My Interior Arbor Day

I think it was a success. I had a few people over Saturday night to help decorate my Christmas tree. I spent a small chunk of Friday baking cookies and brownies, and spent a bit of time today cleaning and making ginger bread.

Around 7PM, as the guests arrived, the gingerbread came out of the oven and provided a lovely scent throughout my apartment. I also heated up some apple cider and gave everybody a glass with a cinnamon stick in it. Martha Stewart would be so proud.

Come to think of it, she wouldn’t be. I served the snacks and drinks in plastic cups and plates. Lacking a table in the living room, I placed the platters of cookies and brownies on the floor. Class act.

I did stumble upon a half empty bottle of Jack Daniels in the kitchen. I think my friend, Jack (no relation to the alcohol distributor) brought the bottle to a house warming party a few years back.

Still, despite my lack of hosting skills, I think the event was a success. Mike, Rich, Jason and Heath were in attendance and helped decorate the tree, devour the goodies, and watch Christmas Vacation on DVD. Here are the results:


  1. Comment by atari_age on November 27, 2005 8:16 pm

    Good job! Tree decorating parties are the best, especially if the guests do all the decorating.

    Oh, and not to burst a bubble but I wouldn’t expect Martha Stewart to be impressed with anything us commoners could come up with. She’d be like “oh, well, isn’t this little house just… quaint. And the tree, my goodness, it’s so… is that plastic? Oh how economical.” =)

  2. Comment by karyn on November 27, 2005 8:25 pm

    Ok Maybe Martha wouldn’t be serving cookies on platters off the floor while trimming a fake tree, but holy crap Karl, for you, that is like Martha-On-Crack. Now I’m WICKED sorry I missed the event! (Christmas Vacation is just about my favorite holiday movie – or possibly any movie – EVER!!! Wicked cute man-fest by the way.

  3. Comment by Will on November 28, 2005 10:53 am

    Karl, you’ve got a nice tree. Big, too. 🙂

    Between the two blue shirts, which is Heath and which Mike?

    Nice surprise running into you at the North Station T last night.

  4. Comment by Karl on November 28, 2005 10:57 am

    Mike is the one next to me (bearded). Heath is the one on the far right of the photo.

    Great seeing you, too, Will! What a great surprise!

  5. Comment by Lise on November 28, 2005 11:28 am

    What a lovely tree Karl! Your snacks may not be too far off Ms. Martha. No joke: she frequents the Bedford Diner (in Bedford, NY), where she has her driver stay in the car (natch), sits only on a stool at the counter, speaks & looks at no one, and ALWAYS orders a grilled cheese sandwich, american cheese on white bread. (The only way to have a grilled cheese, of course.) Talk about white trash roots.

  6. Comment by Brad on November 28, 2005 11:57 am

    Lovely tree. Great company. Good food. A collection of handsome men. I can’t think of a better way to spend Christmas.

  7. Comment by Sean on November 28, 2005 8:20 pm

    Karl- I love the group picture. It came out great. It’s like it would make a great Christmas card or something.

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