Christmas is less than a week away…what?! Who’s done with their shopping? I’m about half way there…it’s officially crunch time. My goal is to have it all done by Friday so that I can just focus on the most important stuff from here on out…which pretty much involves watching Christmas Vacation as many times as possible and drinking lots of these. Here’s a little peek at what’s been keeping me busy this month…
I face-timed with this sweet face last week. She got her Christmas present from Kevin and I early this year…this lucky little gal gets to see her favorite idols in concert next year, One Direction!! So crazy…the concert is not until September 12th of 2014, and tickets already went on sale in early December. My sister and I are taking her, and we’ve both sheepishly admitted that we’re actually pretty excited to go (and that we both kind of have crushes on Harry…shhhh).
Kevin and I went on an adventure in the east bay for his birthday on the 6th. We finally went to check out the Hangar One distillery over in Alameda. It was a freeeezing cold night, but we had fun taking the ferry over after work, touring the facility, tasting some of their stellar spirits, and then dinner at a great spot in Oakland after. It was a bit of work getting out there and back, but well worth it and something we’d been wanting to check out for a long time. Hangar One is Kevin’s favorite vodka, and we’re always happy to support a local biz!
I loooove catching up with friends over holiday dinners. My gal, Jessica, and I went to my favorite spot, Tosca, for such an awesome dinner. We capped off our meal with their famous “cappuccino”, which, incidentally, doesn’t include any espresso, but lots of other yumminess, like chocolate ganache, bourbon, and armagnac. Espresso, my apologies, but you were not missed.
My book club had our annual Christmas dinner a couple weeks ago, and it was just as lovely as ever (here was last year’s party). This year, we skipped the full-on potluck dinner we usually do, and made it an appetizer feast instead. We all agreed it was a fun route to take, since we weren’t tied up in the kitchen the whole night, and it made it much easier to do lots of chatting. I took peppermint cotton candy that I made at home with my trusty little machine I picked up at Best Buy (can you say impulse purchase)? Seriously though, parents, these things are only $40, and they will rock your kids’ lives forever.
We’re in the market for some new Santa gear for the Zeidan family Christmas Eve celebration. Ever the good sport, Kevin modeled this janky beard situation I brought home this past weekend…what do you guys think?
I hosted a few of my bloggity friends for a little holiday gathering this past Sunday. My friend Ryan was back in town (ps, his blog is hi-larious) so we rounded up some of our meetup peeps, including Alanna and her bf, and Chris & Julia, the couple behind A Bar Above. So fun to get to know these new-ish friends better.
PS…I love our little Christmas tree!
Hope you’re all squeezing in lots of holiday fun yourselves!