How I Spent My Christmas

A couple of days ago, I posted a list of alternative activities to the traditional Christmas, geared towards loners (like myself this year), and also people of other faiths (as my friend Nicole pointed out in the comments). So, I thought I'd check back in and share which things I actually did!

I wish I could say I slept in, but this little girl wouldn't let me. Oh well.


I tried to put a bow on Olive's head so that I could get a good Christmas picture of her. Instead, this happened.

I'm going to make a "real" Christmas dinner when my mom and brother are in town, so I decided a big breakfast would be the best way to celebrate on the day of. Banana whole wheat buttermilk waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon, too much coffee. The best.


Olive chilled, I watched You've Got Mail. I decided I wanted to watch some old favorites, and I hadn't seen this one is so long! Plus, I think it's done on Netflix at the end of the month, so the timing was perfect.


It was a seriously gorgeous day. I was so happy because of the weather and the holiday, and Olive's gift to me was that she was on such good behavior.


Olive and I haven't played fetch in a while because it's been cold and, depending on the day, rainy, snowy, wintery mix-y, muddy, or generically gross, plus I've been busy. All the things aligned and we played fetch for so long and soaked up some vitamin D.


After fetch I had this feeling like I wanted to run, which I haven't done since early November because of the weather and crazy schedule. We drove through our trafficless town to the track and did a few laps.


Olive doesn't seem to love being in the car (or, at least, she doesn't ever want to get into it and she jumps out asap), so I rewarded her for good behavior with a quick walk around the neighborhood when we got back home.


Then it was Meg & Tom part two with Sleepless in Seattle. Seriously, those two. Perfection.


Later, Olive chilled out with me while I drank wine and watched Good Will Hunting. Because you just can't see that movie too many times. First Robin Williams movie I've watched since he passed. Bittersweet.

Not pictured: dishes, floor sweeping, lounging in bed, photo printing and displaying (been meaning to work on this forever!), Christmas light hanging (for the family when they arrive), face mask, late holiday card writing, thanks giving.

Christmas Day this year was like a really great day off, a good mix of relaxing and productive, but I was in a super good mood because of the holiday and felt totally justified in allowing myself little indulgences, like three movies in one day. I was the happiest I can remember being in a long time, and I am grateful for it.

I hope you all had lovely whatever you celebrate days, and I'd love to hear about how you spent them!

Yours Truly, Jen

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