Sunday, December 20, 2009

Time to exhale

I think that most people I know are feeling crazy right now - the last minute shopping, wrapping, traveling.  I'm feeling a wonderful feeling of relief and calm - at least for today.  The past few days it was a different story - we had two rounds of houseguests this past week, a really fun party and a lot of work related stress.   I am mostly done with my shopping - a few little things to pick up but they can be done locally at small stores with no need to hit the mall.  We got our cards mailed - both business and family - and used every single card I'd ordered.  We still have our homemade presents to finish but even that I'm feeling okay about.  I'm sure tomorrow will be a different story but today - aided by a solid night of nyquil sleep - things are looking good!

Every morning we start our day with a homemade cappuccino (two actually).  A few years ago I gave B an espresso machine that has been a complete workhorse.  We probably make three rounds of coffee a day on that machine - minimum.  This time of year I like to drop a piece of peppermint bark in the bottom of my cup and turn it into a peppermint mocha.  We use the vanilla soymilk from Costco - it's the best we've tried for both taste and for frothing ability.

I'm busy planning my menu for our annual Christmas Eve Eve dinner with my best friend and her family.  They are like family to us and this dinner is as important to me as any of the family celebrations.  I'll be posting that dinner hopefully!

But for today, I'm going to enjoy my coffee, enjoy the quiet house and look forward to the Hannukah party we are attending tonight.

Happy Holidays!


Tangled Noodle said...

Wow! It sounds like you've got everything under control - if the secret is your daily homemade cappuccino, I'm going to institute something similar in our routine. Hope that the serenity has continued since this post and that you and your family are enjoying a wonderful holiday season!

Guinnah said...

Thanks Noodle! It was merely the calm before the storm but was lovely while it lasted! Christmas Day found me putting the finishing touches on our homemade gifts before we headed off to see family...