Happy birthday to you!
After the New Year, it seems there's not much to look forward to after the myriad of parties in December. There's cold weather and the next holiday- Valentine's Day? But, don't forget with a new year also comes-- new albums!
Rumor has it that we'll be getting new albums from Bloc Party, Arcade Fire, Of Montreal, Modest Mouse, Air, Radiohead, Cat Power, Wilco, Patty Griffin, and yes! The Postal Service.
My fingers will constantly be crossed in hopes that these albums are as good as their predecessors.
In no particular order...
Favorite track: Conceived (tough choice!)
~Band of Horses: 'Everything all the Time'
Favorite track: I Go to the Barn Because I Like The
~The Raconteurs: 'Broken Boy Soldiers'
Favorite track: Steady as She Goes
~The Flaming Lips: 'At War With The Mystics'
~"Little Miss Sunshine" Soundtrack
Favorite track: How it Ends by Devotchka
~El Perro Del Mar: 'El Perro Del Mar'
Favorite track: Here Comes That Feeling
I know- not many surprises here. If you look in my album library, you'll find many of these artists previous albums or collaborations. But, I did find some new gems that I really love.
Here's to 2007-Hoping my ears are pleasantly surprised!
I think so.
We had a fun White Elephant Gift Exchange (I think the Utah Jazz parka was the favorite.), and a somewhat slammin' Karaoke session... but, best of all, we were able to see friends who live further away then we'd like, and catch up with many we rarely get to see.
Thanks friends for making our party such a memorable, enjoyable time!
Can't wait until next year!
We dressed the table with gum-drops and flowers:
We served Cornish Game Hens with stuffing, Twice Baked Potatoes, a Green Salad, Lion House Rolls with Honey Butter, and steamed Green Beans-- Yummy. Polly and Justin brought Crab Cakes for the appetizer. (From what I hear, they too were delicious!)
We were spoiled: We exchanged gifts with each other. (Polly and Justin gave Jeff and I 'The Office' on DVD- sure to be used!) And, my sweet mom knit all the girls beautiful, cozy scarves:
We wished Matt wouldn't roast to death in his new sweater:
We played a mean game of 'Catch Phrase,' and really enjoyed each other's company.
We (Jeff and I) are secretly quite glad we don't have to host this for another 6 years.
But, of course, we had lots and lots of fun!
Jeff and I attended a Christmas Party tonight as the snow fell.
The sky lit up as millions of snowflakes fell- silently, quietly.
The soundtrack to this blissful moment Beth Orton's 'Sweetest Decline.'
Tonight, I love this weather.
This past Tuesday we did a cookie exchange- So, everyone baked at least 2 dozen cookies to share. Then, we each filled our plate (to the brim, I might add) with all these sweet treats. From Mississippi Mud Bars, cookies filled with Rollos, to cookies baked with Vanilla pudding-- my sweet tooth definitely was satisfied that night.
If you're dying to make a sweet treat, here's my sister's infamous Ginger Snap recipe:
I also figured this crocheted piece could be used as a belt, if I'm feeling really daring.
I'd give you the instructions to this piece, but I made them up as I went along! However, I will tell you this- it's really easy to crochet. Make sure you leave a hole at one end, and then attach a button to the other for the clasp.
(Don't mind my pose... It's hard to take a picture of yourself without looking ridiculous.)
Aside from the anthem, ‘Xanadu,’ there are many romantic hits on this soundtrack, including: ‘Suddenly,’ ‘Suspended in Time,’ ‘The Fall,’ and the song I really, really wanted to place on my Wedding Video: ‘Don’t Walk Away.’ (You remember- this was the song when Sonny and Kira turn into animated cartoon characters...
This soundtrack is one of the best sing-along albums ever made. With the help of the Electric Light Orchestra, the songs are breathtaking.
Here's your challenge: Watch Xanadu. Even if you've watched it before, watch it again! It's a very enjoyable movie experience. (Oh, if you know the lyrics, be sure to sing along- you too will feel like a Muse who can make dreams come true. Promise.)
It was Jeff's brilliant idea (really, it was brilliant- the moms loved it!) to place them from oldest to youngest on the slide in my parent's backyard. You have no idea what it took to get the above picture... at least they all are looking at the camera! And, no tears!
Here are some other gems: