I need to put this in writing...as of today, I am officially on vacation for two full weeks. Leading up to this day I actually had a few moments where I wasn't sure I would make it with my sanity in tact, but I think I did.
Actually, I'm pretty sure I did.
Yesterday was my annual Christmas work party. It was smaller than previous years and I look forward to it all year long...not only for me but as a way to celebrate all those that work so hard for me each and every day.
And also for the food. Oh my...the food. Brisket and turkey and ham and all the sides including this pineapple bread pudding thing that is the stuff dreams are made of...all of it is out of this world.
Have you ever noticed that food tastes so much better when someone else cooks it?
I have the most interesting, hard to explain job ever and I am so thankful for it. It's challenging, different every single day, stressful, and extremely flexible...the fancy title I have basically means that I handle problems and diffuse situations and think fast on my feet all day long.
I like it.
But these ladies (and a few more that aren't pictured here)...man oh man. They make me look good. They're the ones in the field doing the hard stuff and they are a joy to work with. Even when they're frustrated with me.
I had hoped for a quiet Friday. My desk was piled high with paperwork that I wanted to power through and then one of my east coast programs had an issue which meant I was on the phone at dark o'thirty. The good news is that by the time the sun (and my family) woke up, I had already put in a solid 3 1/2 hours of work.
But I had the yawns all day because of it.
But then I ran lots of errands and found myself off my regular path...a different Costco. A different Trader Joe's. A different TJMaxx.
And in each place I saw someone I knew, which is always fun but in all honesty, I couldn't get home fast enough because tonight...this Friday night of the beginning of our break, we were home.
Just us. Home.
I cooked a NY strip roast...something that guy that I like so much would love for us to eat for Christmas dinner but there are just way too many of us and it's just a little too pricy, so I surprised him and made one just for us tonight. I used Ina's (barefoot contessa) directions for cooking a prime rib and it was fast and easy and really good.
Along side I made scalloped potatoes and a simple green salad, there was champagne and a then the good chocolates came out.
I am feeling so sluggish...having a broken arm has kept me from doing any type of working out for almost two months. Even walking hurt and just faking it enough to work was all I could do. I'm finally starting to feel like this silly thing is healing but wow...it threw me for a loop.
But the main thing I have missed are my daily hikes. I'm feeling heavy and sluggish and we're eating so many delicious heavy meals and the cocktails...oh, the cocktails.
I'm so ready to get back on the healthy train..fresh air and water and vegetables and no more cookies.
Remind me I said that...ok?
The house was full tonight after all. It was the two of us for supper and then the doors opened and in came the kids in waves, each of them devouring what was left of dinner. We threw on a movie and while I had plans of finishing the last of the wrapping (just the boys are left...I'm way ahead of the game this year), we all just sat and relaxed.
Which is code for I fell asleep as soon as the opening credits were finished. The house was warm and my belly was full and I was out for the count in approximately 3 minutes.
And now it's 2:00am and I'm wide awake. Gotta work on this sleep schedule.
Tomorrow is a cookie baking day, a finish wrapping day, a day at home day. That guy that I like so much and I, if the rain holds off, are going to take this pup of ours for a hike on the trail...but first there will be coffee and a fresh panettone for breakfast.
Because, really...we need more food.
Tis the season, right?