Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Happy tree trimming!

Like most of you hot doggers out there, 
making me most happy this week 
was all things Christmas...

And more about our trip to DC soon, 
but first a quick little happy side note.  

Now that we have a tree, 
to our overjoyed surprise, a lot of people 
sent us ornaments as gifts to help us trim it. 

I've never really been 
much of a sentimental person, 
but having these pieces of family 
puts a smile on my face whenever I see them.

Now, instead of just candy canes and lights, 
we've got hand-painted trees from our nieces, 
a special family ornament from my grandma Sue, 
one from the White House,
and some great furry creatures from 
Jamey, Kate, Nick and Lindsey.

I know it may seem cheesy, 
but this makes me really really happy, 
so I don't care what any Scrooges think.

What traditions do you have with 
your family around the holidays? 

I think I just discovered mine. 

Merry Christmas to all! 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Start spreadin' the news....

Last weekend Anth and I took a day trip to NY. 
It really is awesome that it's so close. 

We walked around the Chelsea Market, 
saw a TON of great art and the tree, 
and then (the highlight), 
we headed up to Queens to celebrate 
our friend Felipe's birthday...
and they had a Chilean BBQ and Pisco.

Such a great day. 
One of the best in a long time. 

Here are some pics!  

This is the flatest Flat Iron I've ever seen. 

These dog photos cracked me up. 

As did these cross stitches. 
The Madam would have loved them. 


This past semester, Anth started 
screen printing over post-it notes. 
It was crazy to see someone else doing that...
and with a whole room! 

The Chelsea Market had awesome food;
especially the clam chowder. 


Hands down, my favorite artist 
right now is Mark Bradford
His work is overwhelmingly beautiful, 
feels like a specific place, 

We previously saw his show in Chicago
(see below)

but just happened to stumble upon this one. 
What a great surprise! 

Paz and her Pisco! 
What a great drink! 

Oh, and it was also SantaCon in the city. 
Watching hundreds of drunk Santas
cruising aimlessly around was hilarious. 

And, as always, we sprinted through the city
 to catch our train and made it just in time. 
Just in time for sleepy santas, 

New York is so enchanting, 
especially during the holidays...
can't wait to go back! 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Happy list!

Here it is folks! 

1. This week I learned Ira Glass's dog 
is SO much crazier than mine. 

Photo by Ira's wife

I'm not quite sure why this makes me happy, 
but it totally does. 
Those of you who listen to TAL will get it
(I think). 

2. Anthony has his final crit today. 
Yay! He's worked his booty off this semester 
and I'm a super proud wife. 
Brownies* and champaign are in order! 

Happy weekend everyone! 

*Best brownie recipe ever. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Happy Holidays!

What's making me happy this week? 


Since we normally spend a lot time
out of town during the holidays, 
Anthony and I haven't gotten a Christmas tree 
since we've lived together. 

While Anthony was prepping for final crits on Saturday, 
(and I was missing friends and family), 
I decided it was time to perk up and deck the halls. 

Being the prideful, self-sufficient city-lady that I am, 
I hoofed it 8 blocks to pick out a tree, 
threw the 6 footer on my shoulder, 
tied the tree stand to the limbs
and tied the bag of lights to my arm. 

One guess how this turned out. 
In my defense, I made it 7 blocks 
by myself with no problems. 
Well, as long as "no problems" means
many nods and smiles followed by, 
"You sure you got that" from friendly passerbys. 

Then bag with lights broke. 

Thank the heavens for nice neighbors
who insist on carrying your belongings that last one block. 

Can you see how happy I am?! 
Cause I am :-) 


Oh, and what's making JDog happy this week? 

Negligent dog parents. 
While stopping by the studio for a visit, 
Jax discovered (and fell in love with) balloons.  

It was hilarious watching him frolic around
tossing the balloon in the air
before we finally had to take it away. 

:-) Happy Monday! 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Giving thanks....

Last week, Anth, Jax and I 
jumped in the car and drove west for Thanksgiving. 

Since moving to Philly, 
we haven't had much family/friend time. 

So needless to say, 
the 12 hour drive went super fast because
we were both really anxious to get to SB. 

Here are some pics from the great (but fast) weekend! 

Fun with dragon fruit :-) 
Sadly, dragon fruit doesn't taste 
as exotic as you would hope. 

Anytime I hang out with the boys, 
we always play on the iSwap faces app :-) 
This pic though turned out better before the swap. 

I think Lindsey and Ethan's was my fav. 

The Bowers family makes the best spaghetti. 
It's going to probably take me years to master this sauce. 

The first night there, 
the we had a slumber party with the kids. 
What's better at a slumber party
than homemade cinnamon rolls for the next morning? 

Lindsey, TJ, Ethan and I made this recipe

Not only is it super easy and kid friendly, 
but they're really really delicious. 

For those keeping score, yes,
these are the same rolls I made for Anth's bday

I would make them every week if I had the time. 

Oh, and check out Lindsey rocking her Threadless gear too! 

All hands on deck for Thanksgiving dinner! 
Or, more accurately, 
everyone is hustling around because we're all hungry :-) 

Ethan claiming the turkey leg.

Nothing says the holidays like game time.

And after stuffing ourselves silly,
we took some family pics. 

I feel so lucky to have joined this wonderful family! 

 I think I fit in just fine with these goofballs :-) 

Before we knew it, 
it was already time to hop back 
in the car and head east. 

Jax was especially not excited 
to spend 12 hours in his kennel. 
Midway through the trip, 
he got a peanut butter treat. 

Somehow he managed to get ahold 
of the spoon we used to scoop the pb. 
And then proceeded to hold it correctly. 
Look closely and you can see it. 

Anth and I laughed for about 20 might straight. 
Poor guy. 

Happy Thanksgiving kids!