December 28, 2012

Currently...

Reading: The Paris Wife - so far, so good.  I just got a $5 credit for Amazon too, so I plan on loading up on new some books for the rest of my winter... any ideas?

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Eating:  All week, I've been eating left overs from Christmas brunch as well as cookies, cookies and more cookies.  I'm eating the cookies for breakfast though, so I give myself time to burn them off throughout the day - that's the healthy way, right?


That is a picture of the cookies we made at Mary's house with my girlfriends.  Luckily, I was able to get rid of these later that evening when we met up with some out of town friends.  The cookies at my house are the bags that my mom's friends gave me, the tin that Katie brought over filled with sugar cookies and other random plates of cookies that just magically appeared (I think my mom was trying to get rid of her supply.)  Good thing my brother will be around this weekend so I can put them all in front of him.

Listening to:

Bob Schneider - Blues Skies for Everyone... I used one of the lyrics from this song for my senior yearbook quote (you know where everyone uses inside jokes and weird abbreviations)  "Curse the gray skies if you must, but you will find when you're done, there are blue skies for everyone."  I still live every day hoping that's true.

Ray Charles & Van Morrison - Crazy Love - I have been listening to Ray Charles soooo much lately.  I can't get enough.

Oh yeah, and randomly this cheesy 2012 song :)


Watching:  I finally watched the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  I tried reading the book last year, but it was hard to get into and follow in the beginning, so I netflixed the movie.  Wow.  It was really good.  What an interesting protagonist.  I could have gone with less graphic sex scenes, but the story was great and I will probably read the other two books now.  


I also plan on watching some awesome old school movies with my family this weekend... Summer Rental, The Great Outdoors, Grumpy Old Men... you know, the classics.

Missing:  My family and friends that live far away.  Thankfully, with technology, we were able to at least see & chat with them, but it's not the same as giving them a big hug.  

My Uncle, Aunt & Cousins in Maryland via Skype (photo courtesy of Auntie Jen)
My Grandma experiencing Facetime while chatting with my brother who was in South Dakota - it took a few minutes before she had the hang of it.
Anticipating:  MY FAMILY VACATION!!!!!!  My parents decided to book the whole family a ski/snowboard trip in Lutsen to celebrate a late Christmas with my brother & Jen and also to celebrate New Year's.  We are going to play board games and watch movies and cook some awesome meals.  Jen has never been to the North Shore, so we're going to have a quick lunch in Duluth and then head north.  We haven't done this in years, so I think it will be an absolute blast.

Wishing for:  A safe and happy New Year for all my friends and family.  I'm also wishing for some resolution to the craziness that's been happening the last few weeks in our government.  

Drinking:  The last of my holiday coffees... then it's back to my plain old Caramel Drizzle.  As far as my current after work cocktail, I'm thinking about some Rumchata.

Laughing at:  The Best Dad in the World.  Someone sent it to me and I'm dying.  Here are two of my favorite pictures from this story, but check out all at this ABC News website



That kid is going to have sooo many awesome pictures at her graduation party.

Loving:  My Christmas gifts.  I love the 2 new sweaters from my parents as well as my new set of long underwear and the 2 history books I wanted.  

I love the mittens from my sissy and the GENEROUS Disney gift cards from Justin's family - they will help HUGE when we head to Florida in February.  I love all the Christmas cards we received this year.  They are covering our bedroom door and I probably won't take them down for at least another week.  

Last, but not least, I love that my husband tracked down the perfume I wanted without me having any idea and tried sooo hard to find me Caramello bars - WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THEM IN MINNESOTA?  They are my favorites and neither J nor myself has been able to find them anyone... an explanation would be nice.

Beginning:  A new project.  So many people talk about things they are grateful for and thankful for during the holiday season, but they seem to lose sight during the rest of the year.  I'm going to use my instagram account to document one thing each day that I am thankful for (it will be under #dailygratitude).  My plan is to do this every day from Christmas until Thanksgiving.  I will summarize weekly on the blog.  I urge everyone to remember to include gratitude in your day to day life.

"The secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life." - William Morris

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