whirlwind.

lets blame it on the holiday’s, let’s blame it on my first month at a very demanding new job, let’s just not say i’ve forgotten about my blog or any of my artistic endeavors. i’ve just been caught up in the busiest (sometimes stressful) holiday season season like most of us.

to be honest i wasn’t prepared for the intensity of the holiday season.

the past few years have been crazy in their own special ways.

christmas 2009 = getting married & moving to texas.

christmas 2010 = moving across the pacific ocean to live in hawaii for 3 years.

christmas 2011 brings a new very busy not so flexible career, and preparations for Don’s upcoming (first for us as a married couple) deployment.

to say i’ve been a little distracted from my intentions is an understatement, but i’m finding peace in the small things.

here are a few little things that are bringing me happiness through the holidays:

our very first real christmas tree.

embracing our tiny christmas tree from past years, that my sister-in-law so thoughtfully made for us the year we got married.

chrsitmas cards from family that make us feel at home.

of all the charlie browns in the world, you’re the charlie browniest - my favorite christmas movie.

for the guys.

for the guys.

bon voyage packing tablet at ShopRuche.com, Vintage Inspired Clothing,…, $9.99
Backpack bag, $150
College Tie, $30
Jack Spade | Men’s Designer Clothing – Men’s Dress Shirts – Wade Pen…, $165
ORPHAN’S ARMS presents PAGANS & TARTS ….THE, £35
Vintage Repurposed Wood Handmade Artist’s Box – Relique, $49
Set of Three Vintage Philadelphia Cream Cheese Wood Boxes – Relique, $49
Quirk Gallery – “On the Road” water bottle, $18
Baxter Of California Safety Razor starter kit | Tigertree Safety Razor…, $60
Rustic Wood Perpetual Calendar In French – Relique, $69
Jack Spade | Jack Spade Stationery, $20
Jack Spade | Needlepoint Solid Flask, $75

document the times.

last night don & i watched page one, inside the new york times.

although i tend more towards sites like democracy now for independent media news, i’ve always been a fan of the New York Times for the history and integrity that this journalistic mainstay has delivered for well over a century.

which is why page one struck a nerve for me. as a blogger and an ardent follower of blogs, i rely on new media for so many creative aspects of my life. that being said – i don’t have a kindle, or an ipad, or any other new tablet device that allows for easy reading on these popular forms of new media. i actually prefer the tactile experience of reading a newspaper, of cutting, pasting and archiving the pages of a glossy magazine, and of turning the page of a real (displayable on a bookshelf) hardcover book.

page one is a documentary that articulates the effect that the economic crisis has had on one of the most consistent sources of credible journalism in the United States. it is startling and intriguing to witness an in-depth look at how quickly the release of new technology can affect something so consistent in American society.

that being said, i don’t really have an assertive stance on the issue – i think it’s a really interesting documentary that highlights the value of true journalism & it’s worth a watch.

perfectionism.

i

am

over it.

someday soon i will learn to reward myself for my accomplishments, take pride in my abilities, and not beat myself up severely for life’s little hiccups. i work hard to create a life that looks flawless. the perfect weight, the perfect job, the perfect set of accomplishments for a 2o something married woman. although, i’m sure outsiders would advise that maybe in order to gain a little balance i need to let myself fully acknowledge that…

there is no perfect.

no matter how high my graduating g.p.a., how consistent my resume, how far i can run, how low i can get my jean size – those things will never matter unless i learn to be present and content in life’s current circumstances. i have so much to be thankful for, yet i spend most of my time ignoring the present forging forward to a future that, once there, i will surely be in the same state of mind – restless that i have not accomplished enough.

intentions and a purposeful future are what keep us going, but there are times where i’m sure it serves us better, to be present and content in the moment. forward momentum is perceived as positive direction, but if we’re always looking out the window we’re missing the party that’s happening in the living room.

i often regret getting so personal on my blog. i second guess advertising my most personal feelings. but sometimes, when i realize that there are probably countless others who share my feelings, i can let go of those apprehensions and just let it out.

so to all you fellow perfectionists out there, i think we should all realize that working hard & accomplishing goals doesn’t mean much if we don’t take a moment to acknowledge them.

comfort food. yum.

tonight i came home from work to the pleasant surprise of my wonderful husband cooking dinner – straight from the cookbook of one of our favorite hometown Tampa Bay Restaurants, The Columbia.

For some Tampa Bay Colombian flavor here’s the recipe, exclusive from the Columbia Cookbook.

For Shrimp Columbia, a.k.a.

Camarones Columbia:

1 large onion

1green pepper, chopped

3 garlic gloves, chopped

3/4 cup olive oil ( i only used 1/4 cup)

1 cup whole tomatoes

1 bay leaf

 32 med shrimp

1 c chicken consumee or stock

20 small mushrooms

1/2 c diced ham

1/2 c red wine

1 tsp salt

Heat olive oil in skillet. Saute green pepper, onion and garlic over low heat.

When tender, add tomato, then bay leaf bringing to a boil & then cook for 3 min.

Add salt mushrooms, ham shrimp, and consomme/chkn stalk.

Cook for 5 min.

Garnish with red wine and serve.

We had fresh French Baguette on the side, but the obvious Cuban bread or any other dipping bread would be a great substitute!