New Year’s Eve 2019 Recap.

Photo Credit: Marcus.

Writing it down to remember it.

New Year’s Eve 2019 Festivities.

Played: Candy Land.

Watched: The Lion King. Critter kept looking at us and beaming. Glitter on repeat: Takuna Tatata.

Drank: 2007 Ravenswood Zinfandel. The kids were not impressed by sparkling grape juice. We tried.

Menu: Roasted Mushrooms from Cravings, Roasted Chickpeas, Gouda, Wine Cheese, Smoked Salmon, Chili Dip, Artichoke Dip, Tortilla Chips, Crackers, Celery. Not listed on the menu but served: Cookie Sandwiches, Pretzel Chips, Pouches.

2019 Goals Follow-Up

How did my 2019 goals go? Okay, actually. Not 11/10 but I did some stuff. Progress was made.

Clean out the basement bedroom. Not done, we made progress. I anticipate we will really excel at this in 2020.

Finish my SPHR recertification. Not done. But I did get another 7 or so credits completed. 8 more to go!

Finish our photo albums. I did assemble them, I need to order the vacation photos still.

Try to lose four pounds. Did it.

Take care of my actual garden. EXCELLED AT THIS. Despite our best efforts with the beans not being properly staked we still grew a lot of them!

A Brief List of Things That Served Me in 2019

Cozy sweaters.

Bombas socks. I have never had nice socks before. These have changed my life.

The Nespresso Aeroccino.

Making cookie dough and freezing half a batch for later. Fresh baked cookies all the time!

Epsom salt baths.

Crew neck shirts.

Trader Joe’s Garlic Spread-Dip.

Working out like 5x/week. And by that I mean walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes at a time.

Scheduling regular, intentional time with girlfriends.

Quitting natural deodorant.

Leopard print.

The various shows on Netflix that turn your TV into a fireplace.

A well lit home. It only took us two years to get the right lighting in place.

Buying matching sheath dresses from Calvin Klein in different colors and getting them tailored.

Quitting Twitter and slowing down on other social media.

What I’ve Been Reading

Grand total for 2019: 58 books read.

Goal for 2020: Read at least 52 books.

Thank you all for your reading suggestions on my last post. The last books of December (and the 2010s as a decade) are:

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

Great by Choice by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen

The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle

Living Beautifully With Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chödrön

Home for the Holidays

Where to even begin.

This has been the best Hanukkah and the best Christmas ever.

Critter and Glitter have worn their Hanukkah pajamas for four days straight only taking them off to wash them. In all seriousness they have only worn pajamas since Sunday. It is A Life they are living!!!

We welcomed Hanukkah with some family time and a new baby! Marcus and I are an auntie and uncle for the first time ever!

On Christmas Eve morning, we kicked off the day with a trip to the swimming pool. Critter and Glitter both mastered jumping into the pool by themselves.

At one point during Christmas Eve dinner, Billy exhorted Dad to have “presence.” Critter and Glitter immediately leapt to their feet in search of presents and Critter yelled “Santa is here!!!”

Each year, my aunt sends a parcel filled with stuffed snowmen/snowballs/characters that sing and dance when you press them. This year was no different. She sent two (one of which was a Christmas Shark) and a few pairs of elf ears. Glitter was beyond delighted and declared the ears to be a crown. She spent a decent part of Christmas Day wearing her cousin’s new football helmet. It is all too much, really.

We have no intention of returning to ordinary time until 1/2. How we’ll keep the big energy going for the next week is somewhat beyond me but that will not stop us from trying. I am trying to devise an excellent New Year’s Eve date night in-strategy.

Meanwhile I am re-watching The Christmas Prince trilogy and wondering how it is that I will re-enter television watching society once New Year’s Day arrives. As we all know, I started watching Princess Switch back in October.

Some Things

The holidays are upon us!

My parents had their big annual friend Christmas bash on Friday evening. On Sunday afternoon, Mom and I went to hear The Messiah.

On Sunday evening, we celebrated Hanukkah for the first night with my in-laws and my husband’s grandparents. We’ll have another belated Hanukkah celebration with that side of the family once my sister-in-law and her husband are back from their honeymoon.

We spent the rest of the weekend decorating and playing. We went sledding. We went on a date. I dug out our Hanukkah light garlands which the children LOVE. Glitter insists that those and the fireplace on the television be constantly on.

I assembled our annual friend holiday card garland and it looks possibly the best it ever has. I also spent some time re-thinking the Hanukkah cards I was planning to hand-deliver. If we don’t achieve that today then I think I’ll spend the extra $6 to mail them!!!

This is the first year as a working adult that I have had a full-day Christmas Eve paid holiday (at my old job we had to work half days!!!) so I am looking forward to a nice mid-week pause and the opportunity to slow down over the next few weeks.

Happiest of holidays to all of you, near and far.

What I’ve Been Reading

It’s almost the end of 2020! To date, I have read 53 books this year so that is a streak. I think I’ll probably make it to 55, but let’s wait and see, right? This is for sure the most reading I have done since at least 2015. When I look at the list of what I’ve read since January, well, there have been a lot of topics! Making the time is always worth it, honestly I wish I could read more.

Here is what I have read lately.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

The Hot Young Widows Club by Nora McInerny

Negroland by Margo Jefferson

When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön