Shrek Boots

Even though I’m a lovable larger lady, I try to keep up with the latest fashion trends, because nobody likes feeling like a frump, and I refuse to believe that a little (or a lot of)  extra body weight means I need to dress in muumuus and potato sacks. Part of keeping up with fashion trends meant scoring a pair of sweet faux leather calf-length boots for Christmas. It took me a long time to get used to “skinny jeans”, and I still kinda feel like a tomato teetering on a pair of toothpicks when I wear them, but in the name of fashion – I’ll try it. After I adjusted to skinny jeans in a plus sized body, I decided to take it one step further and go for the long and lean boot look that I see everyone wearing.

Even though I love my new boots, part of me couldn’t help but feel like Shrek as I caught my reflection in the gleaming glass doors at work. My legs just looked so stout and stubby – like two ham hocks stuffed into a pair of equestrian boots. I don’t even have particularly heavy legs, in fact, my long legs have always been a source of pride for me, as they are decidedly svelte compared to my round upper body. It’s probably just my own insecurities as I get used to wearing something that’s a little more “Los Angeles” and a little less “Sweatpants and cat hair”.

I wanted to look long and lean and trendy, like Prince Charming does. I still love my new boots, and I know I’ll get used to them, but they feel so fashion-forward that part of me feels a little bit backward.  Do you ever have a hard time feeling trendy? Is it something that you rock with total confidence, or do you have to ease into a new look like I do?

Shrek or Stylin'?

 

 

 

 

A merry merry christmas

Hello everyone! Hope you had a fantastic Christmas (if ya celebrate). Matt and I celebrated Santa’s arrival by heading up to Petaluma, a little town north of San Francisco where both sets of parents live.

We woke up bright and early at 8 AM at Matt’s parents to open gifts. Santa generously gifted us with a beautiful Cuisinart juicer… which we’ve already used to make fresh orange juice, and my favorite, apple pear juice. This will be making frequent guest appearances on the blog in the next couple of weeks! Matt’s dad surprised Shirley, my mother in law, with a month long cruise to Tahiti and Fiji to kick off their retirement next year! Here she is after she opened up her gift – a mini cruise ship!

So cute!

After gifts at the Currans, we headed over to the Lofgrens to celebrate Christmas there, too. My dad made bacon egg cups – bacon cooked in a muffin pan, filled with a whole egg and baked with cheese on top. It was a protein-packed, heart attack of a breakfast – and an enjoyable one, at that. Here’s the recipe!

 After breakfast we opened gifts from the Lofgrens, and we scored all sorts of great things like a pair of calf-high boots, an adorable olive oil and vinegar cruet, underwear and cute sweaters. Everybody spoiled us – as they do every year – and despite the mountain of new stuff we got, I was reminded all day about the generosity and love that’s so abundant on both sides of our families. We are truly, truly lucky!

PRESENTS!

After gift opening was complete, we (the kids) saw the Muppets at the $3 theatre (WOCKA WOCKA!) and then we headed back to the Currans’ house for an amazing dinner of prime rib with Yorkshire pudding, creamed spinach, creamed corn and potato wedges. I made a pecan pie for dessert, and we also had some of my mom’s homemade fudge and kolacky, a Czech jam cookie. Matt’s dad is also quite the cook and I consider it a huge bonus that I married into such a food-loving family – now I’m surrounded by foodies on either side!

After dinner we headed back to the Lofgrens’ house where we had to play the annual game of Monopoly. The game started off slow for me, and I was bored within five minutes, assuming I’d be monopoly-less and broke after my second turn around the board. However… I scored $1200 from the free parking kitty, and before I knew it, I was rollin’ high – and claimed the official title of REIGNING MONOPOLY CHAMPION.

I woke up the next day with a raging stomach ache thanks to my celebratory feasting, and then it was back on the road to return to Los Angeles. I had a vacation day from work today but tomorrow it’s back to the grind. This was a wonderful Christmas holiday with both of our families, and now, with a few days left of work until the new year, I’m beginning to reflect on 2011 and think about small changes I can make in 2012. I hope you had a wonderful holiday, too – what was your favorite memory?