Over the last several days I have not done much of anything beyond this...
had tapas with my friend Sarah the night before her flight to San Francisco. Saw my friend Alina, whom I have not spoken to for the past six months. We attended The Cody Rivers Show and had a brief conversation before and after the performance. The lengthy, catch up over drinks, conversation will come in a week or two. Viewed the movie 5X2, directed by Francois Ozon (of 8 Women and Swimming Pool). I quite enjoyed it although it was not an easy film to watch.
Christmas ran the gamut from exceptional (making up with a friend I had not spoken to in six months) to stressful (my grandfather started smoking again).
Other than the two events mentioned above, Christmas week was quiet out on the island. The food was both delicious and abundant. My days of leisure were filled with reading (Prep, Vogue, US Weekly) and DVD viewing. I also consumed many hours of the Style network. Most importantly I was able to finally view three episodes of Isaac Mizrahi's new show, Simon Doonan and SJP were among the guests. I love the hour long format but like the content of his previous show better. I've also been spending a lot of time visiting with my friend Sarah. She's home from Berkeley, where she's finishing up her third year in law school. Everyone was quite generous this Christmas. I received plenty of $$, which I'm attempting to save for travel this next year. I also managed to see Memoirs of a Geisha yesterday. It's hard to get past the fact that everyone is speaking English, some even with an American accent. But the costumes were magnificent as were the sets. The snow and the cherry blossoms were enchanting, worth seeing on the big screen.
My favorite presents (not in any order)
1. The BBC version of Pride and Prejudice on DVD alongside the complete works of Jane Austen in one heavy tome.
2. A bottle of French Rosewater, Creme de Corps lotion, and Lip Balm all from my beloved Kiehl's. The rose petals floating at the bottom of the bottle of Rosewater are lovely.
1. Poinsettias made from pipe cleaner. These were inspired by Martha's chenille poinsettias. I've been using these to adorn Christmas presents and arranging them in vases.
2. Beaded monogrammed ornaments. I saw these for $12 at a shop in Vancouver. Since they didn't have any letter "V's" left I decided I'd just go home and make my own. These were made with great ease and very little money. Several monogrammed ornaments are hanging from the branches of my tree but most are decorating Christmas presents.
3. Christmas ornaments made from cookie cutters and wrapping paper. This is another craft inspired by Martha. This idea came straight out of the December issue of Martha Stewart Living. In the article large cookie cutters were used and I must say I do think they're more attractive than the miniature cookie cutters I utilized. Unfortunately my petite tree would not hold the large cookie cutters.
4. Felt Christmas trees. These really serve no other purpose than being decorative. I decided to go minimalist with one and the other I adorned with ornaments and ribbon. Unfortunately I obtained a horrible burn from the glue gun while applying the ribbon. These took a bit of time to put together because I sewed them by hand. Next Christmas I'm attempting the felt wreath.
Afewdaysagothe FedEx man came knocking with a package. Inside was the most gorgeous necklace, made by Steph. Along with a lovely gift tag and card. Steph, thanks so much for such a thoughtful present. Steph just started a new blog which I've added to my daily reads, I suggest you do the same!
1. A Jeff Koons puppy sculpture. J'adore puppies, and if I can't have the real thing I'll settle for this.
2. The ability to make aGingerbread House that looks like this one. How about that stone work?
3. A pair of Michael Kors wedges. This pair in particular I especially like. [ps, I wear a size 7]
4. Chef! - The Complete Collection. I was introduced to this BBC series years ago while working for a "chef" who adored the show. "Hungry for a laugh? The BBC serves up more than a few chuckles in this engaging sitcom about imperious chef Gareth Blackstock (Lenny Henry), a stern taskmaster who runs his kitchen with an iron fist, a lightning tongue, and a silver palate. The show combines some of the best elements of episodic drama and zany comedy, generously seasoned with sensual splashes of fine French cuisine. (Picture Julia Child crossed with Fawlty Towers' John Cleese following a script by the creators of thirtysomething and you get the general idea.)"
5. A Karen Walker pearl choker and drop with skull and diamond heart clasp. Perfect for the next pirate themed party I get an invite to.
6. Wallpaper from Secondhand Rose, the worlds largest collection of vintage wallpaper.
7. A trip to Aspen with these folks OR just a copy of Slim Aarons, A Place in the Sun.
8. Deluxe wood edition Scrabble. "America's favorite word game for over 60 years! Features a solid hardwood cabinet, rotating game board and raised grid for ease of game play, matching wood letter tiles and tile racks, velvet tile pouch, scorebook with matching pencil and timer."
9. A Missoni tea cup and saucer. "This tea cup and saucer set features an intriguing floral print in shades of blue, green, pink and black on an ivory ground."
10. And finally a MOR gift box. "The ultimate gift-set features Marshmallow favorites in a collectable vintage style box finished with satin ribbon. Included are Marshmallow Bath Foam, Body Wash, Oval Soap, Hand Cream, Body Polish, Body Butter and Aromatic Glass Candle."
Yes, I am well aware that several items on this list are a bit grandiose. But you never know. You know?
So does anyone have SIRIUS Satellite Radio, OR even know someone who has it? I've been considering getting it for a few months now. I have yet to settle on a particular model (although I'm leaning towards the one pictured to your left). I do want one that can be used in both the house and the car. If I do decide to go ahead and get Sirius, I will want to do so before December 31st (in order to get a $50 rebate). So in conclusion does anyone know ANYTHING at all about Sirius? Is it worth it? Is it a waste of money? Any information in regard to Sirius would be very much appreciated.
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