City Mouse Blog

The personal blog of Miranda Erokan.

Holidays in California

The holidays are more than over, so it feels kind of funny to be posting this now, but I'm here today to share some photos from the very end of 2014. We spent the holidays with my family in California this year, which is always a wonderful time. It was especially nice to get out of the city for a week, sleep in, and avoid heavy winter coats at all costs.

the presents i wrapped using branches from my parents' yard, twine, and inside out Trader Joe's bags :)

Irish Coffees on Christmas Eve!

sweet picture of my Grandma Lila and niece Georgia

Erokan girls on Christmas morning

Nate vs. Dash

with my Aunt Sally

David on the quarter pipe

I do love a good Warehouse Christmas

xo, miranda

2015 Goals

Like many people, every January I try to compile some resolutions or goals to focus on for the next year. They don't always come to fruition, and I can definitely tell you I am still trying to achieve goals I set out for myself years ago, but I do find that it helps to remind myself what matters to me each year and keep myself on track. I like to include a mix of big-picture, lofty goals (i.e. eat healthier!) with some smaller, more specific goals that may end up being more attainable (i.e. make myself a smoothie every day). Here are five goals that I'm going to try extra hard to work on this year...

Have at least one specified "screen-free" night at home per week. This can be spent making dinner, playing board games, cleaning, playing music, etc. but just no mindless checking of Instagram and Reddit.

Teach myself to knit SOCKS and bake bread from scratch. Rather basic goals I suppose, but there you have it.

Pack weekday lunches the night before. I've been pretty good about packing lunch for work, but it tends to make my mornings extremely rushed and stressful, when I could just as easily make it the night before (or a big batch of something for the week on Sunday night) and not have to worry about it. This resolution falls under the categories of save money AND eat healthier, so it's extra important.

Clean out my closet every season and donate the clothes I'm not wearing. An ideal situation would be: every time I get a new item, I donate an old one. This can also apply to random clutter around the apartment. I am really bad at this, which is why I still own my choir sweatshirt from sophomore year of high school, but I'm going to make a real effort this year.

• Read a book a week in 2015. This has been on my list for the past two years but I've never made it more than thirty books in a year... Wish me luck! I'm starting with "How to Talk to A Widower" by Jonathan Tropper.

Do you make resolutions each year? I'd love to hear some of yours!

xo, miranda

My Top Ten Albums of 2014

happy almost 2015, friends! hope your holidays are going splendidly. here are my personal top ten albums of the year, more or less in order of enjoyment. (but really, all that really matters is that Jenny Lewis is number one forever.) i'd love to hear yours as well!

10) Beyoncé - Beyoncé

9) Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

8) Beck - Morning Phase

7) Alt-J - This Is All Yours

6) Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour

5) Jack White - Lazaretto

4) War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream

3) St. Vincent - St. Vincent

2) First Aid Kit - Stay Gold

1) Jenny Lewis - The Voyager

xo, miranda

Sometimes Shop

over the weekend I visited a really great holiday pop-up shop in Greenpoint featuring one of my favorite artists, Leah Reena Goren (and fell in love with some others in the process). the Sometimes Holiday Pop-Up Shop is unfortunately now over, but this group of artists hosts pop-ups throughout the year, and also I just wanted to show off the work of some really talented local artists. I found out about the shop through Leah Goren's instagram, and knew I would be able to cover nearly all of my holiday shopping needs. her cat dress is a staple in my wardobe, but she also makes beautiful ceramics and knitwear. the shop features the work of eight different local women, many of whom share studio space and went to art school together. their work fits perfectly together and it makes for one gorgeous shop. i went with the intention of only getting presents, but I couldn't help but pick up a piece or two for myself (see: CAT PLATE).

three of the artists: Rachel Levit, Leah Goren, and Monica Ramos

xo, miranda

Closing out my Open Tabs...

1) Emily Sugihara, the CEO of Baggu, did a studio tour and no surprise, it's cute as can be.

2) i've had this recipe for Montreal Style Bagels by Bleubird bookmarked for a long time and i think i might finally be brave enough to try it. i know nothing about baking bread but am eager to learn... i'll report back with the results!

3) my boy wrote an Open Letter to Charles Manson re: his questionable decision to marry a young lady who would actually marry him, and it's great.

4) finally, my favorite thing i've found on the internet this week (or ever?). this photographer, Ivan Kislov, has been taking photos of some really amazing foxes and other wildlife in a remote region of Russia, and i love them (the photos and the critters) with my whole heart. this Huffington Post article has some of the greatest hits, but feel free to peruse his whole collection on his website.

photo by Ivan Kislov

xo, miranda