Archive for January, 2011

More Artful Readings

Time for more book reviews.  I am seriously shocked that I’ve finished three books so far this year, and it’s still January!  Of course, two of them were started last year, but still.   First up is The Forgery of Venus by Michael Gruber.  This was the selection for the Artful Readings book club I belong […]


Years ago I started taking yoga classes at my work’s fitness center.  I loved yoga and looked forward to every Tuesday night.  Occasionally we had a substitute instructor, one of which had a rather heavy accent.  She also had this habit of constantly reminding you to “focus”, which from her sounded a lot more like […]

Award Season Begins

Award Season has begun again and the Golden Globes, of course, were on Sunday.  I love watching the Globes, and the red carpet is always worth a look.  This year, though, I have to say that I had to look a lot harder to find something I loved.  Olivia Wilde (above) was one of the […]

Ringing in the New Year

Since we spend Christmas Eve with Eric’s family, and have Christmas Day to ourselves, we usually try to get together with my parents on New Year’s Day.  The past several years my parents have travelled to see my sister and her family for Christmas, so they haven’t even decorated their home for the holidays.  This […]


Although we’re already well into January, I thought I’d continue with my holiday posts and share some of my Christmas decorating.  I ended up being busier than usual, it seemed, this season and I never managed to get these photos edited until this past weekend.  I really do love decorating for Christmas, and even though […]

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve used to be a night spent at Eric’s parents’ house.  But the past couple of years, Eric has wanted to host Christmas Eve at our house.  He always does a magnificent job with planning the menu and creating an amazing meal.  This year he asked me to make a dessert, so we went […]

Holiday Entertaining

One of the things I enjoy about the holidays is entertaining.  It’s a lot of work, but so worth it in the end.  Every year we hold an Eggnog & Dessert Party for our families.  It’s one of the few times both families get together during the year.  This year, I spent the week before […]

Opposite Ends of the Spectrum

With the holidays and everything, I’m just now getting around to posting about the latest books I’ve finished.  One of my goals for this year is to finish up the books I’m in the middle of (there are about 5 or so).  It seems silly to just keep jumping from book to book without finishing […]