If you’ve ever felt like the phrase “time flies” is over said or dramatic then I hope this month changed your mind.
I literally feel like I blinked and now Christmas is over and New years is just a week away. But to be honest, as much as I love Christmas lights, Christmas movies, and the family getting together, I’m sort of glad it’s over. I definitely don’t mean that in a bah-hum-bug kind of way, just that it’s a really financially stressful time for so many people no matter your class or income. I think if we just got together and ate and spent time together…like actual time together…it would be a lot more enjoyable for everyone. But that’s just my personal opinion. There’s no gift in the world that could replace the feeling of love and togetherness with your family.
To sum this month up, I was busy. Working in retail is not for the faint of heart, but I definitely poured my heart into this past months work anyways. I’m sort of paying for it now though because I can’t seem to catch up on my rest, money doesn’t grow on trees though, am I right?
I did get to share some special moments with friends and family in my free time though, I wouldn’t have missed those times for anything. My cousin and best friend turned 22 on December 3rd. We got together at her mom’s for dinner. Since Patti’s is what I would imagine still under construction from the fire earlier this year, her mom homemade us Dawn’s chicken and loaded baked potatoes. It was delicious. Not to mention she made green bean bundles, literally my favorite side dish ever. If you don’t know about them, just give it a search on Pinterest and then make them your next meal. You will so not be disappointed.
It was fun to reflect though, on this time. Last year Matt and Katelyn weren’t married yet, they didn’t know about sweet baby Kai yet, they hadn’t bought their house. Now they’re this sweet little family building a life together and honestly it’s so much fun to watch. I love them all to absolute pieces. I love seeing the ones I love succeed.
Last weekend I got to take a mini road trip to Bowling Green to see my very best friends for an early Christmas. It was so, so needed. I felt kind of bad though, I drove straight there after work so I was pretty beat, but it was worth it. I hadn’t seen my gal pal group since my birthday in June. They hadn’t been able to see me since my transplant, so it was honestly a special time.
We had a friendsmas at Hizareth and Gana’s apartment. Hiza and I spent the day grocery shopping together. We bought enough Mexican bread to feed a small army, but I’m so glad we did because it was so good. She also introduced me to Mexican hot chocolate and all I have to say is, I’ll never buy plain ol’ hot chocolate again. Sorry Nestle.
I had the honor of cooking cheesy mashed potatoes and deviled eggs for our dinner. A few of our friends had never had deviled eggs before and told me they were delicious. Not bragging at all there! We actually have a very diverse friend group, literally from all over the world. At one point I sat back and really absorbed my surroundings. We had friends from America, Venezuela, Mexico, India, Saudi Arabia, and Mongolia with us there all playing minute to win it games in Santa hats. Like, how beautifully amazing is that.
The next morning while Hiza and Gana slept in, me and Angie got ready and went antique shopping. If you know me and my family at all, we love going antiquing and looking at every single thing, so I was totally down to go. After about two hours we found the perfect gifts that Angie was looking for and we headed out for lunch. For some crazy reason, while I lived in Bowling Green for two years, I never tried pho. We talked about going and trying it, but for some reason it just never happened. So Angie made it happen for me. Pho is a rice noodle soup in a light broth with add ins like bean sprouts, green onion, basil, and your choice of protein. I ordered the chicken pho and added every single bit of basil they brought me. I added plenty of sriracha and tried the hoisin sauce as well. Overall it was a big win for me. It was exactly what I expected it to be, delicious and low priced. Literally the bowl was twice the size of my head and only cost a little over $8. Now I just need a good pho place to open in Paducah or Murray, please and thanks.
Looking ahead, I’m ready for the New year. I’m ready to launch Virago Vintage. I’m ready to show out like I’ve not been able to before. I’m ready to check some goals off my long list. I can’t wait to see what you all do in the new year and I can’t wait to be by your sides cheering you on the whole way!