I am doing NaBloPoMo this month. 30 blog posts in 30 days. Come join me. #nablopomo2020
FEELING | so relieved and elated that Joe Biden (and Kamala Harris) won the presidency. This was definitely the highlight of this month. I’ve never been one with a nervous stomach, but I am not exaggerating when I say that my heartburn stopped the day when they announced Biden as the next president-elect.
ENJOYING | the mix of running, cycling, yoga, and strength training that I’ve been shaping into a solid at-home workout routine these last few months (thanks to the Peloton app).
EATING | homemade Vinschgauer rolls. They’re a specialty from South Tyrol, the region of Northern Italy where I went skiing every winter when I was growing up. The rolls are mostly made with rye flour and spices, such as fennel and caraway seeds and they taste amazing. Jon was a bit skeptical at first (the scent of fennel and caraway seeds can be a bit overwhelming) but he said they were absolutely delicious, which is true! Also, soup!
DRINKING | (big pots of) peppermint tea. I got my big thermal carafe out of the garage for the winter months.
FOCUSING ON | making this holiday season extra special. Jon and I are (kinda) used to not always being able to see family for the holidays, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t sad that this year, it wasn’t even an option on the table. After our summer plans had been canceled, I had for sure hoped that we could have made plans for Christmas, but with COVID raging around the country, we are not going anywhere.
LOVING | the fall temperatures and the first rain. I am ready for the cooler season now. Bring it.
PLANNING OUT | my Christmas shopping. I’ll be keeping it pretty simple and light this year (I think), as I will do most, if not all of my shopping online.
TRYING | to come up with a game plan for our holiday cards. Are you sending cards this year? (If you’ve been around, you know I’ll be having a roll call a little later this month (so I can gather and/or update your addresses!)
WEARING | yoga pants all day, every day.
PURCHASING | a meat grinder attachment for my Kitchenaid Mixer, plus a cookie press attachment, so I can finally make my own “spritz cookies” for Christmas this year. I am beyond excited. I’ve been talking about it for years, never made the purchase because my Mom usually sent me a Christmas package with spritz cookies, so I didn’t have to make my own, but since this is definitely not happening this year, it was time to invest. Real German Spritzgebäck (spritz cookies) are made with chilled dough and you need a meat grinder and attachment to get them in the right shape. Cookie presses won’t cut it.
READING | Separated by Jacob Soboroff, who has documented Trump’s infamous zero-tolerance, migrant family separation policy. If it’s on your to-read list, buckle up! This is some tough sh*t.
EXCITED | to be hosting the 5th annual Secret Santa (Mug) Swap 2020 again this year. If you missed the post, you can find all the details here. You have until tonight to sign up if you’re interested in participating. I’ll be sending out the info to the swap participants tomorrow! I’d love for you to join us!
What is currently going on with you?