December 26th is one of the worst days of the year.
The radio stations have stopped playing Christmas music. Everywhere, people are (prematurely in my opinion) taking down their lights from their houses. The presents have been opened. The cookies have been eaten, and now I just feel fat.
And the weather is cold. Around Christmas, it is acceptable. Now, I’m miserable and so ready for Springtime.
At least I have the memories of this weekend to reminisce on.
Friday night we had our friends over for a small gathering. Our signature “Poinsettia Cocktail” slightly based off a Martha Stewart recipe was a big hit! (Vodka, cranberry juice, Martinelli’s, and orange zest).
Saturday night we took Giuseppe and walked around the Ridgecrest neighborhood to see the traditional New Mexico luminarias. Ridgecrest is a very charming old neighboorhood, and the medians are lined with little bags of light. It was pretty cold, but definitely worth it!
Sunday, Christmas Day, bright and early, we went over to my parents’ house (in our Christmas pajamas) for presents, brunch, and the Disney Christmas Parade. Then we went to Aaron’s aunt’s house (after changing out of our pajamas of course) for Christmas dinner and board games.
Instead of buying each other gifts, Aaron and I opted to each put in half toward a fancy Canon Rebel EOS T3i camera. (Silly Aaron bought me something anyway which was against the rules!). I am amazed at the difference in picture taking between this camera and our little old one. I suddenly feel like a real photographer! I am a little intimidated by it though. So many settings and options that I don’t understand.
We were able to get some pretty good pictures of our Christmas weekend, even if we did stay pretty much on the automatic setting!
Tomorrow, it’s back to work, back to a diet that isn’t completely cookie-based, and back to our half-marathon training regimen. Today’s 11.1 mile run was a little torturous after all the merriment.
I hope you had a lovely and merry Christmas, that you got to spend time with family and friends, and got everything your heart desired!