Monday, November 29, 2010

My Sister

My Sister (in pool) and Me (standing)

My sister.

She is part of me.

She knows me too well - whether I like it or not.

She understands me - again, whether I like it or not.

I hate it when she touches me with her feet.

Her nail polish is always chipped.

She makes me laugh harder than anyone in the world.

We have had some pretty incredible fights over the years.

Not many people will still hang out with you the day after such fights - but she has.

She loves raw cookie dough and used to pay me to make it for her when we were kids.

She used to collect and play with as many bugs as she could find. Ew.

Her heart is true and prodigious.

Her sense of humor is wicked.

If I ever ask her, "Does this make me look fat," she is probably the only person in the world who will give me a straight answer.

She is my sister.

She drives me insane sometimes.

But I am grateful for her every day.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to you All!

As is the case every year, it is the time to think about what you are thankful in your life and, when you take the time to think about it, you realize there is so much to be thankful for.

2010 has been a roller coaster of emotions: from not knowing if Dan would be allowed in the country in time for our wedding to getting married to friend's having babies, etc., etc. I have SO much to be thankful for.

Here are my top ten:

1) I am thankful that Dan and I are on the other side of the immigration process and that we made did it out intact, albeit a little worn around the edges.

2) I am thankful that we were able to have a beautiful wedding with the people we love most in the world.

3) I am thankful that the family I have married into is truly wonderful.

4) I am thankful for my friends and family. They are everything - especially my parents.

5) I am thankful that Dan and I are able to work together on another film project. To be able to work in your dream industry with your partner in life is a gift I cherish.

6) I am thankful for the fact that Dan and I are able to go to England for Christmas. It will be my first Christmas away from Portland but I am truly looking forward to it.

7) I am thankful that my friend Ari gave birth to a beautiful little girl a week ago today who is healthy, happy and perfect.

8) I am thankful for Mr. Clean Magic Eraser sponges. If you have ever tried them, you understand. If you haven't, try them and they will be on your list next year.

9) I am thankful for my sister who is finding herself and making plans to expand her world and for my brother who is doing the same, in his own Conor way.

10) And lastly, I am thankful for Glee, which improves my week and makes me feel like my love of choreographed song and dance is not only okay, it's cool - haha.

I hope that you all have a lovely Thanksgiving and enjoy this long weekend.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

It's Giving Season!

One of my favorite things about this time of year is searching for the perfect gift for those I love. I always feel like I have failed when I just go the gift card route because it is not as personal - not as "them" - whoever they may be.

Sometimes I will simply find the item first, and then assign it's new owner. There is just a world full of great finds out there and I could endlessly be on the internet searching for them.

Here are a few things I currently have my eye on:

The Barn House

Okay - I have a thing for dish towels. I want to buy them all of the time. They may be boring to some, but not to me. I think these are adorable would look great in a few kitchens I know.

Have any friends or family who love mid-century decor? These 60's liquor bottles would be perfect. With a bottle for bourbon, rye and scotch, you can fulfill all of your Mad Men-drinking-in-the-office fantasies.

How cute is this spoon rest? I love it. I don't have a spoon rest in my kitchen because usually I don't like them, but this may change my mind. Perhaps this will be a little gift to myself? (This is always a problem at Christmas, isn't it???)


Aren't these great? I love how simple and versatile they are. Etsy, Etsy - you get me every time.

Pottery Barn

For that wine lover in your life: the wine holder basket. I imagine giving this full of a few of your favorite bottles, some good bread and even better cheese.

What are these, you ask? Cashmere-wrapped hand warmers. Sound expensive? They're not. For fifteen dollars, you can provide someone with warm hands for the winter season. I know a few people who could use these for sure.

What about you? Any fun little finds you want to share?

Monday, November 22, 2010

How To Open A Pomegranate

One of my favorite fruits to eat this time of year is a ripe, crimson pomegranate. The small, juicy seeds are like little hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. However, like most things worth anything in the world, you have to work for them.

My Mom told me a story once about her and her siblings opening and eating a pomegranate around their kitchen table as children. By the end of their snack, there were splatters of red juice all over the kitchen, especially the ceiling. I always loved the imagery of that story but unless you feel like scrubbing pomegranate juice off of your ceiling, I suggest you try it my way instead :)

Start by scoring the fruit so that it creates 5 or 6 sections. Make sure that you get the knife in there deep enough to separate the fruit but not too deep or else there will be splatters. Go slowly. Next, fill a large bowl about 3/4 of the way full.

Submerge the pomegranate in the water and slowly break it apart, section by section. I like to only work with one section at at time, setting the larger portion of the fruit to the side. And - beware: the juice can stain counter tops, so be careful.

Making sure you are always working with the fruit sections submerged, gently break apart the seeds from the creamy flesh that holds it all together. They will come out quite easily and sink to the bottom of the bowl.

Once you have broken up all of the seeds, you will find that any remaining white skins automatically float to the top of the bowl. This is one of the main advantages to opening your pomegranate in water because trying to peel this stuff off seed by seed is not much fun. Trust me on this one.

Take a slotted spoon and remove the excess skins.

What you have left are these little delights. They are SO good.

I like to keep them in the fridge and just grab handfuls as a snack or mix them in with plain yogurt. Yum.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Reason I Haven't Posted Lately

It's been about 3 weeks since my last post and the withdrawals have not been pretty. However, I do have a bit of an excuse.

In my last post I mentioned that I was sick, and I was. Really sick. Two days after that blog, I ended up going to the emergency room and found out that I had pneumonia! I couldn't believe it. I am truly a person that rarely gets sick. However, it seems like when I do get sick, I get really sick.

So, yeah. Pneumonia sucks. Pneumonia made me the sickest I have been since I was about 19 and got salmonella. Pneumonia's symptoms are a lot like the flu, so if you take anything away from this post, let it be this: If you think you have the flu but continue to have high fevers (mine was 102 - 103 degrees) for seven days straight, go to the doctor. In fact, don't wait 7 days. Go sooner.

It kind of freaked me out afterward that I was so resistant to go to the doctor. I ended up having something that is a) very serious and b) easily cured. A little less medical stubbornness would have had me feeling better much sooner. Lesson learned.

Two chest x-rays, a round of antibiotics, two bottles of prescription cough syrup, painkillers and a LOT of sleep later (it's seriously all I wanted to do for 3 weeks), I am pretty much back to normal. I'm still dealing with a bit of a cough and a bruised rib from coughing so much, but it is a far cry from a few weeks ago.

I am so looking forward to getting caught up on all of the blogs I love and for getting back into the swing of posting. Stay happy and healthy, everyone, and go to the doctor if you think you need to! That is my P.S.A. of the day.
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