As I was reading through some blogs the other day, I came across a new column by Trina and Hanna. It’s called “How We Do” and the idea is to pick a different topic each month and describe how you do that thing. This month the topic is the perfect December day and I really enjoyed reading the entries so far. My perfect day in December would look something like this:
If I were in my apartment in New York…
I’d wake up in the morning and look out the window to see that everything outside is covered in a layer of soft, fluffy, white snow. My bed would be so warm and cozy, but eventually I would pull myself out of it for a brief moment to make some peppermint tea.
After I make myself a cuppa, I’d quickly get back into my bed and get all bundled up again. Then I would pop open my computer to catch up on my favorite TV shows or watch a movie on Netflix. After a few hours, once I’m really, truly awake, I would hop into the bathroom for a nice long, hot shower.
Now I’d be ready to do some baking! I’d put on my colorful apron and of course, turn on my Christmas playlist. I would make classic sugar cookies and right when they’re ready to come out of the oven, I’d make a fresh cup of tea to drink with my cookies. Then I’d retire back to my bed or to the couch in the living room with my tea, warm cookies and a good book.
My night would end with a classic Christmas movie. I’d drink a cup of hot cider and snuggle on the couch with my kitty Milton. My roommate would pop out of his room to see what I was up to and maybe, just maybe, I could convince him to watch a holiday movie with me.
If I were home in California…
I’d probably wake up to the sound of my brothers running around the house. I wouldn’t mind though, because I’d just be happy to be home. I’d go downstairs to grab some breakfast and say good morning to everyone. We’d all still be in our jammies, talking and laughing in the kitchen and dining area.
Then my sister and I would decide to bake something, because you can never have enough sweet treats in your home around the holidays. We have a tradition of making cookies for the neighbors and then usually my brothers deliver them to each one of our neighbors. Of course, while they are “helping” us, one or two cookies usually go missing from the trays :)
After baking, my sister and I would clean up and then we’d pile the whole family in the car and drive around to look at the Christmas lights. One year my brother’s teacher put up one of those light shows synchronized to music, so we drove to their house to check it out. It was set to top 40 hits and I have to admit it was pretty mesmerizing!
When we got home, we’d all get back into our pajamas and then we would pick out a holiday movie to watch. We’d get comfortable in our spots in the living room, pop a couple of bags of popcorn to share, and then start the movie. Most likely, my mom and dad would fall asleep early, but we kids would stay awake long into the night, all wrapped in blankets together.
Tell me: What does your perfect December day look like?
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I didn’t do too badly with last week’s goals. I did order my holiday cards last Tuesday and I think they might arrive this week! I made them online and I can’t wait to see what the finished product looks like. I also brainstormed some ideas for gifts. Come this Friday, I’ll probably be shopping for these gifts from the comfort of my bed (no battling the crowds for me!). I also started The Circle, which I’m enjoying so far.
This week I want to…
- help my friend plan our Thanksgiving menu. For the past five years, I’ve been spending Thanksgiving with my good friend from college and her family. It’s too far for me to travel back home to CA during this short break, so I’m happy I’ve found a second home here. I spend a few nights at her home and we always spend all day Thursday cooking together. It’s fun and low-key and I can’t wait to stuff my face on turkey day.
- finish a little knitting project that I’m working on. That’s right, I’ve picked up my knitting needles again! I made one project earlier this year, but since then I haven’t knit anything, which is a shame. The project I’m working on is a test knit, so I won’t be able to share pictures, but I can say that it’s a cute little hat. I’m happy to be knitting again (the colder weather just makes me want to be snuggled on my couch with my knitting) and I might choose a project for myself to start soon.
- see the new Hunger Games movie! Has anyone seen it yet?
Tell me: What are your goals for this week?
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On my birthday, I woke up at the early hour of 8:30 am. I’d slept a grand total of two hours that morning, but for some reason I naturally woke up early. We didn’t have any plans that day and had severals hours before we had to leave the hotel, so I decided the perfect activity for me right then was to take a nap on the beach.
Ahhh, it was so very relaxing. The weather was perfect and the sound of the waves softly crashing on the beach lulled me into a dreamy, sleep-like state. There were a couple of vendors walking back and forth across the beach and one of them was selling coconuts. With a little salt and lime sprinkled on top, the coconut was a perfect little snack for the beach.
After a few hours of lounging on the beach, the whole group decided to rally and walk to a restaurant at a nearby hotel. From the beach, we could see the hotel off in the distance and we slowly made our way towards it. Along the way, I saw this flock of birds hovering in the air. The interesting thing was that they were all in formation, but hovering together only a few feet off the ground. I’d never seen anything like it before!
Lunch was a simple, but delicious meal of fish tacos. After lunch, it was time for my group to say our goodbyes to the rest of people who were staying and head back to the airport. Of course I was really sad to go, but we decided that we must go back for a longer visit someday in the near future.