WEEKEND POST 158

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I guess you could call my spreadsheet bookkeeping next-level neurotic. But to wrap both the Christmas gifts + the year’s finances before December ends is totally worth celebrating.

Annnnd by celebrate, I mean nestle into a warm pile of blankets on the couch with the cats, a good book, mellow tunes + a deep glass of something delicious, because my 2017 travels — work only — topped 9,250 miles. That’s longer than a straight line from here to Antarctica!

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WEEKEND POST 157

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Do you have snow? Opening up to the world on social media this morning we found that every other location we once called home — including the Gulf coasts of both Texas and Florida — received at least a festive dusting, and here we are damp + dreary with blowing, spitty, gross rain that hasn’t let up for two days. D’oh.

Inside, the fireplace is getting a workout, the Holiday Stream is queued up, and the homemade gift preparations have finally commenced. For supper, wintry pear + sage stuffed turkey burgers with caramelized onions on focaccia, a green salad + a new Chardonnay, followed (hopefully) by popcorn + a Christmas movie!

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WEEKEND POST 156

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Kicked the turkey leftovers for some hardy veg, crisp sweet fruit + a bright tahini-orange vinaigrette today.

After lunch, I’m cuing up the yuletide tunes to hurriedly festoon our home in the break between this and the next weeks’ travels. Then (obviously) a hot cocoa break to breathe, relax, breathe. The holiday delirium is upon us!

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WEEKEND POST 155

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This was our sixth Thanksgiving here, and we were elated to trade our quiet, intimate November holiday for two for one overflowing with family love + stories + little girl giggles, making our house feel like a home.

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WEEKEND POST 154

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Driving home yesterday morning I realized where our autumns hide — Virginia! Nothing like the upper Midwest, mind you, but the colors there, even this late in the season, far outshine anything we get in NC. I also realized how fun it is to drive behind a tractor trailer carrying a harvested cotton “module“… as if a giant stuffed bear was travelling ahead of me, unbeknownst to him that his stuffing was gradually coming out in little snowy poofs along the highway! (Four-plus hours alone in the car requires a lot of personal entertainment.)

This floral skeleton is from our yard. A pretty little star, don’t you think?

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