Friday, December 30, 2016

winter break recap part one

I got out of school on the 16th and it has been the most glorious break, but it's gone so fast!  I can't believe Christmas Eve was almost a week ago. At the same time it feels like it's been years since I thought about school, which has been really great. 
We have done so much on Christmas break! We balanced relaxing and doing fun things, it's been really great. 
One day we ate at Red Iguana and they had this HUGE wreath! 

We made gingerbread houses and mine was such a disaster! I couldn't get it to stay up. So this is Marks, mine was too ugly to photograph

 My Mom had some free tickets to Hale theater so she let us use them to see A Christmas Carol. I went almost every year growing up! I also worked at a ticket office for 5 years in college so I have a connection every time I go to live performances like this. 

Mark and I tried to take a picture by this huge tree in the lobby because no one looked interested in taking it for us, but as you can see they were all major failures.

 Christmas Eve! I am wearing Lipsense in this picture. The color is called Brick and it is sandwiched between icicle, a clear LipSense color.
If we're being honest, Christmas Eve was not great! I tend to forget that my family is imperfect. My expectation vs reality thoughts are always so skewed when it comes to holidays and every year, I forget! So I ended the night in tears on the couch eating junk food. Christmas day made up for it, though.

 I love, love, love having "Me" days. I have spent my whole life thinking I was an extrovert only to realize in the past few years that I am an outgoing introvert. I just get so much energy off hanging out by myself. I feel like the worst wife sometimes when I am like "Me day! Bye!" but it's necessary or I turn into a monster.
A few days after Christmas I took off to the mall for some me time. I bought the jacket I am wearing (but not the shirt underneath, #unflattering)  and when I brought it home to show Mark the first thing he said was "Ed Hardy!" and I was like "NOOOO!" so, internet, should I return the jacket? It's from stupid F21 and I hate their exchange policy, but I could probably find something cute instead. I'm at a loss! I just wanted a cute embroidered bomber but instead I got Ed Hardy. Ugh. 

We saw yet another movie! Moonlight! It was so different than I thought. We actively avoid trailers at our house, and all I saw when I looked up the times was "child soldier" so obviously my white idiotic self thought it would be about Ghana child soldiers and it is NOT.
It's also very much R rated, so ya know, be advised. 
Also a word about the Tower theater in SLC, it sucks.

Okay, I need to preface these next few pictures.
Mark loves to cook and so I got him two cookbooks for Christmas, which he immediately read and meal planned our week. On Wednesday, Mark woke up early and spent 10 hours cooking ramen noodle broth and pork buns. I sat on the couch and read not one but two books and then binged an entire season of Great Food Truck Race.
This was the ramen he made with the 10 hour broth.

 He put normal pork in it because I hate pork belly in ramen.

 However, I did love the pork belly in these little bbq pork sandwiches. So tasty!

and we'll close it out with this huge tray of pork shoulder that sat in the ramen broth for 6 hours. 

Happy New Years! We are going to a Jazz game tomorrow and then I have to face the reality of going back to work. Wish me luck!
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1 comment:

  1. That ramen looks amazing! I'd ask for the recipe but I don't know that I'd want to spend ALL day making the broth.