Happy *cough cough* new year!

I started the year with the banging of dozens of party poppers at my friend Anju’s house in upstate New York… followed later that weekend with a cold that’s still rattling around in my chest.  It kept me out of work for two days and delayed this New Year’s post by a week.

But now, I’m back!

And it really was a great way to start the year, surrounded by my college friends and their loved ones, eating delicious food, playing endless board games, and staying up until 2 AM talking about life, the universe, and online dating.

In the next twelve months we shall hereby call “2015,” I plan to check some fun things off my bucket list, ring in 30 with style, make some new friends and get back in touch with the old, change some lives, and hopefully pitch in on the campaign for a certain women’s college graduate who is most likely going to be running for president in 3…2…1…

Yup, this year is going to be big – so stay tuned! Coming later this month: my top 10 moments from my trip to Europe this fall!

Holiday shopping for boys and girls

Part 2 of 2 in this year’s helpful tips to help survive the holiday season.

While you’re finishing up your shopping, here’s how to make sure you’re not getting the “wrong” gifts for all the kids in your life.

Because really – anyone should be able to appreciate an awesome doll, or firetruck, or set of blocks.  Even this 29-year-old loves some ungendered Legos (hint hint).

Wintery blessings

Thanksgiving in New Hampshire started with a flicker – the dimming of the lights as we were making cranberry sauce Wednesday night.  Over the next few days, we made do just like our pilgrim ancestors (or someone’s pilgrim ancestors, considering all my relatives came to the US in the last 100 or so years).  I got back to my roots, shoveling the driveway, using the snow as our natural refrigerator, and playing board games by candlelight.

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Having the power lines down for the biggest meal of the year wasn’t without its challenges, but things turned out great.  We cooked the turkey at Grandma BooBoo’s house in the next town over.  We made stuffing in the crockpot in the living room, since the generator didn’t power the kitchen. We cooked the rest of the food on the gas stove, and ate by candlelight.  We invited another family over to share with us so they wouldn’t be alone in the dark, and huddled even closer around the table.

IMG_7303Even after the power came back, this dark start to the holiday season reminded me of the lesson that every Who should learn – it really doesn’t matter how warm your food is or if you can watch the Thanksgiving Day parade.  At the end of the day, all that matters is being able to enjoy time with people you love.

 

 

 

Oh, and pie.  Pie matters too.

Back in business!

Better late than never, right?

Our return from Europe was uneventful (but I will say: a 10.5 hour flight home is enough to make you really glad you spent a while on the continent instead of going both ways in a week).  But when I got home, I found that my laptop had decided to retire in my absence.  I don’t blame it – I bought it before I moved to Boston more than five years ago.  Luckily I backed up everything before I left.  Unluckily, my new computer had to see more of the world even than I did before it finally made it to my hands this afternoon.  (And no, mom, it unfortunately did not arrive with stickers all over it like some ancient suitcase.)

But now I’m back!  Look for some post-travel reflections, more specifics on what I saw/ate/learned, and how I’m going to make 2015 the best year ever – all coming up soon in this space.