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Week in Review: Hurry, Scurry, Christmas

The week started stressful and ended quiet, as is typical of this season; we hurry and scurry around during Advent, fussing and preparing, so that when Christmas day comes, all we have to do is relax and celebrate.

Although, truth be told, I still have two family gatherings with my extended family to prepare for. This Christmas won’t be over until next weekend, and I’m okay with that.

Hope all my blog readers had a very merry Christmas; here were the highlights of my week. Check out what other bloggers have been up to over at Meghan’s.

  • Monday I drove back to Fort Collins from where I was staying with my sweetheart and his family. That afternoon, I got my stitches taken out, did laundry, graded student papers, and went to a spin class at a local gym (not my usual class, since the student rec center had closed for break).
  • Tuesday, I thought I had left plenty of time to get final grades in and pack. I had just two very short papers left to grade, plus one longer paper from a student who had needed an extension. Ha, ha. Nope. Between the three papers and the various official paperwork I had to fill out for a couple of students who’d had emergencies right at the end of the semester, I ended up having less than two hours to pack and clean my apartment before the airport shuttle arrived. I positively sprinted around the house stuffing my suitcases and didn’t clean at all besides taking out the trash and dumping a few odds and ends of perishable foods; when I get back in January, my apartment’s going to look as if a tornado came through. Ew. Not excited about it.
  • Tuesday night, I flew home to Kansas. Denver International Airport was hoppin’! My flight was delayed so that I didn’t get home until close to midnight.
  • Wednesday…uh…What did I do on Wednesday again? I guess I saw my cats at the very least.Oh, and Mom and I went for some long walks and went to get our Christmas tree just as it was getting dusky.
  • Thursday, Mom and I went to Les Mills BodyStep at my old gym. For years, BodyStep was my jam, so it was fun to get back into it. On the other hand, I hadn’t done squats or lunges in a long time, since spin has become my primary form of exercise, so about 24 hours later, I started to get really sore. Like, waddling up and down the stairs sore. šŸ˜›
  • After the step class, my folks and I went out to a new pizza joint near our house: Spin Pizza! I liked the bike-themed decorations. Dad and I split a kale caesar salad and a gluten-free chicken and pesto, while mom got the eight-color salad and a personal three meat. Afterwards, we drove around the neighborhood and looked at Christmas lights, a favorite Christmas tradition.
  • Friday, I was making some soup for supper (and the blog) when my mom’s biking friend called to ask if she could deliver her beautiful homemade Christmas goodies. She lives by herself and doesn’t have much planned for the holidays, so we invited her to stay for soup. It was nice to share our big pot of chicken minestrone with a friend who would be eating alone otherwise.
  • Saturday, I went to a spin class (also at my old gym), plus a church service in the evening. After the service, Mom lit a fire in the fireplace, and I read Tomie DePaola’s Christmases Remembered.
  • Sunday, Mom and I got out for our Christmas day hike: another Christmas tradition in my family. Thunderstorms rolled in in the afternoon; it’s pouring rain as I write this. Mid-afternoon, my brother and his wife showed up; we opened presents and enjoyed a lovely Christmas dinner together. Oh, and I finished my puzzle. That I started in September. šŸ˜›Santa brought me just what I asked for: long socks and a pair of cycling shorts, plus a few things I didn’t ask for but am excited to have: athletic socks, a very nice travel thermos, and a set of four wine glasses. Plus, my brother and his wife got me a gift certificate to Ten Thousand Villages fair trade store. I felt very spoiled and pampered! But, as always, spending time with people I now only get to see a few weeks out of the year was the greatest gift of all.

Do you celebrate Christmas, and if so, what was the highlight of your holiday?

What did Santa bring you?

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  1. Evangeline says:

    Oh my goodness, Joyce!!! I’m behind on my blog reading, and I just read about your blenderized finger. AHH! I’m happy your finger is still with us and that you got your stitches out. Your family’s Christmas traditions sound awesome and cozy. I LOVE Ten Thousand Villages, so many unique things there. The highlight of my Christmas was seeing my new baby niece and going to my church’s Christmas Eve service.

    1. Joyce says:

      Congrats, new Auntie! Glad you got to have this joy this Christmas. Thanks for your kind words about my finger–at this point, it’s healing up nicely.

  2. Alyssa says:

    love going on hikes šŸ™‚ that pizza looks delish too!

    santa brought me some new protein bars, leggings, sweatpants, and a colombia fleece! and lots of new coloring supplies šŸ™‚

    1. Joyce says:

      I love my Colombia fleece vest–hope you enjoy yours, and all your Christmas goodies, Alyssa! šŸ™‚

  3. Cora says:

    Lovely, lovely week at home. Your hikes with your Mom sound like a hi light. I’d love to be doing some myself, but its a level of cold here that makes staying inside win over fresh air, at least for me. How much longer are you home for? I hope you get to relax as much as you can…. it may make returning to that “tornado” of an apartment a little easier to take.

    1. Joyce says:

      Sorry that you’re snowed in–it can be a drag to be stuck inside, thankful as I’m sure you are for heat! It was very mild here on Christmas day–over 60 degrees Fahrenheit. I’ll be home until January 10th.

  4. Merry belated Christmas, Joyce! It sounds like you had a really nice week spent with your loved ones – just the way it should be. Aren’t long walks with family so good? I find we sometimes have much more intense conversations while out than when sitting together inside. Maybe the lack of laptops and phones helps …
    It’s so kind you invited your mum’s friend over to share a meal so she wasn’t quite as alone. A colleague of mine spent Christmas Eve alone as her children were at her husband’s and I was close to inviting her over to our place, too. Nobody should be alone, much less around Christmas.

    1. Joyce says:

      Yes–I was very glad to get to invite her, rather than let her be alone on Christmas. The long walks with family have been really nice–I had a great conversation with my dad, even just walking to the grocery store. Merry belated Christmas to you, too–hope it was lovely!

  5. That sounds like the perfect celebration! And how fun that it’s not over until next weekend. I’m all about stretching it out.

    We had a friends meals – I made brunch for a group, and then about 10 people who couldn’t get home got together for an amazing feast Christmas night at our chef-friend’s house.

  6. I got a puzzle for Christmas and Ave got two puzzles, including one that talks when you put the pieces in place….talk about fancy. Congrats on finishing your puzzle.

    I’m glad you were able to get home for the holidays and spend it with those closest to you. It’s always nice to get some good mom time in and I love that she exercised with you.

    That pizza looks and sounds delicious. Then again, it’s pizza, it has to be good. šŸ™‚

    Happy Holidays. Enjoy the rest of your celebrations.

    1. Joyce says:

      Puzzles! What fun. My nephew absolutely adored puzzles from about Ave’s age until about age 4–hope she has such fun with hers!

  7. Sounds like you had a fantastic AND productive Christmas. Glad you got to spend such quality time with your mom! My favorite Christmas tradition is to read through our Advent activity book with our kids at bedtime. They genuinely love it!

    1. Joyce says:

      What a fun tradition! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, as well, Jamie! šŸ™‚

  8. I’m so glad you had such a lovely Christmas with such a good food, girl! šŸ™‚ Happy New Year and I look forward to reading more about your plans and NY resolutions šŸ™‚

    1. Joyce says:

      Thanks, Agness! Happy New Year to you, as well.

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