Wow, it's been more than a week since I've written here and I was starting to feel terribly guilty, like I was letting my readers down... but then I remembered that only about 3 people in the world read this blog, and I probably wasn't really disappointing anyone with my lack of motivation for anything that involves using my actual brain cells. Well, anyways, if you have been checking, and were at all disappointed to not hear from me, I am back, and I am sorry.
I had a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend, jam-packed full of more family togetherness than one can surely take! I had a total of THREE Thanksgiving dinners this weekend, if you can believe that. It was absolutely delicious, and I didn't have to cook a thing! Ahhhhh... the joy of having two huge families.
I actually ventured out into the insane shopping world on Black Friday, but found that I wasn't quite ready for all the money I will surely have to spend this month. I managed to buy a few gifts, but I'm feeling terribly over-whelmed about this whole lack-of-efficient-holiday-funds thing that is going on. I've never actually had to pay for both a mortgage and Christmas at the same time, so I'm just easing into it. I did, however, find this ridiculously beautiful Guess coat (brown suede, super cozy/warm furry hood, toggle buttons, fits just perfectly) that i just have to have. I know I can't buy anything for myself until the holidays are over, so I tried so hard to convice both my mom and my husband to buy it for me for Christmas, but my efforts were to no avail. Seriously, this is a $400 coat for only $70! If that isn't reason enough to buy it, I don't know what is. I'm praying that they're both just messing with me, and I will find it under the tree in 25 days, but they are both so damn adamant that a new coat is the farthest thing from what I need. I don't know who told my family that there's a rule that you can only ask for practical things for Christmas, because that is the most absurd thing I've ever heard.
On Saturday D. and I hosted our very first family event. On my mom's side of the family, we have a tradition that every year on the weekend after Thanksgiving we go up to this tree farm about 45 minutes away to cut down our Christmas tree. The whole family comes including grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, and we do the tree thing, drink some cider, eat some cookies, and have a few snow-ball fights. Then we all go back to someone's house for a warm dinner. It's really a nice tradition, one of my favorites, and for some crazy reason I decided to offer to host it this year! It went really well, despite the burning of some chili on Saturday morning and the fact that we were up until midnight cleaning bathrooms on Friday night in preparation for the event! Honestly though, it was really fun playing grown-up. Everyone had a wonderful time, whole bottles of wine were drank, and we got compliment after compliment on our home. It's so strange, though, to be cooking dinner in my home for all these people that have watched me grow up over the past 20+ years. I don't know why it affected me so much, but it was just a really joyous day, and I feel so lucky to be living such a beautiful life with such a supportive family.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!