December 2003


December 31, 2003

I don’t make resolutions each year, because I’m afraid of disappointing myself. But that is exactly why I need to this time. Because fear (of forgetting, of flailing, of failing) is holding me back. Years pass while my dreams gather dust on a shelf, and what good are dusty, old dreams? Exactly. So. In 2004, […]


Dates to remember*

December 30, 2003

When I was in junior high and high school, one of my favorite things to do at the end of a year was sit on my bed with a blank calendar and a pile of colored pens. I loved reading my old calendar to see what I did that year and marking the new one […]


Rockin’ around the Christmas tree

December 18, 2003

Rima and I rescued a tree from the lot last night. He is so Charlie Brown Christmas Tree that we fell in love instantly. We had to take him home. LAUNCH PHOTO ALBUM


Bah humbug

December 17, 2003

Two co-workers pass in the office halls. One asks the other, with a smile: “Are you planning on doing anything for the holidays?” “It’s already the holidays,” he mutters. “No it’s not,” she responds. “It begins next week.” “Yes it is,” he says dryly. “It’s been–” She catches on before he can finish. “Well, I […]


Making a list and checking it twice

December 16, 2003

OK. I have moved into full-force Christmas mode. My room looks like Ms. Santa’s workshop: piles of gifts stuffed in shopping bags, slivers of wrapping paper on the floor, spools of ribbon on my dresser. I don’t know where the scissors are, but I’m sure they’re around here somewhere. They are the most popular office […]


Take that, Martha

December 10, 2003

Inspired by some magical advice I got last night, I am taking deep breaths and thinking Simple. A Christmas tree covered in twinkly lights and colored balls. Gifts wrapped in kraft paper in twine. Packets of store-bought hot cocoa and tiny marshmallows. This time of year doesn’t have to be about extravagant expectations. I need […]


Stockings hung with care

December 9, 2003

Last year, I made stockings kindergarten-style, adding sparkly red glitter and glue to cheap, red-and-white fur. They were cute and they did the job, but this year, I wanted to make something a tad more sophisticated. So, I used felt. Okay, okay, I know felt doesn’t exactly echo sophistication, but the results are starkingly more […]


Advent calendars

December 8, 2003

One of my favorite things about Christmas is the anticipation. I love counting the days until it’s time to sing the carols, eat the feast and unwrap the gifts. That’s why I have always adored Advent Calendars, because they help me count down. As a little girl I loved the store-bought kind, with pieces of […]


Not-so-good things

December 5, 2003

When it comes to airing out my laundry, I’d rather rejoice than grieve. I like sending the Good Things list because it makes me happy and I know it makes you happy, too. But I don’t like talking about the bad stuff. I’d rather not think about it myself, much less share it with anyone […]


Holiday Gift Guide 2003: Good things for good people*

December 4, 2003

I love buying gifts. Some people, I realize, don’t. It’s a chore, it’s a mystery, it’s a pain in your butt. But here’s a good rule of thumb: If you find something so fantastic that you’re tempted to keep it for yourself, it’s probably a good gift. That’s why I think the online shops below […]


Squirrels in love

December 3, 2003

I saw two squirrels flirting this morning. They were dancing on an electrical wire by the lake where I go walking. It reminded me of the Cha-Cha: Forward, then back. Forward, then back again. Just get it on already, I thought to myself as I briskly walked by. Squirrel #1, however, had something else in […]


  • I'm Christine, and this is a slice of my life—a sweet, rich, wildly indulgent slice that would taste really good with a scoop of Breyers vanilla bean ice cream. Read more >>

  • I run a darling, friendly, little graphic design studio.
    I look on the bright side.
    I take photos. Lots of photos.
    I wish on stars and on websites.

  • I built my first web site 7 years ago and got 15 seconds of fame. (It changed my life.)
    I launched, then relaunched, an online magazine.
    I admitted to several embarrassing crushes.
    I consumed more bacon than any human should and lived to tell the tales.

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