Color, Taste, and Talent

It’s Monday again, and time for three beautiful things from the past week. For once I am writing from my desk at home, rather than thumb-typing on the Metro, as I am in the first day of my two-week holiday vacation. This, I think, is worthy of at least an honorable mention as a thing of beauty — since I haven’t taken this long off since my trip to Thailand in 2006. I’m leaving for my sister’s in Houston later today for my first ever super-warm Christmas. I’ve been in the Mid-Atlantic long enough to have had a few non-white ones, but this will be my first t-shirt and flip-flops holiday. Tune in next week to find out if that’s a beautiful thing, or just damn weird.

And, without further ado:

1. On one of the many rainy days last week, I see a dad walking his two kids to school. They have colorful umbrellas that are shaped like animals. It’s a lovely spot of brightness in an otherwise grey morning.

2. I spent most of the week eating Sionna’s mom’s gingersnaps for breakfast. Neither my waistline nor my arteries probably would find this a beautiful thing, but it was, because gingersnaps are festive and delicious!

3. Is it wrong to count a tv actor as a beautiful thing? I spent most of the weekend finally watching the rest of the Mad Men episodes I had downloaded from iTunes a few months back, and am absolutely in awe of the guy who plays the lead character. He’s got the difficult task of playing a chauvinistic serial philanderer who is, to put it mildly, kind of an asshole — and somehow he is talented (and… ahem… attractive) enough to also make the guy vulnerable,  likeable, and sexy. It’s rare to see such a compelling performance on television — even shows I love (Lost, I’m looking at you) tend to be stronger in storytelling than acting.

4 thoughts on “Color, Taste, and Talent

  1. common loon December 22, 2008 / 1:04 pm

    Have an awesome trip! According to your sister, you will be able to continue with the cookie breakfasts. We will do the exact traveling-opposite, and head north (the last time I was north for Christmas was our engagment party, where my first night was spent in -67 degree farenheit temperatures, the farenheit thing is important since everything up there is celcius and it sounds worse). Please feel free to regale me with tales of warmth and sunshine (aka feel free to post once or twice).

  2. Rudi December 22, 2008 / 1:42 pm

    Travel safely!

    I’m happy to be heading to a white Christmas, given how much snow New England has received this week. Should be good for a cold-weather fan like me. 🙂

  3. common loon December 22, 2008 / 4:01 pm

    Sorry to use this forum Sarah, but given the “crinkle curse,” etc., I’m passing along a lesson learned: semi-sweet chocolate also works fine BUT it results in a much flatter cookie – no snow-covered mounds (more like flattened, “snow-covered dog poop”…from your nephews). Stick with the unsweetened cocoa!

  4. sionna December 23, 2008 / 8:37 am

    I forgot to mention…I used pre-melted bakers chocolate (weird but true) and the crinkles came out just fine.

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