Thursday, December 27, 2007

Yeah, um, sorry

I've been pretty bad blogger over the holiday season.

My wonderful in-laws got the ear doctor and I a wii.

Enough said.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Our House....Christmas Style

So, I've finally got our photos together. The first one is an aerial view taken by me standing on top of the island in the middle of our kitchen.

Our tree:

A close up of our tree showing some special ornaments:

From the upper left-hand corner around clockwise:

1) My mom gave use these ornaments. The bride had blond hair and I colored it red with a sharpie. Cool.

2) This is the really cute one that the ear doctor got me this year. It's the back of a bride and groom sitting in a car. Our names and the year are marked on the spare tire.

3) This is a tube of play-dough in the shape of a candy cane. Not an ornament. The ear doctor added this one to the tree without me knowing.

4) This is the cute reindeer our friends got us last year.

5) This is a race car with snoopy in it. Again, not an ornament, just something random added to our tree by one, ear doctor.

Looking the other direction, into the kitchen you can see my snowflake cutting handiwork:

Last but not least, on our kitchen table is a beautiful poinsettia that the Ear Doctor got me:

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Thanks a ton!

Yesterday I got Olivia's mixed Christmas CD. Side note: I love getting stuff in the mail from strangers.

On one of the disks she sent me her mix from 2002. On it she put a really great song that I've never heard before. I love it. A lot. It just seems to really capture a lot of the angst that some people experience in their family's over the holidays.

I've listened to it on repeat about 20 times at work today.

Here are the lyrics

The Christians and the Pagans by Dar Williams

Amber called her uncle, said "We're up here for the holiday. Jane and I were having Solstice, now we need a place to stay."

And her Christ-loving uncle watched his wife hang Mary on a tree. He watched his son hang candy canes all made with red dye number three. He told his niece, "It's Christmas eve, I know our life is not your style."

She said, "Christmas is like Solstice, and we miss you and it's been awhile."

So the Christians and the Pagans sat together at the table. Finding faith and common ground the best that they were able. And just before the meal was served, hands were held and prayers were said. Sending hope for peace on earth to all their gods and goddesses.

The food was great, the tree plugged in, the meal had gone without a hitch. 'Till Timmy turned to Amber and said, "Is it true that you're a witch?"

His mom jumped up and said, "The pies are burning," and she hit the kitchen.

And it was Jane who spoke. She said, "It's true, your cousin's not a Christian. But we love trees, we love the snow, the friends we have, the world we share. And you find magic from your God, and we find magic everywhere."

So the Christians and the Pagans sat together at the table. Finding faith and common ground the best that they were able. And where does magic come from? I think magic's in the learning. Cause now when Christians sit with Pagans only pumpkin pies are burning.

When Amber tried to do the dishes, her aunt said, "Really, no, don't bother."

Amber's uncle saw how Amber looked liked Tim and like her father. He thought about his brother, how they hadn't spoken in a year. He thought he'd call him up and say, "It's Christmas and your daughter's here"

He thought of fathers, sons and brothers, saw his own son tug his sleeve saying"Can I be a Pagan?" Dad said, "We'll discuss it when they leave."

So the Christians and the Pagans sat together at the table. Finding faith and common ground the best that they were able. Lighting trees in darkness, learning new ways from the old, and making sense of history and drawing warmth out of the cold.

That just seems right, don't you think?

If I was independantly wealthy

If I didn't have to go to work today, I would pass the time by making this entire outfit, as seen on last week's episode of Pushing Daisies:

In case you missed this awesome moment of stunning TV fashion design, it was a cream and light green wool, high waisted, sleeveless dress. It had a 1 inch red strip down the front and across the bottom, making it feel like an apron sewn into the dress. Add a white thin turtleneck and tights underneath, bright red gloves and a huge chunky scarf and you are in Katie clothes HEAVEN.

Monday, December 17, 2007

I love this munchkin

My niece's first snow!

Religious Art

For some reason, I'm not a huge fan of most religious art. I think it often feels a bit overdone or contrived. We have a few pictures in our house that are really very nice, but I'm pretty picky when it comes to that kind of thing.


I would hang this photo up anywhere.

My little sister's, best friend's husband Matt took it and I think it is really quite stunning. It is a picture of the big LDS (Mormon) temple in the center of Salt Lake City. The image is quite beautiful and very symbolic.
Well done, Matty.

Looking for well wishing

Right now one of my very best friends is in surgery.

Under the there a scarier phrase in the English language? I can't think of one.

