Monday, December 15, 2008

Winter Cold

Mornings here have been chilly. The sky casts a grey blue on everything, but we are keeping toasty warm inside with slipper socks with bows and flannel pajama pants. Today the weather has been crazy, it's been storming for hours and everything is drenched. We have leaks in our old slat beam roof, and in our ancient windows, so we have been stuffing towels around to keep us all dry. Most mornings are quiet and cold, you can barely even hear a bird. But this morning all you could hear was the pitter patter of rain on the roof. It is a magical sound! Makes me wish I were at home baking cookies and watching corny Christmas movies. Ha!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Old Favorites

As a little girl I always enjoyed rediscovering our Christmas ornaments, I guess it's no surprise that I still feel the same. I love that feeling when you find a seasonal ornament that you know will be around for a lifetime. Some of them are just so jolly and special that it makes me wonder if their creators have any idea the memories that they create in the minds of those who joyfully come across them. The skaters were from a Holiday Fair that the Mission near us had every year when I was little. Our next door neighbors, Cal and Sandy were like Grandparents. Sandy would take me every year to the fair at the Mission and we would pick out treats, like these ice skaters and ribbon wands. I always loved the skaters most.

Sunday when we were digging through boxes of ornaments at Billy's parents house I came across these super cute santas! Circa 1983, they were Christmas gifts Billy's preschool teacher made for the kids every year. Little treasures...

Monday, December 8, 2008

Deck the Halls!

Sunday evening we went to Billy's mom and dad's for lamb chops and scallops and to decorate their Christmas tree with them. We started the evening by toasting with champagne (there is always a reason for champagne at the Woodson's, always) and nibbling on roasted cashews and brie. Will I ever develop a taste for brie? I like to pretend I like it, but the truth is it doesn't really taste like much to me, so I guess I can eat away and fool everyone into thinking I like the taste. Champagne on the other hand? A lot of people hate it but I love it. We loaded up the cd player with more Christmas carols than you could wave a stick at and Susan and I went to town with the decorating. It was wonderful to have been included, and I am glad to say I got my fix this year for decorating a tree.

I had a fairly productive weekend sewing, crafing and planning. More on that tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Ginger Love

Sunday night Billy and I decided it was time to make the gingerbread house kit we had picked up a few weeks ago. It was actually a lot more work than I thought but it was still a blast. And no I did not pump the color saturation up in Photoshop, all those candies really are that freaking bright. I admit. I ate some. When he wasn't looking. Frosting too. The best part was when he was decorating the front door. He put those hearts there - not me, saying "I'm putting hearts above the front door because every house needs to be full of love." Dang. I am such a sucker for sweet talk! But then he mentioned that because we aren't getting a tree this year because of our trip to Texas, we could use that money we would have used for the tree to bake more gingerbread - enough gingerbread to make a village and a forest and decorate that. Um, no.

I haven't been blogging that much in the last few weeks, because I honestly don't have that much to talk about. I have been busy with any and all of my free time crafting - mostly ornaments for Sew Liberated's Holiday Exchange that I signed up for this year. My swap partner is in Ontario, Canada (Hi Karen!) and I am super excited to post what I have been making. I have a lot of sewing to get to as well, for Christmas presents of course. None of my Christmas boxes are down from the garage loft yet, but maybe by Saturday I can get started. I saw Anna Maria's cranberry and popcorn garland on her last post and I am thinking that will totally be on my list of things to do. Ahhh Christmas, you always come upon me so quickly.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

So What if I Want a Vampire as a Boyfriend?

Recently I was involved in a conversation in front of a most precarious group about my preference in vampires, and I honestly don’t even know how it got started. The question had been asked of me, and I while I didn’t even answer, apparently I didn’t need to. Three people had an entire conversation in front of me about whether or not this was true and in fact who my choice of vampire would be, and I didn’t even get a word in. I guess the expression on my face spoke on it’s own about my big secret. It’s not like it would ever happen or even could ever happen – because there is no such thing as vampires --- right? And I don’t want my husband to turn into one, because he could never be him. Him who? You know who. I guess my answer is what everyone had been thinking. So what if I want a vampire as a boyfriend?

