So I was cruelly awakened by my parents at the butt crack of dawn this morning (meaning about 8:30) and drug off on the only kind of acceptable a.m. adventure: a trip to a coffee roasting factory.
As a truly avid coffee lover, I think my awe, gratification and overall bliss is implied.
Suffice it to say that I am too caffeinated to ever sleep again. But seriously, worth it. Nothing beats a hot cup of coffee on a blustery morning, more of which we in the Midwest are bound to endure.
Because winter lasts from December to March here. Welcome to frostbitten hell.
So to keep you EXTRA toasty, do please enjoy the following java+alcohol concoctions sure to make the cold weather deliciously bearable (click the photos for recipes!). Pairs well with snow, but I highly suggest forgoing all activities involving shovels, sleds, or ice skates.
***The Curly Girls must implore you to caffeinate responsibly***
Five days, 4 hours, 26 minutes and 20 seconds until 2015.
Until 2014 and everything it contains goes *poof* and we magically have this urgent desire to spend six hours a day in the gym.
Until Mean Girls replaces The Breakfast Club on Netflix.
Until the apocalypse, maybe.
The point here being that we should probably look fabulous, because, well, you never know what’s going to happen during those last crazy hours of 2014. So, in honor of the Curly Girls’ perpetual, college-related poverty and our insatiable enthusiasm for yet another holiday party, we’ve compiled a selection of affordable frocks to help you ring in the New Year. Introducing….
We looked through hundreds of dresses at over twenty different stores for these beauts, so you can rest assured there’s no weak link in the chain.
No runt in the litter.
No fly in the glass of bargain Moscato.
Basically, they all rock.
Also, keep in mind that many of these dresses were on sale for the holidays, so it’d be best to snap at ’em while you can, before they’re sold out or the sales end.
As for shipping and handling, the prices listed do not include it. However, most online clothing stores offer free shipping on purchases of $50 or more, so if you really love the dress you can see what the site has to offer in the way of shoes and accessories. Might as well make an outfit out of it and get free shipping at the same time.
Anyhow, here’s to you, fair readers: may you look smashing in your New Year’s Eve outfits, may your midnight smooch buddy be incredibly hot, and may your drunk dancing skills miraculously emulate Beyoncé.
As far as my itunes library is concerned, this year produced a bountiful harvest in terms of new music. The following is a list chronicling my Columbus esq. “discoveries” of new/lost to me artists from the year, brought to my attention during late night dives to the depths of the inter webs or introduced to me by mutual friends.
JanuarySnowmine- Let Me In
They’ve nailed the “If my life was an indie movie this would play while I’m driving or walking or looking out a window or existing or something” echoey vibe… Ja feel?
FebruaryYears and Years- Real
Let me tell you that this is my absolute favorite band. I’m begging you, please, please, PLEASE go check out their other stuff. I can’t get enough of them, the moment I stumbled upon this video I was instantly entranced and I hope you will be too.
MarchGregory Alan Iskaov- Big Black Car
Finals are fast approaching yet, still so far off and you know you’re not going to swear off Netflix and get your life together. Grab a blanket, find a comfy spot on the futon and let Isakov lull you in to the great beyond… or to sleep.
All the Funk. All the Dance. Tiny Track Suit.
MaySt. Lucia- Wait For Love
Live minstrel procession through down town LA. P-much all I could ask for from a band
Yes, this is entirely in German but bear with me, this guy is a gem and he has a panda mask.
JulyThe Griswolds- Beware The Dog
“Beware the ghost who lives on Salamander Road” I don’t know, I dig it. How can you stop your self from dancing?
This band has been a favorite of mine for several years. Maddy and I were able to see them live and it was a technicolour eruption of electric sweaty bliss.
SeptemberMiniature Tigers- Last Night’s Fake Blood
They came to Iowa City, Alyse and I went to see them, it was really cool and I covet Rick the Keyboardist’s wind breaker. Also their music is hecka rad. They have an album called Cruel Runnings that they wrote in Jamaica. Like I said, hecka rad.
OctoberSam Smith- Leave Your Lover
If you have not released your self in to the somber, soulful tides of the ocean that is Sam Smith’s voice you are doing your self a disservice. Listen to any of his songs off of In the Lonely Hour, I’m begging you.
NovemberWalk the Moon- Shut Up and Dance
DecemberKarina Mia- Christmas Sweaters
Cutest freaking christmas song ever. Why does this only have 150 views on youtube?
Cats tend to get a bad rap for supposedly hating Christmas, which I don’t 100% agree with.
Really, I don’t think they hate Christmas.
Of course, I don’t expect those of you who have never owned cats to fully appreciate and understand the hellbound spiral their already sporadic moods take this time of year. They honest to goodness have a legitimate reason to be so grouchy.
And the reason isn’t that they’re all furry little Grinches.
Cats don’t mind the tree and the stockings and the presents, not a bit. Quite the contrary in fact, as all of these things make for some wonderful, destructive entertainment.
No, my friend, it is not these festive trimmings or even the celebration itself that cats can’t stand.
It’s the humans.
There’s big ones, little ones, tall ones, short ones, loud ones, quiet ones, fat ones, bony ones and they all want to embrace the merriment by either
A. Petting/holding/playing with the cat
B. Taking festive photos of the cat
C. Dressing the cat up in humiliating Christmas themed attire
All of which the cats are decidedly averse to, and therefore act especially peevish. But let me be perfectly clear. IT IS NOT CHRISTMAS.
