Friday, December 22, 2006

coffee grunge and christmas joy.

Due to the snow and general wintry conditions, Vinny and I decided that it would be a good idea to celebrate our Christmas early...well, part one of it, that is. This year we will be celebrating several at my dad's, one at Vinny's parents', one at my grandma and grandpa's, and one with my sister and her kids when they return from Virginia. But the one we enjoy the our own private little Christmas, just the two of us.

You know how I know that my husband loves me? Because he got me a coffee cup! Um...yeah, I kinda have a problem with collecting coffee cups. I can't help myself--I love them. Due to the sheer volume of coffee cups that I possess, Vinny has given me a hard time about the lack of space in our kitchen cabinets ever since we started living together. When he asked me what I wanted for Christmas I said that I like unique things found in specialty shops (or a puppy). ha! Well, I'm impressed. The guy knows his way into the my heart. It was a nice night filled with yummy pasta, glasses of wine, jazz music drifting from the stereo, a room full of lit candles, and after-dinner mochas. Vinny spoiled me with gifts from India (oh, they even smell like India--heaven! the silk shawl is especially divine).

And so if that was our Christmas Eve, then today feels like Christmas Day. As I sit here at my desk, a blanket of white still covers our world. It is day one of a string of SIX DAYS OFF! I couldn't ask for a better start to our vacation.

I started the morning with 3 cups of coffee (half decaf--to maintain sanity) and then went for a long walk out in the woods with Vinny and Anu. For all the walking we do, it's rare that we actually go for walks together. It was nice to take in the strange white, misty, drippy morning together. Such beauty. Next we're going out for a late breakfast and then to a bookstore. After that I plan on spending the afternoon in my studio with my paints and colored pencils. I suppose it goes without saying that today most certainly fits my definition of PERFECTION.

*Vinny took this photo on our walk this morning.

And tomorrow...we'll get in the car and drive north to Bemidji. It will be the first time I've been home since moving away this past summer. Let me just say: I can't wait.


Anonymous said...

that sounds like a lovely way to begin the holiday celebration! have safe travels, and i hope to talk to you soon!

Kristine said...

It sounds pretty amazing! Merry Christmas!

liz elayne said...

such a beautiful description...i feel almost like i was able to peek in on you two enjoying your special christmas together. (i needed this reminder of how special times are just the two.)

and the mugs...i am really starting to collect them myself. working from home and drinking tea like i do. (i would drink coffee sometimes too but i just can't seem to make a good cup of it...i have an espresso machine and everything - though i must admit i haven't even tried it. after four years of marriage. note to self: try to make a latte as christmas present to me.)

enjoy your time off and your snow!!!

Ces said...

Very lovely post and so endearing. Here's wishing you and your husband a very Merry Christmas.

Loralee Choate said...

OOOOH! A perfect addition to your amazing coffee corner. This post made me MISS YOU.


I miss you.


Amber said...

Oooo. And it is pretty, too! I think I told you that LOVE mugs, too? Right? I would love to have a kitchen where I have a cabnit that could show them off. This year I took my son to a pottery place, and he painted everyone a special mug just for them. It was so fun.

Happy Holidays


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a little slice of heaven! Happy holidays to you and V. Wishing you a beautiful new year, full of much joy, opportunities and good health! xo

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful picture- picture perfect, right? Have an amazing time!

kj said...

merry christmas, jessie. it sounds like you've had a fine start to it all.

i hope the new year is a wonderful one for you, stretching and embracing you and your creativity.

best wishes!:)

Vesper said...

your day sounds awesome! merry christmas! happy new year!

melba said...

Your night together and day today sound like perfection to me too! and your gifts.
You live a yummy life!

Happy Holidays my friend!

Susannah said...

a christmas night just the two of you sounds divine to me :-) merry christmas sweet pea xox

Spiky Zora Jones said...

Jessie...Have a wonderful Christmas. I wish happiness for you and those that are close in your heart.

I love your thoughts and you write so beautifully...thank you for sharing a part of you.

I am at work...but i promised my girl i'd sray no later than 4 hours. we are having family and friends over for our Christmas Eve party and we still have lots to do. I'm a tad nervous but excited to finally meet those I have not met before.

I'm getting all dolled up and I'm going to dress to impress. My red dress should do the trick. Bought it and fashiond it for my girl...I knew it was a hit from her smile and stary look in her eyes.

later Jessie...enjoy.

bella said...

Happy Holidays Raven. Your night with V sounds so wonderful and cozy. Your snow pictures are divine. I wish I was where you are right now.. I always feel like snow makes for a perfect Christmas.

deirdre said...

Hope you're having a wonderful Christmas back home. Your gifts sound perfect, beautiful. And six days off work and snow!! Yay for you.

sophie said...

I have something for you so
I shall FINALLY respond to your
e-mail when i catch up today
and get your address:)

I love the photo of the branch.

Beautiful mug:)

(can't have enough)

can we see a picture of the
Indian gifts?


Anonymous said...

Wow, I'm a coffee cup addict too. After 30 years of it, my cupboards are totally overflowing :)

Lovely post! Enjoyed your blog :)