Tammy at Rowdy Kittens posted a great segment on "The Lost Art of Letter Writing". It is a beautiful thing to receive a piece of mail with your name on it (especially handwritten) that isn't a bill. You are overcome with that anxious, excited tingling in your spine, making you feel like a kid again.
I've had a lot of downtime to think, journal, and read this week. It's been super-relaxing. I made the mistake of checking my work email two days ago, and after seeing 25 new emails about stuff I needed to do, I vowed not to check it again until after the new year. Right now for me, ignorance is bliss.
We are on the road again, traveling around visiting family and friends in our beautiful home state. It's been wonderful to dine in our favorite restaurants, play in the mounds of snow, and linger in familiar surroundings.
Yes, we are skipping Christmas this year. Which gave me a great opportunity to spend some quality time in my kitchen, dabbling in a little holiday baking. I had loads of fun getting to try new recipes, and sharing the goodies with our neighbors. Below is a list of items I attempted to bake, along with my reviews. Sorry no step-by-step pictures, it was a little crazy in my kitchen this weekend.
This is a little more serious than usual for Random Thursday, but the poem was so moving for me I just had to share it. I found this on my parents refrigerator while home for the holidays. I hope today we can all take a moment to realize the brevity of life.
So I took a much longer hiatus from the blogging world than expected. We literally got back into town and two hours later I was in my office working on my grant, well into the wee hours. However, the document is currently off my plate and will be completely gone by Friday, so I figured I could just take a moment to catch up.