10 Best: Ways To Avoid People

November 21, 2013

i'm still in birthday mode.  but who says the word 'celebrate' has to mean party or a big night out?  i celebrate just as much in the comfort of my own home, thank you very much.  are you staying in this weekend?  i feel like i want to, and should, in preparation for the (a) drinking overload that is black wednesday and (b) people overload that is thanksgiving.  john's family is very nice to me but i'll be damned if i don't just prefer my nice, quiet holidays with mom and dad.  during which we eat out because my mom and i don't eat turkey, and none of us are cooking up a grand dinner when it's just 3 of us.  i'm completely serious when i say we go to an indian food buffet (my dad is indian, don't forget.)  and it's wonderful.  and no one has to clean any dishes.

anyway, my top 10 recommendations for avoiding people this weekend and instead lounging celebrating in your sweat pants:

1. cooking: face it, the odds of you pulling off a thanksgiving timeline like steph's are slim to none.  might as well use this weekend to start making some thanksgiving dishes that can be reheated the day of!  what's your favorite go-to food on thanksgiving?  mine is brussels sprouts, i love them.  i plan on cooking a couple recipes of them this weekend!

2. learning: on my 101 in 1001 list, i have the task of learning my favorite phrase in 5 different languages.  that phrase being "two beers please, my friend will pay," which is my absolute favorite thing to say in spanish at a mexican restaurant and then point at a stranger, watch the waiter laugh, and then give me my beers for free anyway.  it's a win for everyone.  so now i'm learning this phrase to use it every where i go.  i've got italian and french down (which are darn close to spanish) and now i've found it in german: zwei bier bitte, mein freund zahlt.  learn it with me!

3. blogging: i'm trying to plan a weekend with betsy that we honestly just dedicate to blogging.  (sadly not this weekend, but i can prep for the event this weekend!)  for us, the weekend would mean making delicious food and having wine while we lounge in our pj's and just write and schedule blog posts, bounce ideas off each other, etc etc.  for me i'd also spend it organizing my reader and downloading some apps to help manage social media and possibly learn about easy photo editing (cause i do nothing right now.  not that you care, but i do in fact take an iphone photo and slap it on a blog post.  i hear it would look nicer if i made a little effort.  sue me, i like writing more than photos.)  would you like to virtually join us for a few hours?  we'd be available to do a google hang or gchat or talk on twitter, maybe set up a discussion board somewhere so everyone could ask questions or work out their ideas.  what do you think?  this weekend would probably have to be post-christmas, it's just so busy til then.  but it'd be a fun start to the new year!

side note - i got a new camera, the canon powershot s110 after quinn's recommendation, and it syncs wirelessly with my phone and computer!  i took this picture of my birthday flowers, no editing, no filter.  my post photos are about to get much much better.



4. netflix: 4 seasons of dexter, now on netflix!  does anyone have a problem binge watching dexter?  i don't, but i could see it being a problem for some.  but you should get over it, because it's a great show.  i'm definitely going marathon watch it.

5. website: santa's reindeer!!  it is never too early to just sit for hours and watch santa's reindeer.  apparently santa comes out and feeds them a few times a day too, but i don't care about that.  i just love watching the reindeer!

6. online shopping: i'm spending some time this weekend gearing up for cyber monday in just over 1 week.  deals are already online at some stores, and some have let you know what the specials would be.  i need to get my cart ready (because i do not shop on black friday.  i hate people.) and target has been enticing me with their secret cyber week deals.  i'm coming for you, target.

7. organizing: if you haven't already started, this is prime organizing time in prep for the holidays.  move furniture so you can fit your decor/tree.  have your kids make their donation piles (you know, because santa only brings new toys if you leave him a pile of old ones to take to other kids.)  (i only wish my mother had told me this, her attic would be in a lot better state right now.)  don't let the holidays and all the new stuff it brings overwhelm, start making space now.

8. television: the christmas movie marathons begin!  the hallmark channel and lifetime (two personal faves) are airing their made for tv christmas movies all weekend long.  you cannot for one moment tell me you don't also love them, because you would be lying.  we both know it.  lifetime even has a new one this year, kristin's christmas past.  i don't even know what it's about, other than her waking up 2 decades ago, but i'll be watching it!

