of course, attending holiday parties, receiving gifts, and sipping egg nog (while eating gingerbread) are fun. but that's not all this month has to offer!
bonus points for anyone [other than my father] who can identify that lyric from my #1 christmas song. can you all believe it's already december!? in honor of the new month, i would like to present some of my (other) favorite things about the last month of the year:
long nights provide a great excuse to hibernate & hunker down, which happen to be two of my favorite activities.
baking things, snuggling, and curling up with a good book (or dvd) on a free night just make more sense now than they do in july.
january magazines! and the promise of a 'fresh new you.' completely ridiculous -- and yet they get me every time.
our weather doesn't suck
and when it finally does snow a little, it's exciting! (extra exciting now because i am no longer considered an 'essential' employee of the hospital . . .)
training for spring races typically kicks off in december (or january). i have my eye on this one:
while i had hesitations previously, i am trying to stop putting life on hold while we work on TTC-ing. therefore i think i am planning on signing up for this half-marathon (which i ran last year). i'll let you all know when i decide for sure!
i get to make resolutions! i get to make resolutions! i get to make resolutions!!!! and i get to read about others making resolutions as well (love this part, too!). last year i did a countdown. some of my resolutions were successful; others were not. this year i would like to focus on making my goals a bit more concrete and measurable.
buying gifts is fun . . . especially online. how crazy is it that you can do all of your holiday shopping without leaving your doorstep if you so choose? on sunday i made a mega-order from amazon and most of my shopping is done - just like that.
one cute find:
kitchen sticky notes by chronicle books is one of many fun stationery gifts available on their site. i actually found this item in at paper source while in PA, but have since ordered more online.
i bought it initially for my mom, who is a wonderful (but not super-organized) cook.
maybe that will change now that she has a whole set of menu-crafting pads and recipe page flags!
(if that's possible.)
workout: 4 miles easy - with josh!!
what was in that enamel pot?
all from our bella bean box! even the whole wheat roll was locally baked at 9th street bakery. admittedly, that is a non-local smoked cheddar on top. close enough (although we could have easily have gotten local cheese, too. next time . . .). josh actually made this meal while i worked on my grant. with anything involving eggs, he is the master chef. this was loosely based on a recipe from the CE cookbook and it was absolutely delicious.
grant progress report: i was lucky enough to be given this afternoon 'off' to get some serious writing done. i am mostly finished with my overall proposal, though there are a few blanks and the dreaded 'discussion' sections are not yet done. i am SO excited that one week from today, this will be submitted and i will be able to focus on other things!