I’ve been MIA in blogland and I apologize. I’ve been having a rough time of it lately and my Thanksgiving was…less than ideal. I won’t be doing a Thanksgiving recap this year. My heart’s been battered a lot this week. One thing I have decided for sure is that I need to learn to take care of me again- to nourish my soul the same way I am learning to best nourish my body. I am planning to go to yoga this week, as well as go and play racquetball, a sport I used to play all the time when I was in college. So I will keep busy and hope that somehow I will be ok.
I did have one bright spot in my life last week. I want to introduce you to a really special little guy:
This is Colin. He’s my brother’s best friend’s son. Josh (my bro) and Paul have been best friends since they were five years old. Paul is like a brother to me. As soon I could, I rushed over to meet my “nephew.” He’s absolutely perfect- all seven pounds and fourteen teeny tiny ounces of him. I’ve held lots of newborn babies before and it NEVER fails to amaze me how incredible and life affirming it is to hold new life in your arms and know that their entire future lies before them. It is really incredible.
Congratulations to Ashley and Paul! Watching them with their son, I am so sure that they will be wonderful parents. This little guy is very loved.
I have a bit of a headache right now, so i’m going to keep this short. I promise I will be back in full force this week (I flatter myself to think that anyone actually misses me when I don’t post!) . I will leave you with a couple of random things:
My “I should be so lucky and incredibly fortunate” Christmas wish list:
2. Dance Roll Leggings from Lululemon – Don’t know why i love them so much, I but I do!
3. Wear With All Zip- up Jacket from Lululemon- I love how long it is!
4. Vivo Square Bento Box- I love packing my lunch and this puppy has it all- economical, hip (it’s hip to be square you know…), and just plain cute.
5. “Much Obliged Jeeves” by P.G. Wodehouse Perhaps my love of Wodehouse will raise some eyebrows, but this guy is hysterical!
6. Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook- To go along with my foray into the world of baking up a storm.
7. Spice jars for storing homemade spice blends
8. The Office Season Five- This is the only one I don’t have!
I don’t expect to get everything or even most of what is on this list, but it sure is fun looking at some of the awesome stuff out there! What’s on your list??
And here are some treats I’ve enjoyed in my blogland absence:
These little cupcakes were from an awesome bakery called “Party Favors.” And sadly, I saved this to eat later in the afternoon and emerged from my office with a nice smear of frosting on my face. Classic.
I am soooo pleased to report, kids, that i actually made the above loaf. With my own two hands. Well, a mixer, but you understand. This is probably my first entirely successful foray into baking other than a few batches of cookies here and there. I’m really terribly excited. Pathetic, I know.
This was a sandwich of such ginormous heights that I practically had to detach my jaw just to fit some of it in my mouth. But wowza- it was worth it!
This recipe is coming soon. It was absolutely delicious and even better as leftovers. I have actually never cooked with Swiss Chard before- sweet success!!!
I can’t believe it’s only Monday. Feels like it should be…let’s see…at LEAST Wednesday. I think that this week I will try to decorate my apartment for Christmas. I’ve lived there for four years and have never done it before, because I always had my mom’s house to go to. This year, though, it really feels more like home and I think it’s high time I made it a festive place to be for my favorite time of the year! What do you do to get in the spririt of the season?