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When I was younger my dad used to tell me that Santa doesn't like milk, that he really likes Pepsi. This year he told me that Santa's on a diet and likes diet root beer. Today we went to my mom's family's house for a Jewish/Polish smorgasbord of pierogis and bagels. Basically that meant me and my sisters sat in the kitchen all night talking to each other. My cousin works for Borders and they were having a contest for selling the most gift certificates. The amount on the card though didn't matter, just how many were sold. So I ended up...

1. Buche de Noel Unlike a certain Mr. Tyler Florence on a certain episode of Iron Chef America, MY Buche de Noel turned out swimmingly. My buche (a traditional French "yule log" cake) actually turned out really well and, I say, redeemed me from last week's baking disaster. I slaved away on this puppy (please note, the cake contains no fluffy animals) all day, and really was afraid that it would completely fall apart. I also had no faith in the meringue mushrooms but the way they came together was uber-awesome. I am very proud of my yule log. Check it...

1. My gingerbread house is still in one piece! I decided against decorating though. Why decorate a crappy house with candy when you can just eat the candy? 2. Over the last 2 weeks I have fallen asleep almost every night with the TV and lights on at a pretty early hour. 3. Work holiday parties are always fun. Free wine and food (who can resist eggnog cheesecake bites on a stick), gossiping with coworkers, finding out who else is obsessed with the Hills, finding out who's going to get the drunkest...

1. I don't know whether I am disappointed or relieved about that photo. 2. The other day I saw the fattest squirrel ever. It looked like a fuzzy ball with a tail. I wish I had had my camera. 3. Last night I stopped by a party at a coworker's condo. It was seriously the most amazing condo ever: a ubercool lofty condo right overlooking the Chicago River and the city. I am in love with it. He had good food too. And a chocolate fountain, although I don't think he keeps that up year round. 4. This morning I finished all of...

Didn't kids used to wait impatiently to see Santa Claus at the end of the Christmas parade and not some Disney Channel star? Saturday Emily and I headed over to the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival here in Chicago. We arrived early to catch a Sister Hazel show. Of course, most of the people there didn't even know who Sister Hazel was and were all tweens lining up to see Corbin Bleu (who apparently is a star of High School Musical). The concert was pretty neat because I surprisingly know a lot of Sister Hazel songs (I never know who sings anything!)...

1. I always knew he'd be the perfect boyfriend: (Chasing Jason, a video short about going on a date with Jason Voorhees.)   2. Wednesday I went for coffee with MK and his friend Dan, but I had a milkshake and it was damn yummy. We then went back to Matt's for Top Gear and I made him play the episode where they go to America and show how horrible of a country we are :) At one point they have a challenge to drive through Alabama without getting arrested or shot...

mattyk, brandana, and I went to a FREE champagne tasting at WineStyles today. Yummy. I liked the Toad Hollow wine the best (because it was the sweetest). It's apparently made by Robin Wiliams's brother. :) After the tasting I finally got to give MK his Christmas present: a replicate vintage toy Bugatti racer :) Bugattis are really expensive and one of his favorite cars, so I've been telling him for weeks that I bought him a Bugatti, but he didn't believe me :( Matt really liked the car I think, he played around with it a bit :) Alas even though I came...

a. Jen to Nat: It's easiest to pick you as maid of honor. Nat: Yeah, we can say that I will be your MOH and you will be mine. Jen: Right, then no one gets offended. Me: What about me? Jen: You've already said that we aren't even going to be in your wedding party. You said we were too old. b. I have been sick this week. That means I've been doped up on DayQuil/NyQuil and has resulted in some very loopy email conversations: me: i don't like mustard i like boys i think the medicine i took is putting me to slleep scott: hehe, that's an awesome...

Things I want for Christmas, but will not receive: 1. Sony Vaio Pink Laptop: Cost: $1,200 to $3,000 Is it a bad thing that my only criteria when making a major electronics purchase is that it comes in pink??? 2. Victorias Secret Diamond Bra: Cost: $6,500,000 I'll wear it for whoever buys it for me...