Deck them halls!
Exactly one more work Zoom on the schedule for today, and then vacation! Deck them halls!
From what I’m hearing, I’m far from alone in needing a break from the daily grind. I hope that you’re getting a little time, too, as our year draws to a close. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, know that you aren’t alone. Here’s a few ideas to help get you off the couch (at least, the couch is where I go when I feel like hiding).
Safe travels—get yourself boosted!
If you’re traveling, may your travels be safe. Please get boosted if you’re eligible. While initial reports about the severity of Omicron are encouraging, the steep rise in cases is no joke. Consider at-home testing as well to help keep yourself and your loved ones healthy.
I thought a lot about nostalgia this week, partly because a friend and I took the Illuminations tour to a neighborhood with the old-fashioned light-up nativities, and partly because I finally finished the Hours Have Lost Their Clock, by Grafton Tanner.
Tanner found a use for nostalgia, almost as source material for dreaming a better future. We can’t travel back to the past and we certainly cannot re-create it, but perhaps we can draw upon, say, the courage of the early labor movement, or the time before climate change to envision what we want our world to be. Nostalgia can become hope, Tanner argues, and we certainly need hope.
A ripper of a good story
To close out the year, I’ve picked up a novel, the Obelisk Gate, the second in the N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy. Not exactly holiday fare, but what a ripper of a tale. This one picks up right where the Fifth Season, which I read in something like two days, left off, and I’m looking forward to the end of today’s work, so that I can pick it back up again.
Jemisin created a fascinating world, and, even if you don’t think you’re all that into fantasy literature, I highly recommend it. Would make a perfect gift, too.
Wonder & Sundry turned one!
Last Sunday, this little blogging concern turned one! To celebrate, I baked a gingerbread cake. Or, actually a gingerbread loaf, specifically, the one from Sally’s Baking Addiction. I had every intention of developing a recipe for a spicy gingerbread Bundt cake, but then I saw that recipe and decided that messing around myself wasn’t worth it. I did make a few tweaks, and changed up the icing, but if you’re looking for a good dark gingerbread, you could definitely do much worse.
Merry Little Solo Christmas Dinner
If you’re flying solo this holiday season, and I expect that the number of us doing so will increase, check out last year’s series on how to make yourself a feast (it works even when it isn’t Christmas)! There’s even a little customizable menu for you to print out to give yourself a little sense of ceremony. Subscribe today for the menu, and for all Wonder & Sundry recipes without the jibber jabber.
With the coming holidays, we’ll be taking a little break in the latter half of next week. We’ll have a post on interesting things to do if you’re in your hometown for the holidays (that don’t involve getting smashed at your old local), and a recipe that you can make for a solo holiday feast or on a weeknight. We’ll have a Sundry Wonders, and then, unless something so fabulous that it just can’t wait comes up, I’ll wish you a very happy holiday, returning on Monday the 27th.
I hope you had a wonderful week, and happy holidays!