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Oh Humor, I Love Yee

Did anyone catch South Park last night?! Absolutely HILARIOUS. I really don't like to talk politics here but it was too funny and true to not bring up. I was howling during the parts where the people in the streets were 'celebrating' this new 'Change' that Obama has apparently brought us all. Also howled at the shock of the McCain losers when they came out from their bunker in the mountain and saw that that their beloved world was still intact. And all this commotion was created so that the political candidates could collaboratively steal the Hope Diamond from the Smithsonian while everyone else was so busy paroting* or hiding from the end of the world??? HAHAHAA!!

Part 1


Part 2


*Paroting. /pɛər/rŏt/ing/ (V). Paroting is the combinatorial act of partying and rioting. Actions include excessive drinking, back talking and public destruction and is a completely made up word by me.

Friday, October 31, 2008

The Queen of Hearts

I had the darndest time thinking of a costume this year and The Queen of Hearts was the best I could come up with it, considering I had one night left and wanted to keep it homemade. I rather like it and the striped socks were the cherry on top! Good thing felt is cheap! I made a lot of hearts to sew all over my top and skirt.
And the crown! I made this beauty from an old headband, paper, glitter, fabric roses and lots and lots of hot glue. Best thing I ever made a 2am... So now I am all set for Halloween! Even though I have to work all night... at least we get to dress up!

Autumn Holiday

My sister in law reminded me that I never shared some of my Halloween goodies on my little blog so her goes!
I just adore all of Jennifer Murphy's designs, and Wendell and Hattie are just icing on the cake.
I couldn't find a gourd garland ANYWHERE this year. It was so frustrating because I knew they were out there, and I knew what I wanted in my mind, but out of the seven stores I looked for it in I left empty handed each time. So I decided to make my own! It was a snap and the beads give it a little extra sparkle. Love it!
This year I splurged and picked out a feather tree from Bayberry Cove. Thanks Debbie! Since we are going to Texas this year for Christmas we aren't going to get a Christmas tree. To handle my disappointment I decided that I could finally get a feather tree and decorate that. I have always wanted one, and thought it would look great for Halloween too.
More Jennifer Murphy cuteness...

Happy Halloween! Now, on to Thanksgiving I have been having dreams of turkey...

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Halloween Treat

My best friend Erika heard my regrets for passing up the pumpkin ice cream at the pumpkin patch, and being the gal she is she treated me to my very own carton! Wahoo! This stuff is the bomb. Seriously. Someone left a can of whipped cream at my house from a get together we had last week, so... BAM! I had to add some serious whippage to that goodness. Top it off with some nutmeg and cinnamon powder, and by now you can tell that I work at Starbucks. I didn't even think twice about reaching for the shakers. Delicious and beautiful, am I right? Thank you Erika! What a treat that was! Ahhh... friend. P.S. Totally unrelated, last night I got Billy to paint my toenails. How sexy is that...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Agony

Oh my God, I am getting giddy just thinking about it... and just like I'd pictured. It's a sickness, really. I think I need a doctor...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Great Patch

Pumpkins!
Sunday we enjoyed another traditional trip to Bates Nut Farm to visit Ye Olde Patch. It was boiling hot again, like last year, but we didn't let that stop us from perusing pumpkins; not too short, not too scarred, good stem, even base. Billy has already grown a pumpkin for me this year, so I really wasn't too concerned about finding the best one in the bunch. It's a beautiful patch, dont you think?

I had a good time, but I could have had a better time. I really have a hard time getting over the plans in my head, if they don't quite work out just as I anticipate and once again I have to realize that my world is not a fairytale world, unfortunately for me. So if I really want to be honest about the day I would say that Billy and I had an argument in the car on the way there, I was really hot, my borrowed camera had both dead batteries and a full memory card, I was worried the whole time whether or not Shane was having a good time, there wasn't that great of a selection of Christmas ornaments in the store, I never got a picture of Billy and I as I do every year to mark our tradition, and I really should have gotten the pumpkin ice cream, because I regretted it as soon as I got back in the car. Cry me a river, I know. Seriously.
I very much did enjoy that Ethan enjoyed the trip this year, and that the pumpkin patch was so beautiful. Pumpkins are so cheery and I love that no two is ever the same. So here's to another successful year picking pumpkins at Nate's Butt Farm, heh - I mean Bate's Nut Farm.See you again next year Great Patch!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

