May

Couple of cool things we did this month:

  • I had my band spring concert, and this time because we had a nautical theme, people were in encouraged to dress in costume! I was a pirate, I sat next to Left Shark (yes, she was wearing a full-on shark costume in which she’d cut slits for her hands so she could play clarinet), and we also had sea captains, SCUBA divers, beach goers, Cap’n Crunch, hula girls, and lots more..!
  • I went to the 50th anniversary of my middle school.. There were only a couple other people from my grade there, but we got to go on a tour of the school and it was neat to see what had changed and what was still the same. 8th great was about the peak of my life’s greatness ;o)
  • GG and I went to a wedding at the Mütter Museum! It was very cool, they have some really neat spaces upstairs where I’m sure they have awesome weddings all the time. Plus we got to go through the museum, too! (Oh, and they had a guacamole bar during the cocktail hour?!)


  • We went to see Mel Brooks live in Philly: it was a showing of Blazing Saddles (which I’d actually never seen in its entirety), followed by a sort of interview/storytelling by Mel Brooks about the making of the film, and then a little Q&A from the audience. He was really funny!



    But possibly cooler than that, GG took me out for a surprise dinner first! He had actually planned something else, but when I started guessing and he saw I got really excited about going to Sbraga, he switched the reservation and took me there instead! It was an amazing meal!
  • My first college roommate’s daughter was riding in the Devon Horse Show, so I met up with her and her family while they were in the area. I hadn’t been to the Horse Show in a while, so it was like Main Line overload! It was great to see them all, and her kids are so cute!


April

Besides our impromptu trip to New Hope, we did some other exciting things this month:

  • We had OWNIT day at work and it was probably the craziest one yet, in terms of fun and activities! Since I’m on all these site committees I actually had the opportunity to get really involved in planning and running it, but I decided to sit this one out (I’m doing another event later in the year) and just enjoy it from a participant’s POV.
  • I added a new product to the offerings at my side biz and had a big launch party to celebrate!
  • We finished our taxes!
  • I attended my fourteenth (!!) TMBG concert (with GG, and J and K). Also, while we were all driving down South Street, GG saw this guy getting into a car and kept going, “That’s Redman! That’s Redman!” Then he rolled down the window when we got close and said, “Yo, Redman,” and the guy was like, “I’m Method Man!” But it was ok because even though he mixed up the names, GG knew the right rap lyrics and rapped out the car window at him while people on the sidewalk laughed and cheered.
  • My volunteer program I did through work wrapped up with a regional competition. I spent the whole day there with some of the kids from my team and one other volunteer. They did well and were very confident with their showing, but in the end didn’t win any of the awards. Hopefully the fact they didn’t take home any trophies doesn’t cloud their opinion of the day, because I thought they did great!
  • GG and I checked out the Philadelphia Ren Faire, which isn’t quite as robust as the PA Ren Faire and actually this was only the second year they’ve done it, but it was nice and seemed well-run. Plus we got to see “our” magician perform!
  • To celebrate MB and R’s birthdays, GG and I went to the Academy of Natural Sciences with MB, A, R, and R. It was a super fun day, and R is so smart! They had this spider exhibit and we caught a presentation from museum staff. All the kids were giving dumb answers to questions and asking dumb questions. Then R raises her hand and out of nowhere says something like, “Spiders also molt!” I forget exactly what she said, but it was so smart and we were all just like, “What? Where’d that spider fact come from?!”
  • I went with GG to his alumni weekend for the first time ever. (That’s because this was the first year they offered a “family” activity with food and bands.) It was nice, and was cool to meet a lot of his high school friends I hadn’t met before!
  • I registered with a political party just so I could vote in the PA primary, yay!

New Hope Afternoon

We just had such a beautiful weekend, and since the weather was so nice and it was our last free weekend for a long time, I suggested to GG that we go up to New Hope on Saturday. We haven’t taken an overnight trip there in a few years, but we do still like to go up a couple times a year for a day here and there. Unfortunately, everyone else had the same idea! There was almost nowhere to park in town, and the sidewalks were so crowded, people had to squeeze past, single file. But it wasn’t really unbearable, and it was such a lovely day, we had a great time!

We both had some things to take care of at home first, so we didn’t get on the road until about 11 AM. There’s a new highway bypass (well, I call it new, it’s been open for several years now), which shaves a bit of time off the trip and makes it quite a pleasant drive. We first stopped by Peddler’s Village in Lahaska, because GG wanted to go to Hewn Spirits and see if their Reclamation whisky was in stock (it was not). There also happened to be a spring fair going on, so there was this whole other area with vendors and tents set up nearby and throughout the village. One of the booths we stopped by was Offbeat Gourmet – let’s just say, he had the whole “handmade hipster” thing down so well, when he gave me change for my purchase, it was a $2 bill from a homemade cash box.

