30 December 2013

Looking back at 2013.

I can't believe that 2013 is at its tail end. Where did the time go?

But then again, I ask myself that every year immediately after the Christmas holiday. It always seems though that the time between Halloween and New Year's Eve passes in such a flash.

Looking back at what 2013 brought me - the job I'd been working for and wanting for a while, a solidified sense of "home" living in my city, more travel experiences for my memory bank, new friends and deeper relationships with old ones - I'm so grateful for every one of the 364 days that I've woken up to so far.

And then looking forward: 2014 sounds like such a great year already. First of all, it's an even number, and I'm a total weirdo stickler for even numbers (it's one of my weird quirks). I'll turn 27 shortly after the turn of the year, and I don't know what it is about the age (it's certainly not that it's an even number), but I'm actually looking forward to that. It'll be the dawn of my late 20s, and it oddly doesn't freak me out. The first half of the year will see me traveling abroad with my best friend in the world, where we'll gallivant through London, Paris and Dublin together - just the two of us, living every minute of that week to the brim. In the middle of the year, my friends and I will welcome two new little additions to our circle, as two of our girlfriends are due with their first babies this summer. And who's to tell what we'll be privy to in the latter part of this next year.

I'm looking forward to soaking it all in, and taking it as it comes. Bring it on, 2014.


Ps - Here's a fun list of New Year's Resolutions that we can all practice in everyday life.


26 December 2013

23 December 2013

Merry merry.

It's fiiiinally here! The Eve of Eve...the day before the big events begin. I'm cozy in my apartment, listening to Christmas music, debating which of my repeat Christmas movies I will watch tonight (I'm thinking "The Holiday"...again), and wrapping a few of the last presents. In the meantime, I came across the above video and had to share.

I hope you all are having a cozy night and that you are consumed with warmth, gratitude and that awesome feeling of content. Life is good, ya'll.

Cheers, and Merry Christmas.

20 December 2013

Fa la la!

Refinery 29 had an article today about being single during the holidays, and how you have to make your own sort of holiday. As I was reading, I patted myself on the back for doing a pretty darn good job of feeling the Christmas Cheer around my place.

Last year, I bought an adorable 4' fake Christmas tree, white lights galore, a few choice ornaments, a little tinsel, and a stocking for the fireplace. Before Thanksgiving even hit this year, I had the whole spread out of the hall closet and set up in the living room. Right after I got back from my Mexican Thanksgivingpalooza, I broke out the serious secret weapon...the Christmas DVDs.

I made the rounds last Christmas, hopping from one Target to another in search of a single copy left on the shelves of "Love Actually", "The Holiday", and "Home Alone". After about three Target stops, I finally managed to wrangle all three, and I gluttonously have them on rotation nonstop in the month of December.

As I lay in bed right now typing, I'm bobbing my head to the scene of Cameron Diaz, all wined up and screaming at the top of her lungs the lyrics to a The Killers song. I can't think of a single part of "The Holiday" that I don't totally love. Kate Winslet's reaction to arriving at the LA Mansion she'd call home for the holidays; Jude Law spotting Cameron Diaz across the bar after he thought she'd returned home to the US; all of the scenes with Arthur Abbott; the Hannukah dinner party with Kate and Jack Black; Cameron grocery shopping in town and chugging straight from the wine bottle.

What is your favorite Christmas movie, and why?

Only five days left til Christmas Eve festivities begin...so happy to be relishing in this time of year!!