Monday, December 26, 2011

My Minimalist Christmas

I've got to say, this has been one of the best Christmases in recent years.

Jonathan and I spent the weekend with his family. We were able to visit for two days instead of our usual one day this time, which was really nice. Artoo and I took a long hike around their property on Saturday. It was gorgeous out! I used up the film in both my Diana Mini and my Diana, which was nice, because I think the photos on the rest of the film are from when I was in Alaska still! I also took a good amount of pictures on the LCA+. I plan on dropping off my film today at Hollywood Photo, so hopefully I get my negatives back in the next few days so I can scan and share them!

I was really happy in the presents department this year. There really wasn't anything I wanted, other than some money to put into my Antarctica fund. I'm happy to say that I got a nice amount between my parents and Jonathan's family and will be able to put several hundred dollars into savings! We also got some yummy food from Jonathan's parents. His mom works at a Market of Choice, which I gather is something like a Whole Foods or New Seasons. We got some Indian simmer sauces, different noodles and rice, some pasta sauces, olive oil, wine, champagne, and more. I don't think I'll have to do any grocery shopping this week, other than for vegetables!

From my bosses at Mr. Green Beans I got a $50 gift certificate for Cellar Door/2nd Story!! Jonathan and I like riding our bikes to Cellar Door in the summer to get iced mochas. They are one of the only coffee places in town that I've tried where their coffee is consistently delicious and their baristas aren't snooty jerks. I've been wanting to try 2nd Story, but we haven't really had the money lately. Now I'm happy to be able to treat Jonathan! Thank you, Ginny and Trevin!

In my stocking I had some winning lottery tickets with a grand total of $3 won!! Better than last year! ($0)

All in all, it was an excellent Christmas. I am so happy to have gotten exactly what I wanted! Just about everything I gave this year I either made by me or was something I found locally. I gave lots of consumables this year! I'd put exactly what I made but not everyone has received their presents from me yet. (I am BAD this year.)

I hope everyone had a great Christmas! What was your favorite part, gift received, gift given, etc?


  1. Your weekend sounds like it was really nice! Happy for you that you can put some moolah into your Antarctica fund. ;) Although it was just the two of us, we had a wonderful Christmas. My best gift, as you know was my new Macbook! Can't believe it. :) We spent the better part of the day at the beach...him surfing and I reading in the sand, and it was wonderful.
    I too tried to do homemade gifts! I'm actually spending this week (off from work-woohoo!) creating the rest of my gifts for my family that we will be seeing next week in AZ (working on these: for my mom, these: for my sister-in-law, and these: for dad and brother.) :D
    Anyway, glad you are happy and in good spirits today, & I wish you a happy new year!

  2. WOW!! Those vases are awesome and I totally love those coasters! (The place mats are cute, too, but I could totally see myself making the vases and coasters. ;o)

    Your Christmas sounded awesome! When I got back into cell range last night I had a good time going through your tweets. It's so fun to catch up on what fun stuff people have been up to.

  3. Sounds like an awesome Christmas! That's so fantastic that you are gong to Antartica!! Santa brought me a bread machine after years of begging. I can't wait to have breads coming out my ears.


  4. YES!! I got a used bread machine off CraigsList at the beginning of the year and we have not bought store bread since then. It's SO cheap to make it yourself AND you know exactly what is in it. That's so awesome!!