The Casting Dock

Posts from — December 2010

one last shred of Christmas cheer before we welcome the new year

First off, my apologies for being so MIA over the last week and a half or so.  I know there are like 5 of you who actually enjoy reading this random nonsense as part of your morning routine and believe it or not, I felt badly knowing that you would take the time to check in each morning only to find nothing new. Nada. So sorry about that. You know how vacations are–running here and there to see old friends, prioritizing time with family, checking out your favorite restaurants, etc. The blog took a big time back seat, BUT I intend to be up and running per usual next week!  So thanks for sticking with me.

Next on the agenda: I know that Christmas is past now, so this is really not the ideal time to showcase my meager, though well-loved Christmas decorations (strike two for this terrible blogger today, I know), buuuuuuut I realized that I never did show you guys what I made when feeling that surge of Christmas festivities on this day. Bear in mind a few things before you judge: 1. My apartment, as you can see above (the view is from the kitchen), is tiny so decorations too have to be small so as not to clutter our humble abode and 2. I was on a strict budget so nothing fancy for this gal.

I went with a red, white, and gold theme and my goal was to have a touch of color and festive Christmas cheer without having any of that cutesy Christmas stuff. I wanted the color palette to subtly say “hey, it’s Christmas!” without having to be knocked in the face with a stuffed santa or serenaded by a motion-activated reindeer.

The tray centerpiece for our ottoman is Jerry’s favorite. I love those style of old glass jars–I got that one at a really run down antique store in Maine for a dollar. I mean, this place was legitimately like a hoarder’s heaven that was buckling under the pressure of so much junk–the house was literally starting to cave in on itself. It was on the verge of creepy, but a sweet old glass jar for a buck–I’ll take it! And the hanging ornament Christmas tree (which is my favorite, I think) is my version of this guy…

…from my Christmas decoration post, which served as my inspiration. If you can see out the window in that picture, that was our first snow of the season. Welcome back to Massachusetts! Our apartment looks out over the most adorable little commons (ie. park) across the street which has a lovely gazebo, its own decorated Christmas tree, and is nestled right next to the public library. The park essentially serves as our front yard, which is glorious.

I strung some cranberry and popcorn garland around the apartment but it was really difficult to capture it well on camera. It brought a little youthful fun to the festive vibe, but you’re just gonna have to take my word on that.

Anyhow, I hope you all had splendid Christmases. Looking forward to bringing in the new year tonight. Wishing you all health, happiness, and new discoveries in 2011!

December 31, 2010   6 Comments

Christmas in Texas

This year was one of my favorite Christmases to date. It was a leisurely, low-key day, there was no family squabbling, everyone helped out in both the pre-meal prep and the post-meal clean-up (a rarity in my household), the food spread (prime rib, baked shrimp, mashed potatoes, etc.) was delicious, and my mom managed to pick out a couple clothing items for me which I genuinely like. She puts forth a valiant effort every year and despite my loving (but honest!) head nods of disapproval resulting in multiple return trips every year, she refuses to give up the quest. This year, it paid off–she picked a winner! A cute little cashmere sweater that I actually really like. I’ll have to take a picture of it to post. I’m secretly hoping she’ll take her victory in stride and hang up those shopping shoes, choosing instead to go out on top this year, with a bang. But something tells me she’ll be back in the saddle next year, with receipts in hand…She loves the hunt–there’s no stopping her.

December 27, 2010   2 Comments

Merry Christmas All!

Jerry and I voyaged down to Austin early Wednesday morning to spend the holidays with my family this year. I have been excitedly anticipating this trip home to an unusual degree–more so than perhaps any other trip. I’m not really sure why that is, but we’ve got a perfect mix on the agenda of family time, friend time, enjoy-the-glories-of-Texas time, and down time.

I hope this holiday season finds you each surrounded by those you love, reflective of the past year, and eagerly awaiting the one to come.

Merry Christmas to each of you, or more in line with my Texas roots, I should say,

Merry Christmas y’all!

December 24, 2010   No Comments

Little Noah makes his big appearance.

Congratulations are in order this morning. One of my closest friends from high school, Ashley, and her husband Cody welcomed their first child into the world yesterday evening: Noah Cole.

This is my first baby-of-a-close-friend so I feel like I have now hoisted myself up another rung on the ladder of adult life (cuz obviously this joyous occasion is singularly about me and my life progression, people…obviously). Not quite ready to step onto the child-of-my-own rung but now that I have a close married friend with a child, I must be getting close. Eeeeeee, that’s a daunting thought…I am still wrapping my mind around the thought that one second he’s snugly tucked into that belly of hers and the next second he’s just chillin out in the world like a real person. Ok, so the next “second” might be a little bit of an understatement which I’m sure Ashley would be quick to correct, but really, he’s not there and then BOOM he’s there. For some reason this is striking me as really weird right now, despite the fact that it happens thousands of times every hour of every day. Weird.

OK, back on point. Sheeesh, Lisa, focus. This is about Ash. Product of a self-involved culture, here people… So, as I was saying…Ashley is going to make the absolute best mother. She was THE most adorable pregnant gal and she is going to be the perfect combination of “cool” mom and ”parent” mom–she is so fun-loving, spunky, and beautiful (very cool-mom-esque) but she is also so thoughtful, giving, and willing to sacrifice for others. She will raise her kids with manners, values, and a sense of what’s genuinely important in life. I can’t wait to see the person little Noah becomes as a result of her influence and I am equally excited to see how she changes and grows as a result of him. He popped out with a full head of bright red hair…she could be in for it…

Congrats Ash and Cody!

December 21, 2010   3 Comments