Its official

I'm in full-on Christmas mode.

The house is decorated, and I'm already dreading the day we have to take it down because I love it so much.

Seth and I tried spiked eggnog for the first time and it is delicious! Sometimes I'm weird about eggnog because of how thick it is, but a little rum solved that problem. I grated some nutmeg on top too...yum!

In non-christmas news, I finally found some athletic sneakers that aren't hideous:

Aren't they sporty? Now that I'm on 10 hour work days, I decided to start walking in the arena on my lunch breaks and I needed shoes with support. For clunky athletic shoes, I really like them! And the walking is working out great too. I already felt my mood elevating after the first day, so I'm hoping that its because of the exercise and not just a coincidence.

Finally, and this is a really exciting one ;), I caramelized onions for the first time this week, and holy delicious! Basically all you do is just cook the onions in a skillet in plenty of olive oil for a long time (20-25 minutes) on low heat. I had always heard how caramelizing onions changes their flavor, but I had no idea how much (or how tasty). You should definitely try it! I caramelized a huge onion (about 2 1/2 cups worth) to make pasta with lentils and kale, and I followed the recipe almost exactly...the only thing I changed was the pasta type (I used whole wheat spiral). Yum!

photo by Romulo Yanes, courtesy of