1) Wow. Thank you all SO much!! I was in a place where I couldn't take it anymore, and felt like the weight of it was going to take me out. With all of you praying, I now feel that the weight is there, but very manageable because now you're helping me carry it. I don't mind it so much, and it's great to not feel so alone. Thank you!
2) Let's talk about Christmas. Other than an issue with Mass* Christmas was great. I ate WAY too much and it was all good food. I did miss my family, but it wasn't as bad as I thought. I got to spend time with friends that I don't see near enough of. One friend gave me a little stocking that totally made my day, and I'm loving the wool socks that she put in there. I'm planning on using them hiking and snowshoeing, but they're also great for a lazy evening at home when my toes are trying to turn into blocks of ice. My other friend and I did not get our gingerbread house made. Turns out that we actually had to add water to the icing mix and stir it into the right consistency. Hello! That is far too much work. Luckily we both agreed that sitting around was preferable, so we just got to spend hours talking instead. Wonderful.
3) Also over Christmas, I finally got out my new camera. It's partly from my parents and partly a gift to myself. I'm still working out the kinks, but I'm starting to get some shots that I really like.
4) Love the camera, but it's going to cause problems. Like... now I need more memory for my computer. And a telephoto lens might be really fantastic for some of the wildlife. And maybe a tripod... Good times.
5) The day after Christmas, I headed up to RMNP. Found some bighorns in town before I actually got to the park. I think the bighorns might be the best animals out here. I think I even like them better than hippos! (Though they are not quite as fascinating.)
6) It finally snowed for real around here. We got an inch or two a couple of times, but this time it was a couple of inches in a couple of hours. For a while there it was so heavy, you could barely see down the block. I'm okay with it. It's amazing how mellow you can be about snow when it's been 50 and it's supposed to be 50 again in a couple of days. That is not the way it works in the Midwest. (Okay, so it's not normally quite that nice out here, either, but I'll take the abnormality and be thankful.) I was just excited to eat some mac and cheese and homemade chocolate pudding and watch the pretty snow. And tomorrow if the sun's back out, I'll take the camera out and see what it can find.
7) Finally, for those of you that have not had the pleasure on facebook, one of my friends had a little different take on the traditional gingerbread men:
Have a wonderful New Year's!!
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*Okay, fine. The truth is that Mass was fine. I was the one with the issue.