Holiday shopping for boys and girls

Part 2 of 2 in this year’s helpful tips to help survive the holiday season.

While you’re finishing up your shopping, here’s how to make sure you’re not getting the “wrong” gifts for all the kids in your life.

Because really – anyone should be able to appreciate an awesome doll, or firetruck, or set of blocks.  Even this 29-year-old loves some ungendered Legos (hint hint).

Winter Weekend Win

20-degree perfection!

Not pictured: brownies that are cooling in the kitchen, the roommate who will watch very silly Christmas movies with me, and the cute boyfriend who came to cheer on us Jingle Bell Runners.

After finishing the Jingle Bell Run 5k.

Our neighbor's amazing light display. Holiday cheer huzzah!

Delicious risotto for dinner - recipe to come!

The Countdown

In the wise words of the OC, “the way you spend New Year’s is the way you’re going to spend the rest of the year.”

May your evening be merry and bright. full of laughter and good friends.  Onward to 2011!



Cranberry sauce out of a jar.

The Thanksgiving Day parade.

Waking up to the smell of turkey cooking.

All night board game marathons.

Being able to laugh with my sister in person.

The feeling of being in a place where I am always welcome.

Dozens of the best friends a girl could ask for just a phone call away.

A grandmother on each side.

A family that makes me proud to call them my own, and cooks some of the best darn stuffing I ever tasted.

I am thankful to be able to be here to celebrate, and to start another year of giving thanks.


Listen up!

This Friday is the National Day of Listening, according to StoryCorps, a project of NPR that encourages people to sit down with their loved ones and talk, listen, record, and share the stories of our lives.  I promise you: you’ll never be sorry that you did, and you’ll probably have your best post-Turkey Day ever, and it won’t cost you a thing!

Here is my favorite StoryCorps story, part of a series that has been made into cartoons.

If that didn’t make you cry, at least a little, watch this one and try not to crack.