We continued over to New Hope. Unable to find a parking spot in our usual favorite lots, we ended up parking near the canal lock at the north end of town. We had thought maybe we’d get an early dinner before leaving. Last time we were there, someone recommended the Blue Moose Cafe, but they might have been closed or all booked for the day. We stopped by there first but they were serving brunch, and then would be closed until dinner at 5PM. So GG went in and made us a dinner reservation for 5.

Next order of business was to get a little snack to hold us over until then! We went to Nina’s Waffles for a little Belgian waffle and ice cream action. Then we just took a few hours walking through town, seeing what’s new and checking out our old favorites. We don’t usually walk east on Bridge St., but happened to go up that way and found The Creeper Gallery, which we’ve somehow missed for the couple years it’s been open! If you like weird taxidermied animals, Victorian baby photos, and general creepy artwork, check this place out! And of course no visit to New Hope would be complete without stopping in at Farley’s Bookshop to see Butter the cat (and, um, look at books)… We usually have to look for Butter, but this time he was sitting out right in the middle of the children’s department. On a nearby chair, there was a notebook titled, “Dear Butter,” which featured a couple pages of cat FAQs, followed by blank pages for people to leave notes. GG wrote a very nice message from us. I gave him lots of scratches and he purred a lot.



The Creeper Gallery


Signing the “Dear Butter” book

We were pretty beat after a while, so we sat down on a shady bench for some people watching/possibly a nap, but there were a lot of bees around! So we ended up going to Nektar for some drinks. It was across the street from where we were having dinner and we’ll definitely have to have a meal at this place soon! We went there several years ago when it was Wildflowers, but this is a totally new restaurant with new owners, and it looks pretty awesome!

Finally it was time to go over to the Blue Moose. I hadn’t been in there before, but the decor was pretty cute! Their door handle (and logo) is a whisk with moose antlers; pendant lights were made of box graters; there was a window box of flowers made from forks, knives, and spoons… It’s a BYOB restaurant and you can choose a two or three course prix fixe menu (some dishes do have an additional charge of a couple bucks), which is a neat way to do things. The third course is dessert, so we skipped that. For our first courses, GG and I shared the cheese plate and Sweet Potato Nachos (which were awesome and I will definitely try recreating at home!). Then for our entrees, he had the Seafood Jambalaya (the scallops were so perfectly golden, I thought they were breaded!); and I had the Oricchette with roasted brussels sprouts, butternut squash, and a lemon cream sauce. After that, we made our way back to the car (quick stop at the candy store!), drove home, and pretty much went straight to bed!

Sunday was a pretty productive day, and then GG’s brother invited us over for dinner because he was grilling some chicken, ribs, and veggies (not sure what he would have done if we hadn’t come over!). It was so nice out, I even voluntarily ate outside! We ended up watching/making fun of Terminator Genisys before heading home to bed.



Easter Miracles

I don’t want to jinx anything, but… I just had some really lucky days, after a string of terrible ones!

Our sewer line clogged last week, I had someone snake it, and they found tree roots in the line. After lots of phone calls and plumber visits over the next few days, I wasn’t sure exactly what to do – most plumbers wouldn’t do the job, and the one estimate I got was way higher than I expected. But then I learned I live in one of the few municipalities in which the township is responsible for the sewer line past the curb. They re-checked with a camera, and found all the roots were under the street! So the township is coming this week to give us a whole new sewer line, at no cost to us (I mean, we pay taxes, so…)

Earlier this month, a customer paid for a huge purchase with a check. I usually don’t accept checks, but something had happened to her credit card so she was waiting on a new one, she had shopped with me before online, and our mutual friend vouched for her. I deposited it as soon as I got home. Well, last weekend the check came back to me in the mail, returned due to insufficient funds. I tried contacting her via e-mail, phone, and text, plus our mutual friend tried to get in touch with her. She did reply at one point, but then stopped responding again. When our mutual friend sent me a photo she’d shared on Snapchat with one of her new items that she hadn’t paid for, that was the last straw. Friday was her payday, I knew the money was in her account, and first thing Saturday I took the check back to the bank and had it cashed again – this time for real!!

