Sunday, January 30, 2011
happy...
...birthday to my lovely husband, Paul!

Last night was the big do at our friends Marc & Jessy's house (Jessy's b-day was Thursday...H.B.Jessy!), and it was a big co-mingling of all our circles of friends. In classic hat-party fashion, it went late into the night with chapeaux galore, a bit of deep-frying (Mars Bars!), and lots of hilarity. Marc also makes the most amazingly delicious cakes, and didn't disappoint with this year's Kahlua number.







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Thursday, January 27, 2011
also cozy...
I finished up this little guy last night. The red teapot has been heretofore neglected in re the knitwear department. In an effort to be on-trend (little-known-fact: teapots are slaves to fashion), I used up some scraps for a little fair-isle cozy.



I got frustrated with it about halfway through, but now that it's completed, I'm more than a little bit giddy about it. And am seeking treatment for the compulsion to cover everything I own in knitting.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011
jazzy...
A great night tonight at Asheville's annual Art Deco Review. Held in the ballroom of the Grove Park Inn, Russ Wilson and his Nouveau Passe Orchestra took us back in time, along with the Red Hot Sugar Babies. My lovely friends Emily and Jessy did a beautiful burlesque-style feather-fan dance, as well as a Charleston number. We were by far the youngest folks there, but it was a great time with some classy entertainment. Plus it's fun to get all gussied up.




Here we are looking very "King's Speech". I'm a big fan of how my hair turned out. Not bad for a half-hour with a curling iron and a few bobby pins...

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Monday, January 10, 2011
cozy...
For my birthday last year, some friends gave me a couple of skeins of this super soft and cozy baby alpaca. I've been knitting so much with fingering and dk weights lately, that I figured this was a good project for in-between. I love the lofty, textured fabric the farrow rib makes, and it's so nice and warm. Especially on this snowy weekend.

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Sunday, January 09, 2011
spicy...
I love how much cheaper dried beans are, but I'm hopeless when it comes to remembering to put them out to soak beforehand. Winter weekends are perfect for letting a pot simmer on the stove for a few hours, keeping the place warm and smelling delicious. I like this Chicken & Black Bean Tortilla soup all year round, but it's at it's best when it's super-hot out or (like tonight) super-cold.

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Saturday, January 08, 2011
fruity...
One of the (many) things I like about Australian cafes is stopping by in the morning for a flat white and some raisin toast. Not the sweet, cinnamon-sugary kind that you find here in the states, but a savory whole-grain slice dotted with raisins (ahem, sultanas), all warm and slathered in butter. We've been experimenting with recipes, trying to find a close approximation. This one is my version that is the closest so far.



It's unexpectedly nice with peanut butter as well. Or Nutella, if you need to go the sweet route.

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Friday, January 07, 2011
nuzzly...
My friends Jessy and Marc gave me this lovely alpaca yarn for my birthday. It's the kind of soft and squishy that you just want to rub your face in and snuggle with. Hmmm...now what to make...

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Saturday, January 01, 2011
resolve...
I'm a bit of a list-maker. I enjoy breaking things down in steps, and I like the little sense of accomplishment of crossing items off once they're done. Admittedly, sometimes a list will include things I've already finished, just so there can be a few crossed-off items...a long list is less daunting that way.

I have an ongoing list of things I plan on accomplishing in the near-to-distant future (some tiny and immediate, and a few large life-goal-esque), and occasionally something gets crossed off. Mostly, I like seeing that I have plans, aspirations, and things to do when I would otherwise be bored (not that I feel that way often...I've always been good at entertaining myself).

So with the new year of looming large on the horizon, thoughts naturally go to the list for 2011. It's long, in a wishful-thinking sort of way, and quite specific at times. Most things will continue on to the 2012 list next year without a second thought, but I like the idea of identifying a few attainable goals to set the tone for the year. I like to think of them as Lifestyle Goals rather than Resolutions. So for 2011, here are my baby-steps:

1. Up the Style Quotient.
- Cull clothing down to what I really wear
- Only buy new clothes if they are classic or really awesome
- Break out of my rut by trying new pairings and accessories

2. Boost the Health.
- Water, water, water (and this means actually drink it, not just have a glass or bottle handy)
- Take my supplements (especially Omega3's and B's)
- Posture/strengthen my core (yes, exercise in general, but I've been been feeling my 30's this year and need to focus on basics)

3. De-stress the Environs.
- Reduce the clutter so we can enjoy what we have more (i.e. get rid of sorting boxes and don't just stick them in the closet)
- Organize what's left in an attractive way
- Keep things tidy & reasonably clean (especially the kitchen)

4. Be a Financial Dominatrix.
- Keep within food budget (a weakness with two foodies in the house)
- Contribute to savings/retirement (even though funds are shorter this year)
- Pay off car loan and one student loan (on schedule to to this by end of year)

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