For the last two Decembers that I haven’t lived in New York, I’ve taken a trip back to visit. Both times with the help of my fabulous friend, Bonnie, I’ve been able to surprise and shock my girlfriends at our monthly girls’ dinner. Once a month, since we’re all so busy, one of the girls (it rotates) hosts and chooses a theme and everyone brings a dish to share. This way everyone gets to see and spend time with everyone. In December it’s usually some sort of holiday theme and there is always a gift exchange. It has become a thing for me to knit something and this year was no different.

20140107-222202.jpg As this picture may give away, there’s a lot of laughing, a lot of drinking, and a lot of truly amazing girl bonding time. I have looked forward to this trip for the last two Decembers and will continue to for as long as we keep up these dinners. I’m not sure I’ll be able to surprise the girls again (I thought two was pushing it), but that’s ok. Time with them is all I need. Although, this year the hubs also surprised two of the girls’ husbands and then they all showed up to girls’ dinner where they all surprised everyone. It was pretty awesome. Surprising people makes me happy.

So here is the cowl I whipped up on the flight to New York. It was super easy and really quick because the yarn is so chunky. I didn’t use a pattern – I just knitted a row, then did a row of yarn overs, then knitted a row, then did a row of yarn overs, etc. Super easy and so very warm. And it thrills me that my hand made gifts are always one of the first things to be stolen 3 times. (That’s the max and the person who gets it the third time gets to keep it.)


See how chunky and warm it looks on! I’m sure it has come in nice and handy this winter. I’ve been meaning to make another for me, I just haven’t yet gotten around to it. I’ll do it eventually.


I can’t wait for my trip again next December. And spending time with my girls. It’s the best. They’re the best.


A friend of mine is about to embark on a road trip around much of the western half of the United States.  She emailed me asking me to put together a playlist/cd for her road trip, which I was happy to do.  This is the list I’ve put together.  I know I’m partial, but I think this is the best road trip playlist ever! I kind of want to take my own road trip just to listen to this!

Start Me Up – Rolling Stones

Slow Ride – Foghat

Rambling Man – Allman Brothers Band

Rock N’ Me – Steve Miller Band

Life is a Highway – Tom Cochrane

Runnin’ Down a Dream – Tom Petty

La Grance – ZZ Top

Princes – Spin Doctors

The Distance – Cake

Fat Bottomed Girls – Queen

Here I Go Again – Whitesnake

Wanted Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi

Who Say You Can’t Go Home – Bon Jovi/Jennifer Nettles

Baba O’Reilly – The Who

Freefallin’ – Top Petty

Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car – Billy Ocean

Freedom – George Michael

Paradise City – Guns N Roses

Electric Feel – MGMT

Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus

Beautiful Day – U2

Pretty Young Thing – Michael Jackson

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

Aw Naw – POD/Nappy Roots

Barbara Streisand – Duck Sauce

Sexy and I Know It – LMFAO

Anything you think is missing? What’s your favorite road trip song?