CK Broke My Ballerina

Broken Ballerina
CK broke my ballerina. He walked in, tossed his keys in the basket by the door, and sent the poor girl flying across the room. When she landed her head was knocked clean off. Time to go find the superglue. Hopefully I don’t seal my finger to my nose or some other nonsense while completing ornament surgery.

Baby Jesus: The Action Figure

Nativity Scene

This is my grandmother’s nativity scene. She painted all of the pieces in a ceramics class many years ago and it’s been a part of my Christmas memories for as far back as I can remember. The donkey may be missing his ears, one of the wise men appears to have broken the top to his Frankincense container, and the shepherd on the left only has one leg, but I still love it all dearly.

When I was little I would spend a huge amount of time arranging and rearranging the figurines. Then I would inevitably have to do it all over again after a meddling relative would move the people and animals back into their “proper places.” I treated the nativity scene like my own personal dollhouse. Yeah, She-Ra was cool and I loved my Crystal Castle, but She-Ra didn’t have lambs and an itty bitty baby Jesus that fit perfectly in my mischievous little hand.

Honestly I can’t believe that the poor little guy is still in one piece as I not only used him as Ken and Barbie’s stand-in baby, but also was known to take him in the bath with me. Maybe I was pretending he was baby Moses floating down the Nile? I doubt it though. More likely than not I probably coverd him in green sparkly roll-on soap and pretended he was Kermit the Frog.

Manual Labor

What I Did for the Love of a Hot Tub
During the huge storm that hit Maine on Sunday I got it into my head that I was going to enjoy the snow from the bubbly depths of my mom’s hot tub. So I bundled up in a borrowed parka (no way was I doing manual snow removal in my pink coat) and got to work. Well 20 minutes later I realized I was insane and that even though the back deck was cleared off, it was filling back in quickly. Also, I was now thoroughly frozen solid and there was no way I was going out there again in my bathing suit when it was so bitterly cold outside. On the upside, all of that shoveling probably burned off a few cookie calories so I suppose it all worked out in the end.

Christmas Central

Red Gift

I watched two movies almost completely through while I wrapped packages for my family this afternoon. In case you were curious the Christmas movies of choice were: The Family Stone & The Holiday. The wrapping paper, tags, and ribbon are all from Target. I loved using actual ribbon this year! In the past I’ve always bought metallic curling ribbon, but the presents look much more polished with shimmery trimmings. My only regret was that some of the ribbon lacked shaping ability so they look a little floppy. I’ll know better next year. You can view more images of my wrapping adventures on flickr.

Blue Gift

The Official Christmas Ornaments of 2008

Pike Place Market

Every year I buy a new ornament for the Christmas tree. For some reason I have a lot of ballerinas which is really strange since I’ve never taken a dance class in my entire life.

During the first Christmas that Chris and I celebrated, after we moved in together back in 2006, we each picked out new ornaments. I selected a cozy kitchen scene to celebrate my foray back into blogging via ErinCooks.com and Chris picked out a snowboard. The poor guy dreams of the fresh powder in Utah like Blair Waldorf dreams of Manolos and diamonds.

Bainbridge Island Ferry

Last year we settled on a David Ortiz ornament to celebrate winning free furniture in the Jordan’s Red Sox World Series contest. Much like Ortiz’s on-field personality, this ornament literally dominates our tree. I swear all you see is Big Papi. He completely outshines all of the other glass balls and tchotchkes in his vicinity. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if I came home from work one day and the ornaments were smashed half way across the room.

This year we chose ornaments that would remind us of our fabulous trip to Seattle. Now we’ll never forget all of the delicious meals and food we ate in and around Pike Place Market, or the eventful ferry ride over to Bainbridge Island when a mischievous bird gave me an extra special “welcome.”

Animal Crossing Adventures: Deck the Halls

An Animal Crossing Christmas

It’s definitely looking a lot like Christmas in our apartment right now, but I’ve also been decking the halls a bit in my house on Animal Crossing too. How cute is the little tree that I bought at Tom Nook’s store!? I hope they’ll have more decorations available soon. I keep waiting for it to dawn on me that picking peaches, fishing, and delivering packages to the other quirky game characters is going to get old, but it just doesn’t. It’s actually extremely addictive. Did I mention that “Gherkins” is the name of my town? Today I picked every peach in the village so I could pay off my mortgage.

Good Bye Butch!
I’m a little bummed though since my favorite curmudgeonly town resident, Butch, decided he was going to move out. I probably should hate him since he sent me on a three day wild goose chase in search of a Char fish that never materialized, but honestly I’ll miss him and his matronly green striped outfits. Hopefully someone cool moves into the vacant house.

Let is Snow
According to the weather report it’s supposed to snow a little in Boston tonight. Video games must be imitating life now as it’s been snowing in Gherkins all day. Really this post was all just an excuse to show off my new purple outfit and matching violet shoes.

O Christmas Tree

Now that we’ve survived Thanksgiving intact and all of the leftovers have been added to our annual winter “padding” it’s finally time to turn our attentions to my favorite time of the year: Christmas!

Today’s to do list included:

  • Putting up the Christmas decorations (√)
  • Writing out holiday cards (still in progress pending a few additional address confirmations)
  • Baking something for CK’s Monday morning meeting (√)

The Weekly Pink Links – Gimme Gimme Edition


Once upon a time there was an absolutely perfect television program on The WB called The Gilmore Girls. During a particularly charming episode, Rorie Gilmore, who portrays the type of daughter I long to have someday, was seen sporting a stunningly fabulous shirt that proudly proclaimed “Reading is Sexy.”

I desperately wanted this shirt and almost attacked my friend Jaime’s girlfriend when she walked into their living room wearing one. After prying me off of Kelly, these lovely ladies showed me where I could buy my own tee online. At the time the shirt only came in yellow and blue, so I purchased blue. But low and behold, there’s now a pink version! I must have it. Pretty please!

After getting over my initial aversion to this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau plastic wine bottle trend I was ecstatic to learn that there’s a Hello Kitty Beaujolais Nouveau. If someone can find me a bottle of this I will so be your best friend.

While I’m sipping Hello Kitty wine in my new pink tee I think I should be sporting this pink flecked sprinkles heart-shaped ring on my hand. It would really pull together the ridiculousness that is my pink accessorised life nicely.

What Would Joan Do?


Ever wonder “What Would Joan Holloway Do?” Well now you can make her do whatever you want. The awesome illustrator behind all of those fabulous Mad Men wallpapers just released a Joan Holloway paper doll. Personally I’d like her to whip up a pitcher of martinis and teach me how to recreate her fabulous up-do. By the way, if you’re looking for a gift to fill my new pink Christmas stocking this will do just fine.