Wednesday, January 09, 2008


I am not usually a big fan of presents that involve live animals, especially when they are going to end up inside the house, but this one is in a whole different category. It is called AntWorks and it is a space age habitat for Ants. Let me tell you: in our household this Christmas present turned out to be a big winner (if not the big winner!). Everyone is totally in owe of these tiny little creatures and their ability to create tunnels and live in a group setting. It is a very neat way to study ants without disturbing their habits. Through this transparent grass we just look at them and observe their life. Really cool!! And when I say we I mean all of us including Lucas who just looks at them and looks at them......

Saturday, January 05, 2008

A great finding

This book was such a pleasant surprise and I really wanted to share this great finding. Few days before Christmas I got in touch with an old friend from high school. It was great to catch up with someone I knew so well and kind of lost touch for 10 years. To make a long story short, while talking about our lives and the ones of our common friends he mentioned that one of my dearest friend's wife had become an accomplished writer of cooking books during these years. Well, after that piece of information I looked into her books and I ordered her last one, Apples for Jam, from Amazon. I was really looking forward to get the book, how often can one say "I know the author of this book"? So, when the book arrived, I started reading it right away and...I totally loved it!!! The book is a wonderful combination of simple and delicious recipes (something everyone can make without having to be a cuisine expert) and little bits and pieces of family life. A melange of memories of Tessa's past and present life. I so enjoy this book, the pictures of the food are wonderful and the presentation is simply perfect! I was even more surprised when I saw the book at the local Anthropologie store few days ago, I thought the store was the prefect setting for this book (I totally love the store!!!!!).

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!!!

Hope 2008 brings peace and serenity to all of us.
We spent New Year's Eve at home and waited for the midnight playing cards. Lucas went to bed sometime around 10PM, but Ryan stayed up until midnight and celebrated with us (Alex was at his daddy's this year).It was a peaceful end and new beginning.I hope this is the beginning of a great year!