Thursday, December 13, 2018

9th Annual Bob's 99 Cent Store Holiday Shopping Trip (*spoiler alert for immediate family)

Bob's Annual 99 Cent Store Holiday Shopping Trip has taken place, once again. Here's how his list was filled out this year:

Me - Green metal travel coffee mug. "I know you already saw it mom but act surprised on Christmas. I picked it because your favorite color is green and I don't think I have to explain the coffee part, do I?"

Mr. Rosenberg - 8oz Bottle of El Tapo hot sauce. "I looked at all the hot sauces and according to the label, this one is the hottest. It has the picture with three chili peppers on it so it's probably pretty darn hot."

Bajan (Mr. Rosenberg's mom) - Silver ceramic shell figurine. "Bajan loves the beach and silver will look good in her house."

Aunt Jill - Mug decorated with the words "Let It Snow" and blue snowflakes. "This is holiday-ish but could sort of double as a Hanukkah mug."

Aunt Jen - Green tea gift pack. "I'm pretty sure Aunt Jen will drink green tea plus green is her favorite color too, I think."

Our Friend Barry - Plush reindeer antler headband. "Barry will totally wear this." (He totally will.)

Pops - Chocolate Santa 3-pack. "Pops loves chocolate and he can save a Santa or two for later."

Our friend Angelika - Small felt poinsettia plant. "She can use this every year since it's fake and everything."

Our friend Anton - Landmarks of the World calendar. "I hope there's some Siberian landmark in here so he can think of home."

MeeMee (my mom) - Christmas Tree shaped music box that plays Oh Christmas Tree. "MeeMee loves Christmas more than anyone I know."

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Pet Parts

I could blame my continuing adoration of The We Are Teddy & Levi and Our Butts Are Always Touching Phenomenon on my dawning feverish head cold but I'm not really that feverish and my extreme delight is not dependent on anything other than how can anyone not be on board with this level of cuteness? (It's just the sniffles, really.)

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

More Decor

We're still rolling out More Holiday. Please enjoy this lovely garland and sneaky door dog.

Monday, December 10, 2018


"No, we have no idea who ate a chunk out of your delicious tree-skirt."

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Miracle of Light

Hanukkah is happening. (The Miracle of Light is that we have not set the tinsel tree on fire.)

Monday, December 3, 2018

Good Morning

"Bob? Are you up yet? Follow me into the kitchen and see something."


"I know."

"That sunrise is crazy."

"Isn't it?"

"The sun sure is dressing up for a Monday."

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Friday, November 30, 2018

The Holiday Aroma of It All

You might imagine that Santa would have one of those Christmas tree air fresheners hanging from the rearview mirror of his sleigh. I'm sure you're right, but if he really wanted it to smell all super Christmastime in his immediate area, he would have to go with holiday candles. These smell like fir trees, yes, but also like cinnamon and gingerbread and eggnog and wassail (whatever that is). So Santa, if you're reading this, and of course you are, now you know. Replace that sad, dangling tree with holiday candles. And they won't even be a sleigh fire hazard because, hello? Magic!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Ring in the Bling

Today I slapped a little tinsely garland up on the chandelier and shazam! Instant dining room flair. The holiday hits just keep on coming, folks.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

And Checking It Twice

I'm even getting some wrapping done early. (You can see I've gotten everyone basketballs this holiday season.)

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Yes, Already

I was at the grocery store this evening and the checker reached into my basket and pulled out this gorgeous piece of Christmas Tree Butter Art. "Already?" she asked.

"You don't know my life, Tanya," I did not say back to her. Instead, I smiled.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Fiiive Gol-den Riiings

Last year, our holidays were somewhat preempted by illness and unforeseen circumstances. This year, we are back, baby. And we are making up for lost time. There will be holly and ivy and candles and dreidels. There will be hot chocolate and gingerbread houses and presents under the tree. There will be eight nights of Hanukkah lights and cookies left out for Santa and doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles.

I was going to wait until December 1st to get ye olde snow ball rolling but nay, nay I say. Also, why wait? I want seven swans a-swimming immediately.

