Trimming Time

I wish my dog would learn to fold laundry.


Julius was pooped from the last few days of Thanksgiving excitement…


…he didn’t even care that there were basically toys at the end of these PJ’s!



Hello - furry dogs?!?

I, however, needed some mid-day stimulation.


Especially since I had a big task ahead of me – who knew putting up our fake little X-mas Tree would take over 2 hours?!?


Caught up on a bunch of DVR’d Cooking Shows – there were a lot piled up from this past week!


This is the moment things started getting held up…


…half of our lights didn’t work anymore.


So I waited while Abe made not just one – but two – trips to the drugstore to pick up some more. (Thanks, honey!)


As soothing as Nigella and The Barefoot Contessa was, I decided to get serious and changed to some appropriate Tree Trimming music.


Ah, Holidays…


Once, everything was done, it was dark and cold out. And the last thing I wanted to do was leave the house or cook.


We tried takeout from a new place – Sunset Thai


My house is OVERFLOWING with grains right now, especially after scoring that KoreAm Gift Box, which included stuff like this:


So we left rice off the order, which included Spicy Eggplant and Pumpkin with Soft Tofu (I asked for it to be mild)


and Thai Curry Noodles (also with Soft Tofu)


I kept them separate, rather than making one large bowl like I usually do. Half the brown rice container with the sauteed veggies – eggplant, pumpkin, black mushrooms, bell peppers, and basil in Thai sauce.


Then the noodle curry – which had rice noodles, bean sprouts, and a boiled egg in yellow sauce.


(That's not my beer.)

I liked this place – it’s not the best Thai food I’ve had (go to Jitlada or Ruen Pair for that) but for delivery, it’s solid and tasty. We usually order from Palms Thai, which has a much larger menu, but I found these dishes to be a lot lighter – less greasy, and fresher tasting – plus I loved that the curry noodles weren’t swimming in a soup-y sauce.

Dessert was courtesy of Enjoy Life:


This is their newest product – an allergy-friendly chocolate bar.


We split it with some frozen grapes – can you guess which plate is mine?


The Crispy Rice Bar tastes a lot like a Nestle Crunch, except not too sweet. Abe’s enjoyed some of the other flavors already (Dark Chocolate and Rice Milk) and said they’re all pretty similar.

I spent ALL DAY yesterday in my Pajamas! Around 9pm I took a shower, got right into another pair (the aforementioned one)…


…and curled up with some very light reading. I have a pile of “real books” I need to get to, and starting with something from my childhood always puts me in the mood; whets my appetite. Sweet Valley High – my little amuse bouche.

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  • Sana

    I am actually hankering to try some Thi takeout. I need to get on this asap!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine

    I LOVE your footie pajamas. I wish I didn’t always have to pee in the middle of the night, because I have a feeling they’d be a real pain when that happened…

  • Heidi

    Beautiful shot of the menorah with Christmas tree background! xoxo

  • Lauren

    I love spending the entire day in my pj’s! Noting more satisfying on the weekends. πŸ˜‰ Sounds like a great day Lynn.

  • emily

    There are so many things I wish my dog would learn to do…like dishes, ironing, etc. :)

    Your tree looks gorgeous, even if it did take a long time! Who knew fake trees could be so much work?!

  • Melissa @ TryingToHeal

    ah, sweet valley high! i only read a few of those when i was young, and was more of a babysitters club and boxcar kids kind of girl!

  • chezjulie

    You’re too cute with your footie pajamas and Sweet Valley High!

    I just tried that Zevia stuff for the first time last night. It’s pretty good (though overpriced). I wish I could find a Thai place here that combined eggplant, pumpkin, and tofu… sounds great.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen)

    I need one of those days! I want to be in bed right now watching silly movies and doing nothing.

  • quinn

    If Julius is anything like my hound, he’ll be very happy to fold the laundry. He may not put the folds exactly where you would put them, though!

    (ho ho ho)

  • twobooswhoeat

    We trimmed our tree yesterday too! It took forever! I can’t wait to take some pictures of it.

  • susan

    We have an artificial tree too and I agree, it’s a lot more complicated than they’d like to make you think.

    And I wish I had a pet who could do half the stuff that Snoopy from the Peanuts gang does.

  • Rose

    that tree is so pretty! haha and i love the shot with the menorah in the front.
    Lynn- i have a very important question- i can never figure this out- why the hell when i freeze grapes do they always come out PAINFULLY frozen and not cute and frosty-looking like yours (or anybody elses πŸ˜‰ )?
    Yes, clearly that (obviously urgent) question makes me look very intelligent…but i really am getting frustrated because i always see pictures of delicious looking frozen grapes! (perhaps my freezer is on a super-low temp?)

    • Lynn at The Actors Diet

      hmmm…i have no idea! i think the reason mine look frosty is because i wash mine right before putting them in the freezer, which technically is a no-no (you’re supposed to dry fruit first)

  • KeepItSweet

    your tree looks great! i love getting days around the holidays to be in PJs all day:-)

  • zros

    Thai curry, India & Malaysia curry are packed with spices..had it on a cold day would be even better.

  • rebecca lustig

    how motivating is christmas music? i just love it! (the lolipops dont hurt either)

  • Anna

    You KNOW I love that SVH reading material choice :-)

    Great tree!

  • greensandjeans

    Everything is better with a little Jessica and Elizabeth!

  • Ngoc

    Totally agree on Sunset Thai. Jitlada’s got no competition, but those curry noodles are a delicious lunch, and their delivery service is just so fast!

  • Tul

    I love Thai food so much esp som-tam.
    It’s good and deli.

  • squigglefloey

    Loving your doggie footsies :)

  • Seglare

    Oh, I LOVED your holiday-themed post. :) I wish I already had my tree, too – it looks so cozy in your apartment. It’s funny how it happens almost every year that some of the lights don’t work. After a mistake I made the first year I had my own tree, now I at least make sure to test them all BEFORE putting them on the tree. πŸ˜‰

    The pictures of Julius are so, so cute! My dog seldom had access to laundry (though if he did, he’d instantly lie down on it), but he always loved cuddling up under a warm blanket. :)

  • skygreen

    Way to spend a lazy Sunday, Jul!

    It’s a cold and wet Sunday here too (shocking for a spring day!)

  • lowandbhold

    I put my tree up this weekend as well and it definitely took longer than I thought it would. The Thai looks great!

  • Nelle @ Living Cliche

    That pumpkin and eggplant dish looks soooo good. We live in Thai Town, so I’ve never actually gotten delivery from anywhere. I love that Thai Patio is right around the corner, so it’s easy to pick up my favorite Panang Curry.

  • lequan

    hmm…just realized my comment didn’t go through on this post. anyways, loving your tree! it’s so bright and pretty, loving the star too!

    don’t worry, i’m not creepy stalking your bloggie, just back to find your tofu press giveaway post so i can link to my giveaways page.

  • Mark

    Ohh, looks like I need to try Ruen Pair sometime. Right next to Sunset Thai is Toi, which wasn’t so great. Golanga Thai is in the neighborhood and pretty solid. Have you been to Pa-Ord?

    • Lynn at The Actors Diet

      never been to pa-ord but i have heard about them and their noodles!!!