Wednesday, December 30, 2009


I am many things, impulsive is not one of them. I think, I consider, I wait, I delay. I am very good at thinking myself out of doing things or finding reasons why trying something new is a bad idea. I like familiar things, things I am good at, things I understand. So today, during family Christmas when my niece Amanda came up to me and said "I'm getting my ear pierced, wanna come?" it was complete surprise to hear myself say "yes" after very little consideration.

Off we went to Claire's in the mall (how appropriate) and got matching third holes together. The last time I got my ears pierced I was 11. I now have a little diamond in my right ear. It's CZ for now, but I just might replace it with a real one eventually.

As I step into 2010 I hope it will remind me that little extra sparkle never hurt anyone. I hope it will be a sign that trying new things can be a good thing, and that doing new things is not nearly so scary if you have someone to hold your hand. I hope I will see it in the mirror and remember that there is a whole world of pretty little ideas waiting to be tried out. I hope it sets the tone for 2010 and the years that follow.

Thanks Amanda, I'll hold your hand anytime. This was a very good idea. Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

This year for the first time since before I came west for university I was able to have Christmas with my parents without getting on an airplane. I could definitely get used to this. We had a lovely Christmas morning together, opening gifts and eating like kings. And, of course, we made time for a little silliness too and lots of smiles. I woke up this morning to the sound of my parents laughing, which is a pretty great way to start Christmas :)

On Monday I went over to Gord & Shannon's with Kendra to decorate Christmas cookies. Here are the ones I did:
My favorite one this year is this little guy - a snowman in a Santa suit! He's going to be delicious.

I like fiddily crafts and doing things the slow way sometimes. These were a LOT of fun to make. We've done several rounds of cookies this year and I'm sure 2010 will have more cookies too. Hmm, Olympic ring cookies maybe? Or Quaatchi for a real challenge?

As soon as Dave & Janie get home we're hopping on to Skype to video chat and I'm sure we'll do the same with Mark & Rach before the day is out. The sun is shinning so brightly that I'm fairly sure there's a river walk on the menu for this afternoon too.

Merry Christmas friends. May all your days be merry and bright!

Sunday, December 06, 2009

all things shine at Christmas

If you've been reading my blog since last year, you know we have an unusual Christmas tradition at our house - fancy nails. I took my acrylics off over the summer and was lamenting the loss of sparkly nails. I should not have worried. Thanks to the internet and my ever increasing skills in the art of google-fu I not only found an alternative, I found a salon that does it in my neighborhood. Check it out:

If you're wondering how a polish can be so shiny, it can't. It's a process called Minx - basically it's a thick sticker that is heat applied to the nail and peels off after a week or two. It does no damage to the nail below. Now *that's* sparkly Christmas nails. If you're local, I got mine done at Socialite Nails a beautiful little spa in Crescent Beach. (Ok so technically my OLD neighborhood. Details, details.) Any excuse to head for the water is fine by me. How are your Christmas plans coming? Do you sparkle yet?