Wednesday, December 26, 2012

End of the year check in

Happy day after Christmas everyone! I hope you're still getting to relax today, and if you are at work, that you're having a quiet and stress free day and have time to read some blogs :)  Remember the day after Christmas when you were a kid and there were so many new things to play with and you could stay in your pajamas all day?  I guess I'm pretty lucky to be having a similar type day today.  I slept in until 11 am and I'm still in my new Christmas PJs and slippers at 12:12 as I write this and eat some cold leftover kielbasi on a roll.  Yum.

I just thought I'd do a little check in post, since I haven't written one in a while.  We just got back from three really fun Christmas days in New Jersey and on Friday we're heading out to California for a week to spend New Years with Alex's dad and grandparents.  I'm really excited especially since we're finally getting real winter weather in New York.  It's supposed to be a high of 36 degrees on Friday when we fly out and land in 60 degree California.

I'm planning on seeing as many movies as I can this week including Les Mis!  But I still haven't seen it yet, so no spoilers in the comments please!  I'm also thinking about, like everyone, the coming new year.  I always have mixed feelings about New Year's Resolutions.  Alex hates them because he feels like the pressure is always too big and they are designed for failure and that we shouldn't need a new year to make changes in our lives. And while I do see his point, I always end up getting excited about the possibility of making positive changes with a fresh new year ahead of me.  Can you tell that the old saying "opposites attract" really holds true with our marriage? Haha.

The two big things that I always want to improve on are my health and my writing.  I'm starting a personal essay writing class in January which I'm really scared about but also totally proud of myself for doing.  I'm going to show up to that first class and I'm going to write.  The scary feeling makes me know that this is something I must really need to do.

I'm looking forward to reading as much as I can this next week starting with This is How You Lose Her, which was a Christmas present from Alex and then Black Swan Green and The History of Love.  Have you read any of these books? What are you reading right now? What movies do you really want to see?  Do your New Years plans involve brisket and champagne with family or something louder and crazier? I'm really looking forward to a quiet New Years with good food and people that I love.

Thanks for listening to my rambles.  Let's ramble some more in the comments!


  1. Merry Christmas! I've been dying to see Les Mis, it doesn't come out here til the 11th but since I work in a cinema I'll be watching it as soon as we get it hopefully! I'm so desperate for it to be amazing, it looks exactly like my perfect movie :)

  2. Happy Christmas! I'm planning to spend tomorrow in my pyjamas. :)

  3. Gosh I'm so excited to watch Les Mis. I haven't been this excited about a film for a good while. Every time I see the trailer I gasp, and get choked up at the Anne Hathaway "so different from this hell I'm living" part. Gaaaah. It's going to be brilliant, but like Elise I have to wait until the 11th January. In reference to your trailer analysis, I'm wondering if the giant boat in the trailer is actually something to do with when Valjean is a prisoner?! Maybe they couldn't think of anything suitably 'slave-ish' for them to do so they just thought, "hey let's have them pulling a large boat to nowhere in particular". Haaa. We'll find out anyway. Can't wait to compare opinions!