Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.

Oprah Winfrey

Although it has been quiet around here this week, it has been far from quiet behind the scenes. In only the best of ways. The festivities began on Wednesday as we began prepping for the holiday. We had guests coming over for Thanksgiving dinner, and I had yet to meet them, so I wanted to remove the stress that comes with scrambling at the last minute. I also wanted to spend time with everyone as opposed to being chained to the kitchen.

Cranberry sauce from scratch made with fresh Cape Cod cranberries... sausage cornbread stuffing... vegan pumpkin pie... a new brine recipe... Mario's amazing bread making skills... so many delicious things. Kiddo and I decorated the table with simple votive candles, cute Thanksgiving-themed toothpicks, paper leaves... and of course some fall colored Pyrex made an appearance.

After dinner our new friends taught us how to play their favorite game. Benjamin, the sweetest little man, was probably the most mellow baby I've ever seen. He slept through dinner and didn't mind that we used him to get our baby fix. Watching Mario hold that tiny little baby made my heart go pitter patter. I've since had to have a very stern talk with my ovaries.

Friday evening brought the town's tree lighting ceremony. Kiddo's class had a bake sale fundraiser, so Wednesday also included cookie baking. I baked and iced about 120 lemon cookies... my favorite go-to recipe. More on that lovely night tomorrow.

This was a good week. I let myself focus on what was most important: family and fitness. Next week will bring a lot of studying and writing as a result, but there are no regrets. I went to CrossFit four times (including a rather rigorous post-Thanksgiving WOD), and slowed down... which is no easy feat for me.

I'm getting excited for the month ahead. Two weeks stand between me and the official end to my undergrad education. Over 70% of the class points are still on the table, necessitating laser-like focus to obtain the grade I desire. But I'm taking solace in the things around me, rather than getting completely overwhelmed. Hot chocolate, warm, cozy clothes, and a tree that is making its debut tomorrow. I really love this time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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