I am so excited to put my Christmas trees up. We added some ornaments to our collection this year, so I’m excited to reflect on the adventures we’ve had. The first trip Tom and I took together was to New Orleans. We were living in a tiny apartment so the idea of putting up a tree was unfathomable. We went to New York City for our 1st anniversary, so I bought an ornament to commemorate that trip, too.
When the trees are up, I like to sit in silence at the end of each day with only the trees on, and I find it very calming and peaceful. If I hadn’t been so busy and sick this month, they would already be up. We are bringing everything home from storage this weekend though so it is time!!
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Eating and Drinking:
Last weekend, I decided to try and find different things to pair with a bottle of Alsatian wine we were opening. I bought pork potstickers, chocolates, garlic cashews, spicy olives, and a young Comte cheese to try with the wine. The wine worked really well with the potstickers, cashews, the chocolates, and to some degree, the cheese. However, I’m constantly perplexed about the fact that cheese in the United States just isn’t as good as cheese in Europe. I know it has to do with the pasteurization process, but they don’t even taste like the same product.
Last weekend, we opened a Martin Jund late harvest Gewurztraminer from our Christmas trip to the Alsace. It was just as lovely as I remember it being in Colmar. Last night, we were talking about how we never expected to be wine collectors, but I’m finding that opening a bottle of wine we’ve picked up on our travels is one of my favorite ways to relieve all the places we’ve been.
I am working on finalizing our Thanksgiving trip. That is another thing that is on my agenda this weekend… We are going to do a trip to Paris and the Alsace with my mom, so I’m planning, planning, planning for that.
Last week, I got a lot of compliments on a couple of Banana Republic blazers that I’ve had and worn continuously since 2009. I also found out that if you buy 2 or more pairs of pantyhose at Nordstrom, you get them for half off! Yes, I still wear pantyhose to work events. I like the way it looks. Don’t come for me.
The cooler weather in Dallas. It rained all day Friday, and while that made it REALLY hard to work and focus, however, the cooler temperatures are a welcome change!