Merry Christmas, and blessings in Christ to all! We are currently visiting Amy’s family in New Jersey, where a thin layer of snow and ice gives me the first real snowy Christmas I’ve ever had, and a big fat Christmas tree fills up a good part of the living room. Last night we dined on baked ziti, antipasto, and chicken marsala at Amy’s uncle’s house, and today Amy’s mom is preparing a rib roast for tonight. I’m enjoying a very New Jersey Christmas — and that’s not a bad thing.
So far I have been gifted with an iPod Touch (2G) from my parents (an early gift which I can now use without early-opening guilt), the last two Futurama movies from Amy, an iTunes gift card from my brother-in-law, a huge load of pants, shirts, and sweaters from my parents-in-law, a little 3D cat puzzle and picture frame from Amy’s aunt and uncle, and a bit of cash from her grandma.
First thing tomorrow we hop on a plane out of Newark to the Philippines, where we will spend the next two weeks, with a few days in Tokyo on the way back.
Work and home and Amy’s recent pedestrian accident and life in general have kept me too busy and stressed to work much on this site, and I don’t expect much internet access while we’re off on vacation, so things on HNBP will be in stasis for a little while longer. Comments will be off and updates will be sparse, but my various other forms of internet presence — Twitter, Flickr, etc. — will be updated when possible. But otherwise, vacation.
A Merry Christmas again! Here is a chocolate snowman: