minute, just to warm them up a bit. After the spinach was cooked, I tossed everything, quinoa and all, into a big bowl and tossed until well mixed. I added about 1 TB of prepared pesto for a little extra flavor and topped it all off with some fresh parsley and toasted pine nuts.

The end result was yummy and really satisfying. I usually eat A LOT at dinner, and I was full after one bowl. Hopefully next time I'll have some feta, goat or parmesan cheese on hand, but for a quinoa first timer, this was perfect. And, bonus for me, after just a few bites, boyfriend turned to me and said "This is really good, babe!" Well, if he says so.

Friday, August 20, 2010

From Dad

My dad was in Santa Monica, CA last week visiting my brother. As usual, he returned home with a few little gifts for me.


A little notebook with a vintage sunbather. Love it.


And this little book:

 
 "Be Happy. A little book to help you live a happy life." By Monica Sheehan. It's full of short and simple words of advice, and each piece of advice has a little illustration to go with it.


Dance. Dancing makes me happy.




You know what else makes me happy? Listening to music.




But my favorite page is this one:


               
"Focus on creating what you desire."  It reminds me of my goal to create my own happiness.

Thanks, dad.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Jenny Lewis

Yesterday I entered a giveaway on the Pioneer Woman's site because I like winning free stuff. All you had to do to enter was to answer a simple question; if you could spend time with any woman in history (alive, dead, or just a friend of yours) who would it be? My answer: "Jenny Lewis. We could talk about music AND Troop Beverly Hills. Double win."

I'll keep you posted on my winnings. In the meantime, enjoy some Jenny Lewis.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tuna Salad



Tuna salad. Simple, easy, maybe even a little boring? Not today.
 Here's how I make it:
1 can of tuna (whatever is your fave)
1-2 T. mayo (I use the kind with olive oil in it)
1 T. grainy mustard
1-2 T. sweet relish
2 celery stalks from the center of the bunch, chopped
1/4 red onion, chopped
1 hard boiled egg, chopped
Salt and pepper
Just mix it all together, tasting as you go. Add a little of this or that to get it just the way you like it.  When I serve this for dinner, I ditch the bread and serve it atop some arugula/spinach/baby greens, cucumbers, avacado and tomato tossed with lemon juice and olive oil. For lunch, I like an open faced sandwich on toasted 7-grain bread with all the same toppings. Make sure to sprinkle a little salad vinegar over the top. It'll make you feel fancy.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tunes: Arcade Fire

There's a new album out by Arcade Fire, who has been a favorite of mine for a while now. The album is called "The Suburbs" and it's seriously amazing. Go have a listen for free over at NPR and see for yourselves.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

good question

                                  
                                               "Tell me, what is it you plan to do
                                                with your one wild and precious life?"
                                                ~Mary Oliver, The Summer Day 



Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Surfs up, dude!





We went on a family trip to San Diego, CA a few weeks ago. My brothers talked me into surfing lessons and I'm so glad I didn't chicken out like I expected. It was so fun! My little nephew tagged along as well. Surfs up!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

deadCENTER Film Festival



It's deadCENTER time again! Come out and see for youself what it's all about. There will be BMXers, roller derby girls, Stella beer on tap, and a FREE outdoor screening. Oh, and Mat Hoffman and Spike Jonze will be there. Now you have to go.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Good tunes

When I'm looking for some new-to-me music, I turn to my little brother. He's good at sharing the music he loves and knowing what I'll like. I always blindly download the albums he suggests and our most recent music talk led me to some of my favorite albums yet.

Heartless Bastards    The Mountain
Chairlift  Does You Inspire You  
Dr. Dog      East Beat
Devendra Banhart   Cripple Crow
Beach House   Zebra

Here's a current favorite song to get you through this rainy Wednesday.


    

Sunday, April 25, 2010

NMF


Be there.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Festival of the Arts

I love spring time in Oklahoma. I love the blooming flowers and trees. I love the warm weather. I love the thunderstorms. And I love the Festival of the Arts.




Yesterday was opening day of the festival and boyfriend and I managed to squeeze in about an hour of time to grab some dinner. Fish tacos for me, indian taco for him.  If you all are in the area, please don't miss this awesome event. And while you're there, stop by the booth of Eighty Acres Art and check out the fun clocks and meet the artist. We were hovering around her booth at closing time last night, and she already asked me (in person) to be friends with her on Facebook. I feel instantly cooler already.


