Well, wasn't that a nice 9 day vacation! As life gets back to normal, let me unload a bit....
*I just did a bit of Cyber Monday shopping and it feels good! I purchased Christmas presents for my nieces and used a few coupons and Kohl's cash to get some black boots that I can wear over my skinny jeans. I saved a good chunk of money so I'm excited about that.
*Yesterday, we went to the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. It was my sister-in-law's 18th birthday and that is where she wanted to go. I had never been there before so I was kind of excited as I stepped into the cheesy gift shop and laid my eyes on the big house. But as soon as the tour started, my excitement faded. Our tour guide seemed nervous and had a major speech impediment. He would have been better suited for the gift shop. I had a hard time understanding what he was saying and his attempt at jokes fell really flat. The house wasn't all that interesting and it was certainly NOT mysterious. Half of it was never completed so we just saw empty rooms with bare walls. It was freezing in the house as well. We did a Behind the Scenes tour and that was a bit more interesting to me. The tour guide knew a lot more and we heard information we couldn't just read off of wikipedia. Overall, it isn't something I would do again. Shopping across the street at Santana Row would be better. But it was fun to spend the day with family. That is ALWAYS worth it!
*I completed my 21 (23) day no junk food challenge. I ate my first piece of chocolate and I have to say, I think I lost my taste for it! Weird, right? I did have a donut on Thanksgiving morning and it was delicious but now I feel like I'm back in that "need it" mode which I was happy to avoid for three weeks. I'm trying to work out a "special occasion day" schedule so I don't completely cut myself off from treats but only allow myself to have them on special days. And you know the holiday season brings a lot of special days!
*I have started to listen to Christmas music in my car. My finger nails are painted with red and green glittery nail polish. I vow to polish and repolish with this color until December 31! We are planning to make pizza and decorate our tree and house Friday night. I can't wait!!!
*I don't mean to brag but my next vacation is just 17 work days away. I'm keeping my eyes on the prize here people. I live for vacations. Heck, I'm already looking forward to three Monday's off between January and February.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend and if you are back to work today, I hope it is treating you well. Do you do your Christmas shopping early or stretch it out over the month of December?