14 Foot Ceilings

Oh Christmas Tree
December 11, 2009, 2:40 pm
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It’s that time of year again, Christmas cheer, parties, trees, overeating, lots of drinking…you know the drill.  We’ve had our tree up since the Saturday after Thanksgiving (it actually fell on our nephew, making us go out and buy a new tree stand).

My dad happens to grow Christmas trees as a hobby, and so we get a real tree every year.  This year we managed to get one of his largest, at around 8 feet tall.  My husband aspires to have a larger tree, but we will see when that happens.

As far as other decorations, I don’t go too overboard.  I would, but we have cats, and I have a husband who can only take so much.  We have a few stockings, but never fill them, as we don’t really do Christmas presents to one another anymore.  We’re not good with the gift giving, we usually end up exchanging as soon as we have both done our shopping.  And what’s the fun in that?

So instead we just host a party, have yankee swaps, and exchange gifts with our families.  And this year we won’t be doing too much of that either, as we are going to Mexico in the new year with my family.  Which happens to be infinitely better than material things that I want but would never actually buy for myself.

I won’t make you empty promises of pictures from our party, but darn it, I’m going to try.  It looks like it’s going to be smaller this year than average, which will make for a nice intimate holiday party with way too much food.  But that’s how I roll, I like to be prepared.  I feel it’s better to have too much than to run out of food.  And besides, who doesn’t like leftover beef stew or mac and cheese?  And not to mention all the lovely desserts…


November 30, 2009, 2:50 pm
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…was a total success.  We had tons of food (of course), lots of wine, and great company.  Here are a few shots from the day.  I hope to update my other blog soon with more recipes of things we ate, but for now here is the table.

We had no trouble fitting 10 people around it, since we do the food buffet style.  I can’t believe that Christmas is just around the corner!  We got our tree this weekend, and more about that later.  I’ll leave you with a photo of my nephew, watching one of his dvd’s about shapes or animals or whatnot in the corner.  He was perfectly content in his little nook.

Thanksgiving Table Sneak Peek
November 23, 2009, 2:25 am
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So as promised I’m actually sharing a sneak peek at the tablescape BEFORE Thanksgiving.  Amazing, I know.  Anyway, I happened to spend at least an hour in Home Goods the other day, in search of something to adorn my table.

The husband and I actually spent about half an hour there the day before (how I managed THAT I don’t really know), and left without purchasing anything.  We had picked out some interesting pieces, but didn’t want to spend a lot, nor were we totally convinced.  He made a valid point that we didn’t want things that were too tall and would make it hard to see the people across the table from you.

So I came home with these candlestick holders (the fact that I got enough matching ones is a miracle in itself).

They are delightfully rustic seeming, and with candlesticks in them they’re not too tall or hard to see around.  I also found some fun candles to put in them, sparkly and red, to go with my red napkins and the whole Thanksgiving-fall-holiday theme.

All in all I spent around $56 on 5 candle holders, and 3 sets of candles.  Not too shabby for a Thanksgiving tablescape, and one that I can keep up for much of the year.  Especially since everywhere else I looked was much more expensive.  I have a few other things to add before it’s done, and unfortunately you’re going to have to wait until AFTER Thanksgiving to see how it all looks.  But I’m hoping to actually take pictures of the finished product.  I feel like I need to, since it’s my first Thanksgiving in my new place, with my pretty new table.

November 16, 2009, 3:21 am
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The husband and I just returned from a nice long weekend in Charleston, SC.  We got married down there and haven’t been back since.  The weather wasn’t exactly what we were hoping for, although it was beautiful on our last day.

Besides reading a lot (and yes, I read some trashy romance novels while on vacation), we ate a LOT of fabulous food (more reviews on my other blog), saw a movie, and went to the aquarium for the first time ever.  Well, the first time being at that aquarium.

It was a great break from reality, especially after the crazy fall we have both had.  Now, I’m terrified that Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away, and of course we are hosting!

I am trying desperately to come up with a great tablescape to go with my table, and I’ll be sharing that once it starts to come together.  I had a bit of a failed trip to both Christmas Tree Shops and Home Goods, but there are other options out there for me.


November 10, 2009, 1:48 pm
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Um, so I know Halloween was ages ago at this point.  But I forgot I had some pictures my brother in law had taken, so I thought I would finally share them.

I didn’t do too much on Halloween, as usual we went to my sister in law’s to help hand out candy and do a little trick or treating with my nephew.  Here he is as an adorable giraffe, which was appropriate, seeing as he loves animals right now.

We like to hi five, because we are awesome like that.

And finally, me.  I went to a BU (Boston University for those of you not in the know) hockey game dressed as a BU girl, circa 2003.  I’m pretty sure no one had any idea what I was going for, but it was fun regardless.  I had to borrow Uggs, as I am fundamentally against them, and that was my own sweatshirt, as I am a big college hockey fan, even though I didn’t go to BU (husband, sister in law, and her husband all did).

November 9, 2009, 1:35 pm
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I know I have been slacking lately, life has been busy, and things are sort of just starting to calm down.  I have some new posts in the pipeline, like my coffee table, what I happened to do this weekend, and more.  I just have to get my pictures off my camera so I can properly share with you.  We also upgraded to Windows 7, so that’s been slowing things down a bit as well.

Tomorrow I am off to the beautiful city of Charleston, where I promise to take lots of pictures and share many stories with you.  For the time being, here is a picture of a fun apple pie I made.  Random, yes, but also fun.  I had gotten a new pie kit, and it came with cookie cutters, so naturally I went with the stars.  Because I’m a 12 year old girl.

Oh, and you might wonder why there is no book club review for October?  Well I didn’t have time to read the book, that’s why.  I already read this month’s book months ago, so I’m all set!

My table, it has chairs
October 22, 2009, 11:14 am
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Yesterday my husband asked me “are the chairs on the site?”  Not knowing exactly what he meant, I deduced that he was referring to pictures of my now complete table being on my blog.

I told him that no, they were not yet on there.  I had just done a post about my Halloween decorations (or sort of lack thereof), and of course he gave me a hard time about having a picture of the “stupid skull and glitter pumpkin” on the blog, but none of my new chairs.

So that my friends, puts us here.  This is my new table, in all its glory, with my new chairs.  Please don’t mind the fact that there is crap all over my island, or that when these arrived I was in the middle of painting my coffee table (more on that later).

I did a whole lot of research, and managed to find the chairs I really wanted, at a halfway decent place.  Lots of restaurant supply stores had them, but they wanted you to order at least 12.  And I really only wanted 8.  We will be seating 10 for thanksgiving, but that will be a bit tighter, and we have extra chairs that don’t need to sit at the table every single day.

We received a pallet of chairs.  My husband was nice enough to work from home one afternoon, and so when I got home from work on Tuesday, there they were, in all of their brushed aluminum glory.

So now my table area is complete, for now.  Some day I hope to get some rugs up in this place, but they are expensive and difficult to choose.  For right now I’ll live with just this.

You guys don’t even know how excited I am for Thanksgiving.  I have so many table scape ideas, you might as well call me Sandra Lee or something.