Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Treats

Christmas this year was absolutely perfect.  It was relaxing, low key, and way more about giving than getting.  Even my dogs got into the spirit!  The day ended with an absolutely fantastic meal made by my hard working dad.

Hope your holiday was equally has fun and family-filled!  Any fun dishes that you tried?

Monday, December 24, 2012

The Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,

...not a puppy was stirring while...

...cookies were baking...

...and decorations were aiding in the merry-making.

Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and good wishes for the rest of the holiday season!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

I'll Be There For You

On this week before Christmas, I feel like my blog should be full of merriment, present and decorating ideas, and pictures of my holiday plans.  However, after the tragic massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school, I didn't feel like that was a meaningful enough use of my little piece of the Internet.

Still, I don't really know what to say.  To the families of the victims of this tragedy, I send my heartfelt wishes and prayers for the strength to get through this.  To the politicians across the country to actually do something about gun control and mental health care, I hope that you have the presence of mind to consider every side of the issue.  To the family of the gunman, Adam Lanza, I pray that you have the strength to not only take responsibility for his actions, but to weather the scorn and anger that it sure to come from many different corners.  And for all those grieving the loss of these beautiful, innocent children, just remember that you are not alone.

In the true spirit of the holiday season, we are all there for each other.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

2012 Reading Challenge

It's absolutely great to be home with my family, dogs, and back in my own bedroom overflowing with books.  I've recently joined the website GoodReads and, even though there are only a couple of weeks left in the year, have joined their 2012 Reading Challenge!

I picked a challenge of reading 50 books this year, thinking that between the two intensive literature courses I've taken the past few semesters, I would be fine.  Surprisingly, I'm not even close to 50 books, and so this really is a challenge!  How many books do you guys think I can read by December 31st?

2012 Reading Challenge

2012 Reading Challenge
Marisa has read 18 books toward her goal of 50 books.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wall Wednesday: Final Additions

Both the final exams and the semester are over, which means I'm heading home for my Christmas/winter break.  Actually, I'm currently sitting with my laptop in the airport, doing my best to be patient with their frustratingly slow Wireless Internet.  I'd still like to share a few of the final touches that I have added to the room over the past couple of weeks.  Other family members are going to stay there over Christmas, and I wanted to make sure it looked at least somewhat finished for them!

I've added to my collection of art postcards around the mirror door, after visting the Legion of Honor Thanksgiving weekend.  These are all pictures of pieces from the current show of a collection from the Louvre in Paris.  The dark one on top is a sort of decorative, mosaic card table, and this red one is of a gigantic tapestry.  For those of you still in the city with some time to kill, I would highly suggest checking out the exhibit; all of the pieces are absolutely stunning!

I made another one of this fun knit basket in a different color.  It's such an easy project, and knitting is a great way of combining relaxation and productivity for a little study break.

Lastly, I rearranged my closet decorations and decided to go with a solid wall of quotes.  As you can see, I haven't gotten there quite yet, but I still have all of next semester to read and decorate with more passages.

For now, I'm just excited to be going home to see my puppies!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Just Keep Swimming

Tomorrow is my last day of finals exams and papers and, true to my habit of procrastination, I'm working up until the very second! I've got a marvelous combination of Mighty Leaf Chamomile Citrus tea, my Enya Pandora station, and the promise of a KitKat bar keeping me going strong. It may sound strange, but it's worked so far...

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Holiday Listening

Christmas Favorites from littlespider on 8tracks Radio.

It's finally December! That means it's time to break out the Christmas music, which is by far my favorite part of the season. I don't have too many Christmas songs with me (most are at home on CDs), but I thought I'd collect the few favorites I do have into a playlist to share with you all.

I'm going to recommend getting comfortable with a blanket, a cup of tea, your favorite book or a holiday craft, and then listening. Trust me, the playlist will sound even better that way!

Stay warm and dry, everyone. Do you have any favorite Christmas songs?