The last few months of 2017 flew by in a whirlwind of chilly bootcamps and festive gatherings. I usually find myself scrambling in that final stretch to squeeze in holiday shopping and check off a half dozen items from my bucket list. But the days leading up to 2018 were also filled with some cool fun things - here are my five favorites:
Cooked the Big Bird. I hosted Thanksgiving dinner this year, and boy did I take on a hefty task. (Which was not limited to lugging a 15-pound turkey ice block home from the grocery store.) I recreated the traditional fixings I grew up loving while adding my own personal healthy twist. I hosted the whole Borkar family under one roof, which is a rare occurrence given that we live across the U.S. Oh, and the parents met the boyfriend; they loved him and everything went along swimmingly. Phew.
Celebrated One Year. In early December, my boyfriend and I marked one year together! One year juggling his hectic business school classes with my bootcamp schedule, bonding over delicious meals, and trying new activities from whisky tasting to art classes (for the record, I’m a better painter than he is). For the girl who loves her independence and daily regimen, loosening up to let a wonderful person into my life has been a tremendous learning experience. We enjoyed recalling the fun and growth over a glass of bubbly, while toasting to another year ahead for us.
Continued Cherished Tradition. One of my favorite childhood memories was going with my mom to see The Nutcracker. We would dress up, have lunch at our favorite local restaurant, then spend the afternoon watching ballet. This past holiday I decided to relive that tradition with friends. I loved seeing so many young ladies there with their mothers. I have a feeling I’ll be building the same experience with my little ones in the future.
Tried My Luck at the Slots. Over Christmas weekend, I went to the casino and learned a thing or two about gambling. The table games were a little too complicated for me, but I loved the slots. Especially the themed Sex and the City machine. And while I didn’t win big, coming up $20 for a round of drinks one night was quite delightful.
Enjoyed the Cali Vibe. I headed home to celebrate my Dad’s birthday and soak up some warm sun. I missed “winter” in Southern California - a breezy 68 degrees. My favorite part was going out for morning trail runs, then joining my family outside on the back porch to sip tea. Some things never change - like my Mom serving me an extra helping of pancakes and my favorite homemade fruit jam, even when I’ve insisted I’m stuffed.
Now we are into a fresh new year and the possibilities of what it will bring are endless. Looking forward to more memories and fun, and of course warmer bootcamp weather!