Look lively, everyone. We're bringing on the joy.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Smacksy Sunday Links

A year of Thoreau.

Small bookstores are thriving again. Huzzah.

This baking show is my obsession.

On the sale of an older children's book.

How to turn a bad day around. So sweet.

Take a tea break at Beatrix Potter's cottage.

Jenny Holzer's work at the Tate Modern.  (I have two friends, who don't know each other, who were both visiting London last week. I noticed both posted a photo on FB of the same Jeny Holzer piece at the Tate within an our of each other.)

And a nice lizard named Winston.

Happy Sunday.

Friday, November 23, 2018

A Close Second

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday  - the friends, the family, the pie. My second favorite holiday is the morning after Thanksgiving when I finish cleaning up and sit and have coffee (and leftover pie) and reflect on another lovely holiday. Did I mention the pie? There's pie.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Friday, November 16, 2018

Thursday, November 15, 2018

It's Stuffing Season, the Most Wonderful Season of All

It's the return of a perennial favorite. That's right! It's Mademoiselle Magic Stuffing Time! Cut your celery! Dice your onions! Drive all over town trying to find a store that sells that most crucial but elusive of ingredients, dried currants! Use all the exclamation points! You can do it and it will all be worth it! Click the link and travel back in time to meet up with your favorite recipe.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Channel Changer

"Hi. It's me, Levi. I'd like you to watch me instead of four straight hours of Food Network's Christmas Cookie Challenge. Thanks."

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Smacksy Sunday Links

Thank you to those around the world who have reached out to ask how we are affected by the intense Southern California wildfires. We are a very safe distance from the fires and not in danger, affected only by smoke. Praying for those who are in the path of the fire.

How to help victims of the California wildfires. 

Tips to make yourself happier right now.

A fascinating woman and her island.

How to go clothes shopping.

Finally, inclusion in ballet shoes.

The way you brew coffee affects caffeine levels. Mmm caffeine.

And a cat and baby squirrels.

Happy Sunday.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Friday, November 9, 2018

I Know

While on the surface this might seem like just another photo of adorable Levi sleeping, HE'S IN MY CHAIR YOU GUYS.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

I Said

I don't play games on my phone, I said. Not interested, I said. (Level 204)

Wednesday, November 7, 2018


The weather is finally cooling off a little here so it was time to pull out the "winter" bed clothes. Washed, dried, and fluffed, the nice clean comforter isn't really ready until this guy rolls around spreading Ted fur all over the whole thing.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

This Dog Will Answer to Any of the Following Names

El Peevo
MC Snores-a-lot
Big Baby

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Smacksy Sunday Links

On the lost art of the phone call.

You're disillusioned - vote anyway.

Hundreds form human chain to move their local bookstore.

Will tiny books be a thing?

Eating sustainably seasonal food guide.

Slow TV livestream of a Norwegian train.

And dogs and treats.

Happy Sunday. (Please remember to vote on Tuesday.)

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Smacksy Saturday Photo: Book Club Cheese Board

Tonight's spectacular book club deserved a spectacular cheese board. Not even pretending I'm not showing it off. I'm totally showing it off.

Thursday, November 1, 2018


Sometimes the sky looks just like this and you must look up and watch it change.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

How the Reading Thing Going? Here's How

This week I had the great pleasure of reading a friend's manuscript. Her book is coming out next year and I can't tell you about it yet but you can bet I will when it goes on pre-sale. For now I'll just say it's warm and funny and interesting and inspiring and boy oh boy do you have a good one to look forward to. That's right, I said boy oh boy. That's how serious about it I am.

Monday, October 29, 2018


We got home from the trip yesterday.
I picked up these guys today.
My question is, did they miss us or just the bed?

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Smacksy Sunday Links

Do not be daunted 
by the enormity
of the world's grief.
Do justly, now.
Love mercy, now.
Walk humbly, now.
You are not obligated 
to complete the work, 
but neither are you free 
to abandon it.
                 - the Talmud

Leonard Cohen sings Dance Me to the End of Love.

Thoughtful Sunday.

Friday, October 26, 2018