The Christmas holidays

Every year for the Christmas holidays (usually from a few days before Christmas to the New Year), I take off from work but we don’t plan any trips out. I plan to do nothing other than sleeping, walking, baking, reading, and watching some TV. (I also add some mundane cleaning up the home, sorting and arranging my clothes, and the annual give-away of my clothes I haven’t worn for a few years to this ‘nothing’ list).

Sleeping

There is usually no problem with this during the holidays, the problem is trying to get back to the ‘normal’ hours once the holidays are over 🙂

Walking

We started the holidays with a Christmas eve walk at the Devil’s Punchbowl where T&D had gala fun running around with sticks.

Walk down to Loosely park, and two walks at Puttenham Common were beautiful with numerous photos for T and me (thanks to A) 🙂

Baking

This was the most successful task of the holidays with some tiramisu, brownies, oreo mug cake, chocolate mug cake, marble cake, and chocolate espresso cake all within the last 8 days! Thanks to A who did most of the cutting (chocolates and butter) and cleaning, we could do a lot more this time.

The marble cake which is my usual came out brilliantly this time, while the chocolate espresso cake was a new addition to my repertoire.

Reading

2016 was a terrible year for my book reading as I had finished only 5 books for the whole year until Christmas! In the last week, I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, and Talking as Fast as I can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and everything in between. I enjoyed all three of them and enjoyed snuggling up with my books even more.

Tomorrow is my last day off. I plan to get back to the exercise routine with a spin class and also relax with a bath before the hustle and bustle of the work week begins on Tuesday.

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