Christmas, Cut Short

December 27, 2012 at 11:13 pm

My mom has always told me that when you have a kid, you never know when you might have to call off established plans to take care of a sick child. Well, we learned that the hard way this year. Gabriel started with a runny nose and hacking cough the day before Christmas Eve… Our holiday plans were to drive out to my in-laws on Christmas Day, spend the night, then continue our journey South […]

Oh Tannenbaum!

November 30, 2012 at 10:50 pm

When I was growing up, the duty of hanging the Christmas lights on the tree ALWAYS belonged to my dad. I was never allowed to help—even though I desperately wanted to. Back in the day, we had a real tree and it was delicate business, no doubt. Either that or he just didn’t want a precocious 8-year-old impeding his already stressful work. I recall a few years where my dad cursed under his breath as the entire strand […]


December 9, 2010 at 12:38 pm

At the risk of sounding Scroogy, I am tired of the Holiday gift-giving craziness!! I would be perfectly happy to see my family for the holidays without giving/receiving gifts! Most of us have just about everything we could possibly need. Not to mention the fact that buying a gift for that impossible-to-buy-for person becomes a chore. You end up buying something just for the sake of giving. And let’s face it, the gift you give […]

That's a Lot of Nuts!

December 30, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Hi! I am not dead, just distracted. It always seems to happen around the holidays, but perhaps more so this year. All I can say is, SORRY! Anyway… You’ll have to excuse the crap-tastic photo; I forgot my good camera at my parents house a few weeks ago, and must wait until they bring it next time they visit (which is thankfully next weekend). This tiny dish contains the last bits of the THIRD batch […]

Case of the Bah Humbugs

December 10, 2009 at 5:16 pm

As I write this, I’m cooking up some sugar coated pecans in the oven… My take on the “Consumables Christmas” inspired by Kris. Except I’m in a panic because I’m trying to make a bunch of them before I go down to NJ tomorrow afternoon. You see, this year we’re having Christmas with the in-laws. Which means that I have to have all my family’s gifts ready tomorrow!! I am sorely ill-prepared for the trip, […]

Good Intentions

December 11, 2008 at 1:03 pm

Last night Mike and I were supposed to decorate the Christmas tree. Actually, it was Mike’s idea. This is the first year he’s actually taken interest in the holiday decorating, so who am I to argue! We turned on the Christmas music, had our dinner, vacuumed the area where the tree is going, and I poured us both some eggnog. Gathering our thoughts, we sat on the couch and contemplated our plan of attack for […]

Barely Breathing

December 7, 2008 at 3:06 pm

After returning from working in Chicago last week, I’m finding it extremely difficult to get back to speed with everything. And now I’m expected to get into the holiday cheer. I suppose it would be easier if I had my Christmas tree all decorated and what-not, but that requires me to dig out all the stuff from the basement… and it feels like it was just yesterday I put away the Halloween decor (I still […]

Christmas Meme

December 20, 2007 at 2:03 pm

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I enjoy the act of wrapping, but the bag is good in a pinch. 2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial. However, I’d like to get real ones after the current tree is retired which won’t be for a long time. 3. When do you put up the tree? Some time after Thanksgiving. It depends on timing. 4. When do you take the tree down? One year I left the […]

Holiday Lull

December 28, 2005 at 10:08 am

I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday! We certainly enjoyed ourselves (and some of us still are. You suck.) My mother has perfected the fine art of spoiling; we got everything we could have asked for and more. Here’s a short-short list of what we got: I got the cowboy boots I’ve been dreaming of, Mike got the MST3K set he wanted (B-movie glory), and WE got a friggin ROOMBA! Oh sweet Roomba — the […]

Not even in JEST!

December 30, 2004 at 4:33 pm

The holiday weekend was one of the best yet, very little traffic anywhere we went, good food, and great company, all without a hitch. In lieu of that, here’s my New year’s resolution #1: lose the 7 pounds I gained gorging myself on cookies, cheese, wine, and the like. Yikes! Now, I have to share with you something that happened over the weekend that I’m not likely to soon forget. On sunday, we went to […]