The best parts, which I'm going to hang onto for as long as I can in my head, and return to them when the going gets rough (because it will):
Baking all day with 2 of 3 friends I've had for 20 years (one was sick, and we missed her terribly). Yes, we baked sugary and fatty things. And we shared them, as we always do. The company was the most glorious, as always.
Because blood orange sangria makes baking better
If you're still drinking this January, drink this. Fairytale of New York, as posted by Deb over at Smitten Kitchen.
We're never done until 2am Christmas Eve, but it's worth it.
Boxing day with nothing to do but play with our new toys and go to the playground, then have more friends over for a homemade dinner. We all stayed up way too late, but laughed and talked and played. The company, really, was the best.
The first time in New Hope, PA, a little artsy town near Jersey, when I could visit the vintage store on the corner w/out complaints from my family. In fact, they loved it, too. And a dress.
If you can make it there, Love Saves the Day is an incredible vintage shop. Originated in the East Village.
New Year's Day with the Mummers Parade on TV.
If you know what this is, we're best buds.
These are lots of moments. Many of them involved some excess from which I'm admittedly recovering, but I'm cleaning up my act and resetting my head to my #healthyme space and the #DayJob.
What I’m keeping, though, is the focus I was granted - because that’s how it feels - on my family. way. I return, as i often do, to the company, which is the best, because the power of us is such a strong thing, it just can't be manufactured.
So here we go, us. Here we go.