Friday, December 30, 2011

Merry Christmas, Here's to 2012!

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Merry Christmas, friends. We had a lovely Christmas. Perhaps my favorite one yet :)

This week, I've been thinking about this year and the year to come. I'm struck by how fast 2011 went.

One whole year in this new job and I feel good and ready to take on 2012. While 2011 was about adapting to ever-changing norms, I think 2012 will be about me making this work for me.

I'm proud of what we've accomplished and ready for a new year. 


One benefit to this job is that I'm always equipped with a camera, or at least an iPhone. I captured more "moments" in the every day this year than ever before.

While I didn't do much (any) scrapbooking, I'm so glad to be able to do something with all those images I took, all those moments of recording people secretly :) This feels like our year. And I do enjoy Kenny Loggins. Hope you do too.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Dec. 11

Card making and present buying and cookie baking seems to happen on Sundays.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Dec. 10


Three things on a Saturday leaves it feeling special and busy.

Dec. 9

What was once so popular is next season's clearance toy. But none of it seems necessary at all.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Dec. 8

It seemed much lighter than this when I was running, but still it was dark at 5:15 p.m. It feels so good to be out moving around. "There is no bad weather, only bad clothing."

Dec. 7

Surprise tickets to the theater - what a wonderful gift from a good friend.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dec. 6

I'm so glad for coworkers who meet me for a few hours. It's nice to remember I'm not alone in this job!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Dec. 5

Today I felt like I needed to write down just what I accomplished because it didn't feel like much. At least I can point to cans of honey lemon apple jam and cinnamon pear jam, tied and under the tree. That's something.

Monday, December 5, 2011

December 4

Come over, she said. Mom made soup. We're hanging out. We watched "The Hangover" and I practiced playing Jingle Bells (over and over again). Sometimes the best nights are last minute and unplanned.

December 3







Sometimes I need to take many many photos until I am satisfied we've found the right one.

December 2




At a fun and funky shop in Augusta -- vintage Christmas cards with puffy, silky covers out front. How sweet.

December 1

typing up an article about tips for a greener Christmas, I discover I am already using reusable, fabric bags, and here why not photograph one to illustrate the story.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

October is my favorite, part 4

Things to love about October Day : Cardinals win World Series! Best October EVER!

 Things to love about October Day 30: Halloween parties with good friends and their kiddos.
 Patrick
 Brenna the wiggly chipmunk
 Wyatt the teeny pumpkin.
 Alyana and Jordan, Minnie and Mickey Mouse
 Wait for it: ZZ Top Gun
Things to love about October, Day 30: Halloween Candy

Things to love about October, Day 31: Pumpkin Carving
 Chris prepares the specimen.

 Spooky
 Very spooky.
 Chris had the scariest costume of all
Pujols heading to the Cubs. Say it ain't so!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

October is my favorite, part 3

 Things to love about October Day 19: Visits with sleeping babies

 Day 19: More Cardinals watching with Laura!

 Things to love about October Day 20: Walks on a brisk afternoon.

 Things to love about October Day 21: Going out with friends.

 Things to love about October Day 22: Time to work on a Halloween costume

 Things to love about October Day 23: trying new recipes!

 Things to love about October Day 23: Grilling with family.

Things to love about October Day 24: Candles and doilies and gourds.

Things to love about October Day 25: That husband of mine... He's a funny guy and my favorite person to hang out with on the couch.

Friday, October 28, 2011

October is my favorite, part 2

Here's part two of my list of things I love about the month of October:

 Things to love about October Day 9: Making homemade apple pie from scratch.

 Things to love about October Day 10: Hanging out with family.


Things to love about October Day 11: Pumpkins

Things to love about October Day 12: Trying new things. My first sports story since... high school? Read it here.

Things to love about October Day 13: Chris. 

 Things to love about October Day 14: Cooking for friends!

Things to love about October Day 14: Apple pie, cooked. 

Ala mode 

 Things to love about October Day 15: Winery trips!

 Things to love about October Day 16: Fall decorations.

 Things to love about October Day 17: Eating lunch on the deck on a day off.

Things to love about October Day 18: Anniversary!!! Celebrated with Cannoli's and a trip to Frontier Park in St. Charles.


Also, a trip to Target, wherein we found the reindeer scarf. Ask Chris to tell you about that sometime :)
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