Post-Christmas

– Whew, what a week! Tuesday was my birthday; Wednesday was spent finishing up the last of my presents and then wrapping them; Thursday was Christmas Eve with my mom’s side of the family; Friday was Christmas with my parents; and yesterday was Christmas/Boxing Day with my dad’s side. That’s a bit too much holidaying!
– I had one of my best birthdays ever this year. My cake went together without much fuss (that’s it above, and here it is pre-cutting — it’s ‘German Coconut’, with filling/icing made using this recipe; the coconut cake itself isn’t worth making again), and then I spent the day with my mom, eating good food, getting massages, and finding ridiculously good deals at Old Navy. AND I received two packages with products for review — Zevia Sodas and Newman’s Own Organics. More on that at a later date.
– One of my birthday presents was a little Sony point-and-shoot. I had an Olympus that I really liked until it mysteriously stopped working after six months. Now I can take photos when I’m out and about without having to lug around my SLR, which isn’t always convenient. And the new camera takes nice photos.
– It started snowing on Thursday and didn’t really let up until Saturday evening. And then it snowed a bit more today. Since the cats and I had packed up and were at my parents’ for three days, that meant I had to shovel all the snow this morning. Luckily, thankfully, some kind neighbour had done my front path, so I only had to worry about the back path and the driveway. It took about an hour, but it was sunny, around 20F (which isn’t too bad, don’tyaknow), and I had a new Elvis Costello album on my iPod. Snowy.
– The bad news with the snow was that I had to hop through it while packing up the car on Christmas Eve, and I managed to hurt my ankle. I didn’t even land on it very hard or twist it much, but I knew I’d landed wrong as soon as it happened, and it’s been bothering me ever since. It’s nearly back to normal now, but it gets achy every few hours. I’ve been slightly distressed, because I’ve been enjoying running lately, and I don’t this to mess it up.
– Christmas itself was very enjoyable. My dad’s side of the family usually celebrates in the afternoon/evening, but the gathering was pushed to Boxing Day, due to the snow. So my parents and I (and the cats and their dogs) did our usual thing in the morning (presents, brunch) and then lazed around for the rest of the day. I read comics and drank tea out of my new favourite mug, which I got from my aunt on Christmas Eve (which is when my mom’s side of the family gathers). Perfect.
– Even though I only turned one year older last week, it seems to have had a dramatic effect. After I got home yesterday, I kept thinking about how I could assemble and use my new vacuum in the morning and then clean the floors with my new slippers. I think I might have had my most excited reaction to opening that particular gift. I hadn’t even asked for them, because how could I have ever imagine such perfection existed?

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6 Responses to Post-Christmas

  1. Ali says:

    A belated Happy Birthday! Sounds like a very good week. And your slippers are truly amazing!

  2. jane says:

    New favourite mugs are the best – I have one too, I swear everything tastes better from it. That cake is a masterpiece! Hope your ankle feels better soon too.

  3. az says:

    what is the model number of your new camera? i’m on a search to find the perfect point and shoot camera and those pics look amazing!

  4. A belated happy birthday to you, Anna. Capricorns rock (I should know, without any false modesty:)). Have a happy 2010 also!

  5. Sally says:

    Best wishes for your birthday and the coming new year, and for the new decade too!

  6. Cherish says:

    I just wanted to de-lurk to let you know that I love your blog! I live in Minneapolis, too, and it’s great to find out about other bloggers around these parts. The cake looks delicious!

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