I was heartbroken when we decided to cancel our trip to Savannah at the last minute. It simply became irresponsible to travel and gather with COVID rates steadily rising and so many people not following safety guidelines. I know it was the right thing to do…but I still hated it. When we made the call, we also made a choice in that moment to make lemonade out of lemons. We treated it like a true staycation and still took the days off work we had planned. We also worked hard to make every moment feel like a mini celebration, replicating as much of the experience we’d have had at home. That meant cooking a full Thanksgiving dinner, getting decked out for the UGA game, and hosting a mini version of our annual wine night. Of course I would have preferred to be home for my absolute favorite holiday – that’s not even a question – but I’m happy with how we made a point to celebrate.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Lights are going up around the neighborhood and I couldn’t be happier. We haven’t gotten our tree yet, but we’ve started putting up a few decorations around the apartment. I’m ready to get holly and jolly!

On the last day of my staycation, I decided to take a nice long walk instead of doing a workout. The weather was perfectly crisp so I enjoyed a lovely stroll through the park on my way to Trader Joe’s. My headphones are broken, but I had zero qualms about simply enjoying the scenery. I am constantly in awe that I am a mere 7 minute [if you’re moving fast] walk from the park.

After a busy Thanksgiving week/weekend spent cooking and throwing several mini events for the two of us, I spent the last two days of my staycation in full relaxation mode. I lit candles, watched Netflix, read a book, and stared at a lovely little bouquet I assembled. We also made our full list of must-see holiday movies to watch this month and I can’t wait to tackle it.