Sparkling Allison

American expat in Denmark, mom, lover of sparkles and staplers, avid book club member.

[Currently] December 2015

Sparkling Allison

Watching: Christmas movies! Or at least I'm planning to watch Christmas movies over the next week or so. I tried to introduce Calvin to The Polar Express, but the train was a little scary and the other parts couldn't keep his attention. I watched Arthur last night, but fell asleep. Others on my list are: The Snowman, A Christmas Story and Love Actually.

Anticipating: Christmas. Of course. Scott got into the Christmas spirit on Sunday, and said he needed to "run some errands". He came back with a bunch of packages and set to work wrapping them all. Some of the tags on them read: "To the fam. From Papa." Scott is also giving Calvin separate gifts from the ones that I'm giving him, and we each don't know what the other person is giving. I think it adds some extra fun for the gift opening, and I cannot wait for Christmas morning!

Listening/Reading: The "Best Books of 2015" lists have been coming out at various outlets like the New York Times and Goodreads. I have to say that in general I haven't been as inspired by the lists as I was last year, but there are a few gems on there that I've added to my reading list for the next few months. I started with, and completely loved, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman. I loved it so much that now I'm devouring his other book, A Man Called Ove. His writing reminds me of Jonathan Safran Foer, one of my absolute favorite authors, who wrote Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Highly recommended.

Eating/Drinking: I made a vegetarian lasagna yesterday for our Solstice dinner (YAY FOR DAYS GETTING LONGER AGAIN!). We celebrated with two Heathers: my sister and a friend of mine from the MBA program who was passing through town. The lasagna turned out great, and I was reminded again how fulfilling it is to cook for people.

Working On: Buffing up my Tableau skills in preparation for my new job, which starts in January! I'm sad to be ending #funemployment, but also, you know, grateful for getting back to work.

Loving: Christmas in Copenhagen. We left town for Christmas last year, and I think that was a huge mistake! It's just so lovely here in Copenhagen this time of year. The markets, the lights, the hygge. This town really is built for December, and I'm happy to be here.

Playing: The card game that made Kickstarter history as the most backed campaign of all time, Exploding Kittens. Heather gave us a copy and it's silly fun, as I would expect from the guys behind The Oatmeal.