Well, it's back to work tomorrow after 16 days off....sigh. Although I feel like I've been a slacker for over (2) weeks (haven't done a ton of reading), I did love being off and taking it day by day.
Looking back I spent a few days preparing for Christmas: shopping, baking and cleaning and then cleaning up. We had a wonderful Christmas and the best part was just being together. Although having a little one around certainly added to the holiday joy, next year our Christmas joy will multiply as there should be (2) more little ones to celebrate as well.
One Christmas was over I was able to spend a little more time with my cutie, tried new recipes (veggie lasagne and pistachio cookies and pecan pie were hits) and played with my new kitchen gadgets. We ate out a lot, met friends that we only see a few times a year for lunch, went to the casino one day (an annual thing), enjoyed a snowstorm from indoors and celebrated a quiet New Year's Eve at home. We went to see Saving Mr. Banks (loved it) and watched a wonderful documentary with James Gandolfini (3x). It made me cry -- a special man whose life was cut short at 51. The documentary is Alive Day Memories - have you seen it?
As for reading, I only finished (3) books during my time off -- Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life, Marta McDowell (library book); Sycamore Row, John Grisham (audiobook); (no review yet) and The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly; S. Hwang (no review yet). I do have (5) books I hope to read in January - Five Days at the Memorial; Sheri Fink; Gemini; Carol Cassella; Life After Life; Jill McCorkle; The Dalai Lama's Cat and the Art of Purring; Perfect; Rachel Joyce and One Vacant Chair; Joe Coomer.
How were your holidays? Have a wonderful week.