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I never thought it would ACTUALLY end. But it did. Oprah is actually off the air. In the past, I think I may have given the impression that I “hate” her. I don’t. I’m just really bored with her – same show different year. I feel the same way about political commercials during an election year. Boring. Played out. And a little predictable.

What WILL all those faithful, crazed Oprah fans do without her?!?! Maybe they’ll actually think for themselves.


Happy 2011!

Narrowing down my goals for the new year is always a fun but daunting task. There is something SO uplifting about a fresh start and I’m really looking forward to 2011. Here is what I’m going to try to accomplish.

Be a good wife. This is a big one and probably the most important now that I’m married. I really want to get our marriage off to a good start. We already have a super solid relationship and things are going great, but I believe that you have to work to grow together and be in-sync. Perhaps it’s the little divorced kid in me, but I’m really paranoid about growing distant, fighting too much and not communicating. If you don’t grow together – then you grow apart.

Stick to our budget. While I’ve put together many o’ budgets in my life, I’m not sure that I’ve ever actually stuck to one more than a month. I’m going to try really hard to make this a priority in 2011. We’ve signed up for which is already proving pretty convenient and helpful.

Be grateful. I think this is incredibly important and I’m always trying to be better about it. I’m scared to death of turning into a whiney, ungrateful, miserable person who is blind to the good in their life and is absorbed by the bad. I have so much to be thankful for and it’s important to recognize and celebrate it.

Start trying. This one isn’t entirely up to me, but I’d really like to start trying to get pregnant in 2011. The whole thing is overwhelming and exciting and terrifying at the same time.  There are so many unknowns! How long will it take? Will we even be able to get pregnant? Will the baby be healthy? Can we afford it? Will we be good parents? Are we ready? What do we do about childcare? The only thing that we do know is that we want to be parents. And we certainly aren’t getting any younger. But, it takes two to tango and I need my partner to be fully onboard before we can start trying.

Enjoy Alki. Enjoy our new neighborhood as much as possible. It’s so fun to be in a new place and I want to make sure I take advantage.

Start Canning. My mom and I have decided to start canning. I’m really excited about it. Pickles, green beans, asparagus, jam, you name it! It’s going to be awesome.

Buy a desk. No explanation needed on this one.

Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to a great 2011!



I love the Olympics so much. It’s good, clean competition with crazy talented athletes. Everyone supports their country – politics aside.

If you could compete in the Olympics, what sport would you choose? (Note: this is hypothetical,  you don’t have to be good at this sport in real life – it’s a game). For the winter Olympics, I think I would choose ice dancing. Ha – not! I’d pick something cool like snowboarding or speed skating. For summer Olympics, I’d choose beach volleyball or high diving. You?


guest blogger: what do you have to share?

I recently came across a study which indicated Seattle ranked #7 out of 273 US cities for online charitable giving in 2008. This made me smile as I love to hear and pass on great things about Seattle. We don’t fare as well in overall, offline generosity/donations, but I prefer to focus on the positive news. This got me thinking about the whole idea of giving and receiving, a timely topic for December. The studies I looked at measured charitable giving in terms of dollars donated to organizations, certainly important and necessary for the many in need right now and something I completely support. The studies didn’t measure the invaluable, individual act of doing. Doing for others may involve money, but more importantly includes the giving of our time, putting thought into it; planning it out, thinking about it, caring. In other words it requires more than writing the check. As a way to offer each other some ideas and share the untold value of an act of kindness, I’m wondering if any of you have a story about a good deed done for you or for someone you know that has stuck with you. Your story may plant an idea that we could do for another person. Think of it as a way to spread the giving. The key may not be the size of the deed, but the amount of care that went into it and the joy it brought to the recipient.


guest blogger: the monster of florence

Recommending books to others is a risky business, at least for me. What I enjoy reading gives something away about me and I’m not always sure I’m ready to share. On the flip side of that, I selfishly love to ask others for their favorite read as it gives me a peak into something a bit more personal about them. However, I have a nagging feeling to spread the word about this nonfiction book. The Monster of Florence is a retelling of the on-going investigation of the serial killer that has haunted Florence since 1968. The authors, Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi, join forces in an attempt to find the horrific killer(s). This book is the suspenseful retelling of their search, loaded with Italian roadblocks and conflicting evidence. So, why do I recommend it and why now? Amanda Knox. It is not about her, but it gives you an insider’s view into Italian law and order well as the impact of media on the general public. I do not know if Amanda Knox is innocent or guilty and this is not an attempt to sway anyone’s opinion. I am just always amazed how the general public takes the news and media for the actual truth.



Normally I’m not obsessed with new gadgets and electronics – and especially cell phones. I don’t really care if I have the best, it just doesn’t matter to me. However, last week Derek brought home a new cell phone…and I want it. He got the new Motorola – Droid phone (google operating system).  It’s so intuitive and it does EVERYTHING. I’m so jealous.



1)    It’s been several weeks since Derek and I have cooked together. Tonight we joined forces to make dinner – and it sure was fun. The most notable part of the meal was Derek’s cauliflower mashers (instead of mashed potatoes). They were really good!  Different – but good. We both decided we’d be making these again so we can perfect them.

2)    We went to Trader Joe’s today to grocery shop – and MAN I forgot what a great place it is to buy wine. HELLO?! We stocked up. 6 bottles.

3)    The other day, Derek brought home the book Columbine by Dave Cullen. He’s been on the library waiting list for 4 months to get the book. This morning I started reading it and I couldn’t put it down. I read 100 pages earlier and as soon as I’m done with this post I’m going to hit it again. It’s a different angle of the story, different from what I’ve heard before. And I’m really enjoying Cullen’s writing.  READ IT.

4)    Even though I think it’s completely superfluous I really love our subscription to Sirius radio.

5)    Saturday we went to the jeweler to look at ring settings (my diamond is currently in a temporary setting). At first I was really overwhelmed with all the options, but then I settled down and it was really fun! I found a few settings that I liked, but I think we’re going to design our own setting because I want to make a few modifications.

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