Monday, December 17, 2012


Hello all,

I know many of you have had heard about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Connecticut, but for those of you who have not, it was one of the saddest things I've heard of. I won't go into detail about it, as I'm sure you can find it easily on any news site, but there was a shooting by a 20 year old boy, who killed 26 people and unfortunately, 20 of them were children under the age of six. There are truly no words for this kind of sadness. When I heard about it I was at work surrounded by my sweet darlings under the age of three. I immediately thought of them in that classroom...of me in that classroom. It was a very sad day and I pray that if you are a parent or have anyone you love that you hold them close and value every moment.

My sincere prayers go out to all of those families that were affected by this tragedy and hope that God can bring comfort and, eventually, healing. I echo the sentiments of this extremely beautiful interview with Robbie Parker, father of one of the little girls.We truly need to pray for the family of the man that committed this crime. They must be absolutely devastated and probably feel such a weight and even a responsibility for it all. They need healing too. The 20-year-old man that did this needed healing, and instead he turned to destruction, murder, and such devastation of other families. It's awful.

In light of this tragedy, let's do our part to be compassionate to others, love others, help others and comfort others. Life is too short to waste it on anger and hurt feelings. Let's deal with each other like we'd want to be dealt with. In love.

Hug your loved ones today...give them an extra hug and kiss. It's a beautiful day to be thankful.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The 3rd date of Hanukkah...

A night at Bonefish Grill!

When Toby and I get home we are generally in pajamas and falling asleep pretty quick because of our long days, so imagine my surprise when I got home and Toby comes in and says, "Wanna go out for one of our Hanukkah dates?" I was so excited and kinda had a dating flashback which is always wonderful.

I'm SUPER into these Hanukkah dates but it's cool when he gets into them too! So,  long story short, we went out to Bonefish Grill (one of the 3 cool places to go in this town, haha) and it was fabuloso.  The pre-dinner drink was a Winter Cosmo. So good. He got fish and chips and I got pecan crusted trout with asparagus...A-MAZING. For dessert we got Creme Brulee and I died of deliciousness. I was then resurrected and we went to Barnes & Noble to walk off our fullness, and we bought The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde. We're so excited to read it...I can't believe I haven't before now! Here are so pics of the night:


The famous Winter Cosmo at Bonfeish garnished with cranberries, SO good.

Hooray new read!

End of the night watching Community with the Hanukkiah burning bright.
  See you soon!


The 2nd date of Hanukkah 2012...

Sunday morning brunch!

We had a nice, quiet afternoon on Sunday (after the fun and crazy sweater-ness the previous night). We slept in late...and I mean really late, but it was well worth it. Well, except that we did not go to bed until 2 am that night because we sleep overdosed. Oh well.

I was busy living in the moment, so I forgot to take pictures from our little brunch, but I did take some from that night.
Our pretty Hanukkiah we got for our wedding!
Our blurry, unshowered, lazy selves enjoying our date :)
  See you soon for date three!


Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Eight Dates of Hanukkah are Back!

Hello everybody!

Well, Hanukkah began last night and we started it with a BANG. Some of you may remember the eight dates of Hanukkah we started last year. Turns out it was super fun and a really nice way for Toby and I to connect over the busy holiday season. I totally recommend it to anyone looking for some fun things to do over this holiday season...or you can do the 12 dates of Christmas if that's your fancy!

Back to the story...Toby and I threw an ugly sweater Hanukkah party for our teens at the synagogue and it was so much fun. We had homemade latkes, homemade sufganiyot (aka donuts), and lots of other unhealthy things that have earned me a 5 hour gym slot. Totally worth it though.

So officially, our first date of Hanukkah was:

The Ugly Sweater Hanukkah Party!

The Serious one (love these kids!)

Awkward family photo? haha

Proud papa pic

The happy one!

Our ugly sweaters: Ducks Unlimited and Grandma's quilt. lol

Happy Hanukkah, friends!

P.S. For a look at last year's 8 dates, start here and follow the little linky links at the end of the post for more!

Friday, December 7, 2012

"Sherlock" vs "Elementary"

Hello all,

*disclaimer: I am about to go into academic mode whilst talking about modern television. If you are prone to boredom, leave now.

Some of you may know that I am an English major that is hopelessly in love with literature (preferably 19th century lit). If you didn't know that, welcome to the club.

My husband and I have a deep love for the Sherlock Holmes stories (in fact I am writing a paper about the very topic I am about to introduce). There is always a desire to "reinterpret" the literature from the greats that came before us such as "Dracula" or "Great Expectations" or any Jane Austen novel-made-movie. The same has been done with the stories of Sherlock Holmes for a long, long time. The new BBC series "Sherlock" is FANTASTIC. Yes, it is a modern interpretation where Sherlock Holmes texts and Watson is a blogger, but watch it and you'll is absolutely true to the characters and we love it.

However, now that we have "Sherlock" we have a new show..."Elementary."

Sherlock vs Elementary

I am not speaking ill of anyone, but I must say that I am absolutely in disagreement with this show's choice to make Watson a woman. I'm sure Lucy Liu is a fine actress and could play any part well, but NO WOMAN should play Watson...not because I'm anti-feminist (which I'm definitely not) but because I'm a text purist. The element that Holmes and Watson have is crucial to the story and to the time period it was set in. The star of Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch, has the same view of the show as well:
“If I were the [producer], I’d be frightened of the dynamic of male friendship that you’d lose. Because that is obviously the bedrock of the books as well."
-Benedict Cumberbatch, The Telegraph
Well said, Benedict. The problem with making John Watson into Joan Watson is that it introduces the element of sexual tension between these characters, which is totally untrue to the books. There is only one "woman" in Sherlock's life and that is Irene Adler. Their relationship is complicated but alas, it is the only one. And Watson of course gets married so that's that. So between these two modern interpretations of the Sherlock Holmes story, "Sherlock" is absolutely true to most of it and an excellent show.

 Long story short, Watson should be played by a man because that is what trueness to the story demands. It's my opinion and that doesn't make me the supreme authority on all things Sherlockian, but I shan't be moving from it.

What do you guys think? Like the idea of Elementary? Hate it? Just some food for thought! Now off to finish this paper!

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