Sunday, January 1, 2017

Month in Review - December

I wanted to start a spot to review some of the things I've enjoyed in the past month because sometimes time just zips by and it's good to catch up.

Due to some aforementioned back issues, I spent a lot more of the past month relatively stationary, hence.....Netflix.  I tried to mix it up with mysteries, lighthearted fair and some documentaries.  Of course, first up was Stranger Things (Yes, I know, I'm late to the party) which was just as good as everyone said it would be.  It's good to finally understand all the Eggo references and #JusticeForBarb.  Inspired by a recent episode of All Time Favorite Podcast I started Parks and Recreation have been consistently delighted by it.  I'm nearing the end and though I will be sad when it's over, it will undoubtably live on in my life via Twitter GIF's. Lastly, I've been delving into Unlikely Animal Friends, which is just what it sounds like.  Everything from surfing goats to therapy chickens, it will fill you with happy feels.  Go watch it.

One of my favorite Christmas traditions we have is going to The Cheese Shop across from the Fashion Mall at Keystone.  Being from Wisconsin, cheese is very important to me and they have a wonderful selection along with meats, wine, coffee, crackers and jams. Their employees are always incredibly helpful and let you sample everything before you buy it, which is awesome.  Every year we leave with a variety of cheeses from around the world, interesting jams big smiles.  Because triple cream soft-ripened cheese and lingonberries are an essential part of life, never forget that.

Being from a small town, there is something immensely novel to me about city downtowns at Christmas.  Between the plethora of Christmas films that take place in larger cities and visiting Minneapolis many times as a kid, seeing all the lights and decorations just makes me happy.  Visiting the Circle of Lights in downtown Indianapolis is definitely one of the highlights of my holiday season.  Carriage rides, people with their families taking pictures, the monument transformed into a giant "tree" being guarded by giant toy soldiers and peppermint just feels magical and always brings me joy.  This year I remembered to wear warm boots, so it was even better!

I hope you had a wonderful December, I'd love to hear what you have been enjoying lately!

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