Let the Christmas Countdown Begin


I’m home sweet home in chilly but cozy Boston. Let’s see, where did I leave off? Oh yes, another delightful meal. I ate really well on this trip:) After some exercise in Charlottesville (I biked while they ran), we headed out to a cute bakery/cafe for lunch. Matt and I split a big bowl of veggie chili for lunch

…along with a shrimp and herb cream cheese omelet with gouda cheese grits. Kath encouraged us to get a biscuit because they are famous and it was sooooo good. A nice mix between a hearty scone and a flaky biscuit.
Our visit concluded with a trip to Sweet Frog for self serve.
I got mostly cake batter with some peanut butter and cookies and cream thrown on the bottom. They had pumpkin muffins and ginger snaps as toppings! This hit the spot but left my stomach in a knot for the ride back to Matt’s house.
Three hours later, we arrived home just in time for more food. Matt’s mom had prepared her famous chicken crepes
and turkey lasagna!
Both dishes were fabulous!! I also had one last Fin du Monde (the Belgian Triple) with dinner and it was just as delicious as it was on Thursday. This is definitely going on the very top of my list now.
My morning was a little rough because we had to get up around 5:30 to make an early flight back to Boston. The upside is that I was back my on couch my 10:30 and I actually got a lot accomplished today. I unpacked, did some serious cleaning, hit up Whole Foods, and reorganized my food cabinets. Matt and I decided not to get a Christmas tree because we’re headed to North Carolina in a little over three weeks, so I created a little center piece with a few ornaments, just so I could feel a wee bit of Christmas in my apartment.


I had also planned on spinning this afternoon, but when I arrived at the gym, the guy at the desk said there had been a problem with the system and there actually wasn’t a class today. I was pretty disappointed, and since I hadn’t wanted to be at the gym in the first place, I just climbed stairs for 20 minutes and then went home again. Dinner was a quinoa bowl topped with veggies and jalapeno hummus. It was blah in comparison to all the wonderful food I’ve been eating.


It’s back to work in the morning and I’m anticipating that things will be pretty busy until my break begins on the 22nd. The good news is that I don’t have finals for the first time in as long as I remember so I can actually enjoy the excitement and festivities of the days leading up to Christmas. Wooohoooo!

What are you guys looking forward to about the Christmas/Holiday countdown??

PS: Welcome to any newbies who may have popped over from KERF!!!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing
    November 29, 2010 at 8:33 am

    I’m a newbie from KERF! 🙂

    We aren’t doing a tree either, since we’ll be out of town. It’s admittedly a little sad but I tried to throw up some Christmas decorations and light more than a few scented candles so that the house feels Christmasy anyway!

    • Laura
      November 29, 2010 at 4:29 pm


  • Alison
    November 29, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Well I wasn’t going to comment, but since you said ‘welcome’ I guess I will! 🙂
    My friend recommended your blog to me this weekend and as I also hold a full time job and am in grad school at night I’ve totally been missing the beauty of ‘day to day’. It was so nice to hear that someone else feels the same way. Enjoying your blog so far! Thanks for sharing!

    • Laura
      November 29, 2010 at 4:29 pm

      Thanks for reading:)

  • gaby
    November 29, 2010 at 9:13 am

    we’re not getting a tree either since i’ll be going home after finals. but we usually get a little one at trader joe’s or whole foods just to have something a little festive with lights.

  • activefingers
    November 29, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I usually put up a small artificial tree in my place but since I am moving right after finals I decided to just put up a few smaller Christmas decorations. I am looking forward to getting together with my family at new years to celebrate Christmas 🙂

  • the salty girl
    November 29, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    i really love la fin du monde’s bright lemon flavor. it’s a good beer.

    • Laura
      November 29, 2010 at 4:28 pm

      Mmmm…i’ll have to look for it!

      • the salty girl
        November 29, 2010 at 4:39 pm

        oh! i just meant that the la fin du monde triple has a lemony flavor! 🙂 i don’t want you scouring the grocery stores for a non existent varietal.

        • Laura
          November 29, 2010 at 4:49 pm

          oh, ha! Thanks for letting me know:)

  • Katie
    November 29, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    The chicken crepes look amazing! I’m counting down to the first snow … I can’t wait.

  • Melissa
    November 29, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Added you to my favorites…:)