Holidays

A year in review (2015). by Mialy DeFelice

2015 was wonderful! I have compiled my favorite photo from each month.

My highlights from the year were learning how to run, our trip to Merida and Tulum, Mexico, a visit from my mom, a bunch of amazing hikes, our trip to Bali, a trip to Tahoe for my birthday, starting grad school, and going back home for Christmas for the first time in years and years. It was awesome being able to see most everyone, though a little intense going to three (yes 3) Christmases in one day.

This year we lost one of our greatest friends. I like to think we did a great job at keeping our shit together, but heading home to a Jenna-less Florida, was unequivocally the worst thing ever. I miss her so so much. To apologize for being a Debbie Downer, please enjoy some cute photos of Matisse. 

I understand the top right corner photo is a repeat, but she's too cute to remake the spreads. 

I understand the top right corner photo is a repeat, but she's too cute to remake the spreads. 

Not surprisingly Matisse was super adorbs this year. Aah to be an only cat in a super indulgent household.

The only photos of Eric and I are selfies that I force upon him. You take what you can get.

A year in lounging.

A year in lounging.

My new years resolution is to cook more. After starting school, I got super lazy about the house. My resolution is to make more time to cook. My past resolutions have worked (2014: eat more breakfast, 2015: drink less sugar) so I have super high hopes for 2016. (Hmmm, just realized all my resolutions are food related... but that makes sense I guess, I spend roughly 80% of my free thinking time, trying to decide what I will eat next).

Here's to an amazing 2016!

The goings on. by Mialy DeFelice

Lake Merritt, Oakland, California.

Lake Merritt, Oakland, California.

Things have been really wonderful around these parts lately.  Morgan left here on Tuesday bright and early, and I started up work again after the winter break.  It was kind of amazing to get two whole weeks off of work.  We did so many fun things over the break.  I have included a bunch of highlights below! Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

My last trip of 2014, was to LA. We stayed in the beautiful HotelSixty, had tons of lattes, checked out the LACMA Hollywood Costume Exhibit, saw the city from on high at the Griffith Observatory, and spent plenty of time eating and shopping in Silverlake, Echo Park, and Melrose! FUN!

My last trip of 2014, was to LA. We stayed in the beautiful HotelSixty, had tons of lattes, checked out the LACMA Hollywood Costume Exhibit, saw the city from on high at the Griffith Observatory, and spent plenty of time eating and shopping in Silverlake, Echo Park, and Melrose! FUN!

We went on a great hike at Lands End in San Francisco, on New Year's Day.  This was the second year in a row. Officially a New Years Tradition (sorta).

We went on a great hike at Lands End in San Francisco, on New Year's Day.  This was the second year in a row. Officially a New Years Tradition (sorta).

Morgan and I spent an afternoon hiking in big basin state park, it is redwood perfection!

Morgan and I spent an afternoon hiking in big basin state park, it is redwood perfection!

Some random shots from around here.

Some random shots from around here.

And of course what photo recap would be complete without some pictures of the gorgeous Matisse? Isn't she the most beautiful kitty ever?

And of course what photo recap would be complete without some pictures of the gorgeous Matisse? Isn't she the most beautiful kitty ever?


New Years Resolution. by Mialy DeFelice

I have been progressively drinking less and less sugar over the years.  This year I am going to try to make that last final push, to finally eliminate sugary drinks from my habits.  The biggest trouble will come when eating french fries or any salty food. It just tastes better with a soda.  The main motivation is for better health. Its kinda crazy how much sugar we just drink. So here's to the new year, and less sugar for me!

Joyeux Noel. by Mialy DeFelice

Christmas morning was fantastic.  We both got so many wonderful gifts.  Eric got me the most beautiful stocking stuffers. I absolutely loved everything :)

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Christmas was wonderful this year, and I cannot wait for the new year!  Tomorrow, the Little One and I are headed to LA! Woot!

Christmas for Two. by Mialy DeFelice

Christmas is sure a Hoot! 

Christmas is sure a Hoot! 

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.

I love our little tree! Perfect for our little apartment :)

I love our little tree! Perfect for our little apartment :)

These match more then my socks.

These match more then my socks.

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)!

I was unreasonably excited about using the same G for grandma and grandpa.

I was unreasonably excited about using the same G for grandma and grandpa.

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

Fry that bacon.

Fry that bacon.

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?

Little Catty the Caterpillar.

Little Catty the Caterpillar.

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!