Somehow the past few days have been some of the quietest of the year for me, despite the fact that Christmas is right around the corner. This makes me very happy. This year we did all of our Christmas shopping in one quick, two-hour burst. Also, we ordered lots online, which I highly recommend. I get really cranky about the mad Christmas rush, and every year deliver the same angry rant to Mark, which includes TONS of expletives and dramatic statements like, “If I want something for myself, I am old enough to buy it. WHY do we do this? Next year I’m skipping Christmas!”, huff, puff, angry stalking out of the room. He of course sits there calmly and then usually wraps the presents, since he is ten times better at that than me. I know I go through this song-and-dance every year, and maybe it’s because my heart is made of stone, but I care so little about the giving and exchanging of gifts. What I like about Christmas, what I really look forward to is all the lounging, my mother-in-law’s delicious Christmas breakfast, not needing to leave the house. To me, those are the best things.
Also quite desirable: Knitting on the couch, with a far-too-big-for-my-lap doggie curled up on my knees. Sometimes he sleeps on his back, at least until his muscles relax and his limbs fall over. I like this quite a lot.
How embarassing is it to admit that this Oprah show collection is one of my favourite possessions? I have no idea how many times I’ve watched it in its entirety, but it is definitely more than five. I like watching her “A-Ha Moments” and crying a lot. I used to like to watch this while I was on the elliptical trainer (in the privacy of our own home, not in public or anything — I’m not a monster) and sob as I worked out. I somehow felt like I was emotionally sweating as well as physically, and that this was somehow deeply beneficial to my well-being. I might need some friends.
Also this week: No-knead bread and quilting!
And a walk in a newly-discovered park near our house. When we stumbled upon this mossy-treed clearing, I got so excited! Then of course, I couldn’t take any pictures that really did it justice, but imagine something very pretty and Tim Burton-esque.
My dog wins for the cutest face. Let’s just all admit it.
I really loathe the word “staycation” but that’s what Mark and I are planning for after Christmas. We’re picking up all the groceries we need, leaving the hot tub turned up all day and night, giving The Wire another shot, and cooking, cooking, cooking.
Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah/general holiday greetings to everyone! I’m feeling indescribably lucky to be ending this busy and travel-heavy year in my warm home, near my friends and family and in a country I love. The biggest gift from our travels has been the knowledge that this is really and truly where we want to spend our lives. My wish for you is that same feeling.Read More...