With the end of the year approaching, I am heading out on my last biz trip this week, so I'll be a little lagging in my blog-time this week. I am hoping that when I come back home and the work year winds down, I'll have some time to concentrate some necessary brain power on holiday-ing.
This year, BF and I will be spending Christmas at our respective families' homes as usual, but haven't had proper family visits yet since the engagement, so we will be racking up some traveler miles visiting each other's families. BF is going to fly up to NYC after Christmas for a few days and then we'll both head south to see his family for a while longer before finally going home.
And as much as I looooove and miss my fam and can't wait to see everyone again, I also can't wait to see NYC again. The mad rush of things was actually some I had disliked from growing up there, but as I've been away for quite a few years now, I miss the pace. And NYC during the holidays is like some Hollywood-produced dream to me - sans the shoulder-to-shoulder crowds at Rockefeller Center and if money were no object, of course.
I also miss the food. From the simple cozy meals my parents cook to the family restaurant feasts to the markets, the street vendors, the bakeries, the delis - oh, I miss delis. New York-style pizza. Bagels. Soup dumplings. The best fried chicken in the world at some random Chinese takeout in Queens.
So during BF's visit to NYC, we're going to spend some time on our own, playing holiday tourists. We're going to revisit some of my favorite haunts as well as new places we both want to see. We may do some shopping - we will do a lot of red-nosed, white-breathed walking - we for sure will eat.
And even thought going home to see my parents really isn't like a real relaxing break from it all - my mom still pokes her head into my bedroom each morning at around 7:30 because ... just because - I love being able to kind of feel like a kid again. And seeing them again. And being able to talk to them now in a way that didn't happen when I was younger. And hanging out with the big sis, who is a mother now.
What do you look forward to the most about the holidays? What are your plans this season?
Blazer: J.Crew Robert Noble herringbone (sim here)
Shirt: Lands' End Canvase gingham poplin (worn here - sim here)
Tee: H&M (worn here - sim here)
Jeans: Loft modern bootcut (worn here - sim here)
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Bracelet: Forever 21 rhinestone tiger (worn here - sim here, simpler here)
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