Monday, November 29, 2010

days 4-7 of thanks

day 4 - i was thankful to have parents that instilled the value of traveling. and have gone to great lengths, and invested quite a bit of money, into showing their children the world.

day 5 - i was thankful to live in a country where no matter how terrible the economy is, people will wake up before dawn to stand in line, to make sure there are christmas presents underneath their tree.

day 6 - i was thankful for tylenol and taco bell. as i had a huge hangover.

and today, i am thankful for the future. and the promise that it holds for me, my nugget, and everyone in our lives.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

day 3 of thanks

i am thankful to have had these books land in my lap and change the way i look at the world

1. the glass castle
2. eat pray love
3. the last american man
4. the forever war
5. anna karenina

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

day 2 of thanks

today i am thankful for the boyfriend that in 7 months of sharing a nest, has never once said, "maybe we don't need any more ball jars."

Monday, November 22, 2010

a week of thanks

I am thankful that the rain that is falling is not snow. And that today is the warmest November 22nd  in Chicago since 1919. And that the Redskins won, and that Ben Roethlisberger was punched in the face.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

secret ingredient

Why had I never been told about the wonderful, glorious, put in every pot and/or pan I use product known as.......CHICKEN BROTH?!? I used to only use it in when a recipe called for a specific amount, not anymore! I throw some in the rice cooker, cook chicken in it, steam dumplings, add it to chili. Me, oh my, the possibilities are endless!

And real simple is right, trader joe's is the best.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

"for one minute, please stand right here in silence, and look up"

  1. lists. they make me happy. and sometimes i make them just to cross things off and feel accomplished.
  2. the "i love you" song pat and i sing to each other each night before going to bed
  3. the giant glass of white wine to my right
  4. the new earrings i bought 4 days ago from my thrift store for $1.25 and received 6 compliments since then, because they are just that great.
  5. maybe it's the wedding craze that's swirling around me, or the fact that so many of my friends will at some point be entirely new names in my address book, but i really am beginning to feel protective of "anna maria lewis," i think my parents did a good job when we met, and so i intend to keep it.
  6. long standing friendships, the ones that hold the promise of forever.
  7. quotes that move me and make me think. whether it be elizabeth gilbert; "there’s a crack in everyone…that’s how the light of God gets in." or mechtilde of magdeburg; "from suffering i have learned this: that whoever is sore wounded by love will never be made whole unless she embrace the very same love that wounded her."

  1. my desire to get into yoga grows each day, and yet so does my desire for sleep. which kind of gets in the way of a 6am yoga class. what is a girl to do?
  2. should buying snow boots really require a pro/con list?
  3. what happened to ben harper?
  4. when you finally feel full, full of life and love and gratitude for the luck you have been handed, what else is there?
  5. why can't i be vegan?
  6. is there a more perfect man?
  7. is there really anything a strong margarita and a good night's sleep can't fix?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

thank you w.

"After we watched the 747 formerly known as Air Force One wing into the air and bank right towards Midland, Texas this afternoon, we were struck by just how bizarre it is that a bunch of Democrats who positively hated this man eight years ago were proudly a little teared up to see him off to retirement. That’s a fairly good measure of a man right there, if he can, without knowing or trying, change strong opinions of him in the most unlikely of places. And you can’t get much more unlikely than the lot of us, here in Boystown (Chicago), wishing George W. Bush a heartfelt and gracious goodbye — and thanking him, from the bottom of our big gay hearts, for doing the best he could, every day, for each and every one of us (whether any of us liked or voted for him or not)."