Thursday, December 31, 2009
I spent last night watching Pride & Prejudice in bed. (Is there anything more delicious than watching an old favorite while cuddled up in bed?) I was moved, as I always am, by the clever language of the movie - which of course came (in most cases) directly from the book.
Therefore, my New Year's Resolution: to use lines from Pride & Prejudice as titles in my blog posts. Of the next year, don't be surpised if you see these fine quotes in the title slot:
This is grave Indeed.
Increase my love by Suspense.
Very Agreeable Alternative.
Just admiring the General splendor.
I am Quite at my Leisure.
You have Delighted us Long enough.
Are the shades of Pemberly to be Thus polluted?
My Affections and Wishes have not Changed.
You have Insulted me in Every possible Way.
Friday, December 25, 2009
We spent the morning working together scrubbing the house from top to bottom. By the time we were finished, the house was perfect. Nothing sets my mind at ease like clean house.
Then we headed down to the Plaza for an early dinner. Before dinner we strolled around the shops.
Anthropologie. (Dreamy.) Which resulted in this package under the tree:
Pottery Barn (sale!). These stockings were marked down. $6.99. Really.
Also this darling table runner.
PF Changs for dinner.
(My oldest's fortune cookie read, "You will receive a surprising gift very soon.")
Magically, it began to snow. (We were promised 4-7inches by the weatherman.) The Plaza glowed. It felt like a movie.
From there we drove to Christmas in the Park. There were no lines and we breezed through the entire display, almost as if we had a private showing.
Once we were home, we read the Christmas story from Luke 2.
Then opened our traditional Christmas Eve presents (pjs, always pjs.)
Off to the hot tub. Where we sang carols really, really loudly. Good thing we have no neighbors in hearing range.
Next glittering red toenails for the girls.
Monday, December 21, 2009
I was happy to see this at the bookstore last week. He has loved all of Malcolm Gladwell's books and will surely enjoy this. (I say surely because he nearly bought it for himself a few days later on our date night. I had to use jedi mind tricks and feminine whiles to get him to put it back.)
The J.Crew trip resulted in this handsome stack of gifts for him under the tree. (It really was a great sale.)
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
(Too far away.)
And in reality, these are not even viable options since they are both being stored on the hard drive of my old computer which is completely out of service. (I copied these low pixeled copies off my private blog.)
This was the only recent picture we have with the whole family in it. (It was taken on Thanksgiving - we went out to dinner.) But since my dad is in it, I thought it might not be the best option for Christmas card photo. Is it weird to send a Christmas card picture with Grandpa in it? I thought so too.
We needed a photographer. I called my friend Cheri who dropped everything (without any notice- isn't she great?) to snap a few pictures.
The result? Pretty darn fabulous considering the complete and total lack of preparation or forethought.
Some behind the scene fun:
My fantastic sweater? It's actually one of my Christmas presents (that I bought for myself but that is another post.) Thankfully it hadn't been wrapped yet, so just pulled it out of the bag and tucked the tags into my shirt.
At some point Avery's feet "got hot" - or at least that was the explanation she gave later - so she decided to take off her shoes. It was about 45 degrees outside, so you can imagine how unbearably roasting her feet were. Perhaps that is why she is not wearing socks.
She continued to play with her shoes for a couple of shots.
There were the token strange looks. The cheesy grin.
The wide eyes, sometimes known as creepy eyes.
Which is probably better than the closed eyes but not by much.
This shot was ruined by our storm door (which I thought was clean.)
The winner? We are leaning towards this one.
Maybe in black and white?
You'll have to wait for the mail to find out for sure.
*Okay I admit it, this is something only I would like to get for Christmas. Not really a suggestion to buy for others.
This is the best t-shirt I know. Perfect for laying or just wearing alone. Long in the length, not too high in the neck, great sleeve. Get it for $15 right now at the Gap.
And if Mark happens to be reading this: I would like it in gray. And black. And this Carie-brown color. If only they had cream!
I think I blogged about these before, but I think these books are so lovely and would make a very thoughtful gift. Real Simple thought so too.
The Book Thief is such a fantastic read. Great characters, beautiful story, interesting narrator.
Everyone is reading this. I am currently reading the second in the series, Catching Fire. Compelling, well written, unlike anything I normally read.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.