GG and I have been planning our summer vacation, and because rates at the hotel we wanted to stay at had gotten so high, we ended up finding a 2 bedroom condo on Airbnb for the about same price as the original hotel rate. Saturday morning I woke to a message on my phone saying the reservation had been cancelled by the host. I sent him a message asking if this was a mistake, and he said one of the hotels in their town was suing all the Airbnb hosts, and the site recommended that they cancel all their pending reservations until it was resolved. So GG and I started looking for another place to stay, and ended up finding a much better rate on the hotel we originally wanted, so we were able to book it after all!

I went to a Norwex party my friend hosted on Saturday. I love these demos because they do crazy stuff like rubbing butter all over windows, slathering raw chicken on countertops, and breaking raw eggs everywhere – then they clean it all up! This consultant actually was really good, she had a special pen that would change color in the presence of protein, so she could prove that all the chicken juice had been removed ;o) She did a game where everyone could choose a plastic Easter egg from a basket, knowing that there was a possibility your “prize” would be to commit to hosting your own party; other prizes were free shipping, or a little giveaway item. I won the big prize – a free EnviroWand! (I’m so excited because I really need to dust better! I also ordered the Dusting Mitt, which is supposed to be great for blinds..!)

In addition, GG and I had a nice weekend together – Friday night I saw him play with the (awesome!) band he formed with some of his friends and coworkers; Saturday we went out for a nice dinner at Seasons 52 to celebrate all the lucky things that happened (even the dinner was lucky: it was mostly paid for with a gift card I got for free with my expiring Marriott points); and Easter was nice on Sunday, we saw both of our families and ate some amazing food :o)



Typical rockstar pose…

February

This has been such a busy month! Highlights include:

  • I finished the 21 Day Fix – just in time for a Super Bowl party! (Full review of the program will be coming!)
  • Lots of appointments for my side business (I actually prefer these private or small group appointments because I can give more personal attention and build better relationships with customers, and that’s really what this is all about!)
  • GG and I celebrated Valentine’s Day (a day early) at one of our favorite restaurants and site of a previous Valentine’s surprise!
  • I went to my alma mater to celebrate my fraternity’s 100th anniversary. I just thought it would be something neat to do, since I lived relatively close by to national headquarters, and another friend of mine met me there, but apparently we missed the memo that this event was really for fraternity superfans, so we felt a little out of place. It was still neat to take part in, though.

Happy Leap Year! Real life is for March!

Evereve Trendsend

The same ladies who encouraged me to try Stitch Fix again also turned me on to Trendsend. This is a service provided by a store called Evereve, which I’d never heard of – there’s none in my area. They primarily cater to moms, with the slogan, “Take care of your family, we’ll take care of your fashion.” Like Stitch Fix, there is a $20 styling fee, which is applied to any items that you purchase. You can order just one box, or schedule them every 1-3 months. Unlike Stitch Fix, they send many pieces (I got nine in this first box; a blogger I saw got twelve!), grouped into outfits. Also unlike SF, they actually read your style profile and research their customers! I was literally almost in tears of happiness as I read the very personal comments my stylist made about each piece she carefully selected for me, keeping my needs, personal style, and lifestyle in mind! Prices are comparable to Stitch Fix (and you can specify a price range in your profile), although you can also tell them to pull from Evereve’s sale section. Not every piece was a winner, but I’m definitely keeping a few and will definitely use Trendsend again and recommend it to anyone!

Outfit One:



Flyaway Horn and Stone Double Tier Necklace – $9.99
Not pictured above because the clasp broke off from both ends of the chain literally as soon as I touched it! I liked the style of the necklace, but almost didn’t trust it to even try again :o/ But then I took a closer look and saw how it broke, and was able to fix it with a little pair of pliers (my jewelrymaking class experience coming back!). So I will be keeping after all :o) I’m wearing it in the next outfit picture. (Marked down from $28)

Bobi LS Scoop Neck Tunic Tee – $19.99
The fabric on this was a little thin and the scoop neck a little low, plus I have literally an entire drawer of solid color long sleeve shirts (as noted in the letter from my stylist, “Your blog was filled with lots of solid colored .. tops”). Also not loving this rust color. I could get more of my favorite Merona ones at Target for less than $20. Return.

Under Skies Sleeveless Blazer – $24.99
Isn’t a sleeveless blazer actually… a vest? I guess this is a neat piece and it’s certainly outside my usual box, but when I layer it’s for warmth, and I don’t want a layer without sleeves. Is that weird? Also, not feeling the navy… Return. (Marked down from $58)

7 For All Mankind HW Ponte Skinny – $79.99
Love these pants! They are the work-appropriate black skinny pants I’ve been looking for! They fit great, have great stretch, and are definitely pants (not leggings). They’re not cheap, but the price seems reasonable for a good pair of pants. Keeping!

