While I can't honestly say I stay in on NYE because I am legitimately afraid of being killed by a falling bullet hitting me in the brains, my preference for a quiet evening in spent cleaning my kitchen does have its benefits.
christmas music
I've been known to shout "Nooooooooooo!" after starting a car and having the radio greet me with a late-'90s boy-band rendition of an age-old Christmas carol I didn't like in the first place.
One year, in my early teens, my dad’s then-girlfriend gave me a Thighmaster for Christmas.

Dec 6, 2012 at 11:00am | 333 comments

budget shopping
For some reason, I feel 100% naked without something on my head at all times.
I've seen publications post stories promoting Valentine's Day survival kits. Really??
Unmarried people need to do for the photo Christmas card what hipsters did for the mustache—bring it back full force, but make it ironic, fun, and perhaps self-consciously outlandish.
Because let's face it: Starbucks gift cards are the Starbucks coffee of holiday presents. (Perfectly useful, but kind of boring.)

Dec 19, 2013 at 2:00pm | 145 comments

What cozy (or crazy) routines do you find yourself repeating over and over this time of year?
When it comes to the holidays, my inner anti-consumerist really comes out.
Ah, New Year's Eve -- so much manufactured pressure and inflated expectation, so little payoff.
My birthday is on St. Patrick’s Day, AKA the holiday for which people from Ireland get the day off to celebrate the patron Saint Patrick in respectable ways while people from my country dye things Crayola green and drink themselves into the ground.
bad mothers
Some years, I've spent the day crying on the couch, watching bad cable and eating takeout Chinese food.
Here are a few unexpected benefits to heading over the river and through the woods to a holiday celebration with your partner’s family…
I love time alone, but it wasn’t just any other Thursday, it was Thanksgiving, and I realized I needed a house full of delicious smells, full of people, full of activity, full of .. something. And that was the last year I was alone.
I've been swept up in all this holiday excitement so much that it made where I am now lose its appeal. Luckily, crisps saved the day.
new year's resolutions
I salt everything, no matter how well seasoned it already is. When I have a stroke at age 35, you’ll know why.
Unless you work at a company dedicated to the crushing of dreams and suppression of fun, you probably have an office holiday party coming up this month. You've already got your outfit picked out, but what about your behavior?
Every year I say I'll put up lights and a (fake) tree, then I don't. It can be hard to get into it as a busy (and lazy) adult. How do you get in the spirit?
From twinkling lights to plane tickets home, the price of holiday cheer can add up fast.

Dec 4, 2013 at 11:30am | 64 comments