silver white winters that melt into springs

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
Netherland by Joseph O’Neill
Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris

The Pioneer Woman
The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee

Honda Insight with Navigation (particularly the USB iPod hook-up!)
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens
Wii Balance Board

Emerilware Blue Enameled Cast Iron Pot
Vinturi Wine Aerator
Penguin Classics Mugs

(500) Days of Summer
The Hangover
Up In The Air
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Where the Wild Things Are
Fantastic Mr. Fox
It’s Complicated
An Education

(Released prior to 2009. I tend to catch on to songs a little late.)
Coldplay – “Viva La Vida”
The Knife – “Heartbeats”
Arcade Fire – “Wake Up”

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France – September 2009

Brooklyn Bridge, NY – August 2009

Big Ben, London, UK – September 2009

My husband standing outside of Shakespeare & Co. Bookshop, Paris, France – September 2009

Grandma Rapp with all of her granddaughters, Columbia, MO – August 2009

My husband entering Craven Cottage, Home of Fulham Football Club, London, UK – September 2009

*Blog post title is a lyric from the song “My Favorite Things” from the movie Sound of Music

thy leaves are so unchanging

Thanksgiving 2009 was remarkably similar to 2008, so I noticed as I went through my pictures from a year ago. Except we’re all another year older. But wiser! I ain’t complainin’! Both last year’s and this year’s Thanksgivings were quite enjoyable—filled with family, food and happy-fun-times-drinking-lotsa-wine.

Rocky, my mom’s dog, very much enjoyed his lap time with Drew.

Off we went on our annual let’s-cut-down-the-first-tree-we-see-and-get-the-heck-out-of-this-cold trip to William’s Tree Farm, except this year we neither hurried nor froze. In fact, it was pretty darn warm in northern IL that weekend. By golly, we were going to enjoy the heck out of the unseasonably warm weekend. So we took our time, watched the horses trot by and joked around until we actually had to start picking out a tree.

At the Browning’s, it was the first holiday with both my sister-in-law’s kitty and my mother-in-law’s kitty staying in the same house! Nanaa was content with hiding under a dresser all weekend, but Oliver really wanted to make friends and play. I managed to capture one of their many standoffs in the hallway.

Someday, we all hope, they will learn to like each other. They look so similar but their personalities are vastly different.

Exhibit A: Oliver. (Pictured here up inside the tree). Playful.

Exhibit B: Nanaa. Subdued. Stoic.

We enjoyed two wonderfully cooked turkeys with all the fixin’s. Already looking forward to getting the family back together for Christmas. My sister flies in on the 22nd!

See the rest of my pictures from Thanksgiving weekend.

*Blog post title is a lyric from the song “Oh Christmas Tree” (a Christmas classic)