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!