Outfit Two:



Allison Joy Cozy Soft Stripe Tunic – $68
I will first say, these two items do not go together at all (hence confused look above!). Why would you wear this long tunic under this cropped jacket? This tunic is way more expensive than I would like for this type of thing. However, it’s super soft and warm, the length is great, and I love the stripe for pattern mixing! So… keeping!

Allison Joy Alexa Rouched Sleeve Jacket – $98
I have a very similar jacket (darker gray) to this that I got from Stitch Fix, but the difference is that I can’t get that one buttoned, and this one I can :o) But it’s so similar, I’m not in love with the very light heathered gray, and I can’t see spending $100 on it :o( Return.

An Extra Top and Adorable Tunic Dress:



Braeve Free Spirit Sublimation Tunic – $24.99
Stitch Fix seems to have a problem understanding that some women have larger chests than others, so I love that the stylist specifically said, “This top is perfect for your busty figure!” I also appreciate that this was pulled from the sale rack ;o) (marked down from $58). The knit is very soft, almost like a chenille. However, it’s kind of weird, with thicker and thinner spots; I don’t love the cream color or the pattern; not sure the flare at hips is flattering; the sleeves are an odd length; and there’s a weird kind of diagonal seam on the front that goes right across the middle of my chest. Return.

Hourglass Lily Ikat Tunic Dress – $58
I like the idea behind this, and that the stylist took note of my love of leggings and send this for me to pair it with (wearing above with my own black leggings). I love the black/white/gray ikat print. However, the body is a little clingy in the stomach and hips, neckline is a little high, and I’m not a huge fan of the poofy sleeves with the elastic cuffs… Honestly, if the cuffs weren’t elastic I probably could overlook any other flaws, but there were too many things I don’t like about it, so, return.

Unlike Stitch Fix, there is no discount or other benefit to keeping all the pieces you were sent, so you don’t feel obligated to keep things you really don’t want. One other neat aspect is that when you check out, in addition to leaving feedback on each piece, you can also link to their online store and see if it’s available in any other sizes or colors (there really weren’t other options for the pieces I liked, if they were even still available in the store at all). You actually aren’t charged until you send back your package and they see what’s there and what you kept, which is a little odd; I did notice a copy of the packing slip is included in the return bag, so they can confirm.

As I mentioned, I am mostly super impressed by how much care and attention the stylists give their customers! I love the pieces I kept and will definitely give Trendsend a try again when I want to refresh my wardrobe a little :o)

21 Day Fix – Thoughts on Day 12

I have a number of friends who’ve had very good results with the Beachbody 21 Day Fix program. Now, you know exercise and physical activity is really not my thing, and my love of bacon and cheese prevents me from dieting, but I’d gotten to the point where I was avoiding wearing some types of clothing, and I only liked being photographed from certain angles, so I figured I would give it a shot. There were lots of impressive before and after photos, so I figured if I lost just 5 lbs. I’d be happy. I’m on day 12 right now, and have already surpassed that goal! Plus, I’ve definitely noticed physical changes already! Like, I put on jeans the other day and they just slid right up and buttoned shut :o)

The program consists of three weeks of healthy eating, plus a daily 30 minute workout. Of course I know what’s good to eat, but the trick is that you get color coded containers in varying sizes that help you control your portions. That visualization is really helpful! You also get a booklet that explains the eating plan and gives lists of what you can eat and recipe ideas, but honestly I was so overwhelmed the first couple days. I actually planned my daily meals a few days before starting the program, but once I started, I ended up shifting things around. Again, being visual, I created a color coded Google Sheet where I could list out my daily meals and snacks, and tally up the number of containers at the end of each day.

The workouts are really not horrible, even for someone like me who does not do stuff like this. All you need for any of them are two sizes of hand weights and a yoga mat. Or you could use a resistance band instead of weights, and they have someone in each video to demonstrate how to do that. Each of the daily workouts focuses on a different area: total body, upper, lower, cardio, pilates (probably my favorite), “Dirty 30” (surprisingly my second favorite), and yoga. There’s also a bonus plyo DVD which makes my knees sore just thinking about it. And an extra 10 minute abs workout you can add on to any of the other days. I just get up and do them first thing in the morning, and then I’m done for the day. There is a lovely woman named Kat who appears in every workout and demonstrates the alternate moves, if you’re not quite ready to go full force with all the moves yet.