..grace..
-Saving up to buy some new art AND boyfriend getting excited about purchasing something for himself as well.
-Sabi on Western Avenue. Loves it. Say 'hi' to M.A. while you're there!
-Alstroemeria in shades of yellow and gold.
-New Moleskine notebooks. I think I'm slightly obsessed.
-Frightened Rabbit. How awesome is their music??

Monday, April 19, 2010

I was in Wayne Coyne's house this weekend....



...and it was freakin' awesome!

Go here to see some pics from the architects website. We weren't allowed to take pics of our own.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

I was punked by Mizzle.

Boyfriend spent the past weekend up at his lake house with his family for Easter. So on Saturday morning, I had my coffee and sent him a text message. We had a mini conversation. This is how it went.

Me: What r u doing?
Boyfriend: Reading a triathalon magazine. What r u doing (insert an iphone emoji of an ice cream cone)

Me: Triathalon magazine? You gonna do one?? I'm just hanging with Rose. Trying to decide what to do with my day. (insert iphone emoji of a ghost.)

Boyfriend: Go shopping! Yes will u do a triathalon w me?

Me: Are u encouraging me to shop?? Well fine if u say so...   I'll only do a triathalon if Rosie can do it with me Haha  (insert emoji french fries)

Boyfriend: Cool. We will all do one together as one big happy family. Shop til u drop babe

End of conversation.

This was not boyfriend I was texting with. This was his sister, Mizzle. Of course, I didn't know that until much later in the day. I mean, the signs were there. Boyfriend doesn't read triathalon magazines. He doesn't use random emojis. He doesn't encourage me to shop. And he most certainly would never say "we will all do one together as one big happy family."   

Well played, T-pot. Well played.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

I want.

I want this dresser.
And by want, I mean want. Need. Must have now. Found here on eBay. The pics are worth a look.

That $118 price tag is tricky. It lures you in...but it conveniently leaves out the $400+ shipping price...boo.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Looking ahead

I'm going to Nashville this weekend for what I hope will be (and have no doubt that it won't be) one of the best girls weekends of my life. It's going to be a bachelorette party of epic proportions, mostly because said bachelorette is ridiculously awesome, as are all the chicks in attendence.

But that's not actually what I want to talk about. What I want to talk about is this breakfast pizza I just spotted on Smitten Kitchen.  I want to make this. Right. Now.  And after brunch at Sophabella's last weekend being a HUGE failure, this just may be what I'll be having for brunch next weekend.

Grace:
1. OK Go, This Too Shall Pass.  Pure genius. 

2. Baked potatoes. Simple and delicious.
3. Sore legs from running.
4. Paul Smith spectacles.
5. Matthew (my wonderful hair guy) for giving me a little funk.

P.S.  I feel I need to say that Sophabella's happens to be one of my favorite restaurants in OKC, they are just lacking in service when it comes to brunch, and brunch only. But the food is delicous, and mimosa's are $1. But after last Sunday, I will not be brunching there again anytime soon. Dinner and cocktails with my grandma? Any night of the week.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

27

In honor of my 27th birthday (which was two days ago), I am making a list of "27 in 27" and it's just a simple list of things I want to accomplish this year. For the first time, I'm starting to feel grown-up (but only slightly, and only sometimes) and there are alot of things I want to change/accomlish/learn/experience/etc. and I figured, why not start now?

Want to see my list?

