Read about how I spent my Christmas vacation and rang in 2019!
Welcome back to friDIARY where I share a little bit about what’s been happenin’ in my life. Today’s post is full of all the Christmas and New Year vibes. Even though the majority of my Christmas vacation was spent sniffling, coughing, and suffering from a horrendous sinus infection, it was hard not to get into the holiday spirit and enjoy time away from work and general responsibility.
CHRISTMAS IN WASHINGTON
For those who didn’t know, I currently work at a daycare (and love it), and I’m so lucky that we got to have an entire week plus some of Christmas vacation. My paycheck won’t be too happy about it, but my sanity already is. Even though I love my job, I was struggling during my last week before Christmas vacation because all of the kids were getting sick, which made me get sick, and it was just this whole unfortunate situation. I was excited to get to Washington and spend the week resting and recovering.
So why Washington? Kyle’s sister, Emmy, her partner, Wendy, and their twins, Ani and Eli, live on Orcas Island, and when Kyle and I visited over the summer, I was already trying to get back there because it’s just so beautiful, and I’m obsessed with their house. It’s gorgeous, y’all. Not to mention, Wendy is an incredible cook, so basically it was just a win-win-win situation to spend Christmas there.
We literally stayed in pajamas for 90% of our vacation. Wendy made the most incredible spread for Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner. We watched lots of Christmas movies, had a couple game nights, and drank lots of bubbles (and Mucinex). The first time Kyle and I got out of the house was to go to the grocery store so we could pick up ingredients for his family cheesy Christmas casserole. We took the opportunity to walk around downtown and even go to two different beaches. We didn’t stay for very long at either of them, but it was nice to breathe the fresh air and get out of the house for a bit.
The second time we got out of the house was to have an adult night. Kyle, Emmy, Wendy, and I went to a local bar where we met one of Emmy’s friends. It was karaoke night, so of course, we took the opportunity to grab the mic. It was an absolute blast and much needed after spending too much time on the couch being taken over by germs.
Kyle and I had a late flight back to Ohio, so we got to spend a full day in Seattle. We ended up not doing too much. We grabbed some oysters from Ballard Annex Oyster House, marveled at the shelves of books at Elliott Bay Book Company, acted like kids again at this arcade called GameWorks Seattle, and shared a cheese plate and a mushroom pizza at a restaurant called Outlier before heading to the airport to wait for our flight while watching The Great British Baking Show.
I was excited to get home to sleep in my own bed and have a couple lazy days before heading back to work and being a real human again.
NEW YEAR’S EVE
I still haven’t made too many friends in Ohio yet, so I didn’t plan on doing anything for New Year’s Eve aside from watching Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour on Netflix (I refused to be judged for the fact that I watched it four times within a two-day span). In the afternoon, Kyle got a text from a friend he met while he was deployed, inviting us over to spend the evening at his house. Even though I was hesitant to get out of my sweatpants and put on real clothes, we ultimately decided to go.
Kyle’s friend made a massive cheese and charcuterie board. It was seriously incredible. There were about 12 of us total, which was perfect. We ended up playing a few games of Fibbage and Drawful, two games I had never heard of, but absolutely love now. We also played a super intense game of Pass the Parcel, which was a ton of fun.
When the time came for midnight to strike, we turned the TV to ABC to watch the ball drop, champagne was poured, poppers were distributed, and we all counted down together. We cheersed, Kyle and I shared our first kiss of 2019, we played a couple more games, and then discussed some of our goals for the new year on the way home.
As much as I enjoyed my NYE, I’m looking forward to what next year’s will look like, hopefully I’ll be surrounded by friends instead of strangers, and Ohio will have started to finally feel like home. I’m excited about all of the goals I’ve set for myself this year, and I’m looking forward to making 29 the best year of my twenties.
How did you ring in 2019?
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