And They Fell In Love

Wrapping wedding gifts
gives me time to thinkabout the groom and his lovely bride
using these new treasures in their home.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Changing Colors

Hot, dry, low humidity, I love it. The weather this time of year is seriously my favorite of all the seasons in San Diego. There is something about breathing in that dry hot air that reminds me of growing up, looking forward to the new school year, then the changing of the leaves and then Halloween. The plum trees that lined the street next to us would turn into black puddles on the asphalt, and my mom would drive real slow, down the streets in our neighborhood with her wheels close to the curb so we could all indulge in the dry crunch of the leaves. "Oh wait! - listen" she'd blurt out onto our conversations. She didn't even tell us why she would want us silent - we knew as soon as we started to hear that crunching noise and at that point any conversation became completely meaningless.
My bedroom had the best eastern view in the house, because through my window you could see the browning rolling hills of Vista, to Fallbrook and then all the way to the mountains. You couldn't see in anywhere else in the whole house, you could only see that from my room. And I liked to think that no one else had ever even noticed that it was even there, so in my mind it was all mine. It was a gorgeous view and I would always look out during the fall and admire those burnt sienna colored fields that led up to the far off mountains and breathe in that dry air and be in heaven. I love the way weather like this brings a stillness to the night, when creatures are quiet and you don't have to wear socks. I just drift off into another world...

Monday, September 29, 2008

Quick Jane, Hide!

Early this morning before the sun got up I started to hear thunder in the distance. By 7:30 am, the electrical storm was right above us, sending shivers down my spine with each clap of thunder. Heh, it is such a novelty here in Southern California to have thunder and lightning, we get all excited to spy some lightning through the sky. I'm sure those in the south would call us sissies for getting spooked each time a little thunder rolls around.

Mary Jane has never heard thunder before, and although she was nesting safe and sound in our bed, there was one clap of thunder that sent her straight up into the air and tearing off down the hall in a panic, searching but not finding a place that she thought would keep her safe. For the rest of the morning she just followed me - from the dresser, to the bathroom sink, to the kitchen. It's scary Jane, I know! But kind of fun too. Sorry, she is a bit blurry in the picture below, she kept moving her head to try to listen better for the next rumble. Sweet Jane! You're ok now.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Welcome?

Nellie and Pearl are out of the box to say hello! So are all their other pumpkin head friends and gobliny ghouls. What's that you say? There's still something wrong? Oh my, our summer weather still is not gone.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Sweet Friends

New kitchen artwork! I have had my eye on several of Emily Martin's prints over the last few years, and these two were always at the top of my Black Apple wish list. I already had the frames, mat board and hardware, so putting these together was a snap. I think these compliment my kitchen very nicely, or better yet, they are an awesome distraction from the charming (*cough*) wood cabinets I have, from 1970. The finish is lovely you know, reminds me of... plywood. Sucks to rent. You know, I bet if I painted the cabinets white, they wouldn't even have a clue. But that would take some serious motivation.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A Change In Season

In less than a week it will be the first day of Autumn. I have sworn to myself that I will not bring down the box of fall decorations until that day, however I am itching. Today was a blustery day, the wind howled and the fog rolled. Weird. Sometime over the weekend Summer started packing up her swimsuits and beach towels and Autumn hopped on the train, on her way for her visit. I didn't even notice her getting ready to go until I felt her vacancy.

I have fought the idea of Autumn coming for weeks now, but for some reason it seemed ok today. To celebrate my mental achievement (and why the heck wouldn't I want any reason to celebrate anything??!!) I indulged in a pumpkin spice hot coco and decided that is was ok to move on. Heh, I am really good at justifying rewards. I guess I just have an attachment to Summer that is really hard for me to let go of.

Next on the achievement list: I also started making my Christmas gift list. Aack!! I know, I know, but seriously, time flies and I want to be prepared. I know Erika and Krista have already started working on their ideas. Billy and I are going to be in Austin for Christmas this year, which makes gift buying at the last minute an impossible feat. I'm thinkin' a lot of handmade goodies this year... we'll see.