1. Put together a cookbook. - I already have a few different ones going, but I want to put together a complete cookbook. This should be easy for me.
2. Pull up all carpet in my house (three rooms) and re-paint my bedroom. AND build shelves for a pantry in my kitchen  - When I moved into my house, I decided to hold off on all painting or anything until I had lived here long enough to know what I wanted. Now I do. And I want to do as much of my home improvement jobs myself, just because I've never done it before. But don't think my brother(s) won't be put to work!
3. Plant a garden, flowers and produce. - Good thing I got so many gardening tools for my birthday!
4. Read War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.
5. Take a class...in anything.
6. Run 5 miles. - Okay, this is a big challenge for me. As an asthmatic I have a hard time running 1 mile without having to stop and walk every few minutes. I'm hoping to push myself and see how far I can go! REally, if I can make it up to 2 miles I'll feel like I've accomplished alot. It may not seem like alot to many, but to me it will be.
7. Go on a vacation with boyfriend. - We've been dating for an absurd amount of time and never actually gone on a vacation just the two of us. The lake and Dallas (OU/TX) don't count.
8. Have a summer party.
9. Eat at Mahogany or The Ranch.  - Just because I've never been to either.
10. Visit my friend Leslie in Dallas.
11. Plant a tree on Earth Day.
12. Have a sleepover with my niece and nephew.
13. Visit Rory's grave. - I used to go once a week, and now I haven't been in years. I need to remedy that.
14. Stop biting my nails!! - Ugh, it's bad. It's real real bad. I'm thinking about trying weekly manicures, but it sort of takes the fun away when they won't actually give you a manicure because you don't actually have nails. Trust me, this has happened before.
15. Lose 10 lbs. - Once upon a time, when I was 25, I was 10 lbs lighter. I'd like to see that chick again. #6 should help. And Rosie. She loves to run.
16. Go to a concert.  - Okay, I know I do this alot, but that doesn't mean I can't put it on a list, does it?
17. Cook a hamburger. - I've honestly never once made a hamburger worth eating. It surely can't be that hard?
18. Hold a bake sale to stop childhood hunger. Check out The Great American Bake Sale for more info. Who wants to help??
19. Learn how to use Photoshop. - boyfriend bought it for me, and I have no idea how to use it.
20. Visit my bro in L.A.
21. Sell some delicious baked treats (not at the above mentioned bake sale). - Having a party? Let me bake some yummies for you!
22. Do a detox. - haha
23. Start a wine journal. - I drink plenty of vino, I might as well make a note of the ones I like best.
24. Make a new friend.
25. Read The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone.
26. Save $$ - I have a specific amount in mind, I just don't think it's polite to discuss money, so I'll keep that number to myself.
27. Have my family over for a home cooked meal.

Okay, there's my list. It was actually hard to come up with 27 things. Well, it was hard coming up with 27 things that are actually realistic goals for one year. I'm planning on somehow documenting everything as I check it off my list. I'll definitely keep you all updated on all the fun I plan on having this year! Cheers to 27!

Grace:
1. Rosie's new pronged choke collar. I don't know why I didn't get one of these before, she is seriously a whole new dog on a leash. No more pulling, jumping, or generally spazzing. Now I actually enjoy walking with her. IF you're having issues with your dog on a leash, get one of these. Seriously. Now.
2.  My incredibly friends, family and boyfriend for celebrating my birthday with me all weekend long. I couldn't be more blessed!
3. Shazam iPhone app. I think I use this about 7 times a day.
4. My new Keuig one cup coffee maker. I'm emptying the used K-cups and using the coffee for compost and recycling the little cups.
5. Gilt Groupe

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I've had a crap day. Well, really just a crap evening.

I started to let it get me down too. I complained to my mom, I complained to my boyfriend. I even complained to my dog. But only a little, it's partly her fault, afterall.

So I turned my radio up and did two loads of dishes.

Then I broke down and cried.

And now I'm over it.

So, in honor of me putting on my big girl pants and getting over myself, here are two sweet beats I heard tonight that helped me kick the blues. Happy listening!

Phenomena by Yeah Yeah Yeahs




Great DJ by The Ting Tings




grace.
1. Pandora.com again and again.
2. Bon Appetit
3. gmail
4. The OKC Thunder!
5. My new spectacles! Yep, you can call me "four eyes" now. Matt already did.  

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

jammin'

Jam of the day! Heads Will Roll by Yeah Yeah Yeahs


Rosie for President

So I entered my dog in a photo contest. Pretty lame, right? Actually it's not! The contest she's in is called the National Spay Day Photo Contest of the Humane Society of the United Staes. It helps raise money and awareness about spaying and neutering your pets, which as we all know, is very important.

Want to vote for Rosie? Here's her page....


"Rosemary Wilhemina Brown"
Vote


I choose to make her entry a "fundraising entry" which means that you have to donate to vote for her. Every dollar counts as a vote and all the money she raises is going to the Volunteer for Animal Welfare, Inc. right here in Oklahoma City. So please, get out your wallets and vote for Rose!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Catching up

This past weekend was the sort of weekend that makes me wish I had some sort of  "weekend wrap-up" blog post every Monday. I realize I could start doing that, but that would sort of be stealing an idea from, ohhh let's say, every blog I read. So I won't. For now. But if I were so inclined to do such a thing, this past weekend would be a good place to start. Except I didn't take any pictures. So that makes it a little boring for you. Instead I'll keep it short and sweet.

Highlights of my weekend:
.A living room pallet/picnic with boyfriend featuring pizza from The Wedge, (500) Days of Summer, United States of Tara (I heart Toni Collette), and 2 bottles of red vino.
.Rosie finally mastering the art of sleeping in.
.Bacon and fried eggs at 2pm.
.Dinner and wine with my girlfriends.
.Dim-sum
.Boyfriend escorting me to the Friends of the Library annual book sale and carrying my books for me.
.A trip to Best Buy.
.Johnnie's. Yum.

