holiday party

Holly & Jolly

Friday night was the holiday party for Michael’s work. This year it was a 1920’s theme! People were encouraged to come in costume and there was going to be a costume contest. Most people showed up in costumes. It was so cool and I LOVE the 1920’s costumes. Unfortunately, they don’t really make 1920’s flapper outfits in maternity sizes…so…I went with a simple black dress and some jewelry that could pass for the theme. I loved the outfits that the ladies were all wearing. I wish I could have gotten some photos to share with you guys. It was pretty impressive. I love theme parties, especially this era.

The party was held at the Secret Society Ballroom, in NE Portland. It was such a cool place! I bet it would be a fun place to have a wedding. I’m not sure why this place wasn’t on our radar when we were doing our search. It was cool that they were able to get this location for the party.

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It was an open bar (bummer for me) but I enjoyed my cranberry juice and tonic water drinks all night. The themed menu sounded delicious. Had I been able to, I would have tried one of each! They all sound tasty.

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There was some food…antipasti type stuff, salads, bread, orzo salad, Greek appetizers, and a few different kinds of pasta dishes. There was also a DJ doing swing music and swing music mixed with like techno…? It was odd but fun!

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There was also a photo-booth! Fun! I still regret that Michael and I never actually made it to our own photo-booth during our wedding. That would have been fun. Anyways, here are our photos:

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It was a good kick-off to the holiday season.

Sunday we decorated our tree. We actually got the Christmas tree Saturday afternoon, in the pouring rain of course because this is Portland, but I wanted it to dry out a bit before we decorated so we did that Sunday.

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I like the small trees. I brought out the decorations and put up some of my favorites. Pretty much 90% of the Christmas decor I have I’ve bought on mega-clearance after Christmas each year. I love that I have so much and barely spent anything on it! The tree skirt I bought for 90% off a few years ago (I think it was like $5!) and every ornament I have was probably less than a dollar or two. Clearance is awesome!

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Sur la Table often has really nice, expensive ornaments for less than $4 in their after Christmas clearance, FYI.  This ornament was one I bought in Maui on our honeymoon:

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And Bella hung her ornament:

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It’s nice to finally get into the holiday spirit! Wow this time next year we’ll be doing ALL the Christmas stuff with the little one. Crazy.

And for your viewing pleasure, check this out: 36 Cats Crashing Nativity Scenes.

Holiday Weekend

I love long holiday weekends! Sleeping in, not having every minute planned, not having to go to work….yay! The weekend held the typical weekend chore stuff but I also brought out the Christmas decorations. A little early for me but I had the time so decided to make the house festive.

Thursday

Thanksgiving day I slept in a little bit and then went to the Warrior Room. I was grateful they had some morning classes on the holiday. My gym is open until 2pm on Thanksgiving but it is such a madhouse every year that it’s a miserable experience and I just didn’t want to do that this year. Seriously, even getting up super early and going to the gym to try and miss the crowds I’d have to park at the mall across the street and walk because the garage was full and every machine would be used. It was never an enjoyable experience, that’s for sure.

Warrior Room was packed but much more enjoyable! I got in a great workout and my friend Debby joined me. Ashley started the class saying “let’s burn 10,000 calories so we can drink 3 bottles of wine and eat pie!” Sign me up! You had me at pie. The workout was hard and there many moments where I thought I might be pushing it…but in the end, I made it through the workout still standing and burned a lot!

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After that Michael and I took Bella for a walk before the rain set in. I ate light most of the day because I knew I’d be indulging later. I stuck with a small salad for lunch. Then Michael and I went over to his mom’s house for the holiday. Michael’s step-brother got the entire meal already done, you just have to pop it in the oven for a little bit before serving, from Zupan’s. He did this last year and it was wonderful. The food is so good!

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I ate a lot. I tried to be responsible but ended up overeating anyways. Honestly I’d been having some anxiety about Thanksgiving all week–knowing it was going to be a big calorie bomb. It was discouraging to feel like all the progress I had made lately would be entirely undone with one meal. SIGH. Trying to lose weight this time of year is like running up hill pushing a boulder.

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I did go easy with the dessert, though. I was honestly too stuffed to eat much more. Pumpkin pie is my favorite thing! And we did not break into this giant chocolate turkey:

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Seriously, it was huge! It looked amazing, too! Once we were all getting sleepy it was time to go. Michael and I went home to be with Bella and ended up laying in bed with the animals watching House of Cards in our PJs. 🙂

Saturday

Another Warrior workout! Honestly I was still a little sore from Thursday. I ended up going a little easy on myself during the workout as a result. Thankfully there weren’t a TON of squats during this class! My hamstrings were not happy.

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Then I met my friend Robyn for a sushi lunch date. It had been awhile since we’d gotten together (I think it might have been my wedding!!) and a lunch date was perfect. We both ended up getting a Bento Box for lunch. I’ve never had Bento before. It was kind of a nice change, even if I had been craving sushi and that craving hadn’t been satisfied.

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I went with the teriyaki salmon. It was a small piece of salmon, around 3 normal-sized bites. It came with rice, a side salad with cucumber and shredded carrots, a California roll and tempura vegetables. It was really tasty and super filling. It was really nice to catch up with my friend and we drank a TON of green tea and chatted long after the food was gone.

We parted ways and I headed home. I’m not into Black Friday/Christmas shopping and generally avoid the malls and stuff. I did most of my Christmas shopping online and I’m basically done except for two more things I need to get. Now it’s just a waiting game for the packages to arrive so I can wrap them before nosy busy bodies try and sneak a peak. 😉

When I got home Michael and I took Bella for a long walk before the rains arrived. The sun was out but there were some dark, dark clouds off in the distance. Bella got a bunch of walks over the long weekend and was happy with that–as I was happy with getting some extra exercise in!

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Sunday

Sunday finally came, sad that meant that it was back to work soon. 🙁 I went to the gym (it was very cold and very blustery but the sun was out) and did about 40 minutes on the elliptical (3.35 miles) then it was time for yoga. After being sore for several days that yoga class felt spectacular!

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The rest of the day was uneventful until it was time to go to Michael’s mom’s house for a party. She hosts a charity party the weekend of Thanksgiving every year and this year we were actually available to attend! She sells wreaths for a charity and people come over to pick up the wreaths and enjoy a holiday party at the same time.

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They unwrapped the chocolate turkey! (Sadly Michael and I left before they carved into that thing!)

We went over a little bit early to see if she needed help setting up. The places was already decorated to the max. Tons of cute Christmas decor, the tree was up and decorated and holiday music was playing. The place was packed! There was also tons of food. It was mostly finger foods. There was crab rangoon, vegetable spring rolls, crab and artichoke dip, orange chicken and then meatballs with various dipping sauces.

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The meatballs were really good. There was a chipotle cranberry sauce that went with one of the platters and it was really good. Sweet but not overly sweet. I basically ate dinner full of finger foods. I had 2 crab rangoons, 2 spring rolls, about 6 meatballs, and 3 orange chicken pieces.

Look at these adorable wine stoppers:

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How funny is that? We stayed for a few hours, munching on food, mingling with people. Then it was getting late and we decided to head home. Michael was still hungry (I was not, I ate tons of finger foods) so we stopped at Five Guys on the drive home so he could get a burger.

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He did give me two bites of his burger. I went overboard all weekend. I knew it would be a challenge with the events we were going to. At the party I tried to stay away from the buffet table to keep myself from just mindlessly munching, but I admit, it was hard. The festivities made it easy to splurge. 🙁 Anyways, Monday morning and back on track!