Anyway, if you don't mind, send her a little positive thought if you get a chance.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Steppin out with my baby

Yesterday worked d.r.a.g.g.e.d on at a snails pace. Every three minutes I found my eyes drifting to the lower right hand corner of my monitor, willing time to speed up. Unfortunately, it's been my experience that the more you want this to happen the more the opposite effect occurs. Yesterday was no exception.

Finally, the ticking digital display counted off the appropriate moment and I threw my belongings in my bag and took off.

After arriving home I critically examined my wardrobe to select the right outfit for the evenings festivities. My favorite black dress seemed to call to me, as it always does. However, the frequency of wears is starting to show and I want it to last me until my dying day. My cute red skirt with floral cutouts seemed promising, but seemed a bit obvious. A little "look, it's my Christmas celebration outfit"-esque. I finally chose to wear the skirt I bought years ago for Genius's wedding. Beautiful, green, lace and pearls. How could I go wrong.

I impatiently waited for the ear doctor to get home from work.

When he did he swept me right off my feet and down to Denver to fulfill a childhood wish and dream.

As the lights dimmed the orchestra music swelled. The oh, so familiar notes enveloped me. I was transported one of the million afternoons spent watching my favorite Christmas movie with my little sister at my side. For a moment I missed her with all my heart.

Throughout the show I sat on the edge of my seat, eyes the size of two shiny silver dollars. I hummed along with the songs that I know by heart. I became the 7 year old version of myself wishing I could tap dance and wear a huge red satin dress lined with white rabbit fur. I looked over at my wonderful husband and realized that he is one of the blessings that I can count if I'm ever having trouble falling asleep (you know, instead of sheep)

As the show ended the performers bowed and snow began to fall onto the audience from the top of the theater. I almost cried with pure, unadulterated, childlike happiness.

So, if you have a chance to go see White Christmas on stage, I highly recommend you do it.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Great Christmas Gift #12

Confession time: I love wearing layers. I don't really trust the temperature anywhere I go. The ear doctor can attest. If I'm too hot I feel sick and get really grouchy. If I'm too cold I stop talking and shiver all day.

Solution? Having lots and lots of layering tees. Up to this point in my life I've always had about 20 different white/black/solid colored tank tops that I wear under...well...pretty much everything. Lately, the tank top hasn't really been cutting it. The straps sometimes slip down and get really annoying.

And, while these aren't the most "exciting" gifts in the world, you can never have too many basics, right?

I ordered a basic cap sleeve shirt in black from Shade Clothing to wear with my Halloween costume this year and fell head-over-heals in love with their products. Seriously, the best basics on the planet earth.

I'm sure anyone would be excited to own this cute turtleneck with buttons on up the side in black (size Large for me...they tend to run kind of tight). Bonus, this is on sale right now!

Also, to add to my single black capped sleeved shirt, I'd love to get a white, light gray and celery colored basic capped sleeved shirt, all size Large.

I cannot say how much I love these basics! Thanks, Shade Clothing for making basics that are PERFECT!

Culinary Skillz

Monday I was laid up sick all day. I had a cold that was incapacitating. As a result, I didn't get a chance to go to the grocery store for our week of meals. Since all we had in the house to eat for dinner was a stale piece of left over gingerbread (still delicious, BTW) and one egg, I decided to order pizza.

It was delicious. I love me some cheap peperoni and mushroom pizza.

Last night I worked late, so our after our trip to the grocery store I decided that all I had the energy to make was spaghetti and meatballs. The ear doctor has been craving spaghetti and meatballs for the last 2 weeks.

I was even so tired that we used store bought tomato sauce (Prego, if anyone is interested).

Sitting down to this less than fancy dinner I looked over at the ear doctor to see him grinning from ear to ear. He could not have been happier with the 15 minute meal.

After taking a stroll down the college-meals memory lane he looked over at me and said, "Katie, thanks so much for the fine Italian food we've had 2 nights in a row!"

I guess I don't have to aim that high to meet his culinary expectations.

Although, in my defense I did make the meatballs from scratch using my mom's famous meatloaf recipe.

Great Christmas Gift #11

About 3 months ago I caught a special on the making of the Stormy Kromer cap and I've wanted one ever since. You can buy them at Cabela's, making them very manly and hard core for sure.

I think they are really functional and, dare I say it, really cute. (my brother-in-law is now rolling his eyes)

Anyway, I think it's cool. This hat is the kind of thing that, had a popular girl at my high school had shown up wearing one of these hats, they would have been ALL the rage. Just like carrying around Nalgene bottles of water.

