Well, it’s officially here! My favorite time of year. The gifts are bought, wrapped, and shipped, work is done for the year, and for the next week & change, all we’ll have to focus on is lounging, eating, sleeping, opening gifts, and other fun things like that.
I am SO looking forward to a break from the craziness that is our day-to-day life, and as much as we’ll miss not being home with our families this year, we’re super excited to celebrate our first married Christmas here in our new home, together. Plus, we’ve got loads to keep us busy here: ice skating, book-reading, cookie-baking, kitten-shelter-volunteering, massage-getting, and a very special trip to Disneyland(!!!) Oh yeah, we’ve also got a dentist appointment. How un-fun is that?
So in case I am in too much of a Christmas-coma to get online and post bloggies, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year, everyone!
I must have been asleep for all of 2010 because somehow I managed to miss a lot of really amazing artists and albums that came out. Thank God for year-end album lists, right? Among the many is Beach House, who I’ve been loving more and more since first listening to their album Teen Dream last week. Coincidentally, they were on Conan last night playing my favorite of their jams, “10 Mile Stereo.”
Funny story: I totally thought it was a male singer. Until I saw this video. I blame the modern alt-rock front men with feminine, high-pitched voices. Enjoy. Oh yes, and two very big thumbs up for those sweaters.
Guys – how amazing is this kitchen?! It’s so elegant and strong yet cozy. All that white, the enormous kitchen island… the SOFA!! The floors are totally killing me – that sleek dark wood is the anti-linoleum and I’m loooving it. Plus, gigantic windows. You cannot go wrong with gigantic windows.
Ahh, I cannot wait to have our own REAL house one day.
And just like that, I’ve got another favorite movie to look forward to. I read Sara Greun’s Water for Elephants this past September and fell in LOVE with the story of love & life among an old-fashioned prohibition-era traveling circus. I was sad to finish the book, but ecstatic to find out that one of my fave actresses, Reese Witherspoon, was set to star in the film-version of the book alongside the handsome Robert Pattinson and Christoph Waltz of Inglorious Basterds fame.
The trailer has just been released, and I’m pleased to say it looks incredible!! Get excited!
But before you get too excited – promise me you’ll read the book first. It’s just the proper thing to do. You have until April 2011 which gives you about 4 1/2 months. That’s plenty of time.
Last night I dreamt that it snowed in Beverly Hills. I walked out onto one of the rooftop patios at Myspace and was ecstatic to find snowflakes rapidly falling from the sky and an accumulation of at least a half a foot of snow on the ground. There is only one word to describe what my dream-self did at that very moment – frolic. I ran. I jumped. I spun around. I rolled in the snow. It was MAGICAL.
Then I woke up and found that it was just another boring, partially-grey-partially-sunny, chilly day in LA.
Fast forward to this afternoon when I get an MMS from my BFF in the big V-A with a picture of the piles of snow that fell last night and today in my hometown. It’s like my mind just KNEW it was snowing back home, and wanted to give me some sort of piece of it! I thought it was a little strange that I was dreaming of snow out of the blue. I hadn’t even read a single weather report! Crazy!
It’s been over four years since I moved to LA, and though I’ve seen (quasi-fake) snow at Big Bear, it’s been just as long since I’ve experienced a real, honest-to-goodness snow fall. I miss it so much.
This is advance warning to all of you to quit griping about bad driving conditions, not being able to get to the office, de-icing your car, or ugly gray slushy piles of old snow. Some of us miss it (even the bad parts) beyond belief!
So yeah, isn’t that weird that I dream about rolling around in snow the same night it snows for the first time all season in my hometown?
A little breakfast in Larchmont Village (red and blue velvet pancakes + omelet sliders) and a little Christmas card addressing + sending. If you’re on our list, you’re gonna love our funny little card! Happy Saturday everyone!
P.S. Isn’t that pic cute? I took it using Instagram on Julian’s iPhone, since the app isn’t available on Android yet. Boo!!
Sorry it’s been so silent over here lately – just too much to do and not enough time to do it! But things are going swimmingly for the most part… getting ready for the holidays (yay) with decorating, gift buying, and counting the many blessings in our lives. BUT! Nothing is ever perfect. And with that I give you today’s quote by the ever-intelligent Winston Churchill:
UGH! Easier said than done, right? But it’s what we must do. Onward & upward… Hope you’re all having the most fabulous Friday ever!