Oh my GASH it has been forever since we've had a Fueled Up Friday around here! I'm so excited to be doing one that I've got a whole mess of stuff for you. So many things to be fueled up about. Guys, can we talk for a second, before we get fueled up, about how hard it is to be a productive working person during the Christmas season? Maybe it's because the end of the year is so busy for me, so I'm just extra worn out, but I feel like it should be acceptable to put a Buddy the Elf bounceback on my email and just ghost until New Year's. I have some serious sitting by my christmas tree and drinking mulled wine to do, ya know? Ok that's a spoiler alert. Today's first thing is mulled wine. You know what? Let's just start.
I. Mulled Wine
That photo, and the recipe for the deliciousness that is this mulled wine, can both be found here. I love this wine so much. I may or may not be drinking it right now. OK, I am. Next time I make it I will use less sugar than the recipe calls for (probably half, maybe even a little less and swap it for honey instead) but YOU. GUYS. This is winter happiness in a glass. It was five degrees below zero in Minneapolis today, and I thought about having a mug of this for breakfast. I didn't, but I THOUGHT about it. This is perfect for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, this weekend, your niece's baptism, whatever. If it's winter, you should be drinking this. Bonus, you can keep leftovers in your fridge and reheat them in the microwave all week! Just take out the fruit and spice pieces, I don't think you want those sitting in there for too long.
Also, can we appreciate for a second how different my favorite things are in the summer and the winter? Usually I'm like "THIS VEGETABLE IS AMAZING" and then the cold weather hits and I'm like "I'll just be over here in my fleece-lined leggings drinking warm wine." Join me.
II. Pentatonix Christmas Album
Yeah, I know, you already know about this one. But it's REALLY good, and the album is only $8 on itunes, and if you're not listening to it already you should just go ahead and take the plunge. Fun, upbeat, awesome vocal remixes of your favorite Christmas songs. My only complaint is that the music is so jazzed up that I noticed it makes me drive too fast. But nothing's perfect.
III. THE SNOW
I'm sorry, we're having a lot of caps here. I'm excited. It might be the wine. So, this is the time of the winter when the snow is just wonderful. It's white and sparkly and beautiful and it makes Chewy the happiest that he has ever been ever.
The cold is oppressive and awful but the snow is beautiful and the air smells crisp and it's magic. We're getting 8-10 more inches tomorrow, which feelsl ike the amount of snow we had all of last year combined, so I'll probably be over it by then, but right now I still love it.
IV. My Healthy for the Holidays Challenge Group
December is a rough month for working out, but I reached out to a bunch of awesome ladies and just said, "Hey, I know this isn't going to be anyone's healthiest month ever, but let's do a challenge group anyway, and embrace enjoying the holidays but still staying on track with working out and not going TOTALLY off the deep end with the nutrition, and we can start January without feeling like total lumps on a log?" (*sorry, hold on, sipping my wine...*) AND IT'S BEEN AMAZING. They were like, "Yes, let's do that!" and everyone has been checking in with workouts, and supporting each other, and we're all staying motivated together during a month when I normally just turn myself into a human burrito of fuzzy blankets and don't leave the couch. I love it so much.
V. The Good Life Project Podcast
I've become a little bit of a Podcast addict (Serial was totally the gateway drug) and I just stumbled upon this one. I've listened to a few episodes and I'm totally hooked.
The general theme of the podcast is about living a good life, and the guests and host explore that idea from a bunch of different angles. It's totally my jam, and I definitely recommend you add it to your list. Also, if you're not listening to podcasts already...you should start. It's basically all I do on my commute now (unless I'm listening to Pentatonix, but I had to cut back on that for fear of the speeding tickets).
VI. Trader Joe's Winter Bouquets
I almost never buy flowers, but we had a party last weekend and I grabbed this lovely winter arrangement and a few bunches of eucalyptus from Trader Joe's for like $8, and it's just really classin' up the joint. It smells good, it looks good, it makes it seem like I'm a person who buys flowers. Thanks, Trader Joe's!
Alright, that's it for today's edition of Fueled Up Friday! Thanks for joining me. I have a lot of fun here.