Friday, December 30, 2011

car kit...

in an attempt to be ready for winter/best prepared, i made a kit for my car with all of the items seen above (side note: i'm going to get flares, a flashlight, an emergency blanket, a swiss army knife, etc. for the back of my car, too). and a  i tried to think about possible things that could happen and simple things to have in my car that could help.  say for example we visit friends who have a cat and o gets all sneezy...voila...claritin in the car kit.  or say i got stuck in traffic at the same time i had low blood sugar...pack of snacks.  and then i pulled everything together into this little tote i got at the angela adams sale last year...
making the kit felt a little random and sort of made me feel a little neurotic...but i also had fun!  what would your car kit have in it?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

hobbes on holiday...

we are all on vacation this week...and it is so nice!  we are finding time to sleep late, tackle our to do list, see friends and family, eat lots, watch movies, and just be.  we've had snowy days and 50+ degree days.  it's been wonderful.  we're trying to savor it and not think too far ahead/into the future.

someone had a blast this holiday season...  
hobbes is enjoying the pace of things and the extra loving this week...and so are we!

photos by o!

Friday, December 23, 2011


i listened to a great ted talk the other night that has me thinking about succulents...and succulence.
prettiness.  heartiness.  loveliness.
i'd love to have a wall in the house that was a succulent wall!  wouldn't that be amazing?

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

minute by minute...

the sun is now rising earlier...and setting later.  the days are getting longer.  minute by minute.  yes!  i'm vowing not to take those extra minutes for granted, but instead to savor the growing light!

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

game shows...

if i could plan my dream would include being on the price is right (circa 1987) to play plinko (with my dad in the audience), followed by a stint on current-day jeopardy (with o in the audience so i could give him a silly sign), then i would be transported to my next game in the cash cab (with my former boss and his partner...both trivia wizards!), and then my grand finale would be a chance to play 100,000 pyramid (with emily as my clue person and dick clark as the host).

what about you?  what game shows would you play?

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011


hobbes and i took a cold walk on sunday.  we walked some trails in cumberland and then hit the beach.  brrrr.  oh but it was so beautiful.  there were about a hundred geese bobbing in the water as we walked up and down the beach.  i was struck by the patterns in the sand...

this looked like a brain...
this was the part of the walk where hobbes and i had a heart to heart about our christmas present for o...i can't wait to tell you about it.  just a few more days.  
it was cold and wonderful.  crisp and so incredibly beautiful!

Monday, December 19, 2011

an old favorite...

Good Will Hunting
this weekend o and i watched good will hunting, which i haven't seen in years...but which i've probably seen fifty times.  this was one of the movies in college that i would put in at night if i couldn't fall asleep...that, center stage, and almost famous

i have a handful of favorite scenes/moments from this movie...when i think about them i wish there were more movies made like this.  you know, just good movies!  my favorite is the part where robin williams explains the first time he saw his wife. ah and most of the scenes with the gang from southie.  oh and boston movies, you know those always get me.

i think o's favorite part is where he lists his 12 brothers: marky, ricky, danny, terry, miley, davey, timmy, tommy, joey, robby, johnny, and brian.  i like it because it reminds me of when my mom lists the twelve garvey kids: kathy, eileen, anne, andy, maura, gumper, chrissy, michael, mark, meg, beth, billy.

what's your favorite scene?

Friday, December 16, 2011


last night i was wearing a winter coat in our house and wrapped in a blanket and my hands still felt like death/ice.  and out heat was on.  i'm not sure what is going on, but my fingers and toes just aren't staying warm.  when i grab at o's warm hands or accidentally put my cold toes on his warm feet the difference is crazy. 

somehow this morning it is 47 degrees outside...our morning walk felt warm and i was sweating under my hat and coat.  so nice!

a lap blanket is now a mandatory winter accessory.  is it creepy/unprofessional to bring one to work?

