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Christmas vacation

The house is clean, the junk food is out of site or thrown away, and we’re detoxing indefinitely with some yummy vegan cuisine. I’ve been out of the office since last Thursday and the unwinding is officially underway, thanks to my sister and the Peace Soap (Kiss My Face, which is cruelty free!) that graced my bubble bath. We’ve definitely had some Griswold moments on this Christmas vacation so far. The cats tested my patience by unwrapping presents (not for them), holiday lights gave us a run for our money, and mice literally ate through the wires going into the engine of our Volkswagen. I’m not kidding you. On Christmas Eve, my part nature-man and part mechanical-genius father popped open the hood to have a look. My husband literally looked at me, smiled, and called me “nature girl” under his breath as my father hauled out a nest. Don’t worry–there is no chance in hell we’d ever get mice traps. However, as the AAA tow truck hauls the car away as I write, it does pose a bit of a dilemma. I think perhaps I’ll let the mice stay warm in the garage and leave the car outside until we sort it out.

My dear friends and family really know me well based on the Christmas gifts I received this year. Aunt Emily donated to Animal Allies in our name, my co-workers gave me things like loose tea and Global Girlfriend earrings, my father made a wreath for us, and Chris gave me some very cool gardening must-haves like a very hard-core pair of pruners, a beautiful cloche, Carrots Love Tomatoes, and two AeroGardens. If you’ve never seen an Aero Garden, you have to check it out. Using a timed light and pods containing seeds, you can grow veggies and herbs indoors. I’ll update you as they grow.