Photo of the week: My Dad toasts his family this Christmas. This is happiness.
1. Seeing best friends
The Christmas holidays are the perfect time to grab hold of my two best friends and get a much needed fill of their company. Luckily one of those best friends is my sister, Josie, so she is often kicking around. The other isn't so easy to track down. Meet Jess. She is a currently a busy little bee on her year abroad (interested? Read more on her blog here) so I don't get to see her as much as I'd like. Luckily for me, she is home for Christmas and we got to go out and play like old times. It was marvellous. We had wine and laughter in equal (and vast) quantities, as you can see.
I hope you all got to squeeze your friends this Christmas, too.
2. Frost (!!!!!)
About bloody time, England. I live in the lower half of the UK and have seen very little frost this winter. I use the word 'winter' lightly. I can tell you now, I was distraught. I love frosty mornings that glisten in the sun. Grass that crunches under foot. Silver leaves curled up under their own coat of frost. You name a frosty something, I'll love it. You can imagine how thrilled I was on Christmas morning when there was a layer of the beautiful glistening stuff making everything look a little more wintery. I hope it continues. Long live the frost.
Until it gets to March, then it can be on its way.
3. Mindy Kaling gives advice to teenagers
Have you seen this? I realise I'm a bit late to the party with this one, but it still deserves a mention. I also thought I should include at least one thing that didn't have a festive theme. I'm a big fan of the Mindy Project (if you haven't watched, get to it) and I'm definitely borrowing her book off Josie once she's done with it. So I'll cut to the chase, this article is great fun - well it's actually a book excerpt but lets not get caught up in details. I love her frank way of writing and can almost hear her voice as I read. If you're a fan, it's definitely worth checking out.
4. The mind boggling generosity of my friends and family
This is my first Loves post after Christmas, gifts had to feature somewhere didn't they? I was so lucky this year and was given so many wonderful things. My parents hit the nail on the head with all the books I wanted along with a load of other goodies, my sister was bang on with accessories (will continue to wear the Christmas Pudding socks at least until March) and you already know J went mental with gifts this year. I felt super blessed. I want to show you one of my favourite unexpected gifts this year. A super-awesome stag book bag from WWF, given to me by one of J's lovely sisters. So many things I love and support in one item! This is exactly my taste and you already know I'm having a bit of a reindeer/stag thing anyway. So when I opened this I was ooooverly excited.
5. Holiday delirium
Holiday delirium is kind of a love and a hate. It's that state of mind or kinda feeling when you don't know what the day is or what the time is. You know that your next meal is a variation of turkey or ham or mountain of Quality Street and you know that your top priority is to watch as many films curled up by the fire as is humanly possible. It is both disorientating and quite lovely. Only at Christmas or when I'm on holiday do I get this feeling. I think it's down to a severe state of relaxation and happiness. So I'm quite ok with it - just nobody mention how many essays I've got to write.
Happy Sunday, friends! x