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In other news, if you are in anyway interested in music, good music that is, then you should probably be reading this blog. It's called Pretty Much Amazing, and well...that it is. You'll probably be tempted to blow your paycheck on new music, so consider yourself warned. Not that I'd know anything about that little problem...

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This is what happens on Saturday afternoons when I have a few hours to spare...


It's a root beer cake and yes, it's delicious.

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And now, my jam of the day: Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) by Arcade Fire. Perfection.
 



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GRACE
1. Full Circle Obedience School in OKC. Tonight's our first night of school!
2. Rock Band.
3. Buying fresh flowers for myself.
4. Parks and Recreation. HI-larious!
5. OliveGreenDog where I bought Rosie's new collar (this). They delivered quickly and even sent a personal note and a treat for Rose. 

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Guest post by Rosie.



Hi. My name is Rosemary Wilhelmina Brownpants.
But you can call me Rosie.




I really love Oklahoma. There's so much snow!





I give kisses to anyone who plays in the snow with me, but I won't kiss just anyone. Grandpa Dale gets extra kisses though because he's cool.




Mom says the snow turns me into a mess, but I don't mind so much.




When I play outside too long, I get really dirty.







And mom has to give me a bath.
It's not my favorite.




This is Duff. He's my best friend. Sometimes we touch tongues, and that makes me feel weird.
But not that weird.




One time mom put my hair in a ponytail.
It was so embarrassing.

 





Mom also takes me on car rides. She even lets me sit shotgun!






But what I really like to do is sleep...


and sleep...



and sleep.


The end.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

It's still Christmas on Huntleigh.

I have something totally embarrassing to admit. But we're friends here, so I feel comfortable spilling my guts to you. As long as you promise to spill your's back.


Do you see this??
                                               

This is still up in my living room. Yes, it is still Christmas on Huntleigh.

And yes, I realize that today's date is Feburary 10. Exactly 1 month and 10 days after I should have taken this down.


But look how cute it is??
                  

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is decorating the tree. My mom serves cookies and hot apple cidar, we listen to John Denver or Frank Sinatra's Christmas albums, and we decorate the tree together. Even though all of us are grown up, it's still something we get together and do. And her tree has become my favorite Christmas tree to look at. And I've seen alot of trees.

So for my first Christmas tree, I decided to have a decorating day with my step-brother, neice and nephew. And my grandma. And my mom, stepdad, dad, brother and sis-in-law. And boyfriend. And okay, brother and boyfriend really spent the whole time moving a bookshelf after grandma told me I had my tree in the wrong place. And step-brother and nephew were more interested in playing with Rosie and watching football than making ornaments with glitter and feathers. And we didn't have cookies, or cidar, or even John or Frank. But we had a blast anyway, and I had a completely original and homemade Christmas tree. And I love it so much, I just can't bring myself to take it down yet. Maybe I'll leave it up for the next four years in honor of my grandparents (who had theirs up for four years. True story). What do you think??


.GRACE.
1. The Metropolitan Library System. I'm now a proud card-carrying member.
2. Dr. Nida for "fixing" the Rosqueezie.
3. For me, for you blog for leading me to this shirt from Spool No.72, which I'm now in love with too.  
4. CoolGreens in Nichols Hills Plaza. Get the frozen yogurt. Orginal tart with blueberries, peaches and strawberries will rock your socks off. Seriously.
5. Seeing Wayne Coyne at a wine tasting. Yessssssssss!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Dine Out for Haiti

If you're looking for an easy way to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake, look no further than your local restuarants! Well, local if you're in OKC...





I'm thinking Iron Starr for Sunday night, Louie's or Red Rock for Monday night, and most definitely The Dio for Tuesday night. Where will you be dining?

.g.R.a.C.e.
2. Fresh cut amaryllis flowers.
3. Brown butter icing.
4. Empire of the Sun station on Pandora.
5. PediPaws for Rosie's manicures.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Play on

I'm working on a post that will feature all of my favorite gifts from Christmas '09, but before I get to all those goodies, I just wanted to share one with you.



It's a new iPod touch! Boyfriend gave it to me, and it was exactly what I wanted. Actually, it was one of the few things I asked for specifically. And he listened.
(Song check: Maps by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs)




The iPod itself is aweomse, but it's the back that really makes it special. The Shakespearean quote he chose to have etched on it makes my soul sing! It embodies three things that make me feel like me; music, food and love.  I couldn't have asked for a better gift.

