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2012 Odds & Ends

21 Dec

I’ve got good news and bad news.

Bad news: This is my last post of 2012.

Good news: I plan to resolve to keep blogging weekly in 2013! And writing promises in a blog post is basically like tattooing it on my…heart. (Mark your calendars for my resolution post on January 4th! No really, mark them. I’ll wait until you’re done.)

Moving on! Because you’re important to me, I’ve made a quick agenda for our time together. Really, it’s just a random list of my last electronic thoughts for the year, but that whole “I care about you thing” is nice to hear, huh?

Item 1: Don’t do anything until you listen to this song by none other than my favorite (and the world’s cutest) songwriter, Ike Peters. “Christmas Time is Here” is a happy little tune that keeps on giving, buy it and all proceeds go to Heifer International.

Item 2: Be excited for some jubilant news from the Peters fam on or around January 15th. I don’t want to jinx it, so I can’t give details just yet. Here’s one hint: it’s bigger than a bread box.

Item 3: Another Ike-related tidbit (isn’t he the cutest??): check out The Coasts’ Daytrotter session here. For the die hard fans out there (mom…), 10 bonus points to the person who names the song Ike messed up the lyrics to. You can exchange your bonus points for a hug once you get 100, so the stakes are HIGH!

DayTrotter

Item 4: I get to test my maturity skills this season. The challenge? Don’t complain ONCE while working Christmas Eve.

To ready myself for the task, Ike and I are planning an epic date night on Saturday. Thanks to our kind family and friends, we’ve got gift cards to fund a movie and Starbucks date. We may also splurge and check out Little Rock’s latest hot spot (literally – it always has over an hour wait), Local Lime. And who knows, we could finish out the night with Christmas lights seeing and snuggling. Best. Date. Ever.

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Item 5: I can’t wait until Christmas!! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and I’ll see you back here in Jan 2013.

Merry Christmas Tunes

30 Nov

Behold, my early (and, let’s face it, probably only) Christmas gift to you. I wrapped up some of my favorite holiday tunes in a neat 10-song Spotify playlist, no bow required. For the procrastinators out there, it’s a perfect backdrop for tree-putting-up festivities (you know who you are). For me, the mix — ranging from silly to spiritual — captures just a little bit of what’s special about Christmas.

Our tiny tree. Maybe the last year for it? Fingers crossed.

 Recommended Albums

Ok, you may have noticed a trend. Four of the 10 are by the great Sufjan Stevens. If the list is obviously imbalanced, it only proves that Stevens makes really great listen-to-it-every-second-you-can Christmas music. I just can’t get enough of how he emboldens old classics and creates new favorites.

Check out these great Christmas compilations:

Songs for Christmas

Silver & Gold

I talked about this album last year, and I’ll say it again: A Very She & Him Christmas sounds like a fireside carol session. Nothing is cozier than that.

Although Phil Spector has some serious issues, the man knew how to produce a song. Case in point? A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector. The preppy, motown-tinged classics are just fun. Admit it.

The rest are a collection of (guilty) pleasures. Don’t judge. You like “All I Want for Christmas,” too.

Any recommendations? What should I add to my list?