November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving week is here! That means lots of cooking, yummy foods, friends, and another long weekend for Nick. I am so happy Nick has some more time off. It’s going to be hard not being with my family for Thanksgiving, but I am going to be seeing my family pretty soon, and we are going to have belated holiday celebrations. So I get to celebrate all of the holidays again. I guess it’s not too bad, if you think about it that way!

Currently, I am…..

Drinking coffee.

Watching the sunrise. I am not a morning person at all, at least not until I have had a cup of coffee, but seeing all of these colors every morning makes getting up so early worth it.

Smelling vanilla. We did a lot of baking this weekend, using real vanilla beans, and they smell soooo good!

Appreciating so many things this week. But right now, my little brother. Remember how I was just talking about how much I miss my brother? Well, he just booked a ticket to come visit me in a few months, and I couldn’t be more excited or grateful that he is choosing to spend his limited vacation time and money on a trip to come see us. I love him so much!

Loving my husband’s romantic side, which is sometimes entwined with his pragmatic side. And that’s what I love about him. We tend to collect lots of nice bottles of wine whenever we go on vacations or visit his family in California (they live right by Napa!). But we are always saving these bottles. For what? A special occasion? We’ve been married over a year now, and have yet to open even one of them. The other day, Nick explains all of this to me, and says, for this reason, every single month, we should have a nice dinner at home and open one of our expensive bottles of wine. Every month. Just to celebrate life, and because we want to actually drink all of these nice wines we keep buying before they go bad in the 80-degree weather here. We had our first fancy date night at home this past weekend. Nick made one of my favorite meals. It was so much fun and, my gosh, the wine was delicious! We have had that bottle probably for 3 or 4 years. I am excited to do this every month. Sometimes date night at home is even better than going out.


Cooking soup, cornbread, gravy — slowly, we are cooking whatever we can make in advance for Thanksgiving, so that we can just relax and enjoy the holiday.

Anticipating Thanksgiving, and going to get our Christmas tree and decorating our apartment for Christmas this weekend. I always wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate. As in, the very next day. 🙂

Feeling very accomplished because I’ve got all of my Christmas cards done and ready to go out. Now I have to wait until it is acceptable to mail them. I’ve never been so on the ball before, and I think it’s because I live somewhere where it takes over a week for a letter to get to my family.

Loving farmers markets. They are all over the place, all of the time. And aside from selling produce, eggs, and meat, there are tons of prepared foods and food trucks at them. Nick and I ate tons of food truck food this weekend, and I will be posting some pictures soon.

Procrastinating the many loads of laundry I have piled up right now.

Planning New Zealand! I am happy to report that we’ve got most of the trip planned out, but I am always open to suggestions about things to do! Our strategy for vacations is usually to have things that we want to do planned out and at least ideas for places to eat. Once we get wherever we are going and we see what’s around, our plans usually change, but I still like to have that plan so we have things we know we can do.

still Reading The Women’s Room. Last week I didn’t have much time to read, but I am looking forward to finishing it this week.

What are you up to this week? How are you celebrating Thanksgiving?

2 responses to “Currently. (a snapshot of life right now)”

  1. Holly S. says:

    I loooove the special date night idea!! I think that’s important to keep your romantic connection there and establishing something like this now will be good to keep going once/if you have a family in the future!! And yay for your brother coming to visit!! 🙂

    • carolann says:

      Thanks Holly! I was so surprised and happy when Nick came up with this idea. It’s such a simple way to stay connected. I love going out an everything, but there is nothing like a quiet night at home!

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