I just wanted to stop by real quick and wish everyone a very merry Christmas and happy holidays! Currently I’m packing for my upcoming trip to Cuba (more to come on that soon), finishing some last minute present wrapping and furiously cleaning my house from top to bottom before the dog sitter comes to stay. I swear for one person and two dogs, this place can get out of hand quickly. I blame the dogs.

It’s a good thing they’re so cute. (Side note – I took this photo shortly after Beau, the one on the left, puked literally all over my living room. Oh the glamorous life I live.)

Life has been pretty slow around here, despite the frantic holiday season. I spend my days working and my nights catching up on the English television shows I’ve been wanting to watch for ages. I finally learned how to VPN my internet connection to make websites think I’m in the UK. Now I can watch all the “Great British Bake Off” and “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!” I could ever want.

My friends Jenny and Emma also came to stay with me on back to back weekends, and my friend Maggie stopped in over Thanksgiving. I always hate when my friends move away because I miss them so much, but I also get it. It was great to catch up with them.

I finally put up a real Christmas tree this year after not even attempting it the past several. While Emma was here, I strong-armed her into helping me set it up. If you’ve ever tried to put up a tree by yourself before, you know it’s no easy task. I had a lot of fun decorating it with all the ornaments from my trips, and other moments throughout my life. A little softball girl from when I started playing softball. A marching band kid from when I joined the marching band. Bones for the dogs and a little kitty from when I got my own cat when I was 12. Every one of these is a memory I cherish, and I love reliving them every year at Christmas.

Each year for as long as I can remember, we’ve spent Christmas Eve with my dad’s side of the family, his brothers and all my cousins, celebrating late into the night. Everyone is much older now, and the party ends earlier, but it’s nice to see everyone all the same. Christmas day is spent with my mom’s family, the much quieter side. The festivities usually commence and end earlier, and naps are often part of the equation. This year, I’ll have to leave even earlier than normal as I’ll be heading to the airport to catch my 1030pm flight to Cuba. Originally when I booked my ticket, the flight left early morning on the 26th, but unfortunately for me, it was moved up several hours. I’m bummed to have to fly on Christmas, but so excited for my next trip.

When I get home, I’ll be having surgery on my shoulder to fix a years old softball injury that has been getting progressively more painful. I’m both nervous and excited. There’s a 92% chance I’ll be as good as new and I’m so ready to be pain-free. And I should hopefully be healed up in time for next year’s softball season! Yes, I am aware that it might not be my smartest move to go back to softball, but it’s an activity I’ve loved since I was 6 years old. It’s hard to imagine my life without it and I’m just not ready to give it up yet. Obviously I’ll have to see how I feel after the surgery, but I’m hoping it won’t be an issue!

That’s it for now! I hope you all have a fantastic holiday season!

Hola Cuba!
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