PS You can also get them on sale over at the Restoration Hardware site, but I'd prefer to buy from the source. Their company's story is pretty awesome...very American Dream. Thanks Nicole!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Great Christmas Gift #10

One of my recent issues of Bon Appetit rated these loaf pans as the best on the market. Anyone who is working at their less than awesome bread making skillz (ahem, ME) would love to get a pair of these babies.

Plus! GOLD! How pretty are they?

Williams and Sonoma Gold Touch loaf pans

Friday, December 07, 2007

Lets get serious

This is a really important topic to me. So crucial to me, in fact, that I can't believe I haven't broached the subject before in this forum. It is a topic that touches me every single day of my life. I cannot turn it away. I cannot ignore it's significance.

My hair dryer.

In the last year I've bought 3 of them. And all three have broken. I can't even begin to explain to what levels of frustration this has brought me. I'm at the end of my rapidly fraying rope.

Maybe it's because my hair is exceptionally thick and a bit unruly wavy, but they always burn up. Probably its because I've always bought the $25 device at my nearest and dearest Target?

Whatever the source, this frustration has cost me at least $75 in cold hard cash.

Like the day I realized that GAP jeans just aren't going to cut it for me, I'm pretty sure the day has come that I invest in the Citizens-level of hair dryer. Back then it seemed crazy to pay $100 for a pair of jeans that actually fit but now it's perfectly logical. That gives me hope that the $140 price tag on this Sedu dryer will, in time, not seem like something only an INSANE person would spend.

Should I save up my pennies and get it? Anyone have a hair dryer that they love and is under $100?

Socially awkward

The omnipresence of cell phones has made me really socially backward when I'm calling someone I don't know.

I'm so used to calling people who look at their caller id and know that it is me who is calling. There is no need to identify myself. Usually the person picks up and says, "Oh, Katie, I am so happy that you called me. It has brightened up my entire day! I hear birds chirping and feel the warmth of your sunshine entering my soul and cheering my heart."

I don't even need to say a single word.

Recently I bought some tickets off craigslist. Don't get me wrong, I love craigslist with every fiber of my being. I've even started referring to it as THE LIST. There are no other lists before this list. It is the alpha and omega of lists.

The thing I find awkward about craigslist is the whole contacting-a-complete-stranger aspect of it. There is always that first chain of impersonal emails where you exchange information, haggle prices, and set up some kind of plan to meet.

Then the phone calls start. The first call left on a voicemail. The second reply...usually to voicemail again. You finally connect and there is that strange identification conversation. It goes something like:

Me: "Hi, this is Katie, the girl from the Internet, who wants to buy your blah blah blah for $50?"

Them:"Oh yeah, this is so-and-so. I have blah blah blah to see for $50"

Me: "Cool, when and where can I meet you to buy the $50 blah blah blah?"

Them:"Well, I'm in South Denver, where are you?"

Me:" I'm up in Boulder."

Them: "Oh, well, can you meet me at the grocery store that is right next to my house that is terribly inconvenient for you to get to?"

Me: "Umm, I guess."

Them: "Great. I'm going to have you call me on the morning of the day we're meeting, then again when you are on your way, then again when you are in the parking lot, then again after we make the exchange, then again next year for a follow up."

Me: "Um, that's strange, but OK"

Them: "OK, I'm programming your number in speed dial so that I can call you a bazillion times before we make this excruciatingly simple transaction. Sound like a plan."

Me: "OK, you're kind of creeping me out so I"m going to ask a co-worker to come with me to make the exchange"

Oh, wait, this isn't the way your experiences have been? Hmmmmm

Great Christmas Gift #9

As someone who read the first book in this series, trust me, I'm hooked! These books are easy reads and pretty fun. Both by Stephanie Meyer.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Great Christmas Gift #8

Nie Nie featured the artists of this beautiful jewelry on her Friday face a couple of weeks ago and I really liked a few pieces.

This bracelet is really quite stunning...

As are these cute earrings. I could wear them almost every day!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Katie's Christmas

Well, I haven't done one of these in a while and since I love sticking with a holiday theme the ENTIRE month of December, here is a little info about me:

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper, especially if I someone puts the effort into designing their wrapping paper look like Jordan or Emily!

2. Real tree or Artificial? I can really go either way on this. Growing up we always had at least our artificial tree and usually a live one two. If you get a nice artificial tree I think it makes trimming a little easier.

