December 2014 iPhonetography

Well, hello there, New Year.  Before we get too far into 2015, let’s step back for a minute and review December (where, frankly, I’d much rather be hanging out… 2015 has started off with a pretty terrible man-cold, so I’d like a redo).  We spent December hosting parties and catching up with many of our out-of-town friends, so it was a pretty great month.  A group of our DC friends came up for our 10th consecutive Chrismukkah party, and even more came up for New Year’s Eve.  We celebrated the 2nd adoption anniversary of our beloved dog, visited some family, and ate a lot of cookies.  All things considered, we had a lot of reasons to celebrate in 2014… I hope 2015 can live up to its predecessor!


1) I fried a whole lotta latkes for our Chrismukkah party, and didn’t even set off the smoke detector once this year.  Latkefest 2014 success!
2) We tried to set up a photobooth for our Chrismukkah party, which was a quasi-success.  My computer kept asking for a password so I constantly had to reset it whenever someone wanted to take a picture, but the resulting 80 or so photos I found on my camera were pretty hilarious.
3) Nobody does holiday lights like South Philly!
4) Two years of hanging out on the couch with this big schnoz.  Happy Dreidelversary to my favorite doggie in the world!
5) Everyone shares their beautiful Christmas décor on Instagram, so I shared the extent of my Hanukkah decorating.  Oy to the World!
6) Our friends recently adopted a second dog from the shelter where I volunteer, so I took some portraits of their two pups in their Hanukkah finest.
7) Happy Holidays from the Plaid-Clad {Redacted} Lab!  The lab that dresses together… um… I’m not sure where I’m going with this.
8) Every time I’d go to visit my grandparents throughout my childhood, my grandmother would bake these pinwheel cookies.  The torch has been passed and now I make them for her when we visit.
9) The lab Chemis-tree, complete with tiny LB flasks and dried SDS-PAGE gel ornaments.
10) We don’t celebrate Christmas in our house, but we went to visit some family who does.  Dreidel was all about diving head-first into the pile of presents and sniffing out which ones were for her.
11) I spent the day after Christmas at Longwood Gardens with my childhood best friend… and witnessed her surprise proposal.  Of course, she said yes – congratulations, Shannon and Chad!
12) The lights really are lovely for Christmas at Longwood.
13) I somehow managed to convince my husband to take a “paint your pet” class, and we now have two paintings of our dog ready to hang in our home.  Crazy dog lady, party of one.
14) How better to celebrate than with sprinkle-overload cookies?  I made them for our NYE party, and they were every bit as tasty as they are festive.  They were all consumed before I had a chance to take any pictures of the finished product, so I guess I’ll just have to make them again to blog about them… oh, darn.
15) Two wild and crazy party animals really living it up on New Year’s Eve.
16) NYE fireworks from our roof deck.  Happy 2015!