Every Autumn I take a trip up to San Francisco to stay with Chelsea, but I don't know if it is going to happen this year. Bravest Chelsea has had yet another knee surgery and hasn't even been up to SF yet since June. She's been out of the blogging world completely and I dearly miss her whitty posts. Is it going to happen this year Chels?? Are we going to miss out on our tradition?? Please say it's not so!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Lookin' Good for Jesus

I was standing in front of the mirror in a bathroom in Fantasy Land. Next to me, a girl of about eight is dressed in a Ariel ensemble, complete with a three foot neon red wig. With arms raised above her head she meticulously smoothed the loose strands of her wig when she looks up at me in the mirror and says with an attitude of absolute bliss mixed with a sigh:

"It's a wild day, isn't it?"

I said "Well, yes, it is a wild day."

"I like your outfit"

"Oh, Thanks" she says, and with that she turns and glides out of the door with a swish of her long red hair.

I couldn't believe no one else was around to witness this, and I looked back in the mirror and just laughed out loud.

This weekend has been a whirlwind of events - eating out, eating out, Disneyland, eating out, the Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues, eating out, and more eating out. I don't want to eat out anymore, I want vegetables!!! I love when Brian and Heather come to visit because it means fun! And doing stuff out of the norm, because a visit from your brother and sister in law means you gotta splurge a little. Like this Sudden Death Brownie that we ate at the ESPN Zone in Downtown Disney. My way of justifying it was that we walked around Disneyland all day. What a way to celebrate all that exercise than with Sudden Death. Heheh.

I'll tell you what else is out of the norm. The Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues. There is nothing like participating in the most pathetic attempt on record of a bunch of stiff old white people be-boppin to the moves of a black Gospel choir. They must have been laughing their butts off at us. We all had two left feet, we couldn't even all clap on beat and we looked absolutely ridiculous trying to participate in the show. We were a sight to be seen! I don't think I'd go back.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Love Letter

I received a letter from my best little friend, Ethan Bonham, in the mail yesterday. What a wonderful surprise! Seeing my name written by his little hand, just melts my heart! Thank you Ethan, I love you too! All my love, Aunt Georgia

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Tagged

Back in the beginning of August Krista had tagged me - and no I didn't forget, I just am a little slow.

Q: What is your favorite quotable line from a movie?
A:
Harry:
"
What's her last name? I'll look it up."
Lloyd: "You know, I don't really recall. Starts with an S! Let's see. Swim? Swammi? Slippy? Slappy? Swenson? Swanson?"
Harry: "Maybe it's on the briefcase."
Lloyd: "Oh, yeah! It's right here."
[He reads the manufacturer's name, which is Samsonite]
Lloyd: "Samsonite! I was way off! I knew it started with an S, though."

If you don't know what movie this is from, oh man.

Q: Who is the most famous person you’ve talked to?

A: Um, I don't recall ever talking to anyone too famous - the closest I can get is the lead singer from Dogwood. Years ago we were on the same airplane as the band, flying from St. Louis to San Diego. After we all got off I ran after them through the Jetway and when I finally caught up with them, completely out of breath, I had magically forgotten whatever clever introduction I had rehearsed for in my head to say for the four hours I sat there burning holes in the back of their heads. What a complete retard.

Q: How many bags/boxes of potato chips are consumed at your house per month?
A: Maybe like a half - I don't eat any form of potato chip, but since I am married to The White Boy Salsa King, we do eat a lot of tortilla chips.

Q:What foreign food dish do you prepare from scratch and serve?

A: We make tons of foreign food from scratch. I am not a big fan of cooking with processed food at all. I won't even buy canned chicken because I would rather cook it and season it myself. One of my favorites I make from scratch is a
Emeril Lagasse Fettuccine Alfredo that I make my own sauce for, complete with heavy cream and shallots. Another favorite is Szechwan Beef, of which I also completely make the sauce myself.

Q: What is your favorite section of the supermarket?
A: That would be the beverage aisle. Beverages are my luxury. Good-for-you juices and fizzy bottled lemonades. Love 'em!


Q: What was your high school team’s mascot and what were the school colors?
A: Panther, Red, Black and White.

Ok, now I need to tag someone.
Heather C! and Big Dino! You guys are it!


