What We Call Christmas

Our Christmas was spent in Seattle, away from our usual holiday locales of San Antonio and Philadelphia. It is fun to change things up once in a while and spend Christmas wearing hideous sweaters and drinking way to much with friends. I can say, there is way less stress hanging out with friends than with family. Why is that?? Anyhoo, we are starting to take down the decorations so here is one last Christmas post. The last few days were fun! Here’s hoping the next few are just as rad!

Friday Finds: Etsy Holiday Gift Edition

Handmade gifts are the best! I am not the craftiest and have issues finishing projects I start so Etsy to the rescue! Here are some cute gift ideas for those friends and family members you love so much.

For the foodie fashionista :: Necklace from FreshlyFig

For the dreamer :: Typography print by MursBlanc

For the retro geek gamer :: Coin purse by BraveMoonman

For the vintage lover :: Peacock Feather Vase from filedaway

For the traveler :: Luggage tag by squigglechick

For the germaphobe :: Playful soaps by LoveLeeSoaps

For the design junkie :: Roses sofa from sprucehome

For the serial plant killer :: Fabric Leaf Potted Plant by janejoss

For the beer snob :: Etched Pint Glasses by BreadandBadger

For the old skool board gamer :: Backgammon cutting board by 1337motif

Happy Holidaze!!

4th of july

after a stellar weekend camping in the olympic mountains, we enjoyed fireworks and patio chats at theresa’s place on south lake union. the fireworks in seattle are supposed to be top 10 in the nation. I am not sure if this is actually true, but they were quite amazing.

a refreshing and delicious watermelon wheat beer for the 4th of july! …and incredibly appropriate. i am currently smitten with the beers at 21st amendment brewery and the can designs. oh, and i just love the craft beer can movement.

buh bye 2010

I got bit on the ass by one of my puggles today. I got
caught in the crossfire trying to break up the fight. Needless to
say, let’s get this new year started right!!

a very annie christmas

happy holidaze ya’ll! may your days be big and bright and your nights be dark and mysterious! merry christmas, happy hanukkah and all that jazz…

happy captain crunch!

merry frakkin’ christmas!

orange lantern cookies made by geekboy, @fatskamike

the elves: josh and helo

bungee cord glass markers by @musicjunkeeee

aunt pina’s sour cream cookies, an italian tradition

gloria’s sausage balls, a mexi-tradition

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mrs jena j.

may the force be with your holiday glow and watch a plenty.

my version of seafood salad minus the conch (i threw in two, and only two pieces of tentacle in honor of rissa).

charles say relax!

cozy sweater, never fear!

this guy likes last minute wrapping.

a very merry, merry christmas to you!

christmas on mars

it finally feels like christmas time for me. FINALLY. it took awhile living in a different state and not seeing my parents, sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and ….you get the point. but everyone gets older and traditions tend to change over the years. we are not spending the holidays with michael’s family or mine, but are staying in town this year due to using up our vacation days with the move.

we live in a cool, little house in greenlake but i stress LITTLE. i didn’t think we had room for a tree, but decided it is necessary. it is the life blood of christmas afterall! as soon as the noble fir was brought inside, the piney smell wafted through the house and it was starting to seem like christmas. the family gifts are wrapped and ready to ship and am chillin with a low budget film made by the flaming lips titled ‘christmas on mars.’ if you know this band (who doesn’t?!?!?) then you know to expect the unexpected. the plot is kinda non-existent and hard to follow, but the special effects are oddly amazing and the soundtrack by the flaming lips is the best part. you might notice some familiar faces like adam goldberg, fred armisen (snl), isaac brock (modest mouse) and steve burns (blue’s clues). this film is for fans of the flaming lips, avant-garde style films, and cheesy sci-fi. i love to listen to wayne coyne speak. if you do too, watch the extras and rent the music documentary ‘the fearless freaks.’

and of course, wayne can’t go without showing his wife in her underwear. if you follow him on twitter, than you know what i mean. @waynecoyne

the flaming lips also made my list of best live shows of 2010.