Ah, January. The month when things finally seem to slow down and I can do things like read the books I’ve been intending to read, try new recipes, and get back to eating healthfully. With the Christmas gifts I got this year, this will be particularly a good January. Among other things, I received a spiralizer, an immersion blender (soup recipes on the way, I promise!), a gorgeous copper tea pot, and several books I can’t wait to pick up (including the one above). I’m actually kind of enjoying winter this year. Maybe that’s just because it’s a bit milder than usual, but maybe it’s also because I relish having time to do the things I enjoy.
Anyway, to sum up: the holidays were great. I had a wonderful time with my husband’s family for Christmas and an equally wonderful time throwing a party at our loft for our friends in Chicago. Plus, that gave us an excuse to give our place a deep clean that it was starting to really need.
This week my husband and I kicked off our “beach diet”–really just eating healthfully after the holidays. We’re both planning on slimming down a bit for our trip to the Cayman Islands in February. We’ve been eating healthy all week and mostly lying low and playing video games, which has included a hotseat game of Civ (played in front of the fire) which I won (cultural victory) and we finally finished Mass Effect 2. My verdict? I liked the first one better. The storyline for Mass Effect 2 just felt really prozaic and somewhat uninpsired. But that said, fighting the giant human reaper larva at end was really cool, and in general I thought they did a great job with the various species and worlds they created–what I would call the “sci-fi” portion of the game. I’m looking forward to playing 3.
This weekend we’re attending my company holiday party (to which I’ll be wearing this) and, after my husband got inspired by the gift we gave his brother-in-law, doing some home brewing.
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> Lately I’ve been working on upping my mascara game. Lucky has a great guide to choosing the best mascara for your lashes, and I can attest that this tip from The Beauty Department really works wonders.