Ramping Up to Christmas

Weekly Things

Something I Learned: I was talking with a guy who works in sustainable energy and construction, and I asked him what he thought about Elon Musk’s new solar panel roof shingles. I don’t think he had heard about them (??), but he ended up talking about how different solar power products have varying levels of power. This had never occurred to me before!


Something I Appreciate: Yes, we got a really annoying dump of snow, and yes the high on Sunday was 6 below, but we’ve been given some relief with a little warm-up (high in the low 30s today and tomorrow). AND I am on Winter Break for 2 weeks, hooray!

This blog is becoming a biweekly occurrence, apparently. I’ve just been chugging along, doing my regular stuff, except for the things I’ve had to miss due to a stupid cold.

Like I said, I’m now on a two-week break from work, but as always, I still feel super busy. Today was Christmas shopping…I’m almost done. Although I thought I was almost done yesterday too. Who knows.

I’ve never been a big Christmas person, and some years I’m more Grinch-y than others. First off, I’m not a christian, so there’s that whole aspect out the window. And I like giving people gifts, but I don’t like being REQUIRED to give people gifts. I like selecting things that I think people would like, but when you have to give a gift to everyone you know all at one time, you’re just looking for things that will be “good enough.” That’s dumb. And everyone is doing it all at once and being annoying and hassled and irritated. And it’s just so consumerist and shallow. And everything must be green and red and Santa and Rudolph and tinsel and blergh! It’s just….a lot.

But I try to find the good parts, and just move through the whole season focusing on the things that mean something to me: connecting with family and friends, enjoying seasonal flavors (eggnog, cinnamon, gingerbread, peppermint), the comfort of routine and tradition (seeing the same ornaments and decorations at my parents’ house, hearing the same carols).img_1164Went to a Christmas show with the fam.
img_1165The post-show line to meet Santa was long, so my nephew got caught up on all the duck gossip.img_1167I had heard that the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train was going to make a stop in my city, and I happened upon it while out running errands. The only time I’m not completely annoyed to be stopped for a train.img_1150Had a little Irish dance performance at a local senior living center. St. Patrick’s Day always seems to come up really fast after the holidays, so it’s good to get warmed up!img_1166There is something so comforting to me about this view from my bathroom window. All of the rooftops clustered together, symbolizing neighborhood, normalcy, routine, quiet.

img_1168This little thing…always trying to hold my hand.img_1169img_1158I’ve been dealing with a cold that I got last week. Ugh I just hate how disruptive it is. I’m through the worst part (Thursday), but I’m still that person at the store who is constantly blowing their nose, and stuffing used kleenex in their coat pocket. Argh

Outfits!img_1140Scarf: Target (similar) // Blazer: H&M (similar) // Dress: Old Navy (similar) // Belt: Target (exactsimilar, similar) // Boots: Naturalizer (similar)img_1143Scarf: Target (exact) // Cardigan: Banana Republic via Goodwill (similar) // Belt: Target (exact)  // Skirt: Forever 21 (similarsimilar)// Shoes: Refresh (exact)img_1153Necklace: Burlington Coat Factory // Shirt: Target (similar) // Sweater: H&M (similar) // Jeans: YMI (similar) // Shoes: Bare Traps (similar)img_1157Scarf: Amazon (exact) // Sweater Dress: Target (exact) // Boots: Naturalizer (similar)

Happy Holidays!