So here it is just days before Christmas and we don’t have a tree. We never really decided not to get one, but we just haven’t had a good weekend day off together to go. So we decided last night that since we’re spending Christmas at my parents’ house that we’ll just skip the tree this year and save a little extra cash and time.
Ever since there’s been a lot of noise coming from the garage – the ornaments were rebelling. They claimed they only get so many Christmases to come out of their boxes and didn’t want to miss this one just because we didn’t have our act together. So I let them loose and they magically found their way to the fireplace cover, which as it turns out, makes a great mock Christmas tree!
I always have fun seeing my favorite ornaments that have followed me through 26 years of life –
My glass stork, which survived the famous Christmas Tree Collapse of the late 1990s –
Mrs. Tiggy Winkle, who has lost and found her pinhead eyeballs many times of the year. I think once her whole face fell out as well.
Me around age 2 or 3! A homemade ornament that once hung on the church family tree –
And my favorite ornament of all times, Birthday Girl.
I made my way to the gym around 10:30, hoping to attend a group exercise class for fun. The only class offered at 10:45 was Zumba and there were only 6 people in the room as I discreetly walked by, so I passed. I did the usual: 37 minutes on the Stepmill (odd number so I could finish Better Homes & Gardens) plus 10 minutes cool-down on the Squirrelliptical. I did run around the indoor track for about 7 minutes while waiting to see if Zumba would fill up. Next time I just have to get my butt there an hour earlier because there was a packed kickboxing class that I missed!
Once home I had an email from the husband saying he’d be home around 1:30 for lunch. I was getting pretty hungry so I had the other half of my mini Cinnamon Bun LaraBar to tide me. This guy sure was small, but it worked like a charm.
Meanwhile, I prepped ingredients for a homemade pizza!
This was made from a 7 oz ball of leftover bakery dough, plus a tomato paste base, chopped green + red peppers, fresh frozen basil + oregano and about a cup of cheese.
I wolfed down my half!
On the side I made a salad (you’re seeing a lot of these mixed greens because I got a HUGE container from Costco and need to use ’em up!) topped with some hummus Karen brought over, some more chopped peppers, walnuts and a drizzle of balsamic.
And the husband still hasn’t made it home yet!! He’s been working extra hours at the bakery due to Christmas orders.
I missed my lunchtime yogurt, but I’m planning to have that as a snack in a little bit.
But only if I don’t eat cookie dough instead – I might bake some cookies for a holiday party we’re attending tomorrow night!
We have the most blah weather out there. At least it kind of feels like Christmas. I want to put Christmas lights on the bushes outside but it’s too wet and gross to go out there.
See y’all for dinner!