Wake up, wake up, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaake UP!!!
While most of you will be rising in a few hours to unwrap presents, I will be scurrying off to bed…for a whole THREE hours! I was fortunate enough not to have to work on Christmas Day, but Christmas Eve was just another day at the good ol’ hos-pee-tal…though I did make it a little extra festive with my jingle bell earrings!
The plan is to hit the hay as soon as possible and then be at my parent’s, with man-friend in tow, by noon for our Christmas Day brunch before my dad goes to work at 2pm. Looks like there won’t be any time for Pancake Queen flipoffs but my mom did say she was going to make some scones to go along with our brunch that will most likely look a lot like my birthday meal (no complaints here!). Just keep your fingers crossed for me that I don’t end up with egg on my face…literally, from face-planting into my plate!
All jokes aside, I’m sure I’ll be running on quite a bit of adrenaline. I’m SO FREAKIN’ PUMPED for the gift exchange this year! I think I picked the perfect gifts for everyone! While I WAS finished with the majority of my shopping by the week after Thanksgiving, I still managed to add to my stack of gifts to give all the way up through last night! Yup, I was among the crazy masses at Wal-Mart on Christmas Eve (shoot me).
Last week, the girls in the x-ray department “invited” me to their little Christmas soiree. That green stuff in the bowl by Snoopy would be my contribution to the otherwise veggie-less spread…some homemade spinach and artichoke hummus (aka Grinch Hummus ) with chips and cukes for dipping!
Of course, the buckeyes stole the show…my absolute FAVORITE!!!
Then they totally surprised me with a gift exchange!
Since I felt bad not having gifts to give them in return, I made sure to make up for it with a batch of peanut butter and jelly granola that I made over the weekend! See? I TOLD you granola makes a great gift!
And while I was in the kitchen, I decided to whip up some other DIY gifts…
But the most fun I had all week was last night when I (finally) wrapped all the gifts I plan on giving to the fam and the man-friend tomorrow! Why yes, I did recycle some of those gift bags/boxes from the work party…how observant of you!
And speaking of observant, I ended up being
pretty ONLY observant myself the other day when my coworker brought in his wife’s INFAMOUS Christmas cookie platter! Since it was 6:30am when he came in, I just took a picture and figured I’d have a cookie or two when I came back in to work later that night, but can you BELIEVE the entire tray was practically LICKED clean before I got there?!
I know…how rude!
Luckily, there have been plenty of cookie-tunities throughout the week so I haven’t been as deprived as I make it sound…a couple of perfectly soft and chewy chocolate chips and one GIGANTIC cranberry and walnut cookie made for some tasty nibbling throughout the last couple of days!
But of course, what’s talk about cookies without a little something to balance it all out?
My Christmas Eve dinner: Romaine salad topped with portobello mushroom, avocado, cucumber and pomegranate which was later tossed with a honey mustard balsamic dressing! Sooooo festive and sooooo freakin’ delicious!
I’ve got the rest of the week off which I plan on spending with my family, the man-friend, and Veronica Roth so I may not “see” you guys until next week, but I hope you all have a WONDERFUL holiday and hey, do a little rockin’ around the tree for me!