Thursday, December 15, 2011


a while back i read (on this blog) that the best way to store christmas lights is rolled up into a ball...rather than balled up in a knotted mess.  so last year i followed these instructions and it's true.  this tip made not only a glowing orb of light, but made putting the lights on the tree so simple this year.

i'd recommend this technique...or am i the last to know this tip?

p.s. abby you'll notice your dropcloth at the base of the tree. my folks just brought down the last box of "wedding stuff" and i found this in there.  i'll send it back soon, but not before we fill it with the spirit of maine and the smell of christmas!  hope that is okay! xo.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

this is a test...

mine were kiss, lust, and peep.  what were yours? and don't change them!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

two dollar tree...

we got our christmas tree for two dollars.  not a typo...just two bucks!

when we moved into our house we got a ten dollar coupon in the mail for a greenhouse nearby as a welcome to the neighborhood.  then i joined the greenhouse's mailing list and they sent me a twenty dollar gift card.  and then the welcome wagon got confused and sent another welcome to the neighborhood.

so for just two dollars we scored the most perfect tree. we set it up, hobbes has been drinking from the tree stand, and it is finally starting to feel like the holidays!

Monday, December 12, 2011

freezer meals...

on saturday i decided to make a bunch of meals that we could freeze for the winter.  it's so nice to come home from a long day and have something to pop in the oven that is homemade and delicious without hours of work!

i made a bunch of stuffed shells filled with all kinds of veggies...kale, squash, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, leeks...and some ground turkey and ricotta cheese.

between these meals and the crock pot...i'm ready for winter!

p.s. we are almost at the shortest day of the year...just a week or so!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

a post for boys (and girls)...

the other day someone was asking me about my blog and the discussion quickly turned to if it was a blog specifically for girls.  i say no...i know lots of great great guys that read my blog (thanks jedd, ian, o, dad).  but what do you think?  is my blog for girls and boys?

this is why i've decided to dedicate this post to the boys (and girls who like legos)...
don't these two photos just make you want to be a kid again/install a lego wall at your house?

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011


o brought me back a little pixy back from copenhagen...and oh i just love it.  it is about six inches tall, with stripped legs, high-waisted knickers, a checkered scarf, and an adorable little smile.  with his bendable arms and legs and simply stitched smile it's just too much.

imagine how fun it would be growing up in scandinavia during the holidays.  i know i'm romanticizing things, but somehow it just seems more magical.  

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011


my dad and my brother came down this past weekend to help us with a project and they also brought us an incredible jade's huge!  three feet tall by three feet wide.  i love it and it has already transformed the room.  i'm also considering adding some red berries and calling it our christmas tree.  somehow with our forsythia bush blooming outside it is a little hard to get into the holiday spirit.

Monday, December 5, 2011

the perfect combo...

warning: this post may change your snacking habits.  on my last trip to trader joe's i got a container of mini peanut butter cups and a bag of peanut butter filled pretzels.  yum and yum.
i recommend popping them in your mouth at a one cup to one pretzel ratio...repeated a few (dozen) times.

happy snacking!

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Friday, December 2, 2011


bild 060
right now o is in copenhagen.  i'm holding down the fort here, but keep finding myself wondering where he is and what he's seeing.  my mind hops on a bike and i imagine myself there.  i imagine touring around, pedaling, laughing, unnecessarily ringing the bell, and pulling over to pop into a cafe for a warm tea.  to know that o is in the same town as lauren makes me smile.  to know they shared know a familiar face.

copenhagen, i'm coming...sometime soon!

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Thursday, December 1, 2011


if you aren't going to make your own sauce...cough up the $9 (yeah you heard me...9 big ones) for a jar of rao's marinara sauce.  seriously, this stuff is delicious.  i know what you are's red sauce, how good could it be?  i'll tell you...the first time i ever had it was on chicken parmesan and it was unreal...memorable four years later.

worth. every. penny.

i owe special thanks to jay and em for introducing me to rao's!  thanks guys.

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