The out-of-office replies are coming in, work is slowing down, the calendar is meeting free-it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. I’m taking Wednesday-Monday off and really looking for some quiet time at home. My goal is to get a lot done tomorrow and Tuesday and then mostly take a break from studying during the weekend. Until the 29th, still holding on to some holiday fun and just want to remember a few happy holiday moments from the last week:
Stockton Holiday Market
David’s colleagues organized a holiday market with local artists in the Newberry Building. The turnout was awesome, and it was fun to sip wine, listen to Christmas music and see people excited about an event in downtown Stockton.
Covert Claus Christmas Party
Kirstin and Brian had us over to their beautiful home for Christmas dinner and a Secret Santa gift exchange. There was homemade egg nog, incredible short ribs, and, of course, lots of laughter. PS-check out Turkey’s awesome hammock in the living room window!
Holiday drinks at the Claremont
Back in the fall, before ClassPass, when it was light after work, I liked to (occasionally) run up to the Claremont Hotel. On a clear day, the views if the Bay are gorgeous. Friday evening, I wrapped up studying early and decided it was a perfect excuse for holiday drinks at the hotel bar. The hotel is lovely, and the gingerbread house (all those bricks are gingerbread! You can smell it!) is so festive:
A few weeks ago, David and I checked out St. George’s distillery in Alameda. When I saw their gin on the menu at the Claremont bar, I knew the “Botanical View” drink was for me. The drink was refreshing, and the company even better:
Cookie Party and Gift Exchange
Heather and Stephanie hosted a cookie exchange on Saturday. It was my first time driving the Bay Bridge into the city-I survived! Stephanie had the Netflix fire and lots of candles on, and her tree is gorgeous. It was a nice to take a festive break from studying. Sunday was a rough study day, but Sunday night we drove over to Mountain View to Jon and Melissa’s for white elephant gift exchange. They’re going to Austin for New Years, and I’m angling for a chance to dogsit their darling dog, Andi. Still not ready to have a dog, but dogsitting sounds fun!
It’s practically Christmas now, so I’m going to take it easy the next few days and enjoy family time. Looking forward to more gift exchanges, Christmas breakfast, and laughing with some of my favorite people :)