Weekending: Holiday Home Stretch

Weekending: Holiday Home Stretch
Must be Christmas… coffee and gingersnaps seems like an acceptable Sunday morning breakfast.

Christmas is less than a week away, so I’ve been on the go, all the time — and the weekend was no different. Over the last few days I…

  • Had dinner with my friends Julia and Michael on Friday night before they headed off to be with their family for Christmas. And because we met up at Tunnicliff’s, one of those places the whole neighborhood seems to go, I also ran into my friends Anne and Nichole.
  • Baked many, many dozens of cookies: gingersnaps, chocolate crinkles, and a double batch of tadelles. I still have to finish baking the rest of the crinkles (I did about half the batch) and frosting the tadelles, but I’m making good progress.
  • Went to ZooLights with my nephews (and brother & sister-in-law) and out to dinner afterwards.
  • Watched CBS Sunday Morning (one of my favorite weekly rituals) while dunking gingersnaps into my coffee.
  • Ran errands (grocery store and Target) and was pleasantly surprised at how non-insane both places were.
  • Polished my nails, again. I’ve now had them painted the whole month, which might be a personal record. And tonight at Target, I think I finally found exactly the silvery glittery polish I’ve been looking for. Whee!
  • Headed out to Virginia to my friend Megan’s house for our 8th annual Christmas cartoon sing-along party. We started doing this back when we were next-door neighbors here in DC, and I’m glad we’ve kept it up over the years — it’s one of my favorite holiday traditions.

How was your weekend?

Weekending along with Pumpkin Sunrise.

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Weekending, Holiday Style

Weekending

As Sunday night rolls to a close, here’s a snapshot of the weekend that was…

  • Celebrated my friend Laura’s birthday with a happy hour at Lola’s.
  • Did lots and lots of laundry.
  • Bought and decorated my Christmas tree. (More on that later in the week.)
  • Put up the rest of my Christmas decorations.
  • Painted my fingernails with glitter polish. Twice. My nails are now highly festive. And polished for the first time since probably the ’90s.
  • Went to the grocery store. (And schlepped what felt like 50 pounds stuff home. Baking season is no joke.)
  •  Baked my first batch of gingersnaps of the holiday season.
  • Attended sprite and Rudi’s annual tree-trimming bash, which was — as always — a great time, with many of my favorite DC people.
  • Listened to Christmas music. And maybe danced around my apartment a little.
  • Switched my throw pillows to the Christmassy covers I bought in Thailand some years ago. (This was especially exciting because I thought I had lost them, but found them a month or so ago when looking for something else.)
  • Played too many games of Words with Friends while watching too many Law & Order/SVU/Criminal Minds re-runs. (Yeah, I squeezed some “typical weekend” in around the holiday goodness.)
  • Put on the crockpot to cook tomorrow’s lunch/dinner while I sleep. (Technically, I haven’t done this yet, but if I put it on this list, I have to do it before I go to bed, right?)

Weekending along with Pumpkin Sunrise.