Sunday Scratches is where I share the little stuff that has happened throughout the week. In hockey, “scratches” are people who are on the roster but do not play in the game. On the blog, “scratches” are the things that have happened to me throughout the week that aren’t necessarily big enough to be an entire post.
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Happy Sunday! Today is Stanley’s Gotcha Day! We adopted him 5 years ago today. 🙊Here are the scratches for the week.
It was a big week thanks to Christmas! I worked a regular day on Monday (that feels so long ago!) and had the rest of the week off. I don’t go back to work until Thursday, which is really nice! Our office closes for the entire week between Christmas and New Years.
On Christmas Eve we headed up to Grand Rapids for the day. We went antiquing with my sister and dad, who have been going antiquing on Christmas Eve for more than two decades now. I found an awesome Stanley Cup Champions hat, we got some art for our house, and almost got two rattan rocking chairs for the porch, but decided against it.
After antiquing, we made an obligatory stop at a local brewery… only to realize I left my wallet back in Kalamazoo. Womp. At least I got to try an awesome vegan barbecue pizza!
That evening my uncle came over and we had Christmas Eve dinner. We went low-key with meals this year—tacos for Christmas Eve and brunch on Christmas!
My family came down to Kalamazoo for Christmas Day, minus my brother, who was still in North Carolina with his in-laws. I made some awesome cinnamon rolls and Sean threw together a potato has with onion, pepper, egg, and avocado. It was all delicious.
Sean’s parents surprised us with a Nintendo Switch for Christmas (excuse me while I play all the video games), and my family went big on gifts that will keep me cozy all winter. Joggers, a sweater, some books, a candle and electric candle lighter, a board game, slippers… I feel so loved.
On Thursday Sean went back to work, so I recuperated from the holiday with a day of reading and relaxing. I love getting together with my family, but as an introvert, I needed some alone time after all of that extroversion.
On Friday, I made an awesome discovery: 5 Seconds of Summer has a cover of Killer Queen, one of my two favorite Queen songs (I even mention it on my 2019 Favorites post!). Excuse me while I listen to it on repeat for the next 3 months.
Around lunch time on Friday, I headed to one of my favorite spots in town, Curate + Co, to pick up a card for my cousin and his wife’s baby shower that evening. As soon as I wrote out the card, I got a call from my dad… both of them have the flu and had to cancel! I was so bummed, but appreciate that they didn’t want to get anyone else sick. The card was too funny, though, so I stuck it in the mail, even though it will arrive after their gift.
Since we no longer had to travel for the shower, Sean, Stanley, and I headed up to GR to celebrate Christmas with my brother, who had gotten into town. We ordered pizza, exchanged gifts, and played another round of Killer Uno, a Cheevers family staple. (It’s regular Uno, except shit-talking and cheating and basically doing whatever you need to do to win are fully encouraged.)
Yesterday I spent far too long painting the porch some more… I’m hoping to crank out the final coat today. As soon as I get the painting done, we’re celebrating by purchasing some twinkle lights to hang up around the ceiling. Then we just have to tile the floor (which will have to wait until spring or summer anyway), figure out a new door solution that includes a doggy door, and fill it with furniture and plants!
I hope you have a great final few days of 2019! I’m finishing up my Passion Planner and getting it ready for January 1. I’m excited for the new year, but also trying not to wish the days away!
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