Happy Christmas

Is 2016 over yet?

I have been doing nothing but working my butt off since April. My average week consists of 5-6 work days at 10-16 hours each day. Thursday night into Friday I have 6 hours between shifts so I got about 3 hours of sleep and had to work 16 hours on Friday. Suffice it to say I. Am. Exhausted.

But other than working a lot, I had been looking forward to Christmas, and since I have to work Christmas Day, my family had Christmas today.

It’s not the first year we’ve done it on Christmas Eve, but it’s the first we’ve done it out of necessity instead of excitement and impatience. I slept for about 12 hours, got up, worked out, then headed over to my mom’s.

My angsty teenage little brother sat on the couch glued to his phone while my mom and I ate pizza and caught up and then we opened gifts.

I don’t like that as we grow older the magic in our lives just disappears. Christmas used to be a sparkly, warm, magical time that I like to relive in classic movies and perfect photographs, but in reality it’s not the same as it was when we were 3. The little bit that’s left is in those traditions. Pizza as our Christmas dinner, watching A Christmas Story on repeat on TBS, watching the Disney Christmas Parade (I was there for the filming this year!!!), and eating cinnamon rolls for Christmas breakfast (mine are in the fridge waiting for morning).

No, Christmas isn’t the same as when I was 3, but 20 years later I’m still in love with the colorful lights, the movies and food, the traditions, and of course getting to spend time with my family and friends. I can’t believe how many people think of me to wish a Happy Christmas to and even get me a gift.

I hope that you all have a happy Christmas and take a moment to just breathe in the moments you’re spending with family.


Week #52 and on of 2015

Dec 20


FINALLY finished moving

Dec 21


too exhausted from working out to take a non-blurry picture. Never miss a Monday done right

Dec 22


starting mass effect

Dec 23


can’t stop wearing those earrings

Dec 24


Dec 25


Christmas day!

Dec 26


Work the next day

Dec 27

I stayed home all day and did nothing. I’m boring. No picture.

Dec 28


My selfie game is getting better

Dec 29


It’s the oldest piercing in history, i don’t understand the issue

Dec 30


Ikea with the bestie

Dec 31


new year’s eve 

I did it. I missed maybe 5 days in total, but I essentially took a picture for every day of the year. I don’t think I’ll be doing that again this year, but I did it. Now I gotta assemble them all into a photo book. 😀

Christmas 2014

I am very disappointed in myself for not taking more pictures this Christmas, but I was having fun enjoying the moment, so I guess memories will have to suffice. I just hope I don’t forget them.

We drove over to the coast where our families live on Christmas Eve Eve and we have been staying with my in-laws. Every year on Christmas Eve my mom and brother get together with the Actor’s family for dinner and gifts and general fun. I made cookies, and so did my father-in-law so there were plenty of sweets to go around. I’d post a picture but I ate them all.

My mom brought wine and lasagne and we all sat at the table eating delicious food and drinking, well, all but two of us who are still underage: the little brothers. I’d never had wine before, but I didn’t mind it, and it made the night more fun, I think. I don’t often drink, so one small glass is enough for me. The Actor let me try a sip of his rum and eggnog and I liked it, but since one drink gets a good buzz going, I didn’t want to risk it with two.

We opened presents and had cookies for dessert and it was all just really fun. I got these two great fitness related presents

I can’t wait to go back home so I can try out the Zumba game. I like the fitbit so far. It’s definitely keeping me more active while I’m on vacation and away from a gym.

I spent Christmas Day with my family. We went to see Into The Woods, which was amazing. Meryl Streep is queen. Then we went back to my mom’s house and had dinner and just chatted while I bothered my cat. I miss her.

It’s been a really relaxing holiday season. I am not looking forward to classes starting up again, but 2015 brings my last year ever at university. This time next year I’ll have graduated and we’ll be moving far away from our college town. It’s all really exciting and scary, so I’m definitely enjoying this last winter break with no responsibilities for the moment.

I’ve been keeping active with lots of bodyweight exercises and yoga and Zumba. I am finally over my bronchitis, and the Actor is getting better, too. That hung on for a ridiculously long time and I’m just happy it’s over. I was pretty miserable when I was sick and couldn’t work out much. Yoga is actually good for you when you have bronchitis, but for about four days I didn’t have the energy to do anything other than lie on the couch. The break was necessary, though, and I’m glad it’s over.

I hope you had a good Christmas if you celebrate it. We were able to celebrate the last night of Hanukkah with family, too. Get ready for the new year!

