5 things that make a winter long weekend

Nikki Parkinson Life 16 Comments

I woke up extremely slowly on Saturday morning.  It was as if the cold and gloomy weather was sending me a giant message.

Stay in bed. Go slow.  This is the last long weekend of the year.

Well, in my furtive mind that’s what the weather was telling me.  Which was extremely appealing to my sudden yearning to be slothful.  All day.  Which I was.

In fact, I may have been in pjys lounge pants ALL day.  Don’t tell a soul.

So, what’s kept me “company” during my self-enforced period of hibernation?

1.  There’s something about lighting candles in winter that just seems right.  The scent and the warmth of the glowing wick creates the perfect ambiance.  I have fallen head over heels for the new Kit Cosmetics Coffee Soy Candle ($17.95). It’s a clean-burning soy wax blend and the coffee aroma is thanks to Kit’s collaboration with specialty coffee company Sensory Lab.  Yep, it’s the real deal without having to increase your caffeine intake.

Kit Cosmetics Coffee Soy Candle $17.95

Kit Cosmetics Coffee Soy Candle $17.95

2.  On Saturday afternoon I got the urge to make Mulled Wine, googled for a recipe and jumped on this one over at Planning with Kids.  I took it as a sign that since I had all the ingredients that I needed to make it. Stat.  Was divine – especially served up in the “bucket” red wine glasses my sister-in-law gifted me for my birthday.

Mulled wine served up on a winter's night

Mulled wine served up on a winter's night

3.  Oh, Maggie Alderson you had me at the front cover … well you had me at your first Style Notes column all those many moons ago.  And every book you’ve written since. Style Notes (Penguin rrp $24.95) is a collection of the best of those columns, all in one easy-to-read book.  It’s like a stylish trip down memory lane where your feet never get sore from wearing killer heels.  The irony was that I read it while wearing my trackies lounge pants.  Want more Style Notes?  Sign up on Maggie’s blog.

Maggie Alderson's Style Notes (Penguin rrp $24.95)

Maggie Alderson's Style Notes (Penguin rrp $24.95)

4.  Dear Pinterest, I know I signed up with you two months ago but I hereby submit a formal apology for not fully embracing your many hours of pictorial time wasting research earlier.  I reprimanded myself by spending an entire day getting to know you better.  Hope you can understand and don’t take it personally.  It’s definitely me, not you.

Pinterest ... my latest online obsession

Pinterest ... my latest online obsession

5.  Despite Pinterest grabbing my, well, interest, this weekend you may be under the impression that I’ve ignored my husband and children (well one’s in the US anyway and I keep forgetting he’s NOT in his teenage cave of a bedroom when I set the table for five for dinner).  No, all this chillin’ has been good for the soul.  See above re mulled wine and last night we hung out with friends who are moving back to Sydney this week.  Life is good.

A night out with my hubby ...

A night out with my hubby ...

So, what have you been up to this long weekend?  Who’s going to hurt just a little when the alarm goes off tomorrow?

Comments 16

  1. Sounds like a great weekend.

    Our boating trip was cancelled because of the weather so we stayed at home and bought a fireplace! I know SEQLD only has a few cold weeks but our house is just not designed for the cold and just looking at real flames warms me up!

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  2. Love the photo of you and your hubby!

    I happily spent a whole day at home on Monday on the couch w the boy as planned. Watched great bad tv, ate delicious fresh bread from Brasserie Bread (delivered on Saturday by a friend)and all I can think that was missing is a glass of the mulled wine you have pictured 🙂

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  3. Lovely story Nikki, great photo and excellent hat/cap (particularly with the newly blonded blonde hair). Hubby and I had a relaxing weekend interstate to attend brother’s 50th, 2 nights in swish hotel, a little shopping time (Metalicus bargains in Myer!!! and some gorgeous new leather gloves in DJ’s) and late breakfasts. Grey, rainy days seem to encourage sleep-ins, relaxing and reading. We all need more of that!

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  4. Oh I think you and I would get along nicely on a cold day at home, I agree with everything on your list! Love a good scented candle, the Kit one is very reasonable cost, in comparison the Cire Trudon ones in a shop near me are $100 each…

    You and your hubby look like a walking Colgate commercial 🙂

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  5. I too have a slight obsession with pinterest! I love it on my iphone too! If hubby is driving in the car, thats what I’m doing on the drive!
    Not sure what mulled wine, but its pipped my interest! will definatly try the recipe I think!

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  6. It sounds like you are having such a lovely, long weekend! I, too, am slightly obsessed with Pinterest. Especially love the pics of exotic places. Sigh.

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