All posts tagged: Christmas

reflections and resolutions

I love waking up first, pouring the first cup of coffee, and feeling the quiet, especially after many loud and busy days. Soon, I’ll be playing with trains, packing for a work trip, and finishing my script for a presentation that I will deliver on Saturday morning in New York.  For now, though, it is so quiet. This past week didn’t just deliver Christmas joy.

Christmas vacation

The house is clean, the junk food is out of site or thrown away, and we’re detoxing indefinitely with some yummy vegan cuisine. I’ve been out of the office since last Thursday and the unwinding is officially underway, thanks to my sister and the Peace Soap (Kiss My Face, which is cruelty free!) that graced my bubble bath. We’ve definitely had some Griswold moments on this Christmas vacation so far. The cats tested my patience by unwrapping presents (not for them), holiday lights gave us a run for our money, and mice literally ate through the wires going into the engine of our Volkswagen. I’m not kidding you. On Christmas Eve, my part nature-man and part mechanical-genius father popped open the hood to have a look. My husband literally looked at me, smiled, and called me “nature girl” under his breath as my father hauled out a nest. Don’t worry–there is no chance in hell we’d ever get mice traps. However, as the AAA tow truck hauls the car away as I write, it does …