Monday, December 28, 2020

My Everyday Life [Week 52]

Week 52 coming at ya. 

A very chilly Christmas Eve walk to admire the luminaries along some of the sidewalks in our subdivision. One of the ladies in our neighborhood grew up with luminaries lit on Christmas Eve in her childhood subdivision so she wanted to start the tradition here. 
After that chilly walk (it was about 13 degrees out), I made hot cocoa and celebrated jolabokaflod by the fire with Barack's new book and some vegan chocolate. I am really enjoying his book so far!
Shiva was most curious to check out the tree. 
Craig's Christmas haul. I bought the Ice Age Trail book for him and we'll both use that to plan our hikes. 
Christmas day photo. We were both sweating in front of the fireplace and attempted to include the cats in a picture...
...but this is what it looks like when we try to include two sleepy and suspicious kitties. 
A new reindeer ornament made by my sister-in-law! 
I did not want to spend Christmas week grocery shopping in the middle of a pandemic or cooking, so we picked up this nice holiday meal pack from Urban Beets in Wauwatosa and I'm so glad we did. Left to right: roasted carrots, corn casserole, mashed potatoes, a bun, and a chickpea cutlet with gravy. 
Our meal also included a delicious dessert of peppermint chocolate cake. 
A short and masked Christmas day visit with my parents. I cried at the end as it's very sad not to be able to spend the holiday with the whole family, especially as my parents are aging. 

I am very thankful they are both still healthy and did not get the virus yet. Let's hope we all get vaccinated soon and can spend more time together in the new year. 
Look, I actually did my hair and am wearing makeup! I have to say that I am loving being more minimal with my hair and makeup this year, but it also is nice to dress up sometimes. 
My sweet Shiva always curls up on my chest like a little baby. 

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