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Welcome to My Modern Diary, an electronic journal filled with tales of nostalgic cuisine, wistful wanderings & personal recollections by Sarah Orman.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas you say? Happy New Year? Holy moly, it can't be... it's impossible! It honestly seems like only five minutes since I sat down to write my New Year's resolutions for 2014?!

Every time I find an opportunity to sit at my desk and write, I feel like time is slipping away from me. Tonight as I write my last post for 2014, that feeling is truly overwhelming.

Where on earth did the past twelve months go? I can't even begin to wrap my head around reflecting on 2014 because honestly, I'm just not there yet... it can't really be over can it?

Well, actually, no... thankfully it's far from over for me. How can that be with only 21 days until we ring in a new year? Because in just three days {four sleeps!} hubby and I are leaving for three weeks of vacation and needless to say I am beyond excited!

First stop; Austria. Christmas markets and gluhwein. Coffee houses and cake.

Second stop; England. The green fields and fresh air I call home. My 30th birthday shenanigans. Christmas with my family.

Last stop: Iceland. Chasing the Aurora Borealis. Geysers and glaciers. New Year's Eve bonfires and fireworks.

IT'S THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME, FOLKS!!! : )

But before the fun begins, I have a list of "to dos" that seems to be never-ending. Every year I vow to be more organized; I'm going to write and send my Christmas cards during the Thanksgiving holiday, plan and shop for all my Christmas gifts long before the rush at the mall begins and draft a menu and a list of ingredients for Christmas Day with weeks to gather the crucial items... what wishful thinking?!

So, while I'd love to stay, chat and reflect on 2014, I'm afraid I have to go wrap-up this year by having the time of my life turning 30... I'll leave you with a few pictures of the cookies I managed to create at the weekend despite the never-ending list : )

Merry Christmas, folks! xo

Austria - Vienna

Austria - Vienna

Winter is coming

Winter is coming