Christmastime has been as enjoyable as I could have thought possible. Last weekend, I celebrated with the Newman family; we went out for a fun dinner, did a gift exchange, and played Yahtzee. Their eldest, Lily, is better at adding up the score than I am! The next morning, Andrea and I went to a packed Yoga Sculpt class at the Arlington Heights CorePower. I then hightailed it to Wilmette to shower quickly and borrow my mom’s car to visit my dad in Ottawa. Being the wonderful sister that I am, I picked Bill up from his place on the way. Once on the highway, it was an easy drive, thanks to perfect weather and lively, fun conversation with Bill.
Upon arrival in Ottawa, we took Dad out for a meal at a nice restaurant in LaSalle-Peru a few towns over. Afterward, we took the long, scenic route through Starved Rock and my dad was tame for once with his back seat driving. Still, he can’t help himself but alert me of a speed limit change. He would then tell me to look at bald eagles or some sort of structure and I had to remind him I was watching for the speed limit, teasingly. When we got back to his house, we opened gifts, had dessert, and hung out with his dog. We were back in Wilmette by 7:30 pm. During this trip, there was no instance of bickering whatsoever, which may be a first. It was really, really nice.
On Christmas Eve morning, my dear friend Arie and I took a well-attended CorePower class at Old Orchard mall followed by a requisite, but an unnecessary trip to Sephora. I came home with Youth To The People’s Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser, a mini Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo for my purse, and a mini Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist since I’d just run out. I sent her off with a big hug afterward as the next day, she was headed to Thailand for her belated honeymoon. When I got back to my mom’s, I was able to take a nice bath (I would never deign to do that in my apartment). Later that evening, my cousin Susan and her kids, as well as my uncle and his wife, came for Christmas Eve dinner. We had phenomenal beef tenderloin, horseradish sauce (which I dropped on the floor), garlic smashed potatoes, green beans, and salad. Bill and I cleaned up and I went to bed around 10:30 pm while the two of them stayed up a while longer talking politics (no thank you).
The next morning, we opened gifts to Christmas music and I had a giant onion bagel and cream cheese for breakfast, which to me is the ultimate treat. After my mom had finished her phone calls to her siblings, we went for a walk in Wilmette, marveling at the 50-degree weather. I took off my coat at one point because the sun was so warm. In the afternoon, we did a gift exchange at the Geocarises then took a catnap before dinner at the Allens. Sadly, Bill didn’t attend dinner as he had to work at 6 am the next morning, since this is his busy season at Radio Flyer. At dinner, we had more delicious food, steak, potatoes, and a lot of red wine. We played music trivia, which was a total blast. Frankly, I barely remember heading home around 2:30 am!
The next morning, I was feeling fairly tired of course, but got myself home via Lyft, leaving my bags unpacked while I climbed back in bed for three or four more hours. The rest of the day passed predominately in bed, reading. The following morning, I decided last minute to go to a morning Yoga Sculpt at CorePower in my neighborhood, but frankly, I felt dizzy and had to leave halfway through. I hadn’t eaten or hydrated enough, so I decided to try again in the evening. Before I did that, I had a nice lunch and gift exchange with my friend Kylie at Crosby’s Kitchen in the Southport Corridor. The evening Yoga Sculpt class was successful but very intense. I made it all the way through and already after two weeks of starting CorePower, I feel leaner, stronger in my core, and mentally more peaceful.
Today, I’m sitting at Starbucks writing. I haven’t done this in quite a while, but with the closing of the holiday season, I suspect I’ll be here more frequently. I certainly plan to post more on the blog. That said, it’s been really nice to see family and friends and have the opportunity to recharge and prepare for another busy work year! In fact, I’ve been sleeping in until 9 am the last few days, which is unheard of for me. Might as well take advantage while I can. I am feeling very good about the future and grateful for all that I have. Happy New Year, everyone!
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