This Is My Christmas


I loved Christmas 2013; it was wonderful, as Christmas always is. I loved seeing almost all of my cousins, and my two “nieces” and two “nephews” as well. We ate a lot of really good food and enjoyed the day being among the best company. Our family is pretty low-key, so we spent the afternoon lounging, chatting, and munching on more food. We missed our cousin Nikki, who lives in Denmark and spent Christmas day eating whale with her boyfriend Mads and his family.ImageImageImageChristmas is a time for family, tradition, and the season of giving. I love the sweet memories of my Great Grandma and the joy she had throughout November and December, preparing for Christmas Eve at her house. I love the smell of turkey when my family comes home from Church, and I love greeting everyone who comes into our home. I love Auntie’s punch and being my mom’s helper. Oh, and I like presents, too 🙂

What does your Christmas look like?


Dorm Away From Home


Even though I commuted this semester, I definitely had a home on campus (you know, a place to store my hummus, borrow friends’ shoes, and take naps). I was invited to crash attend this dorm building’s Christmas dinner. The theme was Ugly Christmas Sweater. Ironically, I didn’t have one so I borrowed one from my dorm-away-from-home.

ImageHighlights of the evening included good company, funny outfits, games that are usually only played at showers, and Christmas karaoke (Rochelle sang Santa Baby, need I say more?).

Christmas Wish List


I have a festive family-the kind that all shouts “Timber!” when my dad cuts down the Christmas tree. The kind that sings “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” and “Roll Out The Barrel” at baseball games (even if the game is minor-league and no one else stands to sing). The kind that busts out maracas for our birthdays so we can shake them and exclaim, “it’s my birthday” just for the fun of it and to relive a funny memory from a road trip for good time’s sake.

My dad always jokes that he’s going to make a Christmas list with several pages, probably an appendix, and definitely pictures. So, I now present to you my illustrated Christmas list. Keep in mind this list is not exclusive and is merely ideas.

Here we go:


1. To-Go mug/Tumblr such as this Anne Taintor one.

2. Boots-maybe gray or black.

3. A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book.

4. Cute clothes, like this shirt.

5. I love these leg warmers!

6. Scarves, perhaps from Etsy and preferably infinity scarves.

7. Cute dresses like this one. I can’t find the link, but I loooove the gold.

8. Basically anything from Paper Source but especially a calendar!

9. I could see myself wearing some kind of fur scarf like this.

10. I think this is the best sweater ever!

11. Artwork by Marc Johns or other artists I like (ie Kelly Rae Roberts, Leigh Standly, Amy Borrell, etc)


And that concludes this year’s illustrated Christmas Wish List. Cheers!

For The Holidays


Funny how you could say “There’s No Place Like Home” and think one thing (WIzard of Oz, anyone?) but then when you add “For The Holidays” you immediately change your train of thought to the cheerful Christmas song.

Well, it’s true–there’s no place like home for the holidays, and I’m glad to be spending this one with my family. I loved yesterday with several of my cousins, aunts, uncles, and a few friends who are more like family. I’m giving thanks for good times that become sweet memories.


Under The Mistletoe [Without Shame]


This weather in the Midwest this week has been straight crazy. I find it difficult to cope with the snow since I’m not a winter person in the first place and now it’s April and there’s still snow and it’s only 30 degrees and I brought a bunch of my boots home because I didn’t think I would need them and I’m getting a cold and it’s hard to know what to wear since I’m supposed to be wearing spring colors but all my long sleeved stuff looks Christmasy and it’s past Easter and I don’t care if the groundhog saw his shadow or not, the extra six weeks is over Being fed up with the ridiculous weather, I decided to go for a re-frame this morning: I busted out Justin Bieber’s Under The Mistletoe Christmas album. I love the album but typically it’s only socially acceptable for me to listen to it from the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas day (maybe January 1 if we’re still in the yuletide season).

I’m proposing a new rule: Christmas music should be acceptable (can I even say encouraged?) whenever the temperatures go below 40 degrees. (After February?)

Cuz who couldn’t use a little holly jolly on a day like today?


I have no gifts to bring (pa rum pum pum) Matter fact let’s gather round the fireplace, it’s about to get hot in here!