I’M BACK FROM MY BLOGGING HIATUS, MY FRIENDS!!!!
^ Allison entering the blogosphere ^
First of all, I’m so happy to be back! I missed blogging and I missed YOU so much! *gathers everybody into a group hug and squeezes and squeezes*
Secondly, I’m really sorry this December in a Nutshell post is so ridiculously late. I got sick around New Year’s Day and have been very sick ever since.
Consequently, I’m afraid I’m going to be two steps behind everybody else in the blogging world. *awkward laugh*
♫ “Let’s staaaaart the Neeeew Yeaaaar riiiiiiiight!” ♫
Now, the December recap. I ran myself a bit ragged in 2018. I spread myself thin over way too many projects and thus I decided I probably needed to rethink my approach to schedules and life goals.
Until I figured out a new schedule, I decided to take a break through December. I chucked my schedule and self-imposed expectations and rested and had fun!
So, because December was a different kind of month, I decided that the nutshell would be formatted a little differently – as a random list of things I did throughout the month. Enjoy the holiday flashback!
Tided up several things that needs to be tied before the end of the year. 🙂
Ate eggnog ice cream.
Went driving late at night with Geeves (my brother and sometimes chauffeur) and twin to look at the neighborhood Christmas lights and decorations. KitKats and coffee-flavored chocolate was nibbled on and Christmas songs were belted out with great enthusiasm – including the Tebo’s signature Christmas song Snoopy vrs the Red Baron. There was also a challenge to see how fast can one humanly sing Jingle Bells. The answer is: pretty fast.
Reached complete recovery after a very bad cold and rejoiced in no longer being a human faucet.
Celebrated by having a peppermint chocolate chip milkshake at Chick-Fil-A.
Made Christmas cookies.
Ate inordinate amounts of pumpkin pie, M&M’s, and Andes mints.
Again, I ate. A lot.
Caught up on my sister’s novels. No crazed, pressured Goodreads challenge reading, just happy off-the-radar binge reading because I wanted to. I read five of my sisters novels, back-to-back. I never really understood book hangover until I read her stories, guys. They are absolutely incredible and awe-inspiring. She is, without a doubt, one of my favorite authors, and not because she’s my sister, but because she her writing is THAT good.
Wrapped presents (even more fun when wrapping with my brother, who’s Elf nickname is Mistletoe, because of his inclination to steal kisses)
Practiced the piano for the first time in forever!
(not even going to apologize for that – cause it gets worse)
Watched Frozen for the 4th time this year!
Got to have long talks with my parents and siblings (sometimes in a group, sometimes one-on-one) I treasure every conversation with them.
Got a bubble tea gift card from my twin.
I won a giveaway! (technically, I won it in November, but it was a Xmas-themed giveaway and the prize arrived in December, so I’m counting it!)
Played fascinatingly stupid computer games with my sisters.
Older sister: That was fun. It’s been a while since I did something stupid with you.
*me thinking* I’m falling down on the job.
Took a long Internet break – which I desperately needed!
And . . . took a family vacation! A good, old-fashioned American car trip.
My destination? The Grand Canyon.
Aside from the Grand Canyon, there were stops at Tombstone, Old Tuscon, and a few other places. On Christmas and New Year’s, my family and I were having a quiet, genteel celebration in the Wild West.
Highlight: While on the road trip, I also got to meet a very dear Internet friend and I am still thrilled to pieces over the fact that I actually got to meet her!
^ literally me meeting blogging buddy ^
I hope to have a travel vlog and journal with all the details up on the blog soon!
But first, I have to go be sick.
So how was your Christmas and New Year’s, my friends? Did you go anywhere? Have a family reunion? What is your favorite holiday treat and how much of it did you eat. You can tell me, we’re all friends here. 😉 I want to hear everything in the comments because I missed you!