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back to our regularly scheduled consumership….

December 3, 2015

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as nice as the response was to giving tuesday, i still received requests for a “goodnite irene holiday gift guide.”

ask and you shall receive, you insatiable, credit card maxing, commerce-happy, everyday-santa’s.

so if you just can’t bear to show up empty-handed to the ugly christmas sweater party, here are a few gifts i think are swell:

254480_114739737_product_1024x1024for the dog and book lover these jack russell bookends from biscuit home will be adored; also available in rosey the poodle.

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for the champs lover in your life, add a little more bubble to theirs with personalized veuve clicquot stationery from minnie and emma.

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and how cool are these smeg toasters?

this is definitely over-the-top, and most people don’t need a new toaster….but they will dig setting this out on their kitchen counters come christmas morning.

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who will pass up ANYTHING from blackberry farm?

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i was given these japanese hand towels last year as a thank you gift.

who knew hand towels could bring such joy?

they are a gorgeous addition to our powder room, and i can attest a lovely gift to receive.

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for the hippie in your life these smudge sticks make for a fun and unusual present.

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and this beauty dust from moon juice is an outside-of-the-box gift for your beauty product junkie.

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for that manly man in your life these matterhorn glasses will make their gallant, after-work scotch appear even more strapping with its carved crystal alps.

so there you go…a little gift giving guide courtesy of goodnite irene….

i must admit babbling about stocking stuffers and beauty dust given yesterday’s tragedy seems vulgar and off tempo to say the least.

at the end of the day the real gift we can give each other is our kindness, our attention, and empathy.

love to all,

katie

it’s friday i’m in LOVE

November 13, 2015

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happy-keep-your-eye-on-the-ball-friday to you m’loves!

almost three years ago this great pyrenees/anatolian shepeard-mix adopted us.

we sought out this breed for its instincts to guard the family and property.

those genetics have run true; jones’ bark sets off car alarms, miles away, and he may or may not have caused a poor u.p.s man to have wet himself. 

but he is ONLY bark.

his nickname, even with a seven month old in the house, is “THE baby.”

we’ve never had a more sweet-tempered pup, who has no clue how large and ferocious he appears to others.

his first night home he was so terrified of the staircase, he’d never seen one before, he cowered in the kitchen until morning; and at three years old he had definitely never slept inside, on a bed.

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flash forward to today, and he now is the most cuddly snuggler in the house.

this article on a rescue dog’s first bed and bone reminded me of those precious days with our baby jones.

here are a few other things i’m loving this week:

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when it comes to germs i’m most stringent about phones, tablets, my laptop, my car, etc; i wipe those suckers down relentlessly.

imagine my delight to discover these well kept wipes, portable, anti-bacterial wipes made especially for delicate materials such as lenses, computer screens and phones. they come in six different palettes, two of which benefit charities: drive + karagoto {no brainer there.} these are perfect stocking stuffers and or holiday gifts.

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where do i begin?

how about every time i eat these trader joe chips karen carpenter starts singing:

“why do birds suddenly appear?”

people!!!???? it’s fucking “thanksgiving dinner” in a potato chip!

case closed.

mic drop.

and the heavens opened.

and?

and?!

they’re vegetarian.

how?

what!?

actually, i don’t want to know.

it could be a recipe of arsenic and rat vomit for all i care.

all fine with me…..tastes like a delicious, thanksgiving dinner.

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a giant thank you and major love to brandie bernoskie. she is my web designer and go-to-person for all things tech. she gave goodniteirene.com a beautiful make-over this weekend. generous with her time, energy, and talent there is no one better, and SO reasonable, in the business. please don’t hesitate to use brandie for any of your web desires.

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i recently devoured lauren goff’s fates and furies, an engrossing look into two sides of a marriage. the characters so fleshed out i swear i would know the wife’s scent if she walked into this room right now {i imagine her smelling like a glorious, east-coast forest.}

so thoroughly satisfied i was, until i started reading reviews of people trying to compare it to “gone girl,” whereupon i grew fangs, claws and had my version of an online knife-fight. paralleling fates and furies to gone girl is like matching up gone with the wind to django unchained–yes they’re both set in the south with landowners and slaves…but THAT is it; don’t let the gone girl comparison dissuade you.

i just started the much-hyped city on fire by garth risk hallberg. so far i’m only five pages into the 944 page leviathan, which ambles through different lives and social strata of 1970’s new york; so far though, this .0005% of the novel is already gripping.

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and i leave you with some ms. elliot. her newest single, wtf {where they from} does NOT disappoint.

weekend happy to you m’loves!

take the boundaries down, keep those hearts foolishly open, go hug a cactus! even if it’s from afar, cacti still need love.

see you on the other side of sunday.

until then let’s keep in touch! facebook/instagram 

images 1, 2, 4: goodniteirene;  image 3: wellkept.com; image 5: brandie bernoskie;  image 6: amazon.com

70 years…..

June 6, 2014

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it was 70 years ago today.

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160,000 allied troops fearlessly stormed the massively fortressed beaches of normandy.

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9,000 of these lives were lost.

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 “d-day” was the british, canadian, french, & american invasion into europe; a foothold that would change the course of world war II.

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to date, d-day is still the largest naval, land, and air operation in history.

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conducted in two phases, starting with more than 18,000 paratroopers dropping down, in the dark, on the morning of june 6, 1944, to prepare and provide for the coming beach landing.

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followed with over 7,000 naval vessels, which included battleships, destroyers, minesweepers, and x-boats, landing over 132,000 troops onto shore.

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this moving video is a great watch on the storming of omaha beach.

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this piece on the bedford boys, a group of nineteen, heroic boys from a town in bedford, virgina; a town that lost more boys to ww II than any other town per capita in the united states, brought me to tears.

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these acts of courage, this coming together of nation and nations, both abroad and away, inspires me to live more honorably and courageously. the legacy of these men, and many others, who swam in, full-throttle means, more likely than not, i will never have to face my own beach, full of landmines.

i remember and celebrate you today.

forever grateful.

love,

katie

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