I am in Iceland

After an uneventful, but long journey, Rob and I made it to Reykjavik. Thanks to the high-speed internet at the Hotel Luna, I am able to use Rob’s PSP to blog–very slowly. The city is a beautiful mix of modern technology & old sea village. The weather is cold, but easily bearable. The light of the afternoon sun is low; it’s gray when combined with the so far constant misty clouds that envelope the city. I can’t wait to explore more of this amazing country tomorrow (& blog about it if I can).

Craving Indian Food

There is no Indian restaurant in Myrtle Beach anymore. There used to be one; every time I visit now, they appear to be closed. I’m tempted to drive to Wilmington, NC; an hour drive for really good chicken tikka masala seems less of a hurdle everyday.

I’ve been eating Amy’s Indian Mattar Paneer almost everyday for lunch. It staves off my real craving, but I’m getting sick of this one dish. I can’t find any of the other indian varieties at our local grocery store.

Amy's Indian Food

Does anyone know how to cook chicken tikka masala? Or that spinach paneer I love?

Christmas Finally

Now that the successful fiasco known as my sister’s wedding is over & done, I can begin to turn my thoughts to the future. Namely Christmas.

My List of Overpriced Goodies that I have no Business Wanting but Want Anyway Christmas Wish List

1. Some Camper Shoes. I love Camper Twins. They don’t match, and that’s how they like it. Maybe I could afford 1 pair, but then I’d have to choose. AND that’s the hardest part.
Camper Shoes
2. Orla Kiely Things. On my recent trip to NYC, I came across a CHEAP Orla Kiely purse at a thrift store in Brooklyn. Now I just need one with a really long shoulder strap…and a dress…and a wallet….and maybe some of that fancy luggage.
Orla Keily Stuff
3. Louis Vuitton’s Cabas Mezzo You know–the purse Angelina Jolie carries around so much. On second thought, it’s a bad idea. If I carried that purse, people wouldn’t be able to tell us apart.
Cabas Mezzo
4. The Dyson DC-15 Animal Gorgeous vacumn.
5. Kitty Cat Accessories Fancy cases for travelling & a filtered water fountain
Cat Things
6. Sexy Books on Design Just because they look cool. They may have useful content. But they definitely look cool.

Travel to Reykjavik

**EDITED TO ADD** Check out the December edition of the Atlantic Monthly for an entire article on why Reykjavik in winter ROCKS!

Why go to Reykjavik in December?

Northern Lights
1. To see The Northern Lights
The Northern Lights (aka Aurora Borealis) are visible only from September through April and can only be seen on a clear, crisp night. If you’re lucky enough, you can catch a sight of the swirling, dancing lights on your winter trip.

Blue Lagoon
2.Visit the Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is a pool of geothermal seawater (2/3 saltwater and 1/3 freshwater) that has a constant temperature of 100-110°F. The seawater is led directly from its natural source to the Blue Lagoon, where guests enjoy bathing enveloped in the warm blue water. The Blue Lagoon has become one of Iceland’s most visited tourist places and is also very popular among Icelandic people.

3. To see the Gorgeous city of Reykjavik
Take a VACATION to a very cool place famous for its design, food, people & culture. I’m so excited about my upcoming trip!

Fighting Tigers

It’s a gray day here at the beach–wet & warm; no signs of winter or the impending holidays. I thought I’d share a picture of my babies (Trixie on the left, Texas on the right) boxing this morning. They made me laugh because they’re so serious when they’re play-fighting.

Fighting Tigers
click on the image for a really large version of the rumblin’ kitties

Chex Mix Redux

I love homemade Chex Mix. I could eat it year round. For reasons of self-discipline, my boyfriend & I restrict our consumption to the holidays/fall/winter (except for the occasional rainy-day summertime batch) . Since it is now that time of the year, we made our first official batch of Chex Mix this weekend. I thought I’d share our recipe for it because we make it tastier than the original (more butter & seasonings). Additionally, the original chex mix recipe is now hard to find–thanks to the advent of microwave chex mix recipes. Make this stuff; it will get you through the winter!

The Recipe

Knitted Flower

Knitted Flowers

I have begun knitting flowers in my spare time. Knitting flowers comes as close to instant gratification as anything in knitting. They are quick & easy & there are NO RULES.

You can use whatever kind of yarn you have laying around & make a whole bouquet. I started with Stephanie Shiman’s (of the Wool Peddler) pattern, “Plethora of Petals,” from Knitty. You can really go anywhere from there!

My New Canon

As some of you know, me & my old canon recently parted ways. We had been together for over a year, and evidently the old canon wanted to see more of the world than I could show him. In a recent trip to NYC, he left me in Soho. There were few tears (mainly b/c my super-savvy friends immediatley persuaded me to consume mass quantities of hot chocolate, bread, cheese, arugula, & this amazing chocolate cake at a restaurant called Le Pain Quotidien.)

Well, the grieving period is passed & I have moved on to bigger…er smaller…and better cameras. I bought the Canon SD600. And I am once again in love with the intutive display & menus, the design, & the picture quality. No more mourning; now I’m celebrating!

Me and My New Canon
Me with my new Love

Suzy Chillin’ in NYC

I lost my camera (*sob, sob*), but a good friend managed to score some photos from my weekend trip to NYC. (I’m the biggest camera flake ever. I should only be allowed to have a disposable camera.)

Ladies at Pearl River
Girls doing shopping things (at pearl river)

Me and Christine
Where is Mariboo?

At Omen
Fancy pan of dinner people (sans Justine)

Everyone at Omen having fun!