Wow- what a month it's been!
Sorry I have not been updating around here very much lately. To be honest, I have been too scattered and busy-- but in a good way, I think -- to feel very inspired or excited to take the time to share much here in the past month.
However, after today's experience with a Neggy at work, I'm ready to just share a little JOY and updates to those here (on Spark) who may be interested and joyful with me! [I inquired about a co-worker's Christmas, asking, "Did you have a nice Christmas?" and she replied, "No, not at all. It was terrible... just sat around... looked at the walls... fell off a ladder and hurt my knee... felt like crap..." and I just had no clue how to respond besides, "Oh... uhh, sorry to hear that!"]
So, because I'm short on time, and because most people enjoy visuals, I'll share my last month's updates in PHOTOS with minimal story-telling. :)
Thanksgiving: Mama, Grandma, and me
Thanksgiving: We never have enough food (clearly). This is AFTER everyone ate.
We got our first "real tree" this year in our new house! Up to this year, Paul and I only had little 2-foot fakeys. I grew up with live-trees, so we got a Frasier Fir and I was tasked with lighting it! 1,100 lights wound in and out, up and down!
My cats have really enjoyed the tree. Nina thinks she looks stunning on the red velvet tree-skirt, and Oliver has just been a royal pain, playing in the branches and batting ornaments all around the house.
It really turned out quite stunning.
I spent some fun craft time with my "little sister" this month, too. We decorated clear glass bulb ornaments with paints, tinsel, and beads.
We also made a pizza together FROM SCRATCH, which she had never done before! She thought it was the best pizza EVER! Then we went to a local high-school production of "A Christmas Carol."
I experimented with making a few healthy, vegan cookies to bring to a holiday cookie exchange party. They turned out pretty well, although I'd try a different ginger-cookie recipe next time, as these definitely tasted like "healthy cookies" (in not a good way!). ;)
My best friend Katie and I had our annual baking marathon day. We still do it at my mom's house, so I go there on Friday night to get ingredients all set up and ready, and do any grocery shopping with my mom. We also got a head start on some cookie-dough, before tackling a 13 hour day in the kitchen on Saturday!
We decked out in Christmas earrings, sweaters, and goofy clip-in antlers for fun!
My mom always makes up huge trays with all the goodies from the day and delivers them to family and friends in town. We also share them all at work, too! Unfortunately, I didn't get a single "Thank You" from any of my co-workers for the tray I brought in, but they sure devoured every morsel...
I finally got all my Christmas shopping and wrapping done last week just in time! We are so very blessed to be able to give and share with family and friends.
My wonderful hubby got me just what I asked for: an Amethyst Om Mala, from tinydevotions.com. It is stunning, and meant to help cultivate peace, tranquility, and spirituality. With how crazy my life is, and how frustrated and angry I can get with myself, this is the PERFECT reminder to stay calm, breathe, and appreciate life's most beautiful blessings. I am feeling it's healing effect on my attitude already, even if it's just as a quiet calm reminder around my neck!
I was also spoiled this Christmas with a new set of square white dishes (Yay!!), a few new Wustoph knives (amazing quality), two new cute pottery mugs for my tea (I drink a ton of tea), and several other goodies that I'm so thankful for!
Today, I broke in my first new plate with my lunch. I've been experimenting lately with more vegetarian/vegan eating, and cutting back on my meat-consumption. It feels really good, both physically and ethically, although I worry about how my family will/would take it if/when I decide to go almost entirely vegetarian. Almost every family dinner in ALL parts of my family is centered around a huge meat-entree, and lots of carby-cheesy-starchy side dishes and over-the-top mayo-y or whipped-cream "salads." Yikes.
Anyway, for lunch today I had tofu "Eggless egg-salad" (very good!) on whole-grain bread with sprouts, steamed edamame, and half a grapefruit. I also had a cup of green tea and water.
That's it for my pictorial updates, friends! I am off to do another Health History consultation, followed by an outdoor run, making dinner, lining up musicians for church, and then another consultation tonight! If you're interested in following me on facebook (I'm there all the time, for realz), you can stop by www.facebook.com/shelive
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Have a lovely week, friends! Be well, live fit.