Live Well: Thanksgiving at the Ranch

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Somehow, holidays always go by too quickly. Our four days in Texas were spectacular - we ate, drank, and loved every minute we got to spend around our families. You'll have to forgive me for the relative lack of blog/Instagram photos of the trip - I tried to stay as unplugged from social media and general technology as I could while we were there. Although we were sad to leave, we were comforted by the fact that we only have three weeks of work and two weekends before we're headed back to Austin for Christmas with my husband's family. Something tells me that will be here before we know it.

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The entire family!

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Dad + girls

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Sister + her boyfriend

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Me + my husband

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Brother + sister + brother's puppy (what a Muppet, right?)

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Probably my favorite picture from the trip.

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Now onto the next holiday - when we got back to San Francisco last night, the first thing we did was stop by the Christmas tree lot around the corner. We may have less than three weeks left in town, but we're going to make it as festive as possible! Rest assured that I will be listening to Bing Crosby / Nat King Cole Christmas music non-stop until December 25th rolls around.

Have a great Monday - happy December!

Live Well: Ten Days 'Til a Texan T-Giving

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This was not the kind of weekend where my husband and I took blog photos. After traveling last weekend, and three long days of work after that, all I wanted was to spend all weekend with no makeup on, lazing around our apartment. While that kind of weekend is sometimes the most enjoyable, it doesn't make for many great photo ops.

Per the usual, our weekend highlights were mainly meals, namely dinner on Saturday night at Ichi Sushi (with an obligatory stop at Bi-Rite for ice cream afterwards, of course) as well as a late, no-frills brunch on Sunday morning (okay, afternoon) at Art's Cafe. Sometimes I worry that we live too decadently, and then I think man, that's a great problem to have.

Honestly, above all I'm counting down the minutes until we fly to Texas for Thanksgiving next Wednesday afternoon. I can't wait to see our families, eat heaping mounds of savory bread pudding and pumpkin pie, and probably get destroyed by my siblings in a family Thanksgiving Crossfit workout. I can only hope that the weather will be holiday-appropriate - 80-degree Thanksgivings just aren't quite as festive, you know?

Have a great week.

Dress Well: Cornucopia

Every time I reach for this sweater in my closet I think "cornucopia." I'm not sure why. I even had to google the definition of cornucopia to make sure that by saying that I wasn't saying this sweater made me think of corn on the cob or something. Turns out "cornucopia" means horn of plenty, and is a symbol of abundance and nourishment. I think that definition is singularly appropriate for this day and this outfit because I got this sweater the most recent time my birthday fell on Thanksgiving {2010}, so it always reminds me of the loving, generous family and abundant resources that I have been blessed with. This sweater is also perfect for traveling {come on, it practically is a blanket}, which reminds me to celebrate how lucky it is that I've gotten to spend every single Thanksgiving with my family since I was born {an event which happened to fall on the day after Thanksgiving - which may explain my ability to eat more than pretty much any girl I've ever met}.

I hope you have a wonderful time giving thanks today. Right now, I'm giving thanks for being in Austin, Texas, with my husband and his {our} wonderful family. I couldn't ask for more.