We had so many plans this past week - concerts, lights, holiday shows. Then life happened and all of it, came to not be. That's okay it happens, sometimes life is more about going with the flow, adjusting plans, and not stressing out about perfecting all the plans. When it came to the weekend, we both wanted to just chill, play some video games, and enjoy each others company. The morning started with Veronica's Apple Pancakes. This recipe is so different from most pancake recipes I have tried, because I make us each one massive pancake, instead of many small ones. The rest of the batter is saved for the next day and it's enough to make us each one more. I find this simpler than regular pancakes, it's less work, you aren't forever flipping pancakes for everyone else and eating yours cold. Then it was off to Madison's Holiday Market. The market was interesting, as before we go to any event I do a ton of research about it. I do this to ensure I am aware of the cost, parking situation, restrictions on going, time its open, etc. I also copy all the events details into our calendar to remember all those things. So when we showed up and they were asking for a donation for entry I was so frustrated! It didn't say that a donation was needed anywhere on their website and we felt like we were assholes for not having anything to give.
RANT I hate giving during the holiday season, it's the one time of year everyone else does. I prefer to give in February, when the donations are running low and people are feeling burdened by that. There are so many issues with people giving food for donation, it's usually soon to be expired or weird stuff that no one uses. When we donate we prefer doing cash as it can be stretched further and used for what is actually needed, like vegetables.
We did end up going in after an awkward moment. This was our fourth holiday market of the season but it's the biggest one we've been too. The issue with going to so many markets in a short time frame is that they all start to look the same. There are a variety of vendors but holiday season means everyone is basically selling the same thing - trees, Santa hats, stocking stuffers, etc. I am always looking for unique things that fit our personalities as well as our house, not an easy thing. Turns out I'm very picky and not many people make black, white or gray things. We wandered through and eventually stopped at a the Wisconsin Candle Company and picked up a lovely Bourbon Vanilla scent. I've been loving my candle I got Confectionique, but it's almost gone and a replacement was needed. It smells so lovely and I have never had a soy candle before.
With candle in hand, we went home.
The rest of the day, was spent on video games and Kevin fixing everything! I got an aircard for my camera, put it in wrong and he had to use pliers to get it out. Then he had to get it working with my computer, still not sure if that's going to happen. We'd also been having issues with my backup storage. He checked it out, only to discover it was completely corrupted and all data was ruined. Thankfully we had just finished getting everything backed up online, so I didn't lose anything but it was scary for a moment. This is a huge reason why we have backups to our backups!
Before bed, we did yoga. Yoga has come back into my life, I tend to have moments have fascination with it and moments of frustration. The last time I wrote about fitness it was saying I was coming back after a two month break and was doing a 30 day yoga challenge. We both did that challenge and then decided to do more, except this time, stop being lazy about it and start to challenge ourselves. It's been harder but so worth it. The first photo is me having fun and getting out of the pose, but the second photo is me in it. I'm getting there, I'm holding it, but I want to be stronger, so the next photo looks even better. I am following a yogi on Instagram and her then and now photos are so inspiring! Makes me want to work even harder, so I can have a collection of those too.
That was our day. Nothing exciting but when life throws all your plans out the window, make pancakes, buy a candle and kick your legs up. Holiday season needs to be about enjoying yourself and not this perfect idea of things. At least that's my two cents, what's your thoughts?
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