Christmas this year was pretty good to me. While I didn't plan my trip well enough in advance to travel back to Iowa, I did manage to find things to do on Long Island. Christmas Eve I spent the whole day watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The first two extended editions on DVD at a friend's house on his 42" Plasma TV with Harmon Kardon surround sound followed by the third at the theatre. It was a good day, and I've had my fill of The One Ring for now. I still can't wait for the extended edition of Return of the King. Then when I got home I opened presents with my landlords.
Christmas Day I slept in and spent some quality time in my jacuzzi with my Popular Photography magazine. Then I went to dinner at another friend's house from the lab, Iva. She's from Cyprus (and Bulgaria technically) and her boyfriend decided to grill a traditional Cypriot feast of lamb, beef, pork, and chicken. It was good. There were minimal vegetables. So we had a few bottles of wine, some Egg Nog, some vodka, it was a good night.
Afterwards I had a relatively quiet weekend of talking on the phone, uploading photos, and setting up this blog.