But more specifically you.
Especially if you have dogs or children.
And the cats have just about had it.
This is why they insist on being so contrary, ripping up those presents all wrapped with care, eating the Christmas tree and so on.
Also cats are little assholes.
But that’s part of the appeal right? So, here as a cautionary tale AND for your viewing pleasure arrrrrre…..
50 Cats Who Want You To Take Your Christmas Cheer And Shove It
1-3. These Reluctant Reindeer Cats That Want To Trample You AND Grandma
4-7. Some Of Santa’s Helpers Who Will Happily Rip Out Your Spleen
8-20. These Santa Cats Who Would Burn Down Your House With The Coal They Gave You For Christmas
21-25. A Clowder of Cats In Sweaters That Wish You Were Dead
26. This Cat Who Hopes All 8 Days Of Your Hanukkah Suck
27-33. Some Unfortunate Kitties That Got Too Involved In The Decorating Process
34-40. Cats Whose Feline Fury Rains Down Upon You And Your Christmas Tree
40-45. These Cats With Unidentified Seasonal Accessories
46-48. Three Cats Subjected To Cruel And Unusual Portraiture
49. A Kitty Who Doesn’t Appreciate His Present
50. This Fluffy Cat Whose Total Lack Of Enthusiasm For Christmas Is Inspiring
Allow me to offer a word for the wise this Christmas: go eat your cookies and don your ugly sweaters elsewhere, and leave the cat in peace. You may just live to see the New Year.
Christmas equals the season of endless temptations for me, temptations that I’m pretty shoddy at resisting.
Like I’ve stopped trying at this point.
Every year I tell myself I shouldn’t hand out gifties two weeks before Christmas (but I do), I can’t buy any more presents for the cat (yeeeaaaaah, I do) and I won’t eat a 32nd peppermint truffle Hershey kiss (I totally freaking do).
So, as you can imagine, Christmas goodies are kind of a huge weak spot for me. Needless to say, you’d imagine 100% correctly: this month alone the Curly Girl crew has baked and decorated 200 (at least) cut out sugar cookies, distributing some and devouring most. I have the cavities and the back fat to prove it.
Anyways, in the spirit of the season of overindulgence and gluttony, here are 25 of the most disgustingly adorable Christmas goodies we could find on the internet in the past hour.
1. These Gorgeous, Tiffany’s Approved Sugar Cookies
2. These Over-The-Top Christmas Bell Cookies
3. These Floral-looking Mint Meringue Cookies
4. These Penguin Macarons That Are Cuter Than a Kitten in Mittens
5. These Cookies That Tell Frosty’s Story
6. Noshable Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies
7. Or Ugly Hanukkah Sweater Cookies!
9. Cookies That Are Cute As A….You Can Guess
10. Sleepy Santa/Gnome/Hobo Cookies
11. Cookies For The Canine Fanatic
12. Disney’s Over-the-top Gingerbread House That I Want To Live In
13. Cookies Worth Melting For
14. These Crunchy Chocolate Pinecone Cookies
15. Mouse Christmas Cookies That Look Like Cat Toys
16. Christmas Tree Brownies, Because Variety/Spice/Yadayada
17. Reindeer Cookies Involving Neither Pretzels Nor Oreos
18. Cookies To Pair With Hot Cocoa
19. These Lovely Stained Glass Christmas Cookies
20. Or These Ones…
21. Or These
22. The Pizzelle, Aka A Snowflake You Can Bite
23. Mistletoe Cookies (Kisses Included)
24. Harry Potter Christmas Cookies (AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!)
25. Killer “Joel The Lump Of Coal” Cookies, A Curly Girl Original!
So that’s it folks, enough cutesy goodies to rot your gums and give you a raging case of type two diabetes. We wish you all a Happy Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Winter Solstice etc. etc. etc. Have a very merry politically correct holiday season!
For those of you who have borne witness to The Killers’ glorious new Christmas song, Joel the Lump of Coal, you’re neato, totally rad, super cool, a real pal. Pat yourself on the back.
As for the rest of you…
Prepare for enlightenment. Every year since 2006, The Killers have written and produced an entirely original Christmas song, the proceeds from which they donate to a charity called RED, which supports those with and the fight against AIDS (you can buy the song and support RED here).
Aaaaaanyways, traditionally there is some sort of collab effort going on, and this year The Killers co-wrote their song with Jimmy Kimmel.
So, naturally, the song is ridiculous.
You loved it right? Right.
Because how can you not?!?!?! Squadpod (a formal name referring to the household of all three Curly Girls) has had it playing on repeat since it came out. Also may have called each other a “stupid lump” and/or a “poopy prize” about a bazillion times.
So, digressing yet agaaaaaain, cookies.
Joel the Lump of Coal cookies.
They were Michaela’s idea, and they turned out cuter than anticipated. Take a looksie!
Yeah, super cute. The recipe was adapted from this one for plain coal cookies, and we just coated them with black sugar/sprinkles and added candy eyeballs. The cut-out sugar cookie recipe is here, and the royal icing recipe is here. They’re pretty amazeballs, as amazeballs as sugar cookies can possibly be that is.
We ate ’em all either way.
Also, you do not need to buy a diamond shaped cookie cutter, just cutting the shapes out yourself with a decently not-dull-or-rusty kitchen knife is perfectly fine. So get baking comrades, and may you ALL be naughty enough to get a diamond in your stocking!