A Wintry Mix

I know the first day of winter isn’t technically until the 21st, but over the weekend I really started to feel winter closing in.

Today began with a lovely drive to work through gross, wet snow.
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On a more positive note, this has made its way back into my morning rotation:
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And, as of approximately 8:43 a.m. Thursday, I am officially able to tolerate hearing Christmas music!  As of approximately 3:19 p.m. that same day, I daresay I am even seeking it out.

All of our holiday decorations (apart from the tree) are up!

H and I also fit a LOT of winter-related fun into this past weekend.  On Friday night after work, we drove down to my parents’ house in New Jersey, arriving just after midnight.  My sister M was also visiting from Maryland, so it was fun spending some time with her, and then on Saturday morning my brother J arrived from South Jersey.  So it was a little holiday reunion!

M and I got takeout from Good Karma Cafe (fave!!!) for lunch:

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Cajun Seitan (one of the best things on the menu imho). Oh my God it’s so good.

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Pineapple Tempeh (I have the leftovers of this for lunch today and I could not be more thrilled)

After eating, we were sure to fit in the season’s first dance to Wizards in Winter:
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And later that evening enjoyed post-Chanukah (which ended Wednesday night) festivities with the rest of the family:
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H and I headed straight back to Massachusetts after the Chanukah party so that we would be up Sunday morning in time for the Pats game!!

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So. Many. Layers.

It was my first cold weather game this year and MAN did it make me realize that winter is coming.


We had a ton of fun as always, although for me the experience was dampened by Gronk’s season-ending injury in the third quarter.  I don’t know if anyone who reads this blog gives a crap about football, but I really, really do and this is bumming me out majorly.

But I digress.

For the rest of the week I will be consumed with preparations for our annual holiday party this Saturday.  I’ve made an affirmative decision to be less of a psychopath for this party than I was for our summer barbecue, and only make 2 things for each course (2 appetizers, 2 mains, etc.) instead of like 12, and buy the rest of the stuff.  Okay, I’m making 3 desserts.  But it’s a major improvement and I’m hoping will allow me to stress a whole lot less over the coming 5 days.

Expect a full recap of the veggie holiday food selection early next week.  In the meantime, this Wednesday, December 11th, I will be providing a stop on the Happy Herbivore Light & Lean blog tour.  Please stop by then to check out my review, read a Q&A with author Lindsday S. Nixon, and enter to win a copy of the book!