I am officially battling some kind of bug, but I’m not down and out and enjoyed them as much as I could :) I just hate being sick and icky feeling, but I’m hoping I can fight it off in the coming week before I leave to see my mom!
Friday night was Chris’ work department holiday party. It was a lot of fun to meet all the people that Chris works with and everyone is very nice!
Check out the spread! My favorite part was the salad bar and the awesome bowls. I wanted to take them :)
The food was traditional Turkey Day style with roasted turkey, stuffing, chicken marsala, veggies and mashed taters.
Here is my plate with all the fixings. I didn’t eat all the taters and some of the turkey. I also went back for some more veggies & a bit of stuffing.
Chris & I brought the cake from Freed’s bakery. I thought it was good, but the cake layer wasn’t big enough and the frosting/mousse dominated. I’m not much of a frosting person, but it still was yummy.
They also had a white elephant gift exchange. Have you played this before? Oh my gosh, it was hilarious to see the person’s face when they opened the gift! Most of them were gag gifts, but that’s the fun of it. Chris got this nice reindeer jelly bean dispenser. What’s really funny though is that the expiration date for this thing is December 2005!! I guess it’s been re-gifted a few times? ;) Other gifts included a leopard snuggie, old musk perfume, a lava lamp and a slap chop hehe
The next party we went to was at my supervisor’s house on Saturday night. Boy she went all out! The food was wonderful. Chris and I couldn’t stay long because we had to meet some friends at BJ’s later. Talk about running around!
Here’s the spread . . .
I loved the tables with labeled cheeses to go with the white and red wines. I tried the middle wine which was a cab from Chile. It was very earthy and rich, which I love. You really can’t go wrong with a wine from Chile. I had a glass of wine and a slice of cheese.
Here’s the main spread with lots of yumminess!
Chris and I shared a small plate since we were going to be eating again in a couple hours. My favorite were the spanakopitas!!! I had to have two of these. My supervisor is Greek, so these were homemade and delicious. I also enjoyed a bite of baked brie mmm
Yet again another dessert table that looked wonderful!
I had a bite of the mint chocolate chip cookie and a bite of a sugar cookie. There was also fondue, fruit and port. What a great host!
After leaving, we headed to BJ’s to meet some friends for a little get together. I wasn’t really that hungry, so we shared a salad and a mini vegetarian pizza. I also had a taster (5oz) of their nutty brunette brew. I didn’t feel stuffed, but was definitely full. I’m glad I didn’t go overboard. Many times when I think I want to keep eating, I just take a step back and ask myself how I want to feel afterwards. I hate that over-stuffed blah feeling & try not to go there :)
I’d say I did pretty good with the holiday intervention strategies, although it seems like all we’ve been doing is eating!! I can’t wait till I get to feeling 100% again because I have to say I’ve been slacking on the gym with finals and presentations. I tend to get cranky if I miss the gym time :)
I tried to get some Christmas shopping done this weekend and failed horribly. It took me 25 minutes to find a parking spot at the mall & by that point I didn’t have the patience for all the crowds! I have yet to get most of my gifts and I’m not sure for about 1/2 of them . . . eek! I can’t really spend that much either. Chris & I were actually thinking about donating to a charity for some of our family. Would that be lame? I thought that would be really nice since so many out there are really struggling this time of year.
I’m working more this week to make up for the hours I’ll be gone to see my mom :( but it will be worth it. I hope you all have a wonderful week!
How’s your holiday shopping coming along?
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