Monday, January 5, 2015

christmas break

One of the perks of working for a nonprofit law school is that the school closes for nearly two weeks at Christmas so I get to be off work without taking vacation. It's amazing.

Graduation actually fell on my first day of "break." It's stressful when stupid things happen like an escalator not being turned on until the last minute and podiums not having reading lights on them but seeing how excited all the students are reminds me of why the major pain that all the planning can be is worth it. I often forget to see the bigger picture and realize how big of a day it is for them and get caught up in how irritating it can be for me.

My father-in-law and sister-in-law came to town and we had a pretty relaxed visit. We found time to eat at Coltivare (Tiffani Amber Thiessen went there last week!) and Common Bond. Andrew and I went to favorite places on our old side of town and drove past our old house, too. For Christmas dinner, I set the table with china and linen napkins and Andrew made a pork shoulder since his dad wanted a Puerto Rican Christmas. We all got new PJs on Christmas eve and played Johnny Mathis records on Christmas morning. Hosting Christmas in your own house definitely has its perks - I stayed in lounge clothes all day.

PJs, stocking remnants on the couch, and a Christmas movie = Christmas 2014 | Bauer pic for no reason other than he matches his blanket and I love his paws | Pecan Creek Grill, a former favorite. Last year we said that eating there on Christmas Eve morning would be our new tradition but now it's too far (but at least it's on the way to my mom's!). We need a new breakfast place!

I finally caught up on Parks and Rec and it's fantastic. I went to the library for the first time in years and discovered the magic that is free ebooks. I forgot how much I liked reading and finally joined Goodreads (you can be my friend). I also got a Fitbit so that has been fun. The thrill of my wrist vibrating when I hit 10,000 steps in a day is way more exciting than it should be (we can be friends there, too). I spent a day with my nieces and we played Uno and Head's Up as a family and made oven s'mores since it rained all day and it was fun and made me wish Oklahoma was closer. My dad and step-mom brought my grandma and aunt over and I made lunch the week after Christmas. Someone told me recently that you finally start to feel like an adult, and be seen as an adult, when you become the host, and that really hit me over the holiday season. Being the one who made the beds and picked the menu and refilled drinks was different, but I liked it. I spent way more time being lazy than I probably should have, but I did what needed to be done, too. Like always, the holiday season was over before I knew it and I was sad to see it go. Next year, I'll try to be better.

So that's the past two weeks in a nutshell. I'll be busy at work trying to remember that it's now 2015. Happy New Year!

12 comments:

  1. Absolutely agree that the number 1 perk of hosting xmas is the lounge clothes. We don't "host" but we stay home a majority of the holiday season and I think I might have put make up on twice in 3 weeks. Whoops. Yay for fitbits and book reading!

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  2. I love hosting. It's quite adult but fun too.

    The library is my happy place. I'm going there tonight in fact.

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  3. I just bought a new Kindle for myself and need to go to the library! The one near us is kind of in the 'hood but it's brand new, so I just need to suck it up! I'm so jealous you had two weeks off, like so so jealous. I'm glad it was a nice time! Also, did you know Tiffani Amber Thiessen has a cooking show? It's not actually too bad

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  4. The weekend before Christmas Drake and I traveled to visit my family 4 hours away. After that, I stayed put at Drakes for the remainder of my 2 week break and it was wonderful. When my alarm clock went off this morning, I wanted to die. ;)

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  5. my husband was in such a bad mood last night because he dreaded having to get up after 3wks off to go into the office today! also, i hosted a few gatherings and went to a few gatherings all in lounge clothes. it's the holidays, why not?!?? :D

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  6. I got a fitbit for Christmas too! I just requested you. I need to get my butt into gear because I basically spent the first 4 days of this year sick &/or avoiding the freezing cold on my parents' couch. Now that I'm back in TX I'm going to step it up to make up for lost steps.

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  7. 2 weeks off sounds nice!! And the weather was decent for the most part! Sounds like an awesome Christmas. I definitely agree with feeling older when you host anything. I did last year and that's exactly what happened! You were nice though to use china, I totally rocked the plastic ware and paper plates!

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  8. Glad to see that the hosting went well! I did lots of lazy on my time off. It felt good to just take a step back and relax!

    On a side note, I love that little tree on your table! I am going to go stalk you on Goodreads now! Have a great week!

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  9. Being able to host is so fun, though I like going to my brothers and letting them do the work too. ;) Love your mantle. So glad you found the reading bug! So many good books to read.

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  10. It sounds like you had such a good break! I'm glad you were able to relax and be hostess! Those fitbits sound like fun. I was tempted, but decided in the end not to put it on a Christmas wishlist. I'm hoping to read more this year. Last year I think the only 4 books I read were Wild and the 3 Fifty Shades books. ha ha! And perhaps 3/4 of A Walk in the Woods. So, yeah, I should step that up this year. I hear Gone Girl is good -- so that's on my radar! I hosted a big NYE party. I love making sangria and selecting what apps to serve.

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  11. Sounds like a fantastic holiday! You should like you did a great job hosting. That picture of Bauer is too cute, he looks so cozy! We had a very quiet holiday for both Christmas and New Year's (though I never like to go out for New Year's). Happy 2015!!

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  12. Same here at our job. Almost two weeks no vacation days required. It's just one reason I'll never quit!! I went to the library too. I'd been but not in four years!! I checked out actual books. We have an e book thing but i have to figure out how to set it up still.

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