Monthly Archives: December 2010

On Giving, continued

Other than the DIY calendar I whipped up for Andrés, this is a sampling of my other favorite gifts I gave:

Anne Taintor Flasks for each of my three sisters
PS3 Energizer Power & Play Charging System for Andrés
Garmin Nüvi for my parents
Sterling Silver Diamond-Cut Rope Necklace for my mom
Dansko “Sally” Clogs in Brown Brush-Off for A
JETS Flask for Andres
AE Silky Sequin Dress for Y
Not pictured: 5 new dress shirts for Andrés for less than $70 & an adorable matchbox owl necklace for B.

On Giving

My absolute favorite gift I gave was the calendar of our inside jokes I made for Andrés.

I got the idea from Young House Love, but rather than using the templates they generously provided, I created my own from scratch using Adobe InDesign.

This was such a fun project! I love how personal it is, and that I got to DIY it, instead of just buying one. This was also one of my first attempts at trying my hand at graphic design (which I wish I’d majored in).

On gauging the health of a marriage

A simple metric for making a determination: marriages need love, trust, honor, respect and desire. The people in them also need to embody the adjective forms of those words: lovable, trustworthy, honorable, respectable and desirable. If one of the persons stops being those things, or stops working to be those things, the marriage will suffer.

On Getting


“Lola” bag in Black by Epiphanie
It’s actually a sexy camera bag with padded movable dividers. The inside just happens to look like a hot pink vagina. I have lusted for this bag for about six months. I now own it. Thank you, baby.

Infinity Hood Cowl in Charcoal Black by smittenkittenorig on Etsy
This is a gorgeous handmade circle scarf that doubles as a hood. Andrés picked it out for me in my favorite color (charcoal). It’s super warm and soft.

SoulPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions
This book is an exploration into philosophy, creativity, spirituality, and truth. I can’t wait to dive into it during my daily commute to and from the city. It came recommended by Dooce, so it’s gotta be good, right?

Simply Calphalon Nonstick 6-Piece Bakeware Set
I am so excited to be stocking my future kitchen. I recently bought a crock pot and a new set of pans, so with the addition of the bakeware set, I’m almost there. I want to make blueberry muffins and funfetti cake as soon as possible.


Zippo Hand Warmer
This thing is huge – it’s almost as big as my palm! I’m not exactly sure how it works, but when it’s fueled up and lit, it’s supposed to keep your hands warm for up to 12 hours. I like the sound of that. Can’t wait to try it out.

Suck.uk Key Bottle Opener
I don’t really drink much beer (actually, no beer at all on account of it makes me gassy), but I love the novelty of this bottle opener disguised as a medieval key. I guess I could use it to open Smirnoff Blueberry & Lemonade (and other equally slutty 16-year-old girl drinks), root beer, or cream soda bottles.

Zojirushi Clear Stainless Mug
This mug is allegedly one of the best. It came highly recommended from by a friend. I’m going to try it out with some hot cider on the way home from my parent’s house tomorrow night.  There will likely be bourbon in that hot cider, too.

Boxers or Briefs
Hasboro stopped making this game for a few years so the price on Amazon SHOT UP. To over $250. FOR A BOARD GAME. I loved this game when I first played it back in 2006, so I kept my eye on it. Well, I guess they started making them again, because the price dropped significantly just in time for Christmas. I hope my family gets a chance to play it this weekend. It’s a blast.

The other favorite gifts I received are: a beautiful tree of life cross stitch made (and elegantly framed) by my oldest sister A (which will be featured later), a cozy thick purple scarf also made by A, gray fingerless gloves from my older sister B, licorice scotties, a few gift cards to Target and Amazon, and lovely earring from Andrés.


Up Next: my favorite gifts I gave.

My Half Orange

There’s this term of endearment in Spanish – media naranja which literally means half orange.

It means your other half or your soul mate. I’m not sure why “orange” was picked, but I love the quirkiness of the saying.

The concept is similar to Aristophanes’ speech in Plato’s Symposium where he talks about how we used to be round two headed creatures with two arms and two legs until Zeus cut us in half with lightening bolts, and now we roam the Earth looking for our other half. The story is told beautifully in the song “The Origin of Love” featured in Hedwig & the Angy Inch.

Anyways, this term really sums up how I feel about Andrés… he’s mi media naranja.

Homemade Rolls

I finally made the amazing rolls my oldest sister A made for me when I visited her in Scotland last summer. They’re very much an “eye-ball” it recipe – which I’m really not good at.

Recipes are usually easy to follow, and I hate straying from them. My type-A control freak personality just doesn’t handle that very well. I start obsessing over everything that will go wrong and when it does, I just wonder why I didn’t stick with the recipe.

But. These rolls. I eye-balled them! Added a dash of this. A smidgen of that. A bunch of flour.

And they turned out marvelously.

I ate two of them. Okay three. Please stop judging me.


Ingredients

  • 1 package of active dry yeast
  • some warm water
  • a dash of salt
  • a long drizzle of olive oil
  • lots of flour
  • shortening

Directions

Preheat the oven to the lowest setting possible. Put the yeast in the bottom of a large mixing bowl. Add about 2 cups of warm water. Stir the mixture around. Add the salt and the olive oil. Mix around. Start adding flour. Just keep adding it slowly and stirring until it can’t really be stirred anymore. I think I added three cups – maybe more.

Dump the dough out on a floured surface and kneed more flour into it until it’s not sticky anymore. Put the dough back in the bowl, cover it with a damp dish towel and put it in the oven. Turn the oven off and let the dough rise for about an hour.

Pull it out of the oven and start preheating the oven to 425°F. Section the dough onto a greased baking sheet. I made my lumps about the size of my fist but made a few bigger ones as well. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 425°, or until they are golden brown on the top.

Try not to eat them all as soon as you pull them out.