December 19, 2011

Heading out

Last Friday, I bought myself a little pre-Christmas present:

Glorious, no? It's something I've wanted for a while - my small one got left in Chicago - but I was waiting for a refund debit card from the company I use for my home Internet connection. Best part? It was on sale! So I got to get the food processor *and* some spinach, fruit, and unsweetened vanilla almond milk!

It's big enough to use as a blender, too, which I love. I don't really have a problem eating fruits and veggies, but having this healthy smoothie option back in Chicago curbed a lot of my sweet tooth snacking. And - I'm very excited to get back to making my own bean/veggie burgers. And one ingredient "ice cream"!

Today, I am back in Chicago - just a quick pit stop before heading back to Connecticut tomorrow and spending a little over a week there. Then, another day and a half in Chicago before returning to California to get ready for Spring semester 2012!

I'm writing this post before I leave for Chicago, of course, so I hope I made it in one piece ... and that I'm not frozen to death. I bought a hat at the grocery store yesterday since my dad got rid of all my winter stuff back in Chicago - "you won't need it in California!" he said, apparently not realizing I wouldn't be staying here forever.

(I dyed my hair pink, by the way. Needed a change, wanted something fun. I am seriously loving the amazed smile from every little kid. Child, you too will grow up and have a super amazing life.)

The Connecticut shoreline this time of year is about 10-15º colder than my part of California, and Chicago is 15-25º colder than that. I'll be running around trying to do some Christmas shopping today - at the very least, I need to hit up the Lego store and get the Death Star, something my brother has wanted for years but that I can only now afford to buy for him.

I'm surprisingly not worried about Christmas and holiday eating. Thinking back to last year, when I made myself a survival binder and started dreading heading home even before Halloween ... it was a lot of anxiety. This year, things are different. My family dynamic has shifted greatly, and I won't be facing down a big holiday meal or any baked goods - my dad is on a fairly strict eating plan because of his health problems. As strange as it will be to not have Christmas like usual, I'm certainly grateful for a few days in a "safe" food environment.

What about you? How are you planning on enjoying your holidays? What's at the top of your wish list?


Hyla said...

You look great! But I want a full hair shot!

We are waiting for snow, this is UPSTATE NY and there is nothing! And sadly it doesnt look like we will get any for Christmas, it's supposed to be in the 40s! What!?

It sadly does not feel like Christmas, but I am still super excited to cover the floor with wrapping paper with my four kids Christmas morning!

Unknown said...

I'm so glad that you've had a stopover in Chicago, Mary. The way you talk about it near Christmastime has made us look forward to our trip even more. You and I will be like two leaves blowing by each other in the wind. I'll be arriving on Friday for the night, with my husband. Enjoy, enjoy.

Anonymous said...

Safe travels and have a great holiday!

P.S. I love the pink hair :)

Living in the Light & Beyond...Krystin said...

I was in Chicago last weekend having left 30+ degrees in NY and landing at ORD to learn the high for the day...18 degrees! Needlesstosay, I was NOT prepared. I had some business scheduled for Monday, but decided to take my fear-of-flying mom with me for the weekend...couldn't resist the $150RT airfare so we made a weekend out of it. Having been spoiled with the ever popular NY Christmas, seeing a different city in all it's holiday glory was something to parttake...and ChiTown didn't disappoint. Bloomingdales, The Drake Hotel, and even Lincoln Park Zoo...filled my heart with the holiday of magic. Food was an issue as I had Giordano's on my mind since take off. I paid for it dearly throughout the night and regretted every morsel. I envy your focus and drive and wish I had a little more of what you're having. Enjoy Christmas with your family and have a blessed holiday. ~my best to you, Krys

SG said...

i LOVE my food processor!!!! i feel glamorous when i dont have to dice my own onions :-)

AMmom78 said...

Bundle up!! I, too, am in CA and I am really cold. Can't imagine traveling east. ;-)

Your smoothie looks a little scary. But yes, I know the color is just the spinach.

Enjoy the holidays. I am off this Friday through Jan 3. I am SOOOO looking forward to the time off work to spend at home (no travel this year!) and hang out with my girls (4 y/o and 4 months old). I'm a little concerned about avoiding all of the holiday sweets, but I think it will be just fine. My biggest Christmas wish: Happiness.

Anonymous said...

I don't think I even made a wish list - but I'd love one of those digital photo frames!
Enjoy the holidays!

SG said...

by the way.. i have been looking through your blog... and there are NO words. i dont even know what to say. i want to read all your old posts!!!!!! you look amazing.

Anonymous said...

We get on a plane to fly into Chicago tomorrow actually. We'll spend Christmas with B's family. This will be my first Christmas away from my family, and that coupled with possibly (probably) not seeing them into 2014 has me more anxious about the holiday than I should be. Still, I'm looking forward to seeing my in-laws and being in the States. We'll be back in Germany for NYE as B has to walk patrol that night. Guess I'll welcome in 2012 by worrying about my husband's safety with all the drunks out there.

The top of my wishlist is a DSLR camera. I played with a friend's at a couple of his rugby games this last year and now I really, really want one.

Safe travels!

Miss Carrie Ann said...

That looks like a Green Monster! I'm drinking one right now! I'm planning on enjoying the holiday's at home with my husband and daughter. I'm not expecting any gifts and hope that I don't get any from him. Seriously. And this is the first time in life I've ever felt that way, and I'm rejoicing in the feeling. Happy Holidays!

Tim said...

I love the hair colour, it really suits you along with the hat!

Have a wonderful Christmas! :)

Unknown said...

Congratulations on your present to yourself. I love my kitchen gadgets and use them constantly. I hope you have a safe, fun, and healthy trip home. Stay warm!

Kelliann said...

I live on the shore in CT too - if it didn't sound creepy, I would ask you to hang out, but... I guess it's a little creepy. lol. I hope you have a great holiday. It's not bad here now, but supposed to be pretty cold this weekend - snow perhaps! :-) Lovin' the pink hair!