Happy holidays

I’d like to thank everyone who has sent me Christmas wishes over the past few days. This may sound weak, but it’s a nice feeling to know you’re thought about, even when you’re not physically present. Amazing what a simple “hi” can do. If you have friends you haven’t spoken to for a while but have meant to, do it. I promise you they’ll be thankful even if they don’t outwardly show it.
Lots going on around this time of year — Christmas, Hanukkah, Three Kings Day, Diwali, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, to name a few events off the top of my head. I hope everyone is enjoying themselves, whatever they’re up to.
Having Mavis over has been great fun so far. She brought all sorts of goodies from Canada — Soho liqueur, Tim Horton’s coffee, a Coffee Crisp, smarties, cherry candy canes, Canadian flag tootpicks, and a UVic alumni sticker and a card signed by near about a dozen of my old co-workers (thanks to all of you, by the way, I enjoyed