And just like that, my vacation is coming to an end. Tomorrow I will return to campus for the first time since I left on December 8th1. It’s amazing how quickly time flies.
The last three weeks have been pretty incredible2. In that time I managed to explore three countries3 and a number of phenomenal cities – including two that completely surprised me. I’m looking at you, Liverpool and Leeds. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting out of either city, but I was thoroughly impressed with the walkability of the cities, the various sights they both offered, the culture, and of course, the food. The Christmas markets also didn’t hurt.
Of course, all of this was topped off with family Christmas – which we held yesterday at my parents’ house. As usual, it was a food-filled, wine-filled, scotch-filled, present-filled event, complete with cookies, two kinds of pie, and date squares. I may or may not have eaten my weight in all the things, and I may or may not have brought home enough leftovers to feed me for the next week.
Beyond the food, I also managed to bring home a literal truck-load of gifts. Apparently, Santa thought I was rather good this year. That, or based on what I received, he figures I need to take more time to sit back and relax. From a new bed set, pillows for both my bed and my new couch, and an amazingly warm blanket knit by my sister-in-law Becky4, I think it’s clear that being comfy and relaxed is meant to be the theme of 2018. And because I’m not one to shirk my theme-related responsibilities, I’ve opted to spend the day snuggling on the couch with Elliott under my new knit-blanket. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.
I also received an awesome hand-made card from my niece, Haley. On the front of the card it reads “Merry Christmas Nerd”, so you know it’s probably the greatest card ever made. One only needs to note that the tree she drew is topped with Pi – not an angel or a star – to confirm this. On the inside, it reads “Uncle Dan, Merry Christmas. May your suitcase be full and your travels be wonderful!”
I can’t think of a better sentiment.
1 You may recall that before my vacation began (December 16th), I spent a week in Quebec for the Arctic Change conference. I flew home to Guelph on the 16th, then returned to the airport with Corey early the next morning to fly to London.
2 Even despite my brother getting violently ill while we were away.
3 Because Wales is a country.
4 Which also includes a blanket knit specifically for Elliott.