Sipping On: Espresso Martini
Watching: Elementary (CBS Show)
It feels like ages since I’ve done a Time to Steep…let’s be honest, it has been ages. Who am I trying to fool?!? But I must say, I have been waiting to do this specific review since December. Why the wait? Well…
“Blessed are the weird people, the poets & misfits, the artists, the writers & music makers, the dreamers, and the outsiders for they force us to see the world differently.”
One of the most difficult tasks for me is to relax my mind. In university, it would take me over 2hrs+ to fall asleep because I just couldn’t shut off my mind. I always used those moments before bed as “my time”. Similar to being in the showing, the moments before sleep were one of the very few guiltless times in the day when I could think about what ever I wanted. I am by no means advocating this because, trust me, this much thinking at once is unhealthy. When your thoughts are so numerous that you can’t fall asleep, you are not doing any favors for your mind or body.
If you’re on the East Coast, chances are you were hit by Mr. Jonas himself. There was no chance I would venture outside today, so I made a list of tasks I wanted to get done. At the top of the list: taking down the Christmas tree and making banana bread. (And yes…my tree was still up as of 8am this morning. And yes..I already miss having the lights warm the room).
I just felt like I needed to do a life update. I haven’t posted or interacted online in days…and it’s now beginning to feel strange!
Over the last week, I have been having some eye issues. My vision had an overall haziness to it, and it was exhausting to well…look. I would wear my glasses, but things were just hazy enough that all I wanted was to close my eyes. Thankfully, I was able to go to the doctor this Saturday. I was prescribed drops for my eyes. Hopefully this medicine will help. If it doesn’t, then my doctor basically told me that my eyes have a “cold” – meaning its viral and I just have to wait it out. I’ve been on the drops for a day now, and I notice a difference already. So fingers cross it’s not a virus!
Typically Christmas time is like…well Christmas for me! I love to bake. So, the holidays give me the excuse to make multiple goodies and not have to eat them all myself. This year, I wasn’t able to take Christmas Eve off and with work being increasingly busy, it resulted in doing all my baking on the 23rd. I was up until 3:30am and only got a mere 2 1/2hrs of sleep…it was not the best night.
Originally, I was just going to bake Black Sesame Chocolate Chip Cookies, but then I stupidly added on Sugar Cookies. The logic for the sugar cookies was actually simple: I have so many holiday cookie cutters, and there is only one time of the year to use them. Surprisingly, the start of the process was easy, and I felt very confident. It was not until the reality of icing the sugar cookies was shoved in my face that I realized my decision might not have been the best. I like to do “as proper” sugar cookies as possible – which entails making multiple batches of icing – piping, flooding and details. The ENTIRE process takes time…which was not in abundance. Needless to say, the results were not everything I hoped for…but more on that later. (more…)
Sipping on: Dilmah Blackcurrant Tea, Water & Prosecco
Catching up on: Zoella Vlogmas Videos
After almost two years, I finally returned to NYC. It amazed me how long it had actually been. I hold this place so close to my heart that even when we are separated, it always feels close to me. Every time I return, I must admit, it makes me miss it more and more. My dream of living in a city always ignites. Last weekend, I was in that euphoric state of mind.
While my days here might not be as cold as normal, there is still plenty of darkness and chills that exist in the later nights to send me into a “Cozy Holiday” feeling. Christmas is a bittersweet time for me – whilst I adore the joy and happiness that fills the air, it always saddens me to know that, like everything else, it must eventually end. But while I could sit and dwell upon this fact for endless hours, I must remember it’s only the beginnings of this festive period! I am going to make the most out of it, and that starts with a typical, cozy night.