Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
a favorite was on a slow trip down from the 5th floor with a man lively debating with a friend whether or not he should put horsehair on a corset he was constructing.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
towards the end of our time living in vermont, annie received a book from the whimsical woman that owned a vintage store in burlington. this book came at just the right time for her, and as soon as she finished it, it vanished. completely. or she lost it, we were packing up a three story house. anyway, as she was reading it, synchronicity upon synchronicity appeared, as was the point of the book. manifest your heart’s desire by uvm sociology professor fred fengler and electrical engineer todd varnum. annie and i liked that one of the authors was an engineer. that adds to the appeal. this is a good supplemental book when beginning to look into the concept of bringing thoughts and ideas into your real and physical life. concept, evidence, confirmation. voila.
what i also like about this book are the unapologetic references to burlington. our beloved city market and church street are used freely. without any explanation as to what they are, for the people who have not had the pleasure of visiting. though people who are not familiar would have absolutely no issue getting passed these locations and could probably just guess that one is a popular street and the other is a grocery store. it just makes the book a bit more personal.
i brought this up with annie tonight. she said at the time of her reading this book in the city of subject, the burlington references didn't even phase her. she thought of them as rather standard. a localized book! a wonderful read, regardless if one has ever been to the magical city far up north.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
living in new york city, there is never a shortage of fun. this weekend was epic. my friends and i participated in santacon, an all day gathering to celebrate mr. claus. of course. throughout the day, the event took place at various locations that hundreds upon hundreds of santas trooped to. the streets were filled with red and white. absolutely everyone wore the full suit and we were all in the jolliest of moods. it was a day of silly fun. the subways were packed with caroling santas and it was nothing short of wildly merry. it started at 10am and lasted all day. my friends and i made it until 2:30 before we needed to go home and nap.
Friday, December 11, 2009
every few blocks up sixth avenue, christmas trees are being sold on the sidewalk. i love walking through these fifteen feet of temporary city-forests. that smell of balsam. brisk, sparkling, winter. i have a perpetual soundtrack of bing crosby holiday songs gliding through my mind.
and though my new york apartment seems far too small for even the smallest of trees, i will always remember my house in vermont with my lovely friends, and how each year we had our own beautifully decorated tree in our living room, fondly.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Monday, December 07, 2009
wednesday, my friends and i braved the torrential rain to see the rockefeller tree lighting. of course, we didn't get there three hours before, as we should have if we actually wanted to see it being first lit, but we saw it eventually! nonetheless, we had an adventure, saw the saks fifth avenue window display and got a hot dog. holiday cheer was everywhere. christmas time in the city is the greatest. i wouldn't want to be anywhere else (except maybe at home in connecticut getting and decorating our christmas tree!)
the next night, my mom took emily and me to see wicked for emily's birthday. i had the slightest idea of what the musical was about and was happily surprised. emily has been singing ever since.
Friday, December 04, 2009
who prefers a raisin to an m&m? not i.
oatmeal m&m cookies
- 1 cup of butter
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 2 eggs
then (slowly) mix in:
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1.5 teaspoons of salt
- 2 cups of flour
- 3 cups of oatmeal
- 1.5 cups of m&ms (or more, if you please!)
bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes.
et voila! scrumptious.
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
but, there is a certain type of surprise, that may always be problematic for me, of the hoilday sort.
sixth grade: final two presents left. me and classmate must choose. i got to go first, i pick the bigger box, and simply for that fact. i got puzzle. she got a gift certificate to super-fabulous claire's accessories. just as i was discovering tacky late-90s jewelry. i was angry. stupid puzzle. (note: i would love a puzzle now)
eighth grade: spanish class secret santa. my santa secreto left my present at her casa. received two weeks later after winter vacation. christmas themed lip glosses. after christmas. of course, i was no longer in the spirit.
ninth grade cheerleading secret santa: "i accidentally left your present at home." surprise never received.
but these instances don't even compare to the frustration felt at my dad's dental office's holiday party '08.
emily was staying with me in connecticut at the time and i convinced her to go to the holiday office party. just a luncheon. no big deal. but there was going to be a grab bag.
so off shopping we went! we purchased wonderfully generic gifts, and thought, if it comes down to it, we would take our own presents if they were not chosen at that point. we may both have had awful experiences in the past when it came to this holiday tradition, but this year, we had a plan.
we came home and had shown my parents what we were going to be giving. great. my mom had also bought gifts for this. she showed them to us and then we all wrapped them up together. perfect. i am really excited at this point to get my surprise tomorrow at the holiday lunch.
holiday lunch 2008: it's time. i start getting anxious. i step up to the gift table. i have five presents left to choose from. it is obvious that three are bottles of wine. one is emily's gift but i wanted the mystery. i was really excited for this surprise. i quickly grabbed the fifth present. and as i opened up my gift, i realized that i had taken the present my mom had contributed. agghhh. emily laughed at me and thought that i had known the whole time. in reality, i was too flustered to make the connection that this is what we had wrapped the night before. i was under too much pressure! it was too much to process! my mom gave a wonderful tea set that i would have been happy with in any other situation. very thoughtfully, emily traded with me. but it wasn't about the gift, it was all about the surprise.
and there you have it.
lindsey adams is good at many things, but one is not the grab bag.