December went by so fast that it is half through January that I realize that month is over. Let’s take a look at the best of December.
1. Christmas in Virginia
Christmas not in Michigan was not the same but having Christmas in Virginia with Bryan’s family was still quite nice. It was good getting to know his parents better and at the same time meeting his sister, brother-in-law, and niece and nephew for the first time. We had some great meals, a lot of delicious sweets, and I was even surprised with some wonderful and thoughtful presents. It was bittersweet but Christmas nonetheless.
2. The D.C. Tour
My first visit to D.C. to see the sights. D.C. is a bit surreal to me as I always see the historic landmarks in movies and television shows and know some of the history. It was clean, warm and sunny, and beautiful out. We saw a bit of everything, a few smithsonians, the monuments, the botanical gardens, and the air and space museum. I favored the excursion just for getting a bit of exercise in what was otherwise a very lazy trip. We walked a ton and I loved it!
3. Uber-Fancy French Dinner
We had a lovely and expensive French dinner at the cute L’Auberge Chez Francois in Virginia countryside with Bryan’s sister and her husband. The meal was fantastic and plentiful, at all of 8 courses, but the real winner was getting to talk to those two sans-kids for a night. We had a great time getting to know one another and really sealed the deal with fresh souffles!
4. Holiday Cookie Contest
Although I didn’t win I can’t tell you how much fun us girls of Lee St. get with our Olympic competitions. The competitive nature in us all comes out, the threats, the slams, the snide remarks. The email chains of knocking each other down are lengthy and leave me laughing. And the last couple have been really fun getting our friends and coworkers in on our voting. Next contest will be very soon, and for once I refuse to come in 3rd place.
5. Legendary Company Christmas Party
Bryan and I had an absolute blast at my company Christmas party this year. I have so much fun dressing up like it is prom and even Bryan got his haircut, bought a new nice shirt and tie, and brought me a single rose. The venue was epic, at the Seattle Aquarium, where we were told the octopuses were the liveliest they have ever been dancing to our music. Oh and there was music and dancing, phenomenal chocolate cake, unlimited open bar, passed hors’, and a delicious dinner buffet. We danced the night away and then raced to the Seattle Wheel to ride it right before midnight. Couldn’t have been a better night. Unless Amy was there…
6. Proud Dinner Party
7. Baltimore First
My first visit to Baltimore completely turned my expectations of Baltimore on its head. We were treated to pure luxury, staying at our friend’s spacious condo in the Ritz Carlton in the inner harbor. We had some great meals out, rode the water taxi and were safe and sound. I really like Baltimore, it reminds me a bit of Seattle, although not as great 🙂 Justin and Stacy were really sweet hosts too and made the weekend great. Plus it was nice just having a real bed to sleep on.
8. Yelp Whiskey Round-Up
Sometimes I wonder what my life was like before Yelp. Just kidding. But seriously I get really anxious when there hasn’t been a Yelp event in a while. This Yelp event was phenomenal and I got to share it with Bryan. Free unlimited whiskey cocktails from the best bartenders in Seattle, live DJ, free food from Tom Douglas, and a very cool venue, we were both elated upon leaving…and it wasn’t just from the alcohol on a Monday night.
9. Deck the Hall Ball
I love the concert every year, and every year it seems to get better and better to me. I only missed the first half of the first band, meaning that I was listening to great bands from 3:30 pm to 11:30 pm, and not once bored. The night brought many delights like Lorde, The Head and the Heart, Phoenix, but really was topped off by my favorite, Vampire Weekend, where Polly and I really lost it to dancing like mad women and losing our voices. So. Much. Fun.
10. Play, Choir Concert, Comedy, Symphony…Oh My!
In two weekends we saw it all; a fantastic suspenseful play at the Seattle Reperatory Theater, a girls choir Christmas concert, the best comedy show I have ever seen live, and the Handel’s Messiah symphony at Benaroya Hall. It was eventful and fun and I really felt like I was getting out and taking advantage of what our great city has to offer. I never tired of them and that was truly sweet.