This holiday week Dan managed to have 3 whole days off in a row, woo hoo!! So one of those days we went to Mimosa Studios on Alberta and painted pottery. After taking a ceramics class a couple years ago, I realized I enjoyed the decorating WAY more than the making! Since each year we said make a homemade ornament (whether we have a tree or not – this year we opted out), he picked out the owl, I did the blue and he did the red & the eyes. We made some pretty rad mugs too!
And speaking of owls (my husband’s got a thing for them), we stopped by Garden Fever and picked up another piece of yard art made from recycled metal drums – this one overseeing the ferns and hostas in the shady area of our backyard 🙂
For Christmas we kept to only one of our traditions – going on a hike. this would be Dan doing his own version of “look wistful”, a tradition that goes back to Melbourne when we spent our first long holiday together, and he photographed me among the bamboo. We made a spectacular Cuban-inspired dinner of pulled pork marinated in lime and garlic, fried caramelized plantains (maduros) with rice and beans and avocado. YUM! Not pictured, we also had vanilla ice cream with a warm sour cherry sauce, thanks to the fruit my friend Ruth gave us earlier this year! We ended out the holidays with Star Wars Episode 7 and Christmas dinner at Monsoon Thai on Mississippi. Nice to see the old Star Wars gang and one of my first crushes, Han Solo, but the writing was just…disappointing, and the acting was just…wooden (except for the new kid who plays Finn, he was great!). Some campy moments and worth the watch being a fan from the early days, but overall reminded me more of one of those reunion shows, a la “A Very Brady Christmas.” No interest in seeing the next two (final) sequels.