Hello hello! I hope your holiday season is going splendidly, and if you celebrate Christmas, I hope that it was full of friends, family, fun, and feasting! We had a lovely Christmas Eve spent with Waits and my father, his PapaSan. Waits and I baked chocolate chip banana bread and left a slice for Santa, along with a note which he dictated and I took down word for word.
On Christmas morning Damian came over and we all opened our presents. It was amazing to watch Waits express such joy! This was the first year of my adult life that I actually got a tree (never really celebrated until I was married, and even then it was always at other people/family’s houses) and I gotta say, experiencing Christmas through your child is so. much. fun!
The weather this winter, which has consistently been in the 70s. JOY! .|. Leaving Waits little messages written with his magnet letters, I try to make a new one for him to find every morning when he wakes up. So far it’s been the only thing that’s gotten him interested in letters/reading, and I’m thrilled that he’s finally taking an interest. Plus it’s super mom-geek fun! .|. My good friend Matt Ruscigno, MPH RD and I are really beginning to flesh out this project we’ve been pondering for a while now, and it feels SO AMAZING. Basically, we’re exploring the all-too-common phenomenon of “ex vegans”. We gave a talk and led a discussion for the Main Street Vegan Academy Master Class via conference call a few weeks back, and on January 11th we’ll be presenting at the Animal Advocacy Museum in Pasadena. So Cal readers, come on out! Matt and I feel like this is such an important topic that our community really should be addressing, but WOW, nobody talks about it. And we’re hoping to change that. .|. Um, in NINE DAYS I’ll be starting graduate school, eeeee!!! .|. Cooking up amazing food with my honey . . . omg so much amazing food .|. Meeting new friends (and neighbors) on Christmas .|. Mmmmmmochi! .|. Top Chef marathons .|. Marathons in general, the ones that involve lying around on the couch in my honey’s arms and totally veging out. Sometimes you really need that! .|. My honey’s arms in general. Like two puzzle pieces, we are. A perfect fit and I’ve never felt anything like it. ♥ .|. And speaking of that, this love poem that Neil Gaiman wrote for Amanda Palmer is fantastic – just my kinda love poem! .|. Feeling ready, so ready in the most wonderful way, for this new year. I welcome 2014 with excited open arms. I can hardly wait!
And now, your turn? I would love to hear what’s been making you smile this season, and in case I don’t get another chance to say it – Happy New Year!!!
♥ ♥ ♥
PS – So Cal families, Waits and I are planning a group trip to a local (LA) farm animal sanctuary, coming up *very soon*. A bunch of BA families are already planning to join us, and we would love to see YOU there too! Email me for details – info AT bonzaiaphrodite DOT com