TGIF: Let the Holidays Begin!

Ok, I actually still have two more days of work, but I’m heading home for the holidays this weekend, and I could not be more excited to see everyone! After I squeeze in one more workout…

This week has felt very… heavy. Delicious! But heavy – with food, that is. On Sunday, Wendy and I spent the afternoon baking cookies (which was not cheap). I ate a few while we baked, then packaged the rest of them up to give away – mostly because I knew I could’ve easily eaten them all myself, haha. Later that night, Krystal and I met for dinner at Longtail Kitchen in New Westminster. Everything I’ve eaten there has been good, but their Pad Thai might be the best I’ve ever had. I posted this picture of the dish on Instagram that night, which resulted in the Vancouver Sun asking if I’d participate in Gastropost. I’m in!

Anyway, the food indulgences have basically continued all week. I whipped up enough homemade spicy peanut sauce on Monday to toss over three meals’ worth of vegetables and rice. I had a nearly expired Groupon for food and drinks at Wild Rice that I needed to use. Last night, Daisy came over, and we ordered pizza and made (/ate) a gingerbread train. And I’ve also been trying to eat whatever is in my fridge, knowing that I’ll be away for a week or so. I can’t say it hasn’t all been delicious, but I will say that I’m grateful I can finally workout again. With all of the parties, dinners, coffee dates, etc. this next week is going to be gluttonous… let the holidays begin!

The low of my week was not getting to see my dad. His job was supposed to bring him to New Westminster on Tuesday, but that fell through. However, he will be home for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, which we weren’t expecting! I can’t wait for the traditions to begin – starting with a cup of tea, of course.

The high of my week was receiving a number of emails from readers who have never reached out to me before. So far, those emails have turned into two coffee dates in Vancouver in January. Love it!

A blog post I loved was When it Comes to Your Finances, Make 2014 the Year You… by Preet Banerjee. Anyone with high-interest debt should seriously consider his first point. Also, if you’re still thinking about what your resolution(s) could be for next year, read this. (#9 is my fave.)

The best money I spent was $20 on a donation to one of my co-worker’s favourite charities, as a little thank you for all of her hard work. I think (hope!) she’s being notified about it today…

My plans this weekend include having a girlfriend and her two kids over for a sleepover tonight (think: more cookies and more Christmas movies but with girls under 6!), then heading home to Victoria for the holidays. I’m so excited to see my family, the “girls” (our dogs), friends and their kids!

How was your week? What are you up to this weekend?

PRIZE WINNERS: Earlier this week, I drew three names and contacted the winners of the Spending Journal Giveaway. Congratulations to Laura, Moira and Sara! Now, what should I give away next year…?