Holiday Hibernation

It’s funny how you think you have loads of time to do things after the holiday shows, but then a week of holiday prep just flies by and your aspirational to-do list still sits there. Meanwhile the books you picked up from the library are tempting…

Then I slowed down for a minute, and now the to-do list isn’t as urgent…

My friend brought a mini tree and a present that I enjoyed looking at in anticipation of Christmas Eve.

We had a lovely white Christmas here in Evanston, and I enjoyed watching the snow fall.

Soon I was eager to go outside and explore the winter wonderland.

It was fun to re-walk the streets after an earlier evening of Christmas lights exploring.

On Christmas Day the windows started frosting over.

So I took a cue from Hygge and read.

I also indulged in holiday movies, and binge watched Zumbo’s Just Desserts, which led to some sweet snacking,

Half of my Holiday Cards are now written, though my native language is getting rustier each year. I will get to the last few by New Year’s.

Now it is getting even colder out, so apart from a few pre-planned outings I plan to stay in for the week.

Next week I will do a writer-hibernation staycation, and am excited to get started on that. But for now, I will take the rest my brain and body crave, and marinate in the holiday for a little longer.

The time between Christmas and New Year’s is perfect for reflecting and taking stock of what life has brought, along with hope for what it has yet to bring.

It’s fun to live in my own Narnia, and to enjoy being where I am at without wishing for anything to be different.

In spite of all the shifts that have happened over the past year and the drama that came along with some of it, I am glad to be here in the present, and quite excited about what the future holds.

Social Week

Wow, first Advent barely registered with me, I did second Advent on a Monday, and third Advent completely slipped by. It is 9 pm as I write this post because Monday and Tuesday breezed without my writing anything. I do however want to give you one blog post this week, even though my mind is oversaturated.

My computer is too. Instead of writing my regular Tuesday blog that time was spent troubleshooting memory issues, scanning drives and Googling how to declog my mid-2012 laptop. One factor is that it is my 800th blog post today (since October 2010)!

Congratulations to me! I learned to congratulate myself on milestones at Sergio and Yanina Gomez’ Goal Setting Webinar earlier today. I recommend the replay.

I learned from my web helper that I need to change the way I set up photos, and a revamp is on the way. Meanwhile, you can ‘shop’ for my ornaments on Facebook, although shipping them in time for Christmas is nigh impossible as of this afternoon. Still Evanstonians can claim them and I will meet them at Brothers K for caffeine and a handover.

Meanwhile, Sacred Art featured my angel in their Grandma gift-giving video. The whole series is a blast to watch, so check out the rest of them.  

I had a blast at the Evanston Pop Up Gallery on Thursday and angels are steadily fluttering out of the Downtown Evanston Store.

On Friday I kicked off my Christmas ‘vacation’ at the premiere of Nutcracker on Ice, my local tradition. I love this production that showcases skaters of all ages, and had some Junior Olympian talent present this year!

On Saturday I paid a visit to Sacred Art to drop off my wine angels (and more) and did a visual inventory check. A few pendants and a keychain are available here too, so check out the plethora of gifts in this lovely Lincoln Square store.

After that I visited the Dank Haus for their Weihnachtsmarkt where many of my friends were vending that day (one borrowing a tree of mine). With my German roots tended to, I crossed the street to the Pannenkoekenhuis which I have passed for years but had never set foot in. My ham and cheese Pannenkoek was delicious!

Sunday the fun continued with an Artist Talk by Kelly Mathews and music by Heather Lynne Horton at TheNewStudio, which is a lovely intimate Evanston art venue. 

Yesterday I shipped what is likely my final Christmas package for the season.

Now I will take time to stroll the Main-Dempster Mile. It is so festive and I haven’t seen my small business friends since October!

I look forward to reflecting on the past year, organizing the home to refresh it, and then set some goals for the new year.