He did a pretty good job, huh??


Grace.
1. Prject Runway.
2. Homemade chicken saltimbocca. I didn't make it, but I now know how!
3. Patience. Trying to teach a pup to walk on a leash takes quite a bit.
4. Chocolate chip cookies.
5. Friends I've had since high school or before.

Friday, January 15, 2010

2010

Wow. After being away for so long, where do I start? Not that I've actually been away, I just haven't been here, in my little wallycado world.

I could wrap up my 2009 for you all, but being 15 days into 2010 so far and I'm over 2009. It was a year of ups and downs. I lost two of my three remaining grandparents, but I also bought my first house and got my first dog, two things that make me feel like I'm finally an adult. I'm ready to move on.

I could also write about all the things I hope to happen in 2010, but honestly, I'm not really one of those people. I don't make resolutions. I just welcome the new year with open arms. I do hope that this year is better than the last, but don't we all hope that with every new year that comes along?  But since I have been away for awhile, and I've got so many things going through my mind right now that I don't really know where to start or what to say, I'll just go ahead and tell you a few things I do plan on doing differently this year, for lack of a better topic.

Shopping local.  This past Christmas I had a personal goal to do all of my shopping locally. Well, that didn't exactly happen. Sure I got all my books at Full Circle, and I bought t-shirts and Ugly Dolls at Blue Seven, and I shopped for grandma at Suzanne's, but there were plenty of things on people's wish lists that just couldn't be bought locally. The fact that I couldn't put all of my money back into my community got me down a bit, but it didn't dampen my Christmas spirit completely. But this year, I want to make a better effort to do all of my shopping locally. It's important for your money to be put to use in the community you support and that supports you. I know it's impossible for all of my needs to be met locally, but I'm going to challenge myself to see how much local shopping I can do this year.

Blogging.  A month or so ago, I had this wild idea that my resolution for 2010 would be to get off the internet. I felt like I'd been relying on email, Facebook, and a variety of cooking websites too much. The amount of time I waste online is probably just a tiny fraction to what many others spend online, but everytime I look up and realize I've been staring at a computer screen for an hour, or sometimes much more, I feel guilty. I feel weird. And my eyes hurt.  But I realize that I would lose alot of things that are important to me if I decided to go offline. I would miss my week long emails with my girlfriends. I would miss staying in touch with long lost friends if I logged off of Facebook. And I'd definitely be missing out on so many amazing recipes if I decided to stop reading all the blogs I love. And besides, I don't do resolutions anyway, so I don't feel so bad about throwing that one out. Instead I plan on making a better effort to blog. I don't have much to say or share with the world, but maybe someone will discover a new recipe through me, or listen to a band they would have normally overlooked. Even if I can contribute something as little as that, that's enough for me.

Read. I already read tons. Actually, sometimes I'd go so far as to say I read too much. But that's only when I find myself putting off other responsibilities because I have my nose in a book. My house has gone unvacuumed, my dishes unwashed, my laundry unfolded, because I would rather sit and read than do household chores. And I do. Often. I'm actually thinking about cancelling my cable because I don't watch TV. I read. And I plan on doing lots more of it in 2010. I live alone, so when those household chores go untouched, I'm the only one who knows.

Clean. Okay, so I might have to put the books down occasionally. My one real resolution this year is to be a cleaner person. I can't stand walking into someone else's house and seeing a mess, but the mess in my house? Somehow I just don't care. I guess it's those dang books distracting me.

Exercise and eat better. Okay, okay, I know everyone says this, but I'm jumping on the bandwagon and making this a goal as well. I've been sedentary for about 6 months now, and on top of that, have been eating pretty much whatever I want. So it's time for a change. I'm not a dieter and don't intend on being one. I love pasta and cheese too much to give up. But I will give up the ice cream. And the fast food. And I'll try to give up the candy, but I can't really make any promises....

Thank you notes.  I'm embarrassed to say that I'm not a thank you noter. Odd, considering I have an entire drawer full of stationary and cards. So I'm making 2010 my year of the thank you note. So please,  start giving me things to thank you for!

So there you have it. A small idea of what I have planned for 2010, things I hope will carry on through the years to follow. What do you have in mind for this new year?


Grace.
1. Vino wine glasses from Crate and Barrel.  Thanks, Dad!
2. A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon. I just can't help myself. I'm in love with Jamie Fraser.
3. My new Bose speakers. Thanks, Mom!
4. Cinnamon gummy bears.
5. Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. A heartbreaking and thought provoking read. Good pick for book club, Biz.