3. When do you put up the tree? TREE DAY, duh! (the day after Thanksgiving)

4. When do you take the tree down? Hmmm, we probably won't take our tree down until we get back to Colorado from visiting the ear doctor's parents in California. That means a big mess probably, but that's alright.

5. Do you like eggnog? I can't get enough of the stuff! I love it with every fiber of my being. However, I do thin it down with milk because I think it is way to thick on it's own.

6. Favorite gift received as a child ? Wow, that is really hard to say. I really loved the doll house that my dad built by hand and used scraps of the wall paper that was in our house. It was stunning. I also really liked "my" telescope.

7. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes (finally). My mom got the ear doctor and I the most beautiful modern looking white ceramic nativity this year. It looks breathtaking on low black entertainment chest.

8. Hardest person to buy for? My brother-in-law Dan. He's so non-materialistic that its hard for me to think of something he'll actually want.

9. Easiest person to buy for? My sister. I just get her anything that I would like.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Hmmm, I think cards are going to have to wait this year. They are always at the bottom of my list and this year I think we're going to run out of time.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Nothing really comes to mind. Hypothetically, I'd probably just say something that someone re gifted without even thinking about it.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? White Christmas. Hands down. Best movie of the season (and maybe all time?)

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? It's different every year. Sometimes I collect all year long and sometimes I do it last minute. This year it's seeming to be more toward the latter.

14. Ever recycled a Christmas present? Nope.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Handmade chocolates or my Grandma's divinity or that apple cake with the rum FLAVORED sauce. Yummmmm.

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Clear, I like the ornaments to take center stage.

17. Favorite Christmas song ? This year? A tie between the Josh Groban "I'll be home for Christmas" and "Winter Weather" by Peggy Lee.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? I've almost always traveled for Christmas and I like it that way.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Please, that's child's play. Who can't do that?

20. Angel on the tree top or a star ? Either. The significance of either is important and a great reminder of the season!

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Morning for sure! Gifts should be opened one at a time so that everyone can enjoy the giving and receiving of them!

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? The Debbie Downers. I get it that you may not like the season as much as I do (hardly anyone does) but please don't rain on my parade.

23. Favorite ornament, theme, or color? I'm really traditional when it comes to Christmas. I love red and green and anything with a sort of vintagey feel.

24. What do you want for Christmas this year? Peace on earth, goodwill toward men.

The idea for this meme is from Tricia, so go give her props.

Great Christmas Gift #7

Right now they are totally sold out, but this big orangey-red bag is BEAUTIFUL! I am in serious need of a large fabric bag like this. I'm sure anyone on your list would love it too. They take 3 weeks to make because they are all done by hand, so get it quick if you're planning on giving it as a Christmas Gift.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


Has anyone else noticed how cool it looks when you write the months down in order?

I've noticed that if they are all left justified, the ends of the words make a cool wavy shape. This has made me happy for the last 6 months and I just thought I'd share.

Its the small things in life, right?

Another evidence of my company's coolness

I just got a huge, mass email inviting me to come see a slide show from a stranger's vacation to Nepal.

Beat that!

Great Christmas Gift #6

About 5 years ago my little sister got me a beautiful pair of ginger scissors for Christmas...or my birthday...I can't remember which. Anyway, I loved these scissors. Unfortch, between moving almost twice a year for the past 5 years the two of us have parted ways...the scissors and I, not my sister.

If you know someone who likes to make crafts, a great set of scissors is a perfect gift! At Costco last month they had a whole 6 piece set of beautiful ginger scissors for $80 which would be great. Although, there is something nice about getting a pair of handmade scissors.

They remind me of a pair hanging of the edge of my Grandma's sewing table. Beautiful.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Well, jeez

The other day I got the best compliment on my blog. The best EVER. I cannot say how much I loved getting this compliment. Even if someone gave me a Pulitzer prize for what they thought was a creative turn of phrase on my little corner of the world wide web, I would not mean 1/10 of what this compliment mean to me. Even if I started getting the crazy style following of Dooce or Wonkette or any of the other well-read blogs, it would never compare to this.

In an email from my mom:

I was talking with Grandpa this morning and he was chuckling about your blog. He told me that he reads your blog all the time. He thinks you should be a journalist or a writer. He loves you and thinks the world of you. In his eyes you can do anything.

Nice, huh? I wish everyone in the world could get this kind of love and support from their families.

Great Christmas Gift #5

I almost bought one of these for myself last year because I think it would look so cute on my desk at work. This would be a great gift for a friend!

Letterpressed calendar.