I’m spending my first christmas on the west coast, this year! Growing up, my favorite Christmas things to do were:
- ice skating in Rockefeller Center
- going to see the Radio City Christmas Show with my grandma
- playing in the snowy parts of the street that were fenced off for trash bins, since those were the parts not yet soiled by dogs.
Despite the fact that I’m in warm California, I’ve already covered those Christmas traditions the best I could:
- Alex and I went ice skating at an outdoor rink in our neighborhood
- You could now watch the Radio City Christmas Show on Netflix, and feel like you’re in New York from anywhere!
- In California, they call their snow “rain” and there was a ton of it to run around in, this weekend.
And I’m starting to make new ones in my new home. The two of us are celebrating our little Christmas, on Christmas Eve. This means that Christmas Eves Eve was pretty significant thing to document.
I watched Christmas movies, decorated cards, wrapped gifts, cuddled pups, made dinner, stitched stockings, and drove around looking at peoples intricate house lights.
I like the idea of traditions. Starting new ones and sticking to old ones. Do you have any holiday traditions, of your own?
Last week, I got to spend sometime down in Florida with my favorite family, the Marshalls! Ryan and his daughter Tessa gave me a tour of some of the towns around Orlando, let me draw with them, introduced me to geocaching, and let me eat all of their macaroni!
They were great hosts. On our trip around Orlando, we stopped into the Makr shop and watched tons of people hand sewing and cutting out fun leathery goods.
Then I got to visit the Rifle Paper Shop filled with the CUTEST everything. Like cute Christmas cards
cute stringcute bottles of goldand the cutest little girl that loved the cute gold!
While taking a walk after bit, Tessa became slightly disgusted with my foot wear and refused to look at me before we went shopping for new ones.
These were the gems she was trying to sell me on. I wasn’t budging so instead of spending money on new shoes, we got colorful cookies from the grocery store and went home to eat them.Ryan claimed to be a diabetic, and opted to eat Tessas tummy instead.Even without the sugar cookies and window shopping, I had such a fun trip playing with the dreamy Canon Mark II that I took these photos on, and catching up with one of my oldest friends and watching him and his family continue to grow up.
I’ve been having one of the most exciting and inspiring years of my life, and every day I wake up excited about what I’ve accomplished and what the future holds.
I wish I could say “thank you” to every person, place, and thing that makes me smile through out the day but I think that if I looked down on my shoes and said something like “thanks for staying tied, old friends!” I may be considered simply mad instead of happy!
I am thankful for so many things in my life. The following, to name a few:
To the feeling I get from finding a record I’ve been searching for.
Having overall good health.
The internet, for helping me remember peoples birthdays.
Feeling loved and appreciated.
The time I get to spend with my grandma.
Helpful people, phone reminders, and cheap tupperware that helps me stay organized.
Having the most helpful, creative, silly, caring, supportive best friend and companion in my life, every day!
Flipping a note book open to the exact page of notes I was looking for.
New York Public Access Chanel
My obedient adorable pup, Charlie.
Thick mugs that keep my coffee warm
Every hug I ever recieve
Airplanes for getting me anywhere I need to go.
Googly eyes, for being able to give everything a personality.
Thinking up a goal and achieving it.
Steal toe boots for keeping me from stubbing my toes all day long
Getting good access to great shows.
Big comfy sweaters for acting more like blankets, when I fall asleep on the couch.
Picking the line at a shop that I think will move the fastest, and it actually does.
Having hair that I can turn into fun colors
Being able to order burgers without buns, at In n Out
To four more years of feeling like my lady rights are being tended to, as an American.
Finding new materials to make forts out of.
My hands, for facilitating me to work and make hand turkeys!
Some other honorable mentions:
- friends who let me know when I’m making stupid decisions
- fully charged electronics
- super fast laptops
- automatic log ins
- sharp scissors
- Twilight Zone tv marathons
- My Neighbor Totoro on a rainy day
- white rooms with natural light
- mild fall days
- my family and I being safe through a hurricane
- lavender soap
- someone who laughs at my jokes
- the fake laughter in sitcoms, when I can’t be around the real thing
- the band Squeeze
- gas stove tops
- the amount of documentaries on Netflix
- fresh laundry