9. pinterest: do you follow my pinterest boards yet?  do i follow yours?  leave me your link!  pinning things related to christmas while watching made for tv christmas movies is probably the way i most want to spend my time.  like these peppermint crunch truffles.  yes please.


10. and of course, decorating!  here's what my house looks like this time of year:


yes, my tree is bright, yes those are my peppermint red velvet cupcakes with marshmallow vodka frosting.  and yes, i begin the decorating right after my birthday and i don't wait til thanksgiving.  thanksgiving has never been a big holiday in my house/for my family so i skip right to christmas.  and my tree, who is a pre-lit snow covered beauty from macy's (go buy the floor model after christmas, don't be stupid), named lennox, deserves to be up as long as possible.


have a wonderful weekend staying in and doing nothing!

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39 comments

  1. I wanna google hangout!!!! And I think staying in sounds awesome. Like fantabulous. I work all weekend though. Womp womp. We're trying so hard to go through the child's toys. So many. Must have beverages.

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  2. NO NO NO decorating for this girl until after Thanksgiving - and how was I not following you on Pinterest yet?!?!? I am hoping to knock out some good Christmas shopping, though... I'm a sale scoper. :)

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  3. you're currently my favorite person as of now. is it me being old or just lame that an evening in PJ's with wine and blogging sounds is my idea of a good night? or neither... who likes people anyway? hehe

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  4. Have you ever had cheese stuffed Brussels sprouts???? I'm going to be really lazy and not make this a link but I'll copy and paste the web address to the best thing that ever happened to Brussels sprouts. Like, for real. http://cookingstoned.tv/recipe/garlic-and-herb-stuffed-brussels-sprouts/

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  5. I totally forgot to wish you a happy birthday. I had a jager induced memory lapse. Forgive me! My tree is going up this weekend.

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  6. I'm totally planning to stay in, blog & watch netflix all weekend! Plus decorating for christmas :) Also those cupcakes look AMAZING!

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  7. I would love to do all of things things instead of tolerate people this week. Especially decorate since I am really sick of my fall decor. Christmas just feels so close and I admit I'm guilty of wanting to "skip over" thanksgiving... which is shameful. Hope your week is successful and people-less :)
    { Raspy Wit }

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  8. Can I just tell you how much the first part of your post resonated with me?! I feel the same way... overload, overload, overload. I definitely prefer quiet holidays with my non-Turkey eating family without stress, too! My parents are doing Texas de Brazil this year... *sniff*

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    1. Ohhh man that place is intense! I so agree, the quiet holidays are my favorite kind. There's just so much overload usually, it's nice to have a quiet relaxing day with family.

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  9. OMG Santa's REINDEER! I am never leaving my house again...

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  10. Netflix always has my back when uploading new shows for me to binge-watch. This is the perfect list for people who just don't want to deal with other people for now... or ever...

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    1. Ever, I choose ever :) Netflix rocks with their instant watch, I have a huge list of shows to get to. It's so fun though!

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  11. Couch + TV + PJs + Princess Hawkeye sounds like the perfect remedy!

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  12. i LOVE stay-ins! we bust out or christmas decor dec 1 and by 'we' i mean my husband. i have zero decorating/creativity skills for this shit.

    as for photoediting: PICMONKEY. you're welcome. just upload your pic and select whatever you need to and it does it for you like magic :)

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  13. Oooo a blog weekend sounds like fun! DEXTER IS AMAZING! And I have a wifi card for my DSLR so my photos sync to my phone, too. Best thing ever!!

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  14. I could avoid people for an entire month with netflix by my side. also please share brussel sprout recipes..they are my favorite of all veggies.

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  15. 1 - honey baked ham, gotta have it on Thanksgiving
    3 - yes, yes, yes. I wanna join the blogging fun!

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  16. I would totally hang out in pajamas virtually with you guys. Great idea.

    I freaking love brussels sprouts. Love love love love. I love them steamed, baked, sauteed. All ways.

