Jan. 7th, 2013

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I have a lot to process right now. We arrived home from our trip to California yesterday afternoon. It was a truly wonderful trip - primarily because I got to spend a lot of time with my Dad. I even had the chance to learn new things about him, which is always treasure to me.

He and Pete really seemed to get along. They talked about football. They talked about education and my Dad shared a lot of his experiences - particularly regarding various career avenues within the realm of education. It gave Pete a lot to think about. They also talked about genealogy and my Dad demonstrated Ancestry.com for Pete. It did me a lot of good to leave the room for a while and to return to find them in conversation about one thing or another.

We had a good time getting to know my Dad's new dog (Shady O'Grady Potato) as well. He's a good dog and he definitely keeps my Dad and Chantal on their toes.

We had a great time visiting with Sharon and Tom in Mammoth on our way down. It was a cheese-tastic night... they had so many lovely, yummy cheeses. We also had Mai Tais in the village and then wine and port back at the condo. I can't believe I woke up without a headache. It bordered on the miraculous. It was good to have concentrated face-time with them. They are incredibly gracious.

On New Year's Eve, we spent time with Chris and Jimmy - which was also great. We decided not to go to the big shin-dig. It was crowded and expensive. Instead, we hung out - went out to dinner - walked around downtown Orange. I think that was perfect. It enabled us to have more conversation and to really BE together.

Other than that, I spent some time with the Rasmussens and some time with my co-workers - but didn't try to see anyone else. I'd like to go back over the summer, if possible, and see other people that I miss very much. Right now, though, I feel a sort of imperative to spend as much time with my Dad as I can.

Now we're home - and I've got some spiritual things to process and I've got to De-Yule the house and put up Candlemas instead. Everything needs a good cleaning and I've got a lot of goals to begin working toward. I feel like the beginning of 2013 has been delayed by a week - but I'm chomping at the bit to get started. Thus, today is the day. :)

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