Jan. 2nd, 2013

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My staycation ended up being very nice! Ben didn't have the whole time off, so it ended up being a mix of me having time to do whatever and us hanging out. Plus we went to some holiday parties, had Christmas dinner with friends, had people over to brew, celebrated a friend's birthday, and went to a New Year's tea party, so even though we weren't off visiting everyone we were quite social. For Christmas I got Ben this molecular gastronomy cocktail kit, with alginate and all sorts of weird additives to spherify mojitos or whatever you can think up. And he got me one of the expansions for Dominion which was really fun. I suppose even our gifts were staycation themed!

We cooked a bit but not a ton, so for Christmas dinner we just brought a plum pudding and mulled wine (using [livejournal.com profile] marrog's brilliant recipe). And for the tea party I had my first foray into making gluten and dairy free cakes, basically modified mini-Linzertortes with jam and icing that turned out surprisingly well. Oh, and we actually did a bit of beer bottling (generally unnecessary since we have small kegs) so that we can enter one of our beers in a homebrewing competition that's in March! Who knows how it will do, but that should be interesting.

And I did a lot of running, weights, and piano over the break which was pretty great, in addition to playing SW:TOR with friends and starting Skyrim. I am starting to feel a bit restless, travel-wise, but we have a lot of stuff coming up already so I don't think that'll last much longer. I laughed at xkcd's take on New Year's resolutions, but I am feeling like life is moving forward in a lot of good ways, and I know both what I want to do and how to do it. I'm happy to be here and to have so many opportunities for growth and connection.

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