Here it is, the weekend before Christmas. We knew it would come up quickly and it certainly did. Joseph and I celebrated Christmas together this past weekend since he is scheduled to work Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It is also the official beginning start of winter and the good news about that is we will now slowly start getting more daylight instead of losing it. I am currently cozied up by the Christmas tree with the fire lit and blogging.
Here is what I was up to this past week.
Monday was very nice with the temperature going up to 68 degrees. I took advantage and went for a walk on my lunch break as well as stopping off to get an iced coffee. I wandered around the shops and just enjoyed the warm day.
I knew that I would be off of work on Friday as well as having meetings a few days this week, so the extra caffeine was appreciated as I tried to get everything done.
After work I took advantage of the warmer weather and went for a short run. This is why I love Raleigh, it can be so cold for a few days and then warm right up to give you a little break.
And since I was feeling healthy after my run I decided to make an herb sautéed salmon with asian noodles and brussel sprouts for dinner. I love a delicious meal that is also healthy and salmon is one of our favorites.
I had a few work meetings this week at the data processing center building for my company. I used to work there, so it was nice visiting old friends as well as seeing how it was decorated for Christmas this year.
It was still warm outside, but the rain had moved in and unfortunately a cold front came with it. I guess you can’t escape the cold weather forever.
The next morning was really cold, so I bundled up in a throw blanket to enjoy my iced coffee that morning. I usually drink a hot coffee when it’s cold out, but I woke up craving an iced coffee so I had no qualms about having the iced option even though it was cold out side.
I worked from home on Thursday which I appreciated since I was off on Friday. Luckily it wasn’t too busy right before the holiday. I basically cleaned the house and did a little bit of laundry while working. The roses I got from Trader Joe’s finally opened up and bloomed on Thursday and they looked absolutely beautiful. I love white roses, especially this time of year.
I had some leftover noodles from the Salmon meal that I made on Monday, so I sautéed some spinach in sesame oil, steamed a few chicken dumplings and made a delicious little lunch and ate it while cozied up on the sofa watching Christmas movies.
Joseph and I celebrated Christmas together on Friday this year. He will be working on Christmas Eve and Chrsitmas day, so I though it would be a fun way to spend Friday and Saturday together doing our Christmas. We spent time around the Christmas tree, opened gifts, watched Elf and just relaxed.
Christmas for me this year certainly had a luxurious theme as I received a plush robe, a beautiful book, a timeless watch, a decadent perfume and a gift card for some luxurious sleep attire.
On Saturday we just stayed home and relaxed as it was a cold day outside. I cozied up in a cardigan and got some things done around the house as well as tuning in to some Christmas movies.
Sunday morning was a regular Trader Joe’s shopping day. I wanted to go early because I thought it would be busy but it surprisingly wasn’t. It was very cold though…a definite start to the winter season.
After I got home I put the groceries away and went to the mall to make a return and to do a little shopping for some sleep wear. But first, coffee was needed.
I did get the sleep wear that I wanted, but I am saving it for a separate post so stay tuned! Otherwise I shopped around the clothing sales and tried some things on. I have fun going to the mall and playing dress up and even found a few cute shirts.
But my favorite thing that I brought home from the mall was the air fryer on sale at Macy’s. I have always heard such rave reviews about the air fryer and I have no idea why I never got one until now. I tried it out as soon as I got home and made some fish and chips (fries) (both were frozen) and brussel sprouts tossed in sesame oil and garlic salt. The fish and fries turned out amazing! They were so crispy and done in 15 minutes, I was so amazed. The brussel sprouts got a little too done, so I learned to maybe add those halfway through instead of all together. I was still able to eat them though and they were very delicious too. This is definitely one of my favorite purchases of this year.
It’s hard to believe that Christmas will be over and we will be headed into the new year soon, but here we are. Another decade gone and time to start a new one! I can’t wait to share what all the new year will bring for the blog!