Elliott and I are going to Brazil. Tomorrow ! Our flight is just a few hours away. Reason why I should be snoozing right now instead of up on the internet but the excitement over going away for almost two months traveling around the country to see family and friends is too grand. As much as I love the snow, we are so ready for change of scenery and hot climates ( it’s summer down south you guys ! ) It’ll be the perfect way to ring in the new year.
As usual, access to the internet will be limited while I’m there. Which is kind of nice ( if it doesn’t drive me crazy ) to experience life without being plugged-in 24/7. I’ve packed a ton of books for the plane and of course, lots of sunscreen in my suitcase. Happy New Year e até logo.
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GATHERING pine tree branches at my in-laws backyard for our Christmas eve table decor.
DREAMING OF a white Christmas. Just like in Home Alone. Probably not gonna happen considering the amount of snow we already got before Christmas but it doesn’t hurt to hope for one.
SENDING OUT holiday cards has become a serious tradition at the Robinson household. The 2013 version involves lots of snow and a little year review.
TRYING new cookie recipes including melt-in-your-mouth Scottish shortbread and chocolate + doce de leite filling.
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These past few weeks have been a little busy for me. Aside from all the holiday prepping, I’m also getting things organized and ready to leave for Brazil for New Years. My goal starting today is to slow down ( or so I wish ) and fully enjoy the Holiday season before Christmas slips by. Aside from packing summer dresses and swim suits ( it’s the peak of summer down south ) I’m really looking forward to some family time both in the US and South America.
One of my favorite new traditions is our holiday card. Last year, we did a 50’s homemaker inspired theme and received some great compliments from family and friends. I honestly think we set the bar high and it’ll be tough to top it this year, but we’ll try. Perhaps I’ll share the new photo here or instagram and you can tell me which is your favorite. It’s so fun to look back at these holiday cards. We love doing them. I’m also looking forward to our big secret santa extravaganza party with friends in Indianapolis next weekend. But for now, I better get back to my checklist. Any cool holiday traditions to share? I’m so curious.
PACKING for a road-trip to Indiana where Elliott’s family gathers for Thanksgiving every year. Also on my checklist before heading south : plan this year’s table setup, snacks + candy grocery shopping, create playlists for the car. Then we can hit the gas.
CATCHING UP on my reading after a nearly three month commitment to a show and no spare time to open a book or magazine. Right at the top of my pile are three volumes of French author George Sadoul’s Histoire Générale du Cinema about the history of world cinema. I got the Portuguese version because sadly, the series was never translated to English.
BAKING a deliciously moist banana bread recipe to share at the table with my loved ones. The secret ( from a castmate ) is banana bread mix from Trader Joe’s and two bananas for extra moistness. In the past I’d have been opposed to this but I’ve learned that not everything delicious has to be made from scratch.
LOOKING FORWARD TO doing absolutely nothing for at least a day or two during the holiday break. It’s so easy to get caught-up in being productive and forget that my mind needs rest too. Time is a limited commodity and sometimes I just need to unplug and enjoy idleness.
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Last year a little before summer began to fade, I asked my husband to snap a few shots of me in a bikini while at my in-laws pool. I had recently flown in back from Brazil, meaning I was eating like there was no tomorrow and we were on our way back from the perfect weekend getaway. When I looked at the camera monitor to see how the photos were coming out, I nearly had a breakdown. I saw something I’d been avoiding for months.
It was a version of myself I did not care for. Far beyond my ideal weight, I couldn’t help but feel very, very angry for the lack of respect for my own well-being. Oh yes, I cried. I also jumped in the pool, clothes-on because I’m dramatic like that. Now, before anyone starts making assumptions, I’m not talking about a serious case of obesity, an eating disorder, peer or media pressure. This is about me, an average size girl who lost track of her continuously terrible eating habits. And if you don’t believe me, I put on belly weight only, and some face. Easy to sneak-in.