Loving my recent family photos by the wonderful Christina Best Photography. We’ve worked together on my patio photo shoot, a Parabo Press print party, and last year’s holiday pics- and collaborating with Christina is always a huge pleasure. And what a perfect fall morning she captured while my parents and sister were in town over Thanksgiving! (By the way, yes, it was hard taking family pictures for the first time since the loss of my brother, and on the other hand, what a gift to have these photos of the four of us together now.)
Noticing the extra bright leaves around Sacramento.
Reading The Art of Gathering: How we Meet and Why it Matters by Priya Parker after listening to her on the Feel Good Effect podcast. Every episode lately is a “must listen”, and this one was a score for the holidays and beyond.
Cooking two half turkey breasts at my Friendsgiving Dinner Party. I used a brining kit from the Allspicery and they ended up awesome. Was super proud and inspired after making it happen!
Eating semi-homemade jambalaya after my friend Lydia made it for me a few weeks back. I’m consistently reminded, after cooking a big meal for myself, how much I love having homemade leftovers. But man, doing all the dishes (sans dishwasher) hasn’t gotten less annoying yet.
Drinking the harvest blend herbal tea from Trader Joe’s. It’s discontinued for the season but thankfully Amazon has come through with my supply.
Enjoying this article about The Dinner Party. This year, like last, I’m fundraising for my favorite grief organization and would love if you checked it out. My main goal in sharing, is that those that need this group will hear about it.
Celebrating my birthday and brother’s birthday this week! I ate lots of good food with family and friends, got a quick nap in, plus a yoga class. All in all, a bittersweet week, but full of self-care.
Starting to think about decorating for Christmas. My first year in my own place and I’m ready to make it holiday cozy. Hoping to get my tree this weekend! I know it will be a task to procure and decorate it, but hoping I can enjoy the process.