(original sold to a lovely dear one)
oh, the holidays continue. as holidays go, this has been an unusually (and blissfully) quiet and low key christmas. and boy has it been a wonderful few days: food. lounging. time spent with john, his sister liz, her dog griffon, our dog bella. movies. more food. yatzee. a ton of holiday music. i love that each year i absolutely love the time with my family more and more. even if we’re not doing very much. just the time seems to be enough. and i also love that john loves to cook and that he insists on doing it. what a blessing. he cooks. i do the dishes. perfect.
i so missed my parents this year, but it was also really fun (and funny) to listen on speaker phone as they unwrapped their gifts from us and to hear the screams of delight when my mom opened her gift from me (a painting). this is what she gifted to me. how cool + sweet is that?
with a cup of hot tea in hand, i loved unwrapping (like a kid, but much slower…i like the moment to last) my gifts and watching liz and john unwrap theirs. in addition to all the thoughtful treats from loved ones, i received many books this year, all of which i brought with me to portland. oh yes, we are now in portland! we arrived this morning and happily spent the day in the wet and cold. we missed the snow by one day, but already we’ve been blessed with oddities. for example, our hotel room number and our flight number from this morning are EXACTLY the same. how strange. what could it mean? even stranger: i coincidentally bumped into one of my dearest friends at REI this morning (john and i went there almost immediately upon landing for new rain gear). there she was, liz elayne, my friend who i talk to just about every other day and who lives 2 hours from here, walking past me near the winter coat section. what was she doing in portalnd, i wondered, and how is it that she is right in front of me at this very moment! it was bizarre and wonderful all at once! i wonder what will happen next?
so yes, i brought the books. and i plan on reading them and continuing a vacation of books and sleep and movies and john and friends and down-time in portland. super blessed. i have to admit that i sort of woke up today in a very bad mood. i’m not sure what that was all about, but the minute i saw liz walking around REI, i brightened up and it’s all been good ever since. speaking of liz, i’ve been saving this under the tree for a bit now…a gift to myself from her etsy shop. i L.O.V.E. it!
and i just want to say that i’m so looking forward to 08. i have been thinking so much about 07 and i’ll write more on it later, but i just love this time of season…the endings, the beginning. i’m not really a huge resolution girl, but i do love thinking ahead and dreaming up new plans and new ways of doing things.
ps. i can hear the rain on the window and on the roof of this hotel and it’s making me happy.