For me, the eating really hasn’t been a challenge. I already cook and prepare a lot of our food, and besides my generous use of cheese, I already am making a lot of vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains. Although we eat out a lot as well, it’s not like we’re having fast food every day (or very often at all). So the difference is really just portion size, and making sure I get the right proportion of veggies and protein vs. fruit, carbs, fat, etc. I’m actually making a lot of the same recipes I would have made before, just the portion is different, or maybe I’m swapping white rice for cauliflower “rice.” So the menu isn’t a problem for me. It’s really all about planning and making sure you have those ingredients prepped and that you know what you’re going to be eating that week. Some people prepare a week’s worth of meals in advance, and I just can’t do that – I don’t want to eat the same thing every day, nor do I want to be eating 5 day old leftovers by Friday. But I will generally prepare enough of a meal to split into 2-3 portions and have for a couple meals.

If you’re going to eat out, there’s even equivalents in the eating plan book for things like pizza, sushi, and burritos. (I haven’t had to do it yet, but the next time I go out to lunch with my coworkers, I have my Qdoba burrito bowl order all planned out!) If you need alcohol to have a good time, you can replace one serving of carbs with one glass of wine three days a week.

Challenges: At the end of week 1, I got hit with a wicked cold. I had to pause the next couple workouts a few times because I couldn’t breathe or had to take a coughing break, but I never missed a day. That same weekend, we got a blizzard with over 2 feet of snow. Everyone on Facebook was posting pictures of the comfort foods they were making while they were snowed in: chili, cookies, etc. I was stuck in the house with my vegetables and didn’t really feel like eating a salad. I did end up making a veggie fried rice with cauliflower rice which actually was pretty good. And the next week I got ingredients to make a 21DF friendly veggie and turkey chili.

So overall, my totally unbiased review is that the program is worth it and I am definitely pleased with the results so far. You can do multiple “rounds,” but I think after my 21 days are up I’m going to take a little break at least from doing it 100%. I will probably continue the workouts, and the lessons I’ve learned just about how to visualize portions will definitely stick with me. Stay tuned, because I also want to do an in-depth review of some of my favorite participants in the videos ;o)

“High Among the Clouds”

Several years ago, GG turned me on to this cool band from Israel, Project RnL. They have a lot of great YouTube videos and are really just musically amazing. The singer is incredible, and their keyboardist/bandleader does a lot of neat stuff aided by the computer. GG of course is blown away by the guitar player. They didn’t have an album or anything, but we pulled the audio off all the videos we could find and have listened to them for a while.

Fast forward to last week. I subscribe to e-mail alerts on upcoming concerts based on bands I like. Usually I just delete these because the results are totally random, but last week I opened one and saw that Project RnL would be playing not only in the US, but on the east coast! But it was a Tuesday night, two hours away, the show was pretty early, and GG usually has to stay at work late. I figured it would never work out, but sent him the info and he was game. He said even if he was running late, there’d probably be an opening band or something we could miss. So we got tickets, luckily the blizzard had already come and gone, and it’s one of GG’s less busy weeks at work so he was able to get out at a reasonable time, grab me, and get on the road to north Jersey!

The show started at 7:30 and we walked in at about 7:35. It was very quiet, and the venue was not what I expected. It was just sparse tables in a room with very cool decor, and a stage decorated like a circus sideshow. The crowd seemed to be mostly middle aged male prog rock fans, but there were a couple ladies sprinkled in. There was no opening act, it was a full night with Project RnL! It was just really quiet and intimate, and when the band took the stage, it was a personal performance to a crowd who really wanted to be there and sat quietly. My ideal viewing experience!

They opened with Twisted Truth and Moves Like Jagger, played for about two hours straight, closed with Slim Shady (which was really amazing and funny live), and came back for a quick encore featuring Avenger. They played every original and cover song of theirs that we could think of, except one ;o) I also loved Bad News Jitterbug, which I hadn’t heard before, but they did this cool thing where every band member ended up beating on a drum at one point, and it was very impressive live! They do a lot of technical computer stuff with their backing tracks and pre-recorded harmonies, and besides one minor hiccup, all went smoothly :o)




After the show, we were able to meet all band members but the drummer. And they are all super nice! They seemed flattered that we trekked up from Philly to see them, but we were equally excited that they were in the US at all! The singer, Ray, shared that they were planning a US tour in a few months, so we will definitely keep our eyes out and hope they play somewhere closer to Philly! (He was asking us about what other cities are north and south of us; when he asked what was west, GG and I were both like, “Nothing.”)