Healthy Holiday Guide Part 5: Breathe

Well, we made it. Tonight is the last night of Hanukkah and also Christmas Eve. Tonight my family will all get together for a big fun dinner with lots of cookies and pastas and other carbs and fats and what have you. Whatever you do tonight make it about who you’re with and not the food. Sure, the food is delicious, it’s food, and holiday food at that, but that’s not why you’ve all gathered. Maybe everyone looks forward to Grandma’s roast every year, or your Uncle Steve’s weirdly delicious mashed potatoes, but what about Grandma and Uncle Steve? Fill your plate but take more time mentally recording what is happening around you than what you’re putting in your mouth. Savor the taste, definitely, but don’t stress about it.

When things get too stressful return to your breath. Take just a minute to sit back and take some deep breaths. Try to come back to your center, breathe, and then come back to the present moment.

Enjoy your food. Enjoy your family and friends. Breathe. And know that Christmas Eve and Christmas Day only happen once a year. Try not to stress too much and try to have fun. If you have a bad day, I’m sorry, but try to breathe through it. So much of life comes down to just breathing. Take a step back and breathe when things get too stressful. You’ll be surprised how much it can help.

So that about wraps up the holiday guide. Check the “healthy holiday guide” tag for all of the posts, and prepare for the new year!

Happy Christmas, everyone!

Christmas Survey

I keep seeing this floating around, and I miss blogging, and I feel better so I thought I would fill it out!

Egg Nog or hot chocolate?

Hot chocolate. I used to like egg nog a lot but for the past few years something about the texture just grosses me out. If it’s an egg nog milkshake, however, then I will consider it. But we have this delicious peppermint hot chocolate mix that I never use enough of but is still delicious.

Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?

I don’t understand this question. Does anyone actually just place unwrapped gifts under the tree? We used to wrap the gifts and hide them until Christmas Eve and then put them under the tree before everyone wakes up, but this year since we aren’t spending Christmas at home I’ve been putting the gifts under the tree after wrapping them so we can enjoy the sight of gifts being under our tree before I have to bag them up and take them with us to our parents’.

My cat likes to sleep under the Christmas tree.

Coloured lights on tree/house or white?

Colored. White lights are boring. I do like the picturesque feel of them, but colored lights look prettier when you turn off all the lights and plug in the tree.

Do you hang mistletoe?

I don’t know anyone that actually does this unless it’s the movies, because it can be a good plot device when you’ve run out of ideas, but in reality it’s just kind of weird.

When do you hang your decorations up?

Around the end of November depending on our stress levels with school. Last year it was the beginning of November because after my mom’s episode in August and a terrible fall quarter we needed a little holiday spirit in our apartment to come home to.

What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?

Excluding dessert? I don’t really care for any holiday dishes. I guess if I had to chose it would be this stuff my mom makes that we creatively named “orange stuff” which is kind of like dessert but we serve it with dinner. Otherwise, I don’t care all that much for meat, and vegetables are always nice, rolls are good because, hey, who doesn’t like carbs, but I don’t really have a favorite.

Favourite holiday memory as a child?

It’s actually a memory of my brother. We were opening presents and he must have been 2 or 3 so I must have been 8 or 9 and he got this pack of slippers with leopards on them and a matching stuffed leopard plush doll. As soon as he saw it he told my mom she absolutely had to cut the leopard doll out of the package. He was so excited about it. She cut it out and he grabbed it and hugged it to him and immediately named it Tigery (he was 2, his lack of knowledge of cats can be forgiven). He carried that thing everywhere. We also both got Gameboy Advance SPs a few minutes later which was a huge deal in our house because video games were kind of demonized unless they were old Sega games or Tetris. He immediately announced after opening it that he was done opening presents and spent the rest of the day with his Tigery and gameboy and he was a very happy child.

What is on your Christmas wish-list?

I really want a Fitbit Surge. And lots of books.

Do you open a gifts on Christmas Eve?

Not usually, but I think we will this year.

How do you decorate your Christmas tree?

multi-colored lights and lots of random and glittery ornaments.

Snow? Love it or dread it?

I actually dread it. When it starts snowing in town I cry. I’m just not a snow person.

Real tree or fake tree?

Fake, we put up the tree too early for a real one, and real ones are a hassle.

Do you remember your favorite gift?

My favorite gift was actually fairly recent. I searched my old blog trying to find a picture of it, but it happened longer ago than I thought and I wasn’t blogging much about my relationship with my then-boyfriend on that blog yet. It was Christmas of 2010 and my then-boyfriend now-husband gave me a promise ring. I had to stop wearing it recently because the prongs were breaking off but I love that thing.

What’s the most important thing about Christmas for you?


What is your favourite holiday dessert?

Cookies! But cookies are always my favorite dessert.

What is your favourite tradition?

