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Thursday, January 03, 2013

Staying warm

The lights are still on in the Christmas tree, but their glow is a bit dull in the grey January light. Our youngest insists on turning them on each morning, simply because she can and hey, at two, EVERYTHING she can do "myeseff" is awesome. So I'm going to let her get in every ounce of joy while she still can. Until something else shiny comes along.

As for me, once the holidays are officially over, when the sparkle's lost its lustre, it all seems kinda ... meh.

Good thing my holidays aren't over.

For three days, Hubby and I have the luxury of trucking the girls off to their respective daycares and enjoying some time off. No guests, no kids, no chores. Video games to play, movies to watch, naps to be had. Anything that strikes our fancy at any given moment.

This particular moment finds me curled up in The Big Chair, nursing a fresh cup of coffee, and catching up on my reading. A six-month-old pile of Vines and Tidings magazines awaits me, and I have a few quiet hours at my disposal. This will do just fine.

I'm also trying to get in some blog work, as I've made the resolution to try and write something each and every day (which may or may not necessarily make it to the blog.) One of today's projects is to find a daily writing app / reminder / inspiration online that will keep me on track. Suggestions are welcome on that front.

But it's so easy to get distracted by other things. Checking the feeder I filled this morning for the juncos and chickadees I heard twirping about in the frigid air. Reading other people's blogs (Girl, Crafted is one I am immensely enjoying right now.) Deciding on a place to take my parents for lunch tomorrow. Or the sudden realization that the washing machine stopped over an hour ago and that I really should put everything in the dryer and start a new load ... nah. Scratch that last part.

Despite the fingertip-numbing deep freeze outside (-28C, with the wind chill), it has started snowing again. That pretty, whirly, snow-globe stuff that makes winter appear so charming and delightful. So long as you're looking at it from the inside. With another cup of coffee in hand.

From the photo above, my vinous Christmas haul, supplied by many generous, loving family members and friends. (And a nifty, catch-all journal for tasting notes, from Mummy.)

Bachelder 2009 VQA Chardonnay (Niagara Peninsula, Ontario; V271841 $34.95)

Chateau de Fonbel 2009 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru (Bordeaux, France; V196469 $37.85)

Chateau Mont-Redon 2009 Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Southern Rhône, France; currently unlisted)

Albert Bichot 2010 Vieilles Vignes Bourgogne (Burgundy, France; currently unlisted)

Blasted Church 2007 Merlot (Okanagan, British Columbia; V255745 $29.90)

Beringer 2010 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa, California; V352583 $31.95)

1 comment:

  1. There are some neat iOS apps for commitment tracking but you're still a Blackberry aficionado I believe. This website might be of some use: http://habitforge.com/


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