STOKED | to be finishing up my last work day of the year. It’s quiet on Campus today.
EXCITED | to start my new knitting project over the holidays. I think I mentioned that I have been thinking about knitting a sweater (my second attempt at clothing) and I am getting serious about it. I found a pattern and ordered beautiful soft, purple (“aubergine”)-colored yarn, which arrived just in time for my holiday break, and I hope to get started in the next few days.
WATCHING | off-the-beaten-pass Christmas movies. I haven’t watched any of the classics yet, (oh wait, that’s not true, Jon and I watched ‘Home Alone’) but have been trying a few Hallmark-ish movies over the last couple of weeks. A friend has been doing the leg-work (kinda like what Rachel is doing on her blog with the Christmas movie countdown) and I’ve been watching his top picks.
LOVING | all the Holiday Cards that have arrived over the last couple of weeks. Holiday cards are my favorite and I usually keep them up all year (I just took down the ones from 2022 a couple of weeks ago to make room for the new ones that came trickling in!). Thank you for sending a card and for making my holiday season brighter!
LISTENING | to a whole lot of Christmas music. Our Peloton Streakers Group has put together a member’s playlist on Spotify, and I also found a “peaceful piano” Christmas playlist, which is super-nice if you want something mellower.
WEARING | my favorite rainbow-colored loop scarf which I knit years – a decade? – ago (featured in an old photo (see above) and in this favorite’s post). I knit the same one for my sister and I always smile when she’s wearing it (which she does a lot in the colder season, even after all these years).
CELEBRATING | the holiday season by taking a walk through our neighborhood and admiring all the Christmas lights and decorations. I am not an outdoor decorator myself (our duplex has no curb-appeal to begin with), but I really love looking at all these beautiful houses.
EATING | all the Christmas cookies. Well, I only baked the usual “two kinds” – Spritzgebäck (spritz cookies) and Vanillekipferl (vanilla almond crescent cookies) – this year. I always contemplate branching out and trying something new, but I always start with these two recipes because they’re my favorite. What’s your favorite Christmas cookie?
DRINKING | gingerbread coffee. What else? :)
SPENDING | the holidays in SoCal at my mother-in-law’s house. I’m taking the whole week between Christmas and New Year’s off and I am looking forward to some down-time, including more reading, knitting, watching movies, and some beach walks/runs.
GETTING | into the Christmas spirit a little more, can you tell?
What is currently going on, are you ready for the holidays?