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High Five for Friday: December 18

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This has been like the fastest week ever! Here's what put the sparkle into it:

  • It has been wonderfully warm on the east coast since last weekend. So much so that I had a lovely outdoor brunch with the girls, worked on my Christmas cards outside, and walked to CVS without a jacket. IN MID-DECEMBER. While my brain is like "does not compute," the rest of me is 1000% on board. OH and the neighborhood cats are loving it too--I spotted TWO new cats this week! Real-life Neko Atsume!
Sweet accidental selfie in the champagne bucket, haha.

Sweet accidental selfie in the champagne bucket, haha.

  • My two blogger gift exchange presents have arrived! Yay! First up was Mattie and Olya's Secret Santa-esque Blogger Christmas Cheer Exchange. The exchange was through Elfster, where you create a wishlist for your person. My wishlist contained these pens (<3 <3) and a coffee-scented candle, but the candle I got is so much cuter! (And it smells awesome AND came with a matching lip balm that I'm loving!) Thank you Liz Jo of Sundays with Sophie!! :)
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Then there was Katie and Caitlin's Christmas mug swap! Such a cute idea! For this exchange, you had to reach out to your buddy and get to know them via e-mail before picking out a mug for them. I was paired up with someone I didn't know: the delightful Nikki from Makeupher! She loves pink and sparkles and lives near my beloved Chicago--we're a perfect match! haha! Look at the cute mug she sent me! <3

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  • True confessions: Even though I said I'd (sort of) taken up Bullet Journaling, I hadn't been loving my planner for awhile. It's just super bulky and huge and not really accomodating of all the random stuff I want to log (like my spending). So I stumbled upon Boho Berry at just the right time, as seeing her pretty, mantra-filled bujo inspired me to find a planner that works better for me. Now I have a beautiful blank Leuchtturm notebook that affords me space for everything--including cheery mantras to help combat my case of the blahs! Here is my first one, featuring one of my favorite low-pressure positive thoughts. (Even though I hate trying things, ha!) I am not a doodler, nor do I consider myself artsy, but I took the mantra's advice and gave it a try :)
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  • "Hello, It's Me" by Todd Rundgren got stuck in my head completely out of the blue this week, which led me to revisiting the following scene in The Virgin Suicides (a natural progression). I loved this scene so much when I was in, what, eighth grade? I wanted to be living in the '70s. I wanted a record player. (Does that make me a hipster before it was cool?!)  I wanted some boy to call me playing Gilbert O'Sullivan! (Although I surely would have had a heart attack if that had happened!) So many memories!
  • Finally, I leave you with the wisdom of drunk Bailey on Grey's
And this doesn't even include when she yelled "Fistulas!!" or coined the term "pancreaseses"!

And this doesn't even include when she yelled "Fistulas!!" or coined the term "pancreaseses"!

OMG how is Christmas one week away?! I'm probably not doing a H54F next week (since Friday is Christmas Day), in which case, MERRY CHRISTMAS and a happy weekend!! :D xoxo