My Lust For Lists


My 3 Words


It’s the very first day of a whole new year, and everyone is talking about resolutions. Every December I plot in my head all these grand schemes for self betterment that inevitably fail by Superbowl Sunday.

This year, I am trying something different. Doing something that (hopefully) will work.

If have a strangely split personality when it comes down to organization and achievement. Deep down in my heart of hearts, I’m a control freak. I yearn for structure, habit and control. On the outside, I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a flake who is easily distracted by shiny objects.

That is why I love lists: shopping lists, to do lists, packing lists, there is a satisfaction in the crossing off of items. There is an accountability looking at you in the eye when you see the items that are not crossed off.

So this year, my resolution is a small one. To make lists. One list specifically. In my kitchen, next to the door where I will see it every single day, is my board. I have my goals for the week staring at me and waiting to be crossed off.

Time to cross writing this post off the list. Day 1 and my resolution is already a success!

Yay me!

Happy New Year everyone, 2012 is going to be awesome!


Warm Fuzzies – Christmas Edition

We just had our first real snowfall of the season. Now go outside and shovel and when you come back in I’ll have some great warm and fuzzy memories for you, and maybe even some hot coco.

Go ahead, I’ll wait…..









All done? Good, put another log on the fire, a candy cane in your coco, sit back & enjoy

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Do Not Open Until Christmas

Merry Christmas!

I was not intending to send out Christmas cards this year, but like every other year of my life… I end up deciding  to do so at the last-minute.  This year, I thought  I would try something new and different, using the mad skills I have picked up along the way this year.

I just want to wish a Merry Christmas to you all. I wish you and yours all the best that the holidays can offer! I hope for 2011 is the best year yet for you all.

Ralphie & I did set out, in the beginning to take a sweet family portrait and do a little video of our Christmas wishes for you all. But, you know what they say… never work with kids or animals. Here’s what we ended up with….

To my friends near & far – have a wonderful Christmas & Happy New Year!

I wish for you peace, love & glitter shoes

xox – carrie



For those of you who know me well, I would rather have my teeth extracted then deal with Thanksgiving. There is too much history of sadness and injury over that 4 day weekend.
But here are the things I am thankful for regardless

  • The fact that no one that I love ended up in the hospital
  • The Macy’s parade
  • cooking with mom – I stir
  • the ‘schlurrp’ sound made by canned cranberry jelly
  • getting to go in the fast line at Kohls because I only had 2 items
  • salted caramel hot chocolate while standing in line at 3am
  • playing goofy word games
  • naps!
  • quiet downtown shopping
  • memories of my grandma*
  • seeing old friends
  • unexpected peace treaties with my exboyfriend**
  • having said ex bf allow me to get 1 good punch in***
  • friends who allow me to breakdown every Thanksgiving  & still love me****
  • being strong
  • being allowed to not be
  • friends who will call me at 3am because I need them
  • cupcakes*****
  • having 1 out of 3 Thanksgiving dinners NOT involve turkey!******
  • listening to Mumford and sons in the car
  • caffeine, dayquil, alka-seltzer & ibuprofen
  • The fact that Monica & Aaron have a “laser cat”
  • going back to work on Monday!

*my grandmother passed away at Thanksgiving time in 01

**I still hate what he did, but I no longer want to remove his testicles with a rusty chain saw – so I guess we are friends now

*** my punches are about as strong as a flea’s fart – but it made me feel better!

**** over grandma, even though none of them have ever met her

***** making them, not so much eating them

****** Monica makes pizza for us every year