In addition, we ended up sitting next to Ron Bumblefoot Thal, former guitarist of Guns N Roses, who chatted music and guitar gear with GG during and after the show! (He was super nice, like really really nice and friendly!)



PS: Thank You Scientist, whose t-shirt GG is wearing above, is local to the area and we thought they might be at the show. Bumblefoot actually teaches the guitar player! He was texting them, but he had their own rehearsal until 10PM and couldn’t come!!!

PPS: According to their web site, RnL stands for “Rock n LOL,” referring to the humor in their approach to music. However, when GG asked what it stood for, keyboardist/co-founder Eyal said the definition changed every time, and that day it was “resonant nearby laughter” :o)

My Fourth Stitch Fix

Just about two years after the first one, I’ve decided to give Stitch Fix another try! A group I’m in on Facebook has really been raving about SF and similar services, and I figured they’ve had some time to get their act together since the last time I tried them, so I’d give them a shot. I asked for two things: longer tops I could wear with leggings (possibly with lace or crochet), and a poncho with any length sleeves. Well … No modeling photos, because I’m lazy, but here are the results:

Market & Spruce “Chaimbers Cowl Neck Knit Top” – $48
This is a loose, 3/4 sleeve gray sweater with a small cowl neck that seems to hang pretty nicely. It fits well, although it doesn’t really have coverage for leggings. It’s a nice soft knit, but do I need yet another 3/4 sleeve gray sweater? Do I $50 need it? Sigh, I’ll probably keep it.


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RD Style “Honay Cowl Neck Poncho Pullover Sweater” – $78
This poncho is crazy. I know I asked for any length sleeve, but this is literally a knit bag with 3 holes for your head and arms. And a kangaroo pocket. Hope you like keeping your arms at your sides, because you can’t raise them! It’s just sloppy looking, even the yarn it’s knit from looks disorganized. Return.


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19 Cooper “Clemency Split Neck Tunic” – $68
Well I asked for a tunic, so… This one actually has kind of a neat black and white pattern that only slightly hurts my eyes. It is so long though! I guess I should specify in my style profile that I am like 90% legs and 10% torso. It really looked redonk on me, and also I hate tab sleeves. Return.


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Loveappella “Febe Crochet Detail Knit Top” – $48
This is a stretchy short-sleeved black top with crochet running from the neck down the sleeves, and a split shoulder. I loved it the moment I put it on, despite the fact that it also isn’t really long enough to wear with leggings! And I probably wouldn’t bother wearing it in cold weather, because that pretty lace will get covered up. I could definitely wear it out in the summer, though! Keep!


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Rune “Porter Legging” – $38
I did not ask for leggings. I asked for things I could wear with leggings. What is this?? (I couldn’t even pull them over my hips, anyway.) Return.


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December

Somehow, for having a full two weeks off this month, I did not really get a chance to relax at all! In the beginning of the month I had my weekly volunteer thing, plus 1-2 holiday band concerts each week, and seriously two weeks of holiday parties at work – every different group I’m part of had their own celebration, luncheon, white elephant, etc. Then I borrowed a child for a night and a day, which was fun but also crazy. That four year-old wiped me out!

My time off started with car trouble that kept me grounded for two days and really cut into my last minute Christmas prep plans! Luckily, the repair was covered under my warranty, and seems to have been a quick fix. Then I was able to finish up my shopping for gifts and Christmas dinner!

We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas day with GG’s family – it was nice not to have to fit two Christmasses in one day! Then, due to scheduling issues, we hosted my family the following day. All celebrations were nice :o) The day after that, we made our traditional trip into Philly to do “all the most Christmassy things.” Usually we do this before the holiday, but actually it was nice to go after: fewer crowds, good deals from vendors who were closing up shop, and everything was still open (we went to Comcast, Macy’s [Dickens Village], Love Park, and Dilworth Park. Plus a snack from DiBruno Bros. and lunch at El Vez before catching our train home.

GG and I started watching Netflix! So far I watched my imaginary boyfriend‘s latest stand-up special, and the entire series of “Master of None,” which was cute. We need to watch “Black Mirror” next!

And now we are spending a relaxing NYE on the couch – my favorite place to celebrate!

PS: Yes of course I watched “Jill and Jessa: Counting On [a Paycheck from TLC],” and if you want to know what I thought of it, you should really follow me on Twitter!