holy cow it's almost christmas. i always count down for a long time, but somehow, it seems to sneak up anyway. whether you're taking some down time before meeting up with family or breaking from family after the start of hanukkah, here's 10 ways you can spend some time this weekend avoiding people:
1. netflix. so. many. christmas. movies. it's fantastic! holiday in handcuffs is always a favorite. they also have the crackling fireplace this year, which is not actually a movie so much as it is exactly what it says it is - a video of a crackling fireplace. so you know, to make up for your lack on one. on the non-christmas front, i've been watching damages, with glenn close, and helix. i'm a fan of both so far.
2. make. some salt dough ornaments for your tree.
3. smile. aww heart melted. meet bear.
4. organize. your recipes using evernote. i'm really loving this system, since i'm a big fan of having everything in one place. this way, i can take photos of magazine clippings or cookbook pages, plus clip the recipes i've found on pinterest, and categorize everything by meal and use tags like 'crockpot' 'easy' and 'chicken.' super helpful for meal planning, since i only shop once a month!
5. learn. iva always researches the heck out of her posts and talks about the most interesting topics. i always learn a ton from her, particularly this recent post about the sentinelese.
6. bake. red velvet cupcakes with marshmallow vodka frosting. it's that time.
7. find your center. it's important to de-stress and take some time for yourself.
8. read. a great post on recognizing that hey, maybe you're not perfect.
9. don't panic. still in need of last minute gifts? gift a movie night.
10. answer. since christmas is almost upon us, i'm meeting up with most of the people i have gifts for and could thus potentially show them off on the blog. i scored on a frugal gift idea that i made for my girlfriends, since i planned so far ahead - gifts that should have cost $20 cost me $5. (for a total of $50, which i earned through swagbucks, essentially making it free!) it would be easily replicable for other people to do this year, with a little planning. so answer me this - do you care? should i post about it?