On the Tenth Day of Christmas … Ten Lovely Days Off


Today marks the beginning of ten delicious days off! We’ve traveled quite a bit this year, so I don’t have much vacation time due, but my company strongly encouraged staff to take time off between Christmas and New Year, paid or unpaid. Didn’t need to ask me twice!

We considered booking last-minute flights to Canada but felt strongly that we needed some down time. So we’re spending the holidays at home — just the three of us — getting lots of rest and catching up on home projects. Tau will spend a couple hours in daycare each day next week to allow Dave to get some touch-up painting and gardening done. He’ll also try to get in a few rides this next week. I’d hoped to go to yoga each day but recently pulled a rib muscle (coughing) and twisting myself into a pretzel seems to make it worse for some reason. So, I’ll have to settle for taking a nice, long walk each day. Photos, cards and memorabilia for Tau’s baby book have been piling up in the guest closet all year. Time to get that started (if not DONE), and I really ought to get stuck into the chores I’ve been putting off for weeks: Cleaning out the fridge, tidying kitchen cupboards, purging our filing cabinet.

(It occurs to me that this is exactly the kind of post Maggie Mason warns against in her book No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog!)

The mundane aside, San Diego is a great place to be for the holidays and we plan to take advantage of that. Tonight we walked the Christmas lights in Rancho Penasquitos with our neighbors (more on that in tomorrow’s post), and on Christmas night we’re going to friends Marion and Nicki for Christmas goose, German-style. We have a big old bird of our own sitting in our freezer but haven’t quite decided when to cook it — probably on Boxing Day so we can enjoy the leftovers for the rest of the week.

On Friday Dave plans to cycle about 30 miles up the coast to San Juan Capistrano with work buddy Mark. We’ll meet them up there for lunch and hopefully get to visit Zoomars Petting Zoo. Mark and his wife Tonya have invited us to a party on the 31st, so we’ll get to bring in the new year with friends.

As for Mr. Tau, one day seems much like the next to him — no sense of Christmas or what it means yet. We didn’t get a tree this year because he’s into everything, but the Christmas cards are hung, the gifts tucked around the fireplace, and surprisingly he hasn’t shredded them. I bought him a set of Sesame Street Sing Along DVDs this week and we let him open the Little Tikes Rockin’ Puppy that arrive yesterday from AJ, Julie, Mitch and Jaimey, both of which kept him busy today. I thought it would take a while for him to warm to said puppy. Evidently not. For those of you with a fast connection, here is a clip of Tau shortly after dragging “Woof” out the box. He prefers to stand up — both feet on the seat!


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