Holiday advice

Put down that Christmas cookie for just a second, hon. I need to give you some very important holiday advice.

Holiday advice from Santa himself - hang 10 stockings!I know how very busy you are this time of year, so I’ll be brief. You busted your humps doing things for all your nearest and dearest – shopping, wrapping, baking, shipping, and on and on. Are you being good to yourself, too? Here are some things to try:

1. Hire a stranger to do your errands, housecleaning, or other menial chores. Apps like TaskRabbit ( are a busy person’s best friend.

2. Unplug from the whole process and book yourself a Hawaiian vacation. Return a couple of weeks from now, tan, relaxed, and ready to make your friends jealous with your tales of adventure.

3. Plan a fantabulous New Year’s Eve to reward yourself for all your holiday do-goodery. Buy an amazing outfit and crash the best party in town. Kiss everyone in sight. Dance on the tables. Drink yourself silly.

4. Remember that January 1 is National Bloody Mary Day. If you don’t yet have a copy of my book, you’ll need one before then so you can treat yourself extra-special good on the first day, and every day, of 2014. Venture out of your Bloody Mary comfort zone. If you’re used to Tabasco, try habanero. If you like ’em with vodka, try one with tequila. Make an inside-out version (page 97), or a frozen one (page 158), or, if your renter’s insurance is paid up, the Flaming Bloody Mary (page 96)!

But enough about you. You DID give all your besties their very own copy of my book for Christmas, didn’t you? No? Well, depending on where you live, there may still be time to order from the Buy a Copy! page for delivery before January 1. Of course, if you live in Portland, Oregon, you can grab some at Powell’s Books downtown location, Annie Bloom’s, McMenamin’s Edgefield, the Multnomah Athletic Club, The Big White Goose, and several liquor stores around town.

Stay tuned next month, when I’ll announce the rules for my upcoming International garnish competition! Hint: Bloody Mary floats, anyone?

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