We had a fabulous Christmas weekend. Four major dinners/parties in three days...exhausting, but in a good way. Particularly tiring because I can't seem to shake this icky coughing crud.
In fact, I am writing this at 2:18 AM in the morning because I am all hopped on Mucinex-D...Many thanks to my aunt who supplied me with the last of her stash, but word to the wise: DO NOT take these in preparation for a night of restful sleep. After lying awake for a couple hours I decided to get up and Google "does Mucinex-D keep you awake?" only to find a message board on which someone described it as an "intense stimulant, will keep you awake all night." HA!
Here are some photos from our Christmas weekend:
Me and my new easel and painting stool from Andrew's parents!
Yay for Christmas! Got my day started extremely early with a workout at the gym and a nice long yoga session at home. Going to party down tonight--what are your plans?Whatever they may be, have a merry one!
I love December. Not just because of the holidays, but because December brings about one of my most favorite elements of pop culture: the end of year list. I have shared some my favorites and have some more to come soon, but I would much rather consume these lists than make them myself.
Today one of my favorites was published--the results of National Geographic's photography contest. Every year these boggle my mind.
So I was driving home from work the other night...it was dark, raining, and I was listening to the Michael Buble (yep, don't judge...I'm his target demographic & proud) version of one of my favorite carols, "My Grown Up Christmas List."
I love the lyrics to that carol, which got me thinking of my own Christmas wish list...which made me realize that it is not so grown up. Remember the lunchbox?
Here are five of the most frivolous, unnecessary items I want right now:
3. ROOT Candle - Ginger Patchouli
4. Bench by Sticks ( By god, I will one day own a piece of this furniture)
Such a good weekend!
Spinning, coffee, and shopping in downtown New Albany on Saturday morning, wine walk and night out in Corydon (love the Green Door!) and a very relaxed Sunday with visits from family, a trip to the park, and some much needed Skype time with friends in Edinburgh.
Now, back to the grind tomorrow...only a three day work week then CHRISTMAS!
Had a very nice holiday potluck at the office today. Wine walk downtown tomorrow. Wrapping presents, painting nails, reading, writing, and lolling around all weekend.
...also have to get back to yoga after taking a whole week off...ugh...someone is going to be sore on Monday...
I have noticed a recent surge of strong nostalgia for girlhood of the early 1990s. Most likely this is because I was a young girl in the early 1990s, so it catches my eye, but still, it seems to be popping up everyhere, even NPR. Zooey Deschanel seems to be the ambassador of this movement with Hello Giggles as a home-base of sorts, exemplified in this interview with Conan O'Brien where Deschanel touches on the most unifying symbol of all: the American Girl Doll.
Is this fixation on nostalgia perpetuated by the arrested development of Millennials?
As a kid I was the proud owner of three American Girl Dolls, a strung-out addict of both Nickelodeon and Nick-at-Nite, and I may or may not have been to a Hanson concert...when I was nineteen (I jumped on this nostalgia train a little early I guess).
Is this not the cutest thing you've ever seen?
I received a nice crisp, hardback copy of Joan Didion's new book, Blue Nights for my birthday. This is rare (lately I've been reading a lot of books on my iPad...I know...bad). But this I have in actual book form and I am so excited to start reading it this weekend. Unfortunately, I also have a few things to get finished for bookclubs, etc.
Will there ever be enough time to read everything you want?!?!?
I love me some Joan Didion. But I also love me some caricatures of Joan Didion, of which there are many:
Ahhh, I love her!
So last Christmas was the first I heard of this Elf on the Shelf business. Apparently it has been a thing for awhile... I don't have children yet, but I am fairly confident that I will never participate in it...it completely and totally weirds me out.
Many thanks to @CHRISTINEinLOU for sharing this!
Okay, yesterday, for the first time ever, we bought outdoor Christmas lights...We also have a baby christmas tree and I decided to try and get some decorations up today...day 2 of being off of work with the most dreadful weather!!
In Norway, they decorate for Christmas with red hearts. While living in Stavanger, I was so thrilled with all the hearts that popped up everywhere:
Today I finished off our little baby christmas tree with some hearts of my own:
and a little more Norwegian spirit:
and somebody didn't feel like helping: