I've been neglecting you. Thinking of you often, but neglecting you nonetheless.
I've missed writing, but have been having a hard time deciding what to write about. With plenty of choices since (gasp!) November, I could tell you all about my Thanksgiving here with friends, my trip to Vienna, Austria for work, Christmas in California, and my lonely birthday as a sick girl who baked an entire cake only to have 1 piece and then throw it away.
For now, I'll give you a glimpse into all of those things, but I'll have to elaborate in other posts at a later date or this post will go on for ages.
I don't seem to have a picture of Thanksgiving, but let me tell ya, it was delightful. The food was delicious and it turned into a great party.
At the end of November, I went to Vienna, Austria for workshop on Play Based Learning. The workshop was good, but the city was great! I was there just in time to see my first glimpse of the Christmas markets. The place was charming and I had a lovely time shopping.
Shortly after my trip to Vienna, I got on another plane to California. I had been looking forward to this trip since we bought the tickets at the beginning of August - I missed home!
It was perfectly warm in Los Angeles. I didn't have to wear a jacket, I got to see the beach, and I enjoyed eating on the patio with a $5 mimosa in hand (30 NOK). I'll post more about this later, but here's a few pictures:
|Manhattan Beach (my mom's picture!)|
|Santa Monica Pier|
|Patio lunch: spectacular salad and mimosa (note the sunshine).|
Most importantly, I got to spend time with my family (and combine it with eating out at some of my favorite restaurants).
|Me, younger brother, older brother, older sister|
That brings us to the present. I know it's been said that this year's flu has been one of the worst - I think I have to agree. I've been sick and out of work for over a week now, but finally starting to feel better. Yesterday was my birthday, but sadly had to celebrate it on my own because the husband is away for work and I don't want to spread my germs to others....especially people I like. ;) So, after deciding there's only so much tv a girl can watch on her birthday, I decided to bake myself a cake.
While I was tempted to put candles on and sing to myself, I decided that maybe I should just eat some instead. So I had a slice and then went to bed, only to throw it all away the next morning (because who wants to eat a cake that a girl who's been sick with an ugly virus for almost 10 days made?) In any case, it kept me busy for a few hours.
So, I know it's belated, but I want to wish you: a Happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. Sorry I've been MIA for so long, but I'll get back in the habit of writing again!