Archive for December, 2012

2012, December 31

My intentions for next year

I stumbled across one of artist Emily McDowell’s illustrations on Facebook last week. About it, Emily says: “In between all the holiday insanity, I’ve been thinking a lot about my intentions for 2013. How will I be with myself? How will I show up for myself and others? Where do I want to go?” Those questions inspired her to create this piece, recently added to her shop.

Her illustration, and the same questions inspired me to form my answers and end this year’s blogging with this declaration of my intentions for 2013.

estrellas intention 2013

For a writing declaration: I’ll join the Mindful Writing Challenge and write one small stone every day of January 2013.
It won’t be much length wise, for sure, but it will get me in the habit of carving out at least fifteen to twenty minutes of writing, ever single day.

As for a reading resolution: I’m challenging myself to read 25 books this year. In case things will be cool at work for a while, I might up that to 30 books.

I will also give up buying something else and buy one book each month in 2013. Who knows, if I’m lucky, I might just buy one of those on a trip somewhere in a different country.

Your turn. What are your declarations for next year?

2012, December 30

Dinner among friends

Instead of a simple Recipe of the month post, let me share with you guys a dinner with friends. We took the recipes off the internet, and everything came out wonderful. There were NO leftovers.

Hope it sparks your curiosity and gives you some great ideas for New Year’s party’s menus. ;)

page meal recipes

We had:

Bon appétit!

2012, December 28

On what should have been… – by Estrella Azul

His breath pungent with alcohol, his face drained and resembling someone’s — that someone whom I see before my mind’s eye is long gone. This man’s face is abound with already dried up blood. Frightened, I can’t help but walk away as he mumbles out to me and I throw back a “The bus will come in a few minutes” to him. Leaving him behind, all I can think of and hope is that he has somewhere and someone to go home to. On Christmas Eve. The evening which should’ve, for both of us, been one of the most wonderful times of the year.

2012, December 24

Have yourself a merry…

It’s not always the gifts that are wrapped
which are the best,
but simply those that are shared.
Gifts of time, love, and laughter…
Happy memories that warm the heart
at Christmas time and always.”

merry x-mas 2012

May the holiday season bring You joyful memories,
snug moments and may the coming year abound
in good luck and happiness!

2012, December 20

Question for You

Today, I have an article up on Friday Flash Dot Org, discussing ten great things to gift writers.

Will you please drop by and tell me: Would you be happy to receive any of the thing listed in there? How do you shop for the writers (and readers) in your life? Any ideas I could steal? ;)

2012, December 19

Dear Universe,

Yesterday was beyond awful. From start to work-day-finish. And then, when a group of carolers got on the bus and sang three songs right then and there, I got all teary.

You’ve restored my faith in humanity.

Thank you!

2012, December 17

Names that make me smile

poetry I am living in timelessness, folks. Again, I thought it was Sunday, and when I learned with amazement that it’s actually Monday I couldn’t decide what to post here.

Since I started working at the curtain shop, and on account of the supply being overly generous, I keep stumbling onto new names of the different fabrics on stock.
They make me smile. Every. Single. Time.

Especially when I get to say: “I sold Palermo today.”

So… How about a list to make you smile, too?

My favorites so far, because of personal ties of some sort or just by association, are the following:

  • Poetry
  • Blackout
  • Mayo
  • Wood
  • Butterfly
  • Lion with flowers
  • Camel
  • City
  • Mandarin
  • Cube
  • Twister
  • Ricotta
  • Sinus
  • Henna
  • Latte


  • Palermo
  • Prague
  • Marseille
  • Milan
  • Ravenna
  • Roma
  • Padova
  • Manhattan
  • Toledo
  • Venezia
  • Luxor
  • Florence
  • Toscana
  • Dubai
  • Verona
  • Egypt


  • Ramses
  • Dante
  • Webber
  • Massa
  • Nessy
  • Nero
  • Onyx
  • Cheyenne
  • Cherokee


Hope you enjoyed ;)

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