Watching the Disney Christmas Parade somehow. Used to be on TV but now we don’t have TV so I had to watch it on YouTube last year.

What tops your tree?

A ridiculously glittery silvery star that gets glitter everywhere when you touch it.

Which do you prefer, giving or receiving?

I feel like this is a loaded question.

What is your favorite Christmas song?

I don’t know. Almost anything if it’s sung by the rat pack I suppose. Or Michael Buble.

Candy canes, yuck or yum?

Indifferent? I don’t eat them, but if they’re in a blizzard with chocolate pieces they’re delicious.

Favorite Christmas Movie?

Love, Actually

What do you leave for Santa?

I don’t think we ever actually left anything for Santa when I was growing up. I think my mom told me she would put out cookies and then didn’t because that’s a hassle.

Do you have a Christmas morning tradition?

Nope. Right now we are still bouncing around with Christmas and changing plans every year. I guess that’s a perk of having kids. You don’t have to bounce around anymore to parents and in-laws and whatnot.

Do you prefer to shop online or at the mall?

I actually like shopping in a mall, but we don’t have a mall so I have to shop online. I do like the convenience of shopping online, but I like the whole experience of shopping in a mall.

Christmas letter or Christmas card?

Cards. Letters are annoying. I don’t care what Jimmy did this year. Send a picture with “happy Christmas!” underneath and be happy.

I realized I’ve already filled out this survey a couple years ago on my old blog. Read it here.

Healthy Holiday Guide Part 4: Holiday Treats

Currently writing this post wrapped in blankets on my couch. It’s the first week of break and I am also sick, so whoopee… I’m just glad I’m sick on break and not right before Christmas so I’ll be better in time for Christmas and New Years parties.

I have, after about five years of trying, finally just about kicked my sugar addiction. I do not crave ice cream or chocolate anymore, (I’m sure I still do at that time of the month, but I haven’t had that time for about 7 months now because of my birth control. tmi, moving on) and I don’t freak out around treats.

Except for Christmas ones.

Chocolate and peppermint is my all time favorite flavor combination. I also can’t resist frosted sugar cookies or gingerbread men. And, hey, it’s the holidays right? It only happens once a year, right? So eating them should be guilt free, right? To an extent. Every year I have that internal struggle back and forth between how much is too much. When have I eaten too many cookies and too much chocolate? This year I’m trying an approach that might work better for my sanity.

This year I am deeming Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Eve to be off limits days for my “diet.” On those days I am allowed to have as many treats as I want and I will not count them. This is going to be a struggle for me since I count a lot of things I eat, but it’s worth it. I will try to get enough vitamins and minerals and pay extra attention to protein since holiday treats are basically just big colorful shapes of carbs and fat, but if I one, five, ten, or even twenty Christmas cookies that is fine.

There are many ways to approach the holidays besides my version. You can have a little bit of everything, or a lot of everything, or try to have a lot of vegetables and water so you’ll naturally eat less candy and cake. Whatever you pick make sure it works for you and that you’re not depriving yourself. You deserve as many cookies as you want. Just jump right back into your old routine the day after Christmas. Telling yourself in your head that you can’t have those treats are just going to make you crave them more. Know that they are not off limits and you might be surprised at the results.

Less than 12 days to Christmas and Hanukkah starts tomorrow!

Last Winter Break Ever

Tonights marks the first official night of my very last winter break. By this time next year I will be a college graduate and will be starting real adult life somewhere more south of where I am now. I am not about the cold and snow life. I finished my last shift at work for the year a few hours ago and now I’m sitting on the couch re-watching old Mad Men episodes in preparation for the second half of the final season of the show which, I assume, will open sometime early spring next year since that’s when the first half started.

My university’s gym will close soon, so I’ve prepared a few home workouts to do. A Zumba playlist and some yoga routines as well as some bodyweight exercises. I don’t have any weights except for some 5 pound dumbbells which I have since outgrown, but they might come in handy.

I’m kind of sad that this is my last break, but I also feel weird about it since it means I’m just a little bit closer to being a real adult.

I am glad to be on break, though. This quarter was pretty draining. My classes weren’t that hard, just tedious and a little bit pointless. But, I am finished with all of my gen ed courses and get to spend half of my next quarter taking writing classes. 2015 is my last year of school for probably the rest of my life.

Right now I’m a little nervous about keeping up my workout routine over break and nervous about going out into the real world. Let’s start with the thing I can do now: my workouts. I’m prepared, I just have to make myself actually get up and do it and take care of myself.

I’m also going to have lots of fun this break. I’m going to write again, I’m going to go out with friends, and go on dates with my husband. I’m excited for Christmas and New Years.

Sorry for the sort of absentminded post. The next installment of my holiday guide is coming soon!