Let's just skip right over the part where I talk about the drawn out, miserable, highly turbulent and generally airsick inducing to the point of scrambling for the special bag in your seat pocket descent into Salt Lake yesterday and go to the fun stuff.
I really enjoyed my trip home for the holidays. It was so nice to be able to spend so much time at home this year (as opposed to last year where I was home for a frantic 3 days that included supervising the loading of a moving truck and miserable flight connections and cancellations through Denver). Mom and dad took the whole week off and Nicole was just back from Scotland so I got to spend time with everyone. I got to meet Brian (who flew out after Christmas) which was great - we're excited to have him joining the family :) I also got to spend time working on genealogy with my grandpa - he's excited to have someone else take an interest, and I'm excited at the giant stack of photos, papers and CDs that I got to bring back with me.
Christmas was wonderful. I just spent time enjoying and hardly took any pictures, actually. I think that's a first! Here's one from Christmas morning:
Mostly we just hung out, watched movies and shopped. Oh, and ate. We ate a lot. That was so good but oh so bad. I'll be paying for that for a while, but that's what New Year's resolutions are for, right?
Speaking of food and shopping, is it any surprise that I was at Wegmans twice?
Wegmans, I miss you. I took lots of pictures of the inside and showed them to co-workers this morning. Despite hearing me rave about it several times in the last year, they didn't truly understand the glory that is Wegmans until I showed them pictures. Once seeing pictures, however, mouths were on the floor in total shock and envy. I think we'll start a petition to bring Wegmans away from the East Coast. Maybe it will happen sometime in the next 50 years :-P
Something else that I totally miss and really enjoyed? Good ethnic food of the non-Mexican variety. Dad and I went to Lebanese Taverna on Saturday and I just sat in silence savoring every single bite. I would have licked the plate if I could have gotten away with it. I had Fatteh bel Djaje (Fatteh with chicken) and it was fabulous; possibly the best food I've had in a very long time. Fried pieces of flat bread, hummus, perfectly cooked chicken smothered in yogurt sauce and topped with mint leaves, pomegranate seeds, radishes, onion and garlic with pine nuts. To die for (although I have to admit, Dad ate the radishes and onions). To satisfy future cravings, I think I'm going to have to learn to cook this stuff... I just need to see if I can find all of the ingredients here, lol.
Saturday I also went downtown with Nicole and Brian to take their engagement photos. Despite my protests that I'm not a photographer and don't even have a fancy enough camera to pretend to be one, they wanted me to do it, so I did. Some of them are actually pretty good! They picked a few that I'm going to edit in Photoshop... here's one of them:
All in all, it was wonderful. Fun and relaxing. And while I've been writing this, it even stopped snowing! Yay!
And, even though whoever did it doesn't read here, THANK YOU!!! to the wonderful person (most likely my home teacher) who did an awesome job shoveling my driveway last night or this morning... to the point of completely clearing the piles left by the snow plows. I was so sick after my flight yesterday that I couldn't get to it and it was a wonderful surprise this morning.
So with that... happy new year! Here's to a great 2008 :)