last night, my best friend k., her boyfriend, her family and i headed over to the always-beautiful selby gardens for its annual “lights in bloom” holiday event. even though i’ve lived in sarasota for four years now, sunday was my first time at “lights in bloom,” and it was beautiful — we spent the majority of our time at the gardens walking through its outdoor paths, sipping hot chocolate, and ooh-ing and aah-ing at all the pretty, twinkly christmas lights. all the shots i tried to take outdoors turned out crappily (must get better at taking pictures at night), but i did manage to snap some photographs of selby’s renowned orchids, which were just lovely.
“lights in bloom” was one highlight in what was overall a really pleasant, definitively holiday-ish weekend. on friday night, i finished up my christmas shopping, went to see a movie and then came home and relaxed. on saturday, i whipped up a batch of nichole‘s chocolate crinkle cookies, which i think should be renamed “brownie bites from heaven” — they were delicious. and on saturday night, i took my cookies to an ugly sweater party, drank good wine (the hosts are wine distributors), chatted with new friends, and generally had a great time.
a good weekend, indeed.
and now this is a short week for me — i have friday off, and i’m heading up to my parents’ house on thursday night — and i have to say, the timing couldn’t be better. i’m excited to have a few days off, excited for the holiday, excited most of all to see a lot of my extended family.
so with that, here are my commitments for the week:
+ stay positive. chin up and all that good stuff.
+ keep focusing on remaining free from the rampant materialism that’s going on right now
+ bake the nutella cookies i discovered in katie‘s amazing christmas magazine.
+ give my house a good scrubdown early in the week so i don’t have to worry about it when i’m trying to fly out the door on thursday night.
+ spend some quality time with my favorite sarasota people.
+ continuing thinking about what i want 2011 to be.
and you, friends? tell me, and i’ll see you back here tomorrow! xoxo
photos by me