Archive for December 2012

My top ten under-loved posts of 2012

If you asked three months ago if I would do some sort of year-in-review post I probably would have said that I’d list my top ten most viewed posts. However, since then Halloween and the election happened. Seven of my top ten most viewed posts are about either Halloween or the election. That’s great, but... Read more »

Hey, Guthrie, keep your "tweet seats" out of my theatre

Hey, Guthrie, keep your "tweet seats" out of my theatre
The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis is offering “Tweet Seats” where audience members are allowed to use social media during the shows. They are probably trying to control and put a positive spin on behavior they perceive as inevitable, but it makes me sad. As someone who does use social media while watching TV I can... Read more »

A one line journal: How to record your life in one line a day

A one line journal: How to record your life in one line a day
I was never good at keeping a journal. I’d often start one then neglect to update it for days, weeks or even months. When I’d finally come back to it youthful arrogance that “someday someone else will definitely want to read this” paired with a fondness for structured narratives would make me feel like I... Read more »
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List 24: What I really wanted for Christmas

List 24: What I really wanted for Christmas
I got some nice things for Christmas, but Christmas for me is more about seeing my kids excited than what I might get. It’s not that I don’t like things. I really like things, but I have plenty of things already. There are some things I really want, but they would be difficult to impossible... Read more »

Holiday Reading List

I’ll be enjoying Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with family and friends, and the preparations that go with that. Right now my second cheesecake of the night is in the oven. There will only be one cheesecake to eat tomorrow though. The first one I made got horribly overcooked when I forgot about it while... Read more »

How to make gløgg mulled wine

How to make gløgg mulled wine
People in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood know the nordic mulled wine called glögg in Swedish and gløgg in Norwegian and Danish. It is served at Simon’s Tavern each winter, and bottles are sold in local stores. I, however, was quite familiar with this drink well before I moved to the neighborhood because my mother made it for her... Read more »
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Care for Real Toy Distribution

That's a lot of toys. But wait...
Care for Real distributed toys to more than 600 Edgewater families on Tuesday, December 18. I was excited to be there to see some of the people who would benefit from donations to toy drives, such as the one I promoted on this site. The gallery below contains images from the toy distribution. Care for Real... Read more »

List 23: Memories from 20 Christmas parties

List 23: Memories from 20 Christmas parties
On Saturday, I threw my 20th consecutive Christmas party. (As I’ve stated before, I am an introvert who loves to host parties.) Below are 40 facts and memories from 20 instances of what has often been called the “Kimmy Z Christmas Party.” My mother started throwing Christmas parties with lots of food in 1970. She... Read more »

Toy Drive: Thank you

I planned to pick up toys on Mondays. Although the toy drive had only been running for a few days (which included the Thanksgiving holiday), I was disappointed when there was nothing for me to pick up the first week.
Thank you to everyone who supported the toy drive for Edgewater’s food pantry Care For Real either by dropping off toys at Bikram Hot Yoga Midwest or by donating online. I am thrilled with the response. I was inspired to do a toy drive by Burgh Baby’s Christmas Crazy. Her results truly are crazy. Seriously, look at... Read more »
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4 reasons introverts should host parties

4 reasons introverts should host parties
I’m an introvert, and on Saturday I am throwing my 20th consecutive Christmas party. My annual Christmas party is in addition to many other parties I’ve hosted including cast parties, kids’ birthday parties, a wedding celebration for friends who eloped and even a “double quinceañera” for my husband. I love throwing parties, but I am... Read more »