|Images: Eggnog // Song // Macarons|
Lucky thing I have my logbook to remind me of all that went down in December. Here goes the recap of what I was...
Loving: all my new planners. It seems that one of my biggest goals for 2016 is to become a whiz at organizing. I have one planner for healthy living, one for my blog's editorial calendar, and a last one for absolutely everything - work, personal, goals and blogging. I'm not entirely sure how it's all going to work out, or if I'll even be able to keep up with it all, all the time. But at least, my to do list won't resemble a giant mess of random scraps of paper and post its anymore. Fingers crossed.
Reading: My December reading list was one of the best so far: I've powered through those books with the speed of sound. Along the infinite sea was a favorite, not least because I simply adore every single book that Beatriz Williams publishes. I am pilgrim came close second - it was just the perfect, fast-paced, nail-biting. chills-inducing thriller I was hoping for. I also reread the Millenium trilogy before diving straight into The girl in the spider's web, and although the latter was pretty good, I think it's lacking that something special that only Stieg Larsson possessed. But it was still a great read, confirmed by the fact that my dad practically inhaled all the four books over Christmas - he only interrupted reading at meal time! I'm currently halfway through Paper towns, and I love it so far - it comes as no surprise, since I'm such a big fan of John Green. I'm already putting together my January list, and per usual, I have some amazing reads lined up. Stay tuned!
Listening to: Come wake me up by Rascall Flatts & Jill Johnson I don't know why, but this song really struck a chord (pun intended) with me. I've had it on repeat over and over, and I'm still obsessed.
Decorating: two Christmas trees. I was really spoiled this year: not only was I in charge of our family tree, I also got to trim my very first Christmas tree in my new home. It was such a special and lovely moment to me, and I really enjoyed my evenings, sitting by the tree with a glass of eggnog and a good book in hands. Pure happiness.
Drinking: eggnog, of course, but also some great red and white wines. Just before Christmas I practically raided my favorite wine shop, and left with the armful of great bottles to share with my family. And I have made a promise to myself: next year, I want to drink less wine, but only the really good one. Not necessarily more expensive - I'm not that extravagant. Rather, I'd like to skip the supermarket offerings, and choose small, local wineries instead. There are so many great wine producers here in Slovakia, and it would be such a shame not to give them a chance! I'm already looking forward to some great discoveries!
Being spoiled with Christmas presents. When I first moved into my apartment, I didn't own a single casserole - I had to borrow a few from my mom. I opted for an induction stove in my kitchen, and instead of buying any cheap cookware, I wanted to save up my pennies for a really good set that would last me a lifetime (or, at least I hope so :)) I finally found the perfect one last month in Munich, and when my parents offered to buy it for me for Christmas, I was practically jumping for joy. I could hardly hope for a better present - it is one of those gifts that will keep on giving, and can't wait to invite my parents over and cook them a proper lunch, or dinner.
Eating: my mom's macarons (among other delectable things she made for the holidays). Confession time: I have been put to shame by my own mother. After a few failed attempts, I practically interrupted my quest for a perfect homemade macaron (it's precisely one of those things I keep saying I'd want to do more of, but never quite seem to find the perfect occasion). You can only imagine my surprise when I was welcomed in my parents' house last week with a plate of perfectly gorgeous and delicious macarons made by my mom. I may or may not have been a tiny bit jealous, but I immediately proceeded to stuffing my face with them, and quite unceremoniously, to be honest. Definitely a jolt of motivation, if there ever was one. Time to pull out my egg whites and baking sheets again!