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. 😛
- 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. 😛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?