Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas Catch-Up (Coffee Talk #7)

Well, hey there. Long time, no talk - about anything but cookies, that is! Hopefully you enjoyed the Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies series / link-up hosted by Sorority Life to Army Wife and myself, and maybe added a new recipe or two to your cookie arsenal, as well! Did you have a favorite recipe that we shared? I'd love to hear which one!

I'd love to do a gigantic brain dump and recap you on each and every single thing I did / you missed over the last few weeks, but... let's be honest... probably no one cares. I ran a half marathon on Dec 7, then I was in Michigan for a week for work, then C was in Oklahoma City for a week for work, and by the time we were both home and caught our breaths, it was Christmas Eve. Or so it felt! We managed to get the house decorated, the tree up, the lights lit, and the stockings hung just in time to enjoy our "first" Christmas at the new house. Last year, we were in Spokane for Christmas with my grandma, so we didn't get to experience that first holiday season to it's fullest. We definitely made up for it this year!

Let's do this coffee-date style - I've got so much to share, I'm not sure where to start! It's a dreary day here in Virginia, so a warm cup of coffee is just what we need.

I took Wednesday and Friday off work last week in order to truly enjoy some downtime and spend quality time with my family, which was such a good decision on my part. It was wonderful to not think about work for a couple of days. In the past week or so, I've;
  • Became real-life blog official!! You can now find me at - my sister-in-law and brother-in-law gifted me my very own URL for Christmas, and I'm pretty sure that's one of the coolest things I've ever gotten. 
  • Hosted a variety of friends and family for Christmas celebrations and quality time, and greatly the enjoyed the sight and sounds of having the house filled with people
  • Cleaned the house from top to bottom and then promptly started over again when everything was said and done
  • Went on a day-date with C to see Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (so cute!), enjoy a couple beers at Park Lane, and run a few day-after-Christmas errands with the rest of the crazy shoppers
  • Caught up on all of Season 2 of The Blacklist to date (why is it not back til February?!)
  • Read Yes Please from cover-to-cover, wondered why I'm not friends with Amy Poehler, and began concocting a plan to convince her to be my BFF
  • Attended a "contemporary" service at a new-to-us church for Christmas Eve, which was really much more like a rock concert than a traditional Christmas service.... very different, but not un-enjoyable
  • Taken a long break from any type of workout and tried really, really hard not to feel guilty about it - I have enjoyed a lot of couch time, but am looking forward to recharging my exercise spirit and getting back in there
  • Watched the Hokies beat Cincinnati in the Military Bowl and watched the Capitals shut out the Penguins - it's a good day in our household when both our teams win!
  • Vacuumed my whole house with my mom's new Dyson, and promptly began a campaign for C to get me a new one for my birthday: I sure love ours, but it's several years old, and the amount of crap the new one picked up when I had JUST vacuumed with ours made me a bit ill - sigh
  • Attended a beautiful annual brunch hosted by my former boss and got to catch up with several former co-workers that I truly miss
  • Made plans to attend a Caps game with my family right after my birthday - not exactly a birthday celebration, but will be a fun way to celebrate, nonetheless!
What have you been up to? How are you spending the last few days of 2014? I'm sure I say this every single year, but it truly feels like the year has flown by. We were reminiscing about spending last Christmas in Washington State, and I honestly can't believe that was a full year ago. So much has happened this year, and we had so much unexpected sadness in my family - losing both of my mom's parents in a month was so incredibly hard, and has continued to be so - but there was also a lot of joy and celebrating this year. 2014 certainly didn't go as "planned," but I'm not sure that it can fully be classified as a "bad" year... just one that we are ready to move on from. I tend to prefer odd numbers over even, and I'm looking forward to what 2015 will bring our way.

Merry belated Christmas, and happy early new year. All my best to you and yours!


Stephanie @ My Freckled Life said...

Now I REALLY need to read Yes, Please!! I've heard such good things about it!

Erin LFF said...

YAY for a url!! You are so so official now :) We saw Night at the Museum over the holidays too- super cute! I enjoyed it more than I expected to! :)

Lisa C said...

Are y'all going to the Winter Classic? I'm hoping ticket prices will drastically drop in the next two days!