Archive for December, 2008

happy no-no!

December 31st, 2008

from Sylvie, Will, et al. Spent the evening with neighbors firing our poppers and exploding Coke with Mentos. The Mentos dropped in Coke did not explode as I’d hoped. More bubbling geyser than Las Vegas style explosion. Puts the A in anti-climatic. Hope your celebrations were nice and that your New Year brings good luck […]

for the record

December 29th, 2008

I have *never* forgotten to take my kids somewhere.

the world according to Will

December 28th, 2008

Will is coming to the office with me tomorrow because his school is out and we host Sylvie’s nanny share at our house. Clearly concerned about the plan for tomorrow, “Mom, if you forget to take me to work with you, you can come back and pick me up.” When I told him that we […]

diego style chiles rellenos

December 28th, 2008

I get the impression that chiles rellenos are a point of pride in Mexican families as every household (and restaurant) has their own unique recipe. Always one to pile in with the crowd, we’ve got our own recipe, too. These are modeled after my favorite chiles rellenos from Chuys. Like Chuy’s rellenos, our batter is […]

one last minute Christmas reflection

December 25th, 2008

I realized yesterday that my favorite Christmas songs were all written by men who don’t even celebrate the holiday – “There’s no place like home for the holidays” was written by Al Stillman (aka Al Silverman), “Let it snow!” by Sammy Cahn, and “Donde esta Santa Claus” by Guster. Although for us Christmas has very […]

Updated: new year preparations

December 25th, 2008

Now that Christmas is on it’s way out, I’m ready to bring in the new year. I’m from the south, and so my new year tradition involves eating cabbage/greens (for money) and black eyed peas (for luck) in my first meal of each year. My husband, a true Californian, can’t be bothered with these foods, […]

Merry Christmas

December 25th, 2008

Hope you are having (have had) a very Merry Christmas. Video evidence that Santa visited our house: Will was unenthusiastic about the video footage of Santa. He didn’t find the half eaten cookie, dribble of milk or eaten carrot interesting, either. And he wanted to know why Santa brought him so many presents. (Between you […]

Christmas Willisms

December 24th, 2008

In the Christmas reading list is Santa Mouse about a mouse who gives Santa a present and in return is made into Santa Mouse. We’ve got a mouse problem. The suckers have come into the house to winter, and are sneaking into my kitchen pantry through an unfinished electrical outlet. When we catch one (humanely […]

must see holiday movies

December 23rd, 2008

I’m not one for vapid feel good movies. So if you are looking for a list of saccharin movies to get you in a holiday mood, turn back now. This is not it. If, instead, you are looking for a few movies that remind you what you have to be thankful for or that some joy […]

santa is no friend of mine

December 21st, 2008

What is it about that white beard, fur trimmed suit, and jolly laugh that strikes fear in hearts of toddlers? This guy is supposed to be beloved! After all, he brings toys to all good girls and boys across the world. I admit something about the story doesn’t add up – he parks his sleigh […]

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