Our flight from Paris landed on Sunday afternoon and upon arriving home, Joe immediately took the Christmas decorations down. Like, walked in the door, put our bags down, and then grabbed the boxes of ornaments from their top shelf location.
We had both been excited to start the holiday season but I was adamant on holding off until Thanksgiving evening. I love Autumn and like to make sure it gets it’s fair share of love. Heck, we held on to our pumpkins until the day we left for our trip (because let’s be real – no one wants to come home to rotten pumpkins). And maybe it’s because Thanksgiving was late this year but for me, it had been very difficult to hold off on the Christmas spirit. I may or may not have broken down and watched Elf… and I may or may not have purchased a faux tree from IKEA in November*.
Since this is our first Christmas in this apartment, we’re been trying to figure out where to place everything. Some things, like wreathes and bows, have obvious places, but some things, like certain elves and stockings, are just floating around now. Our apartment looks like Christmas exploded in it, but in a good way.
I can say that because Christmas everywhere is the opposite of a bad thing.
- Pantone has announced that the ‘Color of the Year -2014′ is radiant orchid. I’m not sure how I feel about it yet (I neither love it or hate it) but I do know I am going to miss emerald.
- Things to look forward to in the future: Amazon Prime Air. A droid will deliver your Amazon order in 30 minutes or less.
- A woman, who was topless, chased a peeping-tom after he filmed her in a store’s dressing room (cops later caught him).
- As for the nice story of the week: a man was caught stealing from a coffee place’s tip jar. Instead of calling the police, the coffee shop is holding a food drive for the thief.
- The “My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler Daughter” board on Pinterest is amazing.
*Both of these events definitely did happen – and I do not regret it.
Woo hoo for Friday! And it’s Black Friday (which is my favorite Friday of the year)! Not only does this mean awesome sales, but it also means I can officially start enjoying the Christmas music and decorate for the holiday season! Let’s just say I’m pretty darn excited about all of this (it’s been incredibly difficult trying to fight off the Christmas cheer thus far). Below are some fun links for you to enjoy – whether you’re taking a break from decorating or recovering from early AM shopping.
- Jimmy Kimmel pranked John Krasinski… though I sort of wish our apartment looked this festive.
Joe and I picked these pumpkins up last month. While there, we had a less than wonderful corn maze experience (the entrance and exit were the same – which caused much confusion to patrons within the maze), we did enjoy the Fall weather. These guys have been hanging out on our dining table since we brought them home and I’ll be sad to see them go. Joe opted to get a perfectly round pumpkin while I stuck with my typical short and fat pumpkin. I thought it was only right to share them with the world before we transition to all things Christmas (which will be happening in exactly one week for me).
Along with the season change, it’s time for me to get a new phone. While I’m not exactly thrilled about having to make the decision, I know it’s highly overdue (I currently have a Droid 3). I’ll also be removing myself from my parents’ family plan (so sad) and switching to T-Mobile like Joe. Since I’m not getting a contract, I need to buy the phone outright – ouch financially, but yay for no weird apps I can’t delete – and have narrowed my choices down to two: the Moto X and the Nexus 5. The Nexus 5 is probably the smarter option but the Moto X lets you personalize your phone and let’s be honest, I am totally loving that gimmick. The iPhone isn’t even on my radar because $700 for a phone is ridiculous.
So, which option would you get? Have another recommendation for a phone? How will you be enjoying this last week of Fall?
- I love this ad for GoldieBlox (a construction-themed board game which combines young girls’ love of reading and characters with engineering themes). As a girl who played with Legos, I very much wish that this was around back in my day.
- A ‘nap’ cafe for women just opened up in Tokyo. I’m hoping that this idea catches on and I will soon be able to nap mid-day, too. Here’s their site if you’re in Tokyo and need to take a snooze or relax.
- British Airways has launched an ad campaign where (videos of) children are pointing at planes that are actually in the air. That explanation does not justify how cool this is.
- Three women – the first ever!- will be graduating from the Marine Corps infantry training course, with a fourth to join after she completes the combat fitness test (she was injured before completing this part of the test).
- 55% of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s collection is online, and you can sort through it by color!
- And speaking of color – check out these crayons at the filming of the 200th episode for How I Met Your Mother. They’re legen-wait for it-dary.
- Also – Google UK is celebrating the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special. Have fun!
Have the clocks getting pushed back been hard on you? Because it has been for me. When I wake up, it’s dark. When I leave work, it’s dark. Nowadays, the only time I see the sun is when I’m walking from the subway to my office or during my lunch break. Not cool.
The lack of sunlight has left me feeling crazy lethargic. Within minutes of being back home, I’m already in sweatpants and laying out on the couch under two blankets. I even went to bed at 10:30pm one night this week (which is insane since I usually go to bed around midnight). Here’s hoping I get enough sunlight this weekend to last for next week.
- In exciting Christmas news, they put the star on the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree… though we’ll have to wait until the 4th for the lights to go on. You can check out photos of it here and here.
- A rabbi found nearly $100,000 in a desk he purchased off Craigslist – and returned it to the women he bought the desk from.
- Ylvis (the guys who sing “The Fox” song) pulled a prank where unsuspecting people get trapped in the IKEA showrooms.
- Have you seen these 3D modeling tool from the Smithsonian? You can check out a woolly mamouth’s skeleton, the Wright brothers’ plane, and a Eulaema bee – among others things. I’ve spent quite some time checking this stuff out already.
- The best thing I saw today was San Francisco banning together with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to turn a young boy into BatKid for the day. Seriously warmed my heart about a million degrees – and the Make-A-Wish website is down due to all the other people with warm hearts.
I don’t know about you, but this was a good week. To be honest, a big part of that was because the red cups are back at Starbucks. It’s embarrassing to admit, but I am quite the sucker for them… and have gone two of the five days this week. Speaking of red, I also got a poppy from a Veteran in the ferry terminal this morning so that’s only put me in better spirits.
Red has never been a color I’ve loved, (it’s very much lacking in my wardrobe and home decor), but lately pops of it have been making me happy. Perhaps because the leaves are turning red and I am grasping to hold onto Fall as long as possible? Or maybe because deep down, I’m very excited for the Winter holidays? It has been an internal struggle fighting off those Christmas commercials.
Let’s go with option one and keep the latter our little secret.