Then came the chocolate segment of the morning. I decided to bake a batch of Vegan Everything Biscotti from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar for family. And for the fragrant smell that filled the air alone.
I think we spent the entire two days taking way too many photos with the new camera, a Canon Rebel T2I, the first of presents that arrived a few weeks ago. We also had quite a few dance-offs with the new Kinect for Xbox. We encourage each other's madness around here.
Not one for end-of-the-year nostalgia, I must reflect that we've had a wild ride this year - first there was the wedding, then a move, and some interesting career changes since 2009. All of which has given me strength and balance, and a focus on love that does not blink or look away. It's been exhausting and energizing, challenging and rewarding, and always spicier than I thought I could handle.
I made the decision to eat vegan in the fall, which led to more experimentation in the kitchen. I began practicing yoga and pilates and pushed my limits in a number of ways. I've had some truly amazing people become fixtures in my life. I'm healthier, stronger, calmer, sexier, and more capable than I ever was in my early twenties. And there's someone who helped me get there.
While I may always be a little rough around the edges, I've finally learned how to just sit still and take a moment.