Our house currently smells like Christmas. The scent of Frosted Peppermint Brownies is mingling with Spiced Almond and White Chocolate Blondies (both coming up soon, and both the perfect quick-mix solution to last minute holiday sweet requirements – enough advertising) and I am lying in fresh sheets just enjoying feeling hale and hearty again while watching Mr Stephen Colbert do his hilarious thing. Of course, the most important thing about this moment is that Chris and I are both recovered from our mysterious virus and ready to continue the festive season in a healthy spirit. Here is my Nourished Life Gratitude List 2014 – Week Fifty:
Monday: Today started with Chris very unwell. We waited for the doctors to open, got Chris some metoclopramide (anti-vomit wonder drug) and then shuffled him back to bed for the day. I was grateful when I came home from work that he was looking a lot better, and grateful to the doctors for taking such good care of him.
Tuesday: With fifteen people in the meeting room today I had a busy one on my hands, and I was grateful to my workmates for helping me keep everything running smoothly. After work I had a much needed stress-busting run and Chris took me out for a sushi dinner at a new restaurant that is sure to become a favourite (so many vegetarian coeliac options).
Wednesday: Today started with a 2am drive to our local emergency room (they are getting to know us down there…). Once again I am floored by the care and concern and love this man shows for me. The universe has given me a gift that I am grateful for everyday. Chris took such good care of me today, and even when all I wanted to eat was oranges, he rushed out to procure them so I could finally put something in my belly. He definitely deserves his Christmas presents this year!
Thursday: Thanks to the wonder of doctors and drugs I was back up and at ’em today and off to get stuff done at work. I was grateful for my workmates keeping everything running smoothly while I was away, and when I started to flag in the afternoon I was grateful when they sent me home to rest so I could be back on my feet sooner. Chris and I even managed to make it out for a quiet dinner – and I got to eat something real for the first time in two days! It was the best pasta I have ever tasted. Actually, I’m thinking of re-creating this simple, veggie and herb filled pasta sauce in the new year…
Friday: Today we sent off the trailers that we have been working hard on for the Army for the last year and a half. We stopped for a group shot of all of us celebrating this important milestone. I was grateful to see the physical product of what, to me, is mostly paperwork and editing marks.
Saturday: My weekend got off to a nourishing start with a market breakfast date with Mum and Jess. We talked about Christmas plans (family dinner, sleepover with my sister, and family breakfast – yay!) and I bought a massive watermelon (just can’t get enough at the moment). Tonight Chris and I headed off to join my workmates at our annual Christmas party! Our company is so lovely as to book out one of the best seafood restaurants in Brisbane (happy Chris) and pop endless bottles of champagne (happy Amy). We had an amazing night hanging out with our friends Jess and Bruno and followed up the Christmas party with a little dancing, and a sleepover at their house. I am grateful for the friends that this job has brought to me.
Sunday: Today Jess drove us home (thanks Jess) so Chris and I could join Mum, Dad and (sister) Jess to celebrate Dad’s birthday with morning tea. I am grateful for my Dad, who is both father, friend, teacher, inspiration, and (loving) tormentor. With every birthday that passes I am grateful for everything he has sacrificed for my sister and I, all the work he did to make sure that we never went without, and all the love that he has shown us every step of the way. Love you Dad. This afternoon I walked off my chocolate cake breakfast (you just gotta do it sometimes) and baked some blondies as a Merry Christmas to some of my co-workers.
Also this week:
- I couldn’t get enough of this cake last weekend – you need to make this one, trust me!
- My sister made my Gingerbread Cupcakes for her workplace and they loved them (secret thrill when I hear this!)
- I may be getting one of these for Christmas, and I may be just a little (okay, a lot) excited…
Tell me, dear readers, what are you grateful for this week? Also, I’m sorry if I haven’t replied to your comment yet, I was out of action for a few days and I’m still catching up!