How I Spent My Christmas Vacation

1. Discovering that it had been so long since I’d written a blog post (or, indeed, even logged in to the site) that I’d irretrievably forgotten all of the necessary log-in information. While I found this both embarrassing and annoying, I’m trying to take some comfort that you have to be determined and smarter than me to figure out how to get Gmail to cough up a forgotten password. Anyway, the upshot is this shiny new place for what could have been here:¬†http://reallycantstandstill.blogspot.com/

2. Heading to the mountains in search of some sun. It’s been cloudy for 27 days straight and we had a stretch right around Christmas when the high temperatures never got out of single digits. Luckily, we live right at the beginning of a big uptilt toward the mountains and somewhere between 15 minutes and 40 minutes (depending on the day and the direction) drive brings us above the clouds and into brilliant sunshine. The improvement in our moods is reason enough, but sightseeing is entertaining too.

Sun so bright we have to squint!

Sun so bright we have to squint!

The Letter B?

The Letter B? It was our best guess.

Sometimes we go to Aparan just for the bread!

Sometimes we go to Aparan just for the bread!

Cold clothes

Cold clothes

Descending into the fog

Descending into the fog

Back home in the fog

Back home in the fog

3. Finding love all around. (Once you start looking for hearts, you just can’t stop seeing them).

  1. HeartShapedSteak

    Heart!

    HeartShapedPotato
    Another heart!

4. Skiing. There’s barely enough snow and it definitely isn’t a luxe resort, but there’s sun and things to witness both scenic and amusing.

TsaghkadzorPano

Not so much snow but more than enough scenery

HipsterBoots
You’re not really a hipster until you try skiing in leather boots

5. Running. Remember I said it was cold? Yep, sometimes I looked like this; I wouldn’t have been able to keep it up without these:

Smartwool Socks

Begone Frozen Feet!

And this sweet reward might have helped too:

ChristmasBeerChristmasTea

Christmas beer, Christmas tea

Alas, sometimes this happens:

BookWater

Whoopsies!

Sadly, tomorrow means back to work and back to routines, but I’m going to try to hang on to the last shreds of the holidays by focusing on the sparklies.

Christmas sparklies

Christmas sparklies

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