hello, tuesday! and, hello december. has it really been almost a month since i've been here? oops. too many spoons in the pot, i think. sally cat and i both; we've been spending our time elsewhere. she: snoozing under the christmas tree. me: daydreaming about making life changes and the clean slate that 2015 will bring. also, the christmas season! we are in full swing!
so many things to do this time of the year. most of them are happy and covered in twinkle lights though, so only good things. i've been busy and soaking in all the fun that the holiday season brings. my new year's eve plans are set (louisville, i'm coming back for you!!), there's a trip to visit the boyfriend's family out west this weekend, and all the normal family things, alongside work and responsibilities.
boyfriend and i spent the weekend tackling his mother's sugar cookie recipe, which was an all-day affair. the shopping, the mixing, the baking, the decorating. the recipe was a monster and called for TWELVE cups of flour, so we halved it. still a massive undertaking. they turned out delicious and we had a blast huddled over our decoration stations together, christmas music in the background and his wassail brewing in the crockpot on the windowsill. we cooked a late dinner, put on home alone, and ate + watched by candlelight.
my sisters are back from college break, which is a good thing when you (still) live at home with your parents. it's so nice to have them back in the house and down the hallway. there's always someone to talk to, to scheme with. sisters are built-in besties. littlest sister had her boyfriend over last night; we all piled around a pot of spaghetti and meatballs and played scattergories on the carpet with white christmas in the background.
i've been trying to do a better job of being content and appreciating life's smaller, beautiful moments, and they're all right here in those two paragraphs. even when not everything is perfect, there will still be moments that are.
i've still got all my wrapping to accomplish. i read in a magazine (probably six years ago) that martha stewart can wrap a gift using only three pieces of tape. i have been trying to master that method ever since i read that article, but am never close. my presents always look like i wrapped them tipsy which, depending on how much wine i'll consume while wrapping, might actually be the case this year. seems like a good excuse, at least.