On another Note I finished The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls late last night. What a memorable memoir that was. Growing up with such selfish parents was an incredible feat for Ms. Walls and I would highly recommend reading her story. After I finished the book I read part of an interview online that someone had done with her and she described that she believed that every person had an "age" that they could attribute their lifelong behavior and demeanor as most like. She thought her mother's lifelong behavioral age was at about 4 years old. Looking back at my reading I couldn't agree more, especially when she would do things like sneak bites of candy bars as her children were digging through trash cans at school to find food their only meals. My favorite thing about this book is that it does not leave you with a sense of despair. The whole time as I read I was rooting for the kids and for them to develop strong enough drives to leave their parents and become successful. At the end I was so proud to have been able to share in their lives. Great book.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Any Ideas?

I am the very very happy recipient of this very large stack of magazines. It doesn't matter to me that some of them are a year or more old, I don't mind. Although I know it will take me forever to look through them all, I know that there is a secret and wonderful idea hidden in one of those pages that will turn my drab and very blank living room wall into something inexplicably interesting and lovely to look at.

I am thrilled to have been given these because while I love magazines, I do not like to buy them. It is terribly hard for me to justify purchasing subscriptions to magazines to myself when I know that I could read the whole thing at the library for free. Same thing with books. I just can't easily do it because in the back of my mind I know I probably won't read it again (unless it's Practical Magic of course), and my purchase will just end up on a shelf and then on a table at a garage sale. I have this priority list in my head: buy a book? $12.00. Buy a shirt for that same $12.00 and borrow the same exact book at the library for free?? I want that shirt baby. There is probably something wrong with me. I do love to read magazines and books though, so a magazine subscription or a book for my birthday is like the most awesome gift. Erika has done both of these things for me. I'd say she knows me pretty well!

When I was as young as late elementary school, I had this small collection of Christmas edition magazines, like Country Living and Better Home & Gardens. I relished every page when the Christmas season rolled around, going through each aging page with an eagerness for familiarity. I remember throwing them away when I was in college. I wish I hadn't. They were so fun to look through.

So the purpose of all this magazine talk? I need to do something with this wall. As you can see it is a very large wall, with a very high ceiling. I need some kind plan for some artwork or pictures or shelves - anything that would make good use of the space. This is where you come in. Does anyone have any ideas?

The only idea I really have so far that I know I really would like to do is to put wall mount lamps on either side of the long sofa (like the ones from Pottery Barn shown here) and move that floor lamp to another part in the room.

The other idea I have is to purchase an old dresser (I really want one with wavy drawers), paint it black and place it under the black glass cabinet that is currently just floating lonely on this massive wall. This would store all table linens, serving ware etc. So what do you think??? Please please please tell me what you think!

P.S. The sofas are olive green - not brown!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A Weekend Away

This weekend we drove up to Monterey for a little vacation. For those of you who have never been to Monterey, it is a gorgeous place to visit, especially if you love the ocean and sealife.

We stayed at The Clement Monterey (which was only four months old - wahoo!) and I would highly recommend it. It's right on Cannery Row it is right on the ocean and like five doors down from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Although touristy (which I am not wild about) Cannery Row is especially fun to stay on because everything used to be canning facilities back through the early to mid 20th century. There is a ton of history there - so many memories for so many people.

Saturday we went to the aquarium which was enormous for one and filled with all kinds of things I had never seen. The jellyfish were some of my favorites - and definitely not the kind you see in Carlsbad. There were some that had hairs that were so long that they were all wrapped up together. As they moved their tangles would just melt away.

There was some serious discussion going on between the otters. All I could hear were snippets, but I could tell it was totally political.

We were lucky enough to catch feeding time several of the times we walked up to various exibits. This tank (which holds the largest solid piece of glass in the world) was filled with sharks, huge fish and sardines. Everyone in the tank was on fast forward, including the school of sardines below, which were twisting and turning in some of the most beautiful patterns. After watching them for a while I realized I had drifted off to la-la land. Nothing surprising.

On our way home we stopped in Solvang which is the Dutch capital of America, and everything pretty much looked like this. Sooo cute. There were windmills galore and some of the cutest shops.

But my favorite shop? Jule Hus. Right up my alley. They had everything Christmas and lots of it. I could have spent all day browsing Dutch and German hand blown ornaments. A couple years ago I started collecting ornaments when I would go on trips. Not cheesy touristy ones, but ones that I loved and could remember my trip by when I pulled them out of the box every year.

Here were my picks. It's never too early for a little Christmas right?