Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year's Eve!

We partied like rock stars. And I think it's possible that we'll all be fast asleep by 11:45.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Don't Know Why

As overplayed as it was/is I can't help loving this song.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Friday, December 25, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

PowerOutage in Firth,NE!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Such Great Heights

Eric has invited me to do a top ten best songs of the decade list with him. And so I begin here with my list. My list is in no particular order. It was hard enough to come up with just ten. (Below is the original version of the song which I also think is awesome. I almost couldn't decide which one to put up. So I put them both. This is not cheating. Eric.)

Monday, December 21, 2009


Baking cookies with my sister.

Sunday, December 20, 2009


Present wrapping parties.

Saturday, December 19, 2009


Snowball fights.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009


My grandmother's 1950s Mary and the angels mobile.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

They have internet on the moon!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Octopus's Garden

This octopus seems to be getting a lot of attention from the scientific community for figuring out how to use coconut shells to make shelter. But I really think if I was an octopus I would have thought of that a long time ago.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Per Jessie's Request...

I'm lacking inspiration today. I guess you get what you pay for when it comes to guest bloggers.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Lazy Sunday

Although I did manage some human contact today in the form of a visit to the Siegel residence, mostly I did work and played Tecmo Bowl which, despite making Bo Jackson impossible to tackle and giving Lawrence Taylor the ability to block every single kick, remains an alltime classic.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Heisman Schmeisman

Even Jessie knew who the most outstanding college football player of 2009 was, and it wasn't Mark Ingram. Bah.

Friday, December 11, 2009


***Eric is guestblogging this week for Jessie, who is out of town. Jessie's countdown (well, countup) will resume with the 35th thing Jessie likes about winter on Thursday evening***

My new year's resolution for 2010 is to do more performance art at work. It's important to have goals.

This type of scale might be hard to pull off though...

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Eric. That's sort of cheating because I like him even when the weather isn't cold. But he's a good thing about cold weather days. He's warm.

AND he'll be your guest blogger for the next week while I'm away. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Gooey Grilled Cheese

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Finally figuring out what it is I want for Christmas.

Monday, December 7, 2009


The dog when he goes nuts in a fresh snowfall. And then, like me, he totally gets over it and wants to be inside again.

Sunday, December 6, 2009


The way that our neighborhood goes to town with decking the halls.

Saturday, December 5, 2009


That the good to bad movie ratio is higher in the fall and winter than in the summer (after all the dumb blockbusters are out of the way). "Fantastic Mr. Fox" made me happy on so many levels. Wes Anderson, INCREDIBLE stop-action, good writing, great characters, awesome music. I was mesmerized.

Friday, December 4, 2009


Hot Cocoa. Truck loads of it. For an alternative to Swiss Miss try half 2% milk, half rice milk, unsweetened cocoa, and agave nectar.

Thursday, December 3, 2009


Friends who feel the pain of winter with me. (And who make me scarves and deliver them just in time for the first flake sighting.)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Advent calendars. I haven't had one of these since I was a kid but I found this one at Cristkindlemarket and had to get it. Opening all those little window shutters and packages to see what's's just as fun as I remember.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Putting up the Christmas Tree with my light arranging, ornament hanging maestro.

Monday, November 30, 2009


Christmas Cards! (Anne these are majorly cute. Very creative!)

Sunday, November 29, 2009


Puzzles. There's no excuse in the world to ever do these when the weather is nice outside. But when it's cold, start a (fake) fire, turn on some 1950s satellite radio, and lose your self in a 1000 piece hypnosis.

Saturday, November 28, 2009


The Christmas tree at Daley Plaza. Even though this year, relatively speaking, it's a bit of a Charlie Brown tree. Lean times in the Windy City.

Friday, November 27, 2009



Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Sarah H. coming to town to make a turkey with us!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Putting George in his Christmas outfit

Monday, November 23, 2009


Gifts that show up on the front porch from Allstate. Spouses aren't invited to the holiday party this year. Chocolate is way better than corporate chit-chat. At least they know that.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


How stark can be a thing of beauty.

Saturday, November 21, 2009


The full and content afterglow from a yummy early thanksgiving dinner. I don't have a picture of that for you. Sorry.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009


'Excellent television' marathons during drizzly days.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Full permission to wear crazy fleecy things.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Mashed sweet potatoes.

Monday, November 16, 2009


That the absence of foliage makes deer both become more visible and blend in more. It's trippy.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


Fires in the fireplace.

Saturday, November 14, 2009



(Now, what I really mean here is that I like the (non-blaring) sound of football playing in the distance while I do something else like make cookies or decoupage a candle holder. It's a wonderful homey fall sound that I grew up with. Now that I am grown up and married to a man who loves actually watching the games more than even eating reese's peanut butter cups, I am learning to like the sound from front and center and am even starting to understand what the sound means.) (Oh! And, Go Huskers!)

Friday, November 13, 2009



Thursday, November 12, 2009


Steaming hot coffee. (Don't tell tea, but my love for coffee runs deeper.)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


The sun's hue.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009


Little feathered friends with big appetites.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


The smell of dried leaves.

Saturday, November 7, 2009


Indian summers.

Friday, November 6, 2009


I'm kind of burnt out on this blog. And the cooling of the weather puts me in a real funk (though today was beautiful in Chicago). Thanks to some inspiration from LK...her reminder of my love for lists, especially as defense mechanisms, I will take the next while to use this piece of cyberspace as a place to list the things I like about cold weather/this time of year. This is obviously just a way to kid myself.

#1 Co Co Wheats!

Co Co wheats, Co Co wheats can't be beat.
It's the creamy hot cereal with the co co treat.
To be big and strong, have lots of fun,
Eat Co Co Wheats everyone!

(Ask for yummy Co Co Wheats today!)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Here's a song from the cd that I can't turn off. I take it with me from the car to the house and from the house back to the car again. I can't part with it. It's Monsters of Folk. M. ward is in this band. Yep. I'm so predictable.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

El Sacapuntas

Current favorite Spanish vocab word.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Monday, November 2, 2009

Guess how many leaves we've raked up in the last 40 hours.  Hella many!

Sunday, November 1, 2009