we’ll take a cup of kindness yet…

Happy New Year’s Eve, folks! 2010 has ended with a bang, no doubt. Here in Chicago we’ve been checking things off Nikki’s wedding list quite quickly. Photographer, check. Location, check. Caterer, check.

Dress. Check. (And that’s all I can say about that, because I happen to know that her fiancé reads my blog.)

Anyways, as we ring in the New Year tonight with, among other things, chocolate cookies and crabbies, we will be thinking about our new year’s resolutions.

*Try to get to many new restaurants, as LA has a lot to offer.
* Simultaneously be less stressed and have a year of high adventure, including a trip to Big Bear to ski.
* Go to the gym. For real. This includes many yoga trips, s t r e t c h i n g, and getting in shape for Nikki’s wedding.
* Throw away less food. Make more home cooked meals. Eat more veggies. Eat more fruit.
* Read. Read. Read.

What are your resolutions? What does your NYE look like?

For those of you who read my sister’s blog…

I haven’t really had need to post. She’s documenting well (minus the fact that I did not see Canada at all this trip, because that was a JW-fam adventure.) I have also been eating like there’s no tomorrow, will probably not fit in my bridesmaid dress, and am heading to Chicago today for more eating.

But first, I am picking up my laundry from all about the house and trying to pack up my stuff. And I am ill, so apparently my lack of sickness on the west coast has more to do with climate than I thought…

At least I am not the only sick one. I am sitting at the kitchen table with my parents, both sick, both on computers, both taking turns with me coughing.

It’s good to be home.

Jeff comes tomorrow, but not until after a full day of wedding dress shopping and I am sure eating. Then comes more wedding dress shopping, a break for a Groupon use at Nordstrom Rack, and maybe some more food.

Here goes nothing, folks.

Christmas at Camp Waterloo

Christmas rolls. From the joy of cooking — a really good recipe, although Bailey ate half of them, and after a few days they were a bit hard.

The Christmas star!

The Christmas Jax! We get these every year, because you can’t buy Jax in Michigan, and they are our favorite cheese doodle.

This is Barefoot Contessa’s Sour Cream Coffee Cake.

This is the strudel for the coffee cake. In my opinion, this strudel could stand to be doubled, to add a more delicious layer to the cake.

This is a lake, by my sister’s fiance’s cottage. There are bikers on the lake….Jon assured me that it’s frozen enough…I wasn’t so sure.

I stopped to take a picture of this farmhouse. It was pretty. I don’t know who lives there, but they probably think I am creepy.

We played a lot of cards.

We had some coffee. With friends. We laughed. We gossiped. Some friends are forever.