We flew down to SoCal earlier today and travel was so light. We got to the airport two hours early, there was a bit of a line at TSA, but everything else was a breeze. I was really surprised. Our Southwest flight was not even full. I didn’t expect that on a Friday, two days before Christmas, but I’m obviously not complaining.
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While we were waiting at the airport, I had my first Chocolate Peppermint Mocha. I think Stephany (HI STEPHANY!) recently talked about peppermint mochas and can you believe I never had one? I’m usually a “plain-flavors” girl and not very interested in super-sweet holiday concoctions, but I love chocolate and peppermint, so I had to give this a try. I customized my drink (I skipped the whipped cream and asked for only one pump of mocha sauce and peppermint syrup because I don’t like it very sweet) and it was delicious. I would order it again!
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I am a little late posting this – and I contemplated waiting until I do the round-up – but I received my Secret SANta package from Sarah (HI SARAH!) a couple of weeks ago. Apple and cinnamon are two of my favorite smells and I am usually not a lip balm person, which is to say I don’t carry one around every minute of every day, but I am excited about this one because Sarah says it’s one of her favorite things! Thank you, thank you for participating in the swap and gifting me such a sweet surprise package! I love it!
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I have to be honest and confess that I did something this week that I usually NEVER do: I opened a couple of Christmas packages early. I couldn’t take the Christmas packages to my mother-in-law’s house but also didn’t want to wait to open them until I return home. So I made a huge exception. I usually never open presents before my birthday or before Christmas. I received some pretty damn awesome Peloton apparel from Tanja (THANK YOU AGAIN!!!) and an embroidered pouch and reverse coloring book from another dear friend. She took a hint from my Amazon wishlist (does anybody else still use them?) and I think it’s such a good way to help people find a gift for you that you will appreciate. I am stoked about the reverse coloring book – so cool! Have you heard of them? It’s perfect if you’re a “doodler”, which I am. Reverse coloring books have unfinished watercolors where you can trace the shapes, draw in figures, doodle, shade, or cover areas with patterns while letting your mind drift and calm down. I am super-excited to try it.
Two more packages didn’t have a gift message or any indication of who sent them, so I still have to figure that out. (Pro tip from a seasoned online gift giver: add an extra line to the recipient’s address, so that they know that the package is from you, e.g. I put “(FROM SAN!) in the line between the recipient’s name and street address.) Anyway, it was a lovely early Christmas for me and I am so thankful for the thoughtful gifts!
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I had my last office day of the year yesterday and I got to talk to my Palestinian coworker and it was good to check in with him. I think he appreciated that I asked how he was doing and about his family in Gaza. He mentioned that some people avoid the topic altogether, which I guess is because it’s not a comfortable topic, but NOT talking about it doesn’t feel like an option for me. Yes, it is awkward and uncomfortable but how can you ignore talking about it when it affects someone in such a personal way? How can you ignore another person’s anguish during the holidays?
Hug a loved one if you can, if only virtually. HAPPY HOLIDAYS, FRIENDS.