    If I have to edit, I use picmonkey, but honestly I'm mostly only editing if it's too dark. hahaha

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  17. I made those peppermint truffles last year. Just be warned, my candy canes somehow melted almost when I put them in the refrigerator. Not really sure how that happened though...

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  18. "Two beers please, my friend will pay" That's hilarious! I will have to try that one sometime...but it would have to be in English bc I don't know how to speak any other language :-/ I like your ideas for staying in but still being very productive. I'd also be down for a gchat party one of these weekends when it's quiet.

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  19. Yay! I'm so excited everyone is excited about the blogging weekend! I'm also a pro Picture manager editor, since I'm poor and can't afford nice things in life like Photoshop haha.

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  20. Why do I come to your blog and leave craving cupcakes? Dammit Stephanie!

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  21. Bah! I just got a Santa feeding! So exciting!

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  22. I seriously need to start editing my pictures too. I always just put them up as is. Adding this to my blogging goals lists.

    I'm waiting for the right time to binge watch Dexter. Because if I sit down to watch one episode, I'm going to wanna watch like 8.

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  23. You're after my own heart. I asked my husband yesterday if we could tell my mom we're with my dad and vice versa and just eat frozen pizza on the couch for Thanksgiving. He said I was wrong, but it sounds so nice! I just bought a camera for the reason you describe (wireless sync) and it isn't working but glad to know that it IS possible!

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  24. "two beer please, my friend will pay" GENIUS. I will be learning this. I would definitely participate in a blogging weekend, sounds great! Especially my poor blog is being a little neglected will I study for the GMAT and apply to grad school...

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  25. Gosh I haven't had a Google hangout in over a year. I haven't even facetimed someone in a couple of months. Boo ;-\

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  26. PJ's, Pinterest, and a good ole Lifetime Christmas movie.. the perfect night! Those truffles look TO DIE FOR.

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  27. I freakin love that you say "two beer please, my friend will pay" -now if only I liked beer. I'll have to find and learn "two vodkas please, my friend will pay". and I'm with ya on staying in this weekend, the couch and Netflix are calling my name.. gotta rest up for next week's shenanigans.

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  28. Ohhh those cupcakes! I wish I lived near you so I could come over and eat them all! And that photo is AMAZING!!!!

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  29. Ummm all of this, yes! Are we long lost sisters?? Lifetime and Hallmark and ABC Family are awesome this time of year! I just got season 8 of Dexter in the mail, catching up. The beer phrase is hilarious!

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  30. These are often things to do to relax and indulge at home! I LOVE how bright your trees are. I wait until after Thanksgiving to start decorating, but I always decorate in huge ways.

    The phrase you're learning is hilarious and awesome. Maybe I will learn it with you. I can definitely see how fun the reactions that you get would be. :)

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  31. I will be spending Thanksgiving eating lobster, then blogging, Pinteresting, shopping online and drinking :-D And a blogging party would be fun sometime!

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.com

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  32. This is exactly what I need. Hope you had an awesome thanksgiving! :D

    x leah symonne x

    itsleli.blogspot.com

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  33. I don't shop on black friday either, never have and never will. I can barely stand the crowds with regular shopping, I'm all set with getting trampled by 3000 psychos.
    following you on pinterest now!

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  34. I got together with a couple of girl friends Friday night and stayed in the rest of the weekend. Just did a lot of chores. But it was relaxing.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allinyc.com

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    1. Yeah I've done a lot of chores but somehow that's more relaxing than anything else! Sometimes it's nice to have no plans.

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  35. Indian buffets are the shit, but I kinda love having my own American buffet at home. (Oh yea, 20 lb turkey and double GBC for 2- yes).
    I too have a serious issue with binge watching TV (Dexter, check, Downton Abby, check). Once my Breaking Bad season 1 disk comes in, my friends won't see me for a while.

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  36. love it love it love it! Sis, download duolingo on your phone. I'm also learning german and this shit is FUN! I'm with you on the binge tv watching, especially on the weekend when I go dark, hermit-stylez.

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