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Consuming: So much frothed Egg Nog in the form of Nespresso Egg Nog Lattes. Funny and awful but true: This is healthier and cheaper than my Starbucks/Caribou habit and I haven’t been out for coffee since Thanksgiving.

Excited About: GOING TO AMSTERDAM!!! My parents will be there for a spell this Spring and I will be away for essentially a long weekend (leave on a Wednesday, come home on a Sunday). I finally organized the PTO and plane ticket and now it is REAL. Marcus is really the best husband for supporting me in doing this.

Not a Drill: Trader Joe’s Jingle Jangle is the real deal. I bought a tin for my house, I bought a tin for my office. It is the best combo of dark chocolate covered things: caramel corn, Jo Jos (TJ’s Oreos), pretzels, peanut butter cups. The works!!! BUY IT.

Also Bought: the Trader Joe’s Cedar Balsam Candle (pictured – v cozy). Lindsey was burning it last week when we had dinner, I knew we needed it in our house.

Big Deal: Today is Target’s 10% off gift cards deal. We bought ours at 6:30 AM.

On TV: The Netflix Fireplace for Your Home. The kids love it, I think it looks nice. Very cozy!

Also On TV: A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby. Recommend. Keep the Netflix Christmas movies coming!

Getting Closer: To ordering Hanukkah cards. At the rate we are going they will be New Year’s cards but we are going for progress, not perfection!!!

Urgent Care: We are four weeks in a row now I think. This AM a double ear infection for Critter.

Thanksgiving Weekend: A Recap

Glitter and I shared a plague closely resembling the flu. She had the fever/snot/sneeze/cough. I had the body aches/chills/exhaustion. Hers ended up turning into a double ear infection, our family made its third trip in as many weeks to urgent care. ‘Tis the season!!!

I explained the “front tuck” to my mother and aunts at Thanksgiving dinner. As my mother said, after she saw four people wearing their shirt this way she realized it might be a trend. The group still does not understand why anyone would do something like that with their shirt. Having not embraced this style, I was not helpful.

We finally pulled out the gross old pint glasses from our cabinets and replaced them with nice glasses we got as wedding gifts 8.5 years ago.

Black Friday Shopping. I ordered another super-soft open front cardigan from the J. Crew Factory. This is where I am at this winter. Soft things only. I also sourced a new pair of running shoes.

We baked challah for the first time in this house and as a family.

Since Critter has started outgrowing his shirts, I did a whole closet rotation for him. It was cathartic.

I started the process of doing holiday cards for 2019, and have gotten as far as requesting more addresses. And now I am pretty sure I am going to have to pause on that project until later this week!

Not-So Friday Food Round-Up!

  • None of this will help you for Thanksgiving, but it might help you to do some meal planning for next week.
  • Since we started eating family dinner, we have eaten tacos every single week because they are Critter’s favorite food.
  • We loved these marinated maple dijon chicken thighs.
  • Pizza rolls were a hit.
  • Will try these Dragon Noodles again. We used turkey instead of pork.
  • French Toast Challah Waffles. Batter slices of challah as though you are going to make french toast. Stick them into your waffle iron. Cook. Eat. This is loved by my entire family.
  • These Chicken Meatballs with Peppers and Orzo were good. That said, I deglazed the pan with red wine, added some thyme, oregano, and red pepper flakes to the sauce. Note: this is an Even Better As Leftovers Meal.
  • 46 Months Later…

    …and we finally managed to make it through a happy hour/early dinner for the kids in a restaurant where no toys or crayons were needed.

    Just needed to commemorate that.

    Some Things

    Happy Monday!

    My sister-in-law got married, the weekend was beautiful, the children performed their roles as flower girl and ring bearer beautifully, we are all extremely tired. Future Kat is appreciative of Past Kat who went on a cleaning spree on Thursday, it is so nice to be unwinding in a clean house.

    As the grand finale to the weekend, yesterday we hosted some out of town friends for a play date/pizza feast and it was the best way to wrap things up. When I was telling someone about this plan, they were like seriously you are hosting a party? I was like No no, you don’t understand we are just eating pizza and being ourselves!!!

    Now I need to get serious about hitting the reset button – between the carbs, wine, and caffeine, my body is just confused and I get it! I have also contracted my first cold of the season – as Glitter would say, Not!!!

    Winter has set in quite quickly here. I ordered some Calcium+Vitamin D supplements last night because I think I need to get intentional about making that a part of my routine again. Things that finally are a part of my regular routine again? Retinols. It is good to be back. Related/unrelated, now that it is dark all the time, we are really appreciating how well lit our house is. It only took two years to get here but we did it.

    I ordered a few staples from the J.Crew Factory outlet – a leopard cardigan, a forest green cardigan, a velvet bow and a chambray shirt. I have been looking for a replacement for the chambray shirt that disintegrated 1.5 years ago and still have not found one. I am hoping this is it! The amount of leopard print I have in my closet is probably another line of discussion but we will save that for another day.

    Go forth, everybody.

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    Marcus was on a business trip this week so that was a fun intermission between his cousin’s wedding and his sister’s wedding. But here we all are! And truly, I will say, his trips have just gotten easier because the kids are bigger. Did Critter wake up at midnight on Tuesday because he wanted to eat four goldfish? And at 3:00 AM on Wednesday just because? Yes. But easier. I am telling you. I am still celebrating his return with a (big) glass of wine.

    Netflix has blessed us with another great movie, Holiday in the Wild with Kristin Davis and Rob Lowe. It is like 80 minutes, incredibly unsatisfying and yet impossible to look away!!! Currently watching A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding.

    I got a new iPhone because it has been a few years. Besides the part where it took almost a full day to backup my old phone, the actual setup was truly something out of a future time. Apple if you are wondering if a mom can set up an entirely new phone (1) easily and (2) in the space of a Paw Patrol episode, the answer is YES. Also I am ready to take so many photos now!!!

    Some Things

    Back at it with Honey & Rye’s Maple Latte.

    Most importantly…

    THE PRINCESS SWITCH IS BACK ON NETFLIX. I WATCHED IT TWICE IN OCTOBER WHO CARES.

    ALSO APPARENTLY THEY ARE MAKING A SECOND ONE I CANNOT EVEN WAIT.

    PSA: Mercury Retrograde started yesterday. It ends on the 20th.

    American Girls Podcast. It is great. Listen.

    I got allergy tested for penicillin and amoxicillin and I passed! No more medication allergies for me! I probably should have done this a long time ago but didn’t even know it was an option until two years ago.

    Halloween was a hoot. Our neighborhood is one with tons of driveway bonfires and even the adults dress up in costumes. The kids had a blast, Glitter was amazed I was a bunny. We came home, declared things to be “spooky” and ate our candy.