The other side of Christmas

Gift giving. I am making good progress and I just thought I’d highlight some of my strategies. While yesterday was officially Cyber Monday, the deals online continue and you can’t beat the crowd levels. Here’s a couple deals I’ve seen:

If you are shopping online, be sure to check out RetailMeNot before submitting your order. There have certainly been coupon sites before, but this one is easier to use and you can read success (or failure) stories from others attempts to use a coupon code. I’ve gotten free shipping and money hacked off my order.

Happy shopping and may the order confirmations and shipping notices pour in.


Humbug no more

Christmas was so awesome when I was little.  The cookies, the lights, the presents of course.  The spirit has kind of slowly slipped away in the past few years, but I’ve realized that I don’t wanna be a scroogy aunt.

So my iPod is loaded with holiday tunes and my Santa socks are on my feet this very day.  I even cut out some of those paper snowflakes.  I remember the ones I did as a kid being way better looking so I might need to practice a little, but you get the idea.

If you’re looking for some enjoyable, affordable and positive-impact seasonal music, check out the $7 Peace on Earth charity album.  Proceeds go to Toys for Tots and there are some real gems on there.


Attention span

I used to be able to watch armloads of movies and read piles of books. It seems that lately I cannot focus on any one thing at a time. I watch a show while futzing around on my computer. I have to pause movies in the middle to take a break. I read a few pages of a book and then move on to something else.

This is a bit disturbing.

This long weekend has been a little different, though. It could be due to my many hours spent lounging around the house. Perhaps the long stretch of time off has relaxed me into my former state of mind. I do think the holiday has helped, but I also must credit Dexter.

It’s an amazing Showtime series about a serial killer who only kills bad guys. I found it an intriguing premise, but the show has proved to be of high quality all around. Even the opening sequence has me watching every time. I downloaded it from iTunes (Dexter, Season 1), but the first season is also on DVD. Michael C. Hall (formerly of Six Feet Under) does a real bang up job.


Hello, my name is _________.

The poll results are clear.  The winner is:

Auntie Annie

I agree with this choice.  Now we’ll see what the nephew has to say about it.

Anybody get any good deals this weekend?


Annie Jo’s Pizza Doughs

A long weekend.  Time on your hands?  Make up a batch of pizza dough.  One night it’s a pizza, one night it’s calzones.

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 package yeast
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Mix the flour and salt together in a large bowl.  Dissolve the honey in a small bowl with the 1/4 cup hot water.  Sprinkle yeast over the honey and water mixture.  Let it sit about 5 minutes.

Pour 3/4 cup room temperature water into the yeast mixture.  Add the olive oil, stir lightly and pour into the flour mixture.  Mix until combined and knead until smooth.  Cover and let rise in a greased bowl for about an hour, until doubled or so.

This makes two pizza’s worth of dough.  Spread onto pizza pan or cookie sheet, cover with toppings and bake at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes.  Dough will keep a few days in the fridge or longer in the freezer.


Gobble gobble

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone stuffs themselves and enjoys a nice day off. I have many things to be thankful for and I won’t bore you with the details, but if you’re reading this you’re most likely one of those things.



Hulu has allowed me in. So I thought I’d test it out and see what happens when I put something up here. If you haven’t seen ‘Lazy Sunday’ from SNL, check it out.


Thoughts from my Brother

From the babydaddy:

Here are some quick thoughts on being a dad…..

There’s all the immediate stuff like I mainly just can’t wait to meet the little fella. It will be so fun for him to meet his mom and all his grandmas and grandpas and aunties. I can’t wait to hold him and carry him and feed him. I also keep thinking about all the fun stuff we will get to do over the years. You and I had so much fun with our dad and I can’t wait to have that experience with my little guy.

What a lucky little boy he’s going to be. I nominate this post the best yet.


First flakes

As I was walking from the bus to work this morning I saw a few little flurries.

Now I’m no fan of New England weather in general.  The unbearable heat and humidity is probably tops on my list of things I dislike about this region.

Snow on the other hand, I like.  I don’t have a car so I don’t have to worry about driving in inclement weather.  I am also not required to shovel any snow.  So I’m left with only the positives.

Maybe little nephew and I can go skiing together.  In fact, my very own aunt taught me my skiing skills.


Read these if you know what’s good for you

I’ve said this before but it warrants a repeat. Comics are awesome.

Sure, sure, make fun of me and my comics reading. But before you go too far in the heckling, check out a few of my favorite comics online.

American Elf – The Sketchbook Diaries of James Kochalka

Fart Party – more autiobiographical comics from Julia Wertz

High Maintenance Machine – okay these are also autobiographical and they’re from Matthew Reidsma

Three is a nice number so I’ll leave it at that. All of these artists/authors have published (and self-published) works in print, so once you’ve fallen in love, get yourself some mini comics and books.