Due to Eric's schedule, we will be celebrating the holidays as just the two of us again. Not that I am complaining. I love a chill holiday. Last year we did Christmas, Eric style, with cinnamon buns in the morning. I am not a morning sweet tooth, and I am super excited that this year we will be doing an all time fave... Pigs in-the-blanket. For dinner, since it is just us two, I don't want to do anything too big. Last year we ordered a turkey dinner from whole foods, but this year I think we are going to revisit the pork loin. I tried it a few years ago, and hated it, but that's what not eating pork for 5 years will do to your taste buds. But now, I am much more used to eating pork (and meat in general) and think the whole adventure will go much (much) smoother. I love pumpkin pie for dessert but am simply terrible at making it. I don't know what it is. It's a simple ingredient list, but somehow I never quite gets it cooked. Even if it splits at the top. I can't make any pie. Not apple, not Chicken Pot. I don't know. I have no excuses. As an alternative, homemade treat, I decided this year to make a pumpkin cake, with cream cheese frosting. I am super excited. I think it will go much smoother than any pie ever would.
It has been a little hard getting into the holiday spirit. I mean it's 75 degrees outside. That is one of the things I miss the most about living in upstate. It was made for Christmas. ((As a side note, as I write, this is what Matisse is doing...)) I miss walks in the snow and the general built in spirit of it all. However, overall, everything is looking pretty cheerful. In particular, I always love when we pull out our stockings. Even after all these years (11 years...OMG) I still can't quite wrap my mind around the fact that both our families had our stockings custom made with our names, and they are the EXACT same! It is so astonishing that both Eric and I are Rudolph, not a kitten or a snowman. Rudolph! Talk about meant to be (that is what Eric said the other day, to which I shrugged)!
Can I also, write a brief ode to craft wrapping paper? It is amazing! It can work for any event so no need to keep birthday, wedding, baby and Christmas wrapping paper on hand (perfect for a small apartment). It is such a blank slate and can easily be dressed up for any occasion. I have been using it for years and usually like to tie it with some yarn and maybe a flower or frond, however, Matisse will eat any yarn in her path so I had to get a little more creative when wrapping Eric's gifts this year. I love Eric's approach as well. Craft paper is plain, and it brings out a little creativity in all of us. :p
We got some new toys for Matisse for Christmas. But she dragged them out of the bag, before we could try to save them for the big day. I like to think it was Christmas excitement, but it was probably the catnip. The toys though were a huge hit! It was so cute to see here toss the bacon, and flip out about being fished for :) I mean, how cute is that little fishing pole?
Anyway, I am really excited for Christmas Eve tomorrow, and getting time with Eric. He has been working so much on both work and personal projects, that I barely get to see him. But for the next two days, it is just the two of us and I could not feel more blessed.
Have a wonderful Christmas!