Friday, December 25, 2009


The Storm

Bob is keeping an eye on the latest storm developements!
The insterstates are closed and no one is traveling at all.  One weather lady predicted 25" of snow, but she admitted that probably wasn't 100% accurate.

Look who wants to come inside.  The last few days, Oli has had to be around my dad at all times, no matter what, but today, it's just too much to handle.

Christmas Eve!

We had such a perfect Christmas Eve!

Joey actually GUESSED the gift I was giving him!! During church, he asked me for 3 hints and I tried to be super vague by saying:
1. It's so fun!
2. You'll want to have parties!
3. You'll be super cool!
And he said, "Well, based on the party hint, I think it's mini disco balls."
I was in a state of shock.  Who guesses that anyway?

I did some knitting for Roey!
Can you see our punch mustaches?

Glamour Shots!

Little Katherine took some glamour shots yesterday.  Meet my Roey, my SIL, Jamie & brother Billy!


We left Denver on Tuesday around 5pm and decided to spend the night in North Platte, Nebraska,in a very smelly Super 8.  Roey got me so spooked about the weather, so I woke up at around 2:00 a.m.  I couldn't sleep after that and dad woke up shortly thereafter, so we departed right around 4:00 a.m.
We only stopped for gas twice and I had packed up some lunch, so we cruised through and arrived in Northwood around 3:30 p.m. And perfectly enough, we finished Water for Elephants about 10 minutes before we arrived at home.  It was SO good.  I would drive until I was super tired, but even in the passenger seat, I didn't want to sleep and miss part of the book.

Roey made it home too and guess what? We were wearing the EXACT same shirt...EXACTLY!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Today's the Day

IMG_3246, originally uploaded by Mary Ida.
My dad is flying in today and Oli & I will be picking him up at the airport and heading for ND - providing the weather cooperates! Wish us luck!

Monday, December 21, 2009

My holiday reading list:

With a week and a half off of work and a total drive time of over 24 hours to ND and back, I desperately need some reading material to supplement all the knitting I need to finish.  Here are a few titles I'll be picking up from the library this afternoon.
I love short story collections!!

Jean Thompson's books rank among my very, very favorites - especially Who Do You Love?
Her stories have such strong characters and the writing is terribly beautiful.  Many of her stories are bittersweet.  Her new collection came out last June and somehow I missed it.

And for the drive, I've found 2 audiobooks that will hopefully entertain me & my dad.

I am about to finish up Augusten Burrough's holiday story collection.  He's no David Sedaris, but I really love his writing.  The stories are so funny, but this collection has plenty of serious moments as well.

I've been known to read morose books during Christmas without even realizing it.  A few years ago, I listened to In Cold Blood right before Christmas and I haven't been the same since.
My friend Joey's mother wrote this book and it sounds so fascinating, so this will be my non-holiday pick this year.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Holiday's in full swing!

I've been out and about enjoying the holiday season in Denver.  I tried to find the perfect outdoor skating rink, but I failed miserably.  Loren, Marie & I ended up going to Flatiron Crossings.  The rink was soooo tiny and overun by wild children and the like, but we had a great time nevertheless, and it was a nice first skate of the season.  I'm used to skating in subzero temperatures, so a nice 40 degree day was so perfect!

I was the Denver Botanic Garden's 1,000th fan on Facebook, so I won 2 tickets to both of their holiday events.  I took a tour of their administrative building last week, which is in a beautiful old mansion on York.  Doris showed me everything including the top secret staircase!  On Thursday evening, Marie & I went to Blossoms of Light.  It was so impressive!! I wish there would've been live holiday jazz music, but oh well anyway.

Just a few more sleeps until Dad, Oliver & I make our long drive to North Dakota.  I couldn't be more excited, but I feel like I have so much to get done before I leave.  My room literally has never ever been messier and, as per Beth's request, I took some before pictures.  I won't be posting those until I have a perfectly clean after picture to show! (And I probably shouldn't even post them then!)

Oliver's getting ready for North Dakota's bitter temperatures...He was slightly underwhelmed, but he'll thank me later.  He's so stylish, eh?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Phase 10...errrr...Knitting

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Thanks to Miss Beth, I am shamelessly addicted to the Phase 10 app for ipod.  I think Beth is a little more "invested" in the game as of right now, but I'm definitely a close second.  We like to say that we're doing something productive, like knitting, but we both knowing we're playing phase 10 (while my knitting sits abandoned on the table).  And, I'm staying in the holiday spirit by playing as Santa.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Craftiness Wishlist of Inspiration

I'm currently on a knitting kick and I'm trying to learn more and branch away from simple scarves... but I also want to sew.  As I've been looking at various blogs, I've found dozens of things I'd like to make.
Here are a few of my very favorites.

The first one is from the purl bee blog.  It's a cashmere dimple hat! I've never made a hat and this may not be the easiest one to start with, but I'm loving it anyway.

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The second one is also from the purl bee blog.  I'm normally not into holiday type crafts, but I love the modern feel of this quilt.  I love polka dots and stripes and all the various shades of green.  If I decide to make this, I'd probably just do a real quilt instead of something to hang on the wall, considering I have zero space to hang anything.

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Lastly, I found this Colette Pattern here and I couldn't imagine a more perfect dress.  It looks like a challenge...mainly the buttons and some of the detailing, but maybe one day.  I also dig her tights with open-toed shoes.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Paris, anyone?

I just saw "An Education" with Marie & Amy, and I'm ready to go to Paris. Right now!
You can watch the trailer here. It was just all around dreamy!
It is based on the book by Nick Hornby, which is at the top of my reading list.

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And any movie that includes Madeleine Peyroux is just fine by me!  Oh, and the rest of the songs were up there as well. Here's one of my fav's! Enjoy.

Some of my favorite things

I love gold jewelry, especially this simple gold bracelet.  You can find it here.

David has a new audio recording from his latest tour AND the first story was recorded in Denver! How special.  You can find it here.

Loving this scent by philosophy...Find it here!

A red french press. Isn't this so adorable.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Hockey Night

Last night, Marie & I went to the DU vs. UND hockey game.  Roommate against Roommate!
I was really surprised by how many Sioux fans were there.  I could relax during the game, because there was a big net that stopped all the stray pucks from hitting me in the mouth.
The Pioneers won, but we'll see what happens tonight.

That's a cropduster.

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A few weeks ago, Natalia, Beth & I went to one of my very favorite authors, David Sedaris.  I flipped out and bought tickets as soon as they went on sale, so we were in the 2nd row, but way, way, way on the end.  Natalia and Beth are so sweet and said that they thought the seats were great because they could see his profile and his nervous twitches.
After the reading, we stood in line to meet him and he really took a liking to Natalia (whom he's already met like 6 times). I shouldn't talk - I think I've seen him 5 times and Miss Beth has seen him twice.
Until next time David......

Friday, November 20, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

She even dresses up to cook!

Last week Beth & I had a little cooking night.  We were planning on making lasagna roll-ups, but the noodles didn't exactly roll, rather they broke in pieces, so we made traditional lasagna instead! It was so good anyway though.

 When I first moved to Denver I would swear that Beth was in this commercial that kept playing, but I couldn't get ahold of her to ask and it was driving me crazy.  Anyway, the commercial is for some sort of kitchen appliance and the actor holds up a photo of Beth (shown below) and says, "My wife even dresses up to cook!" And there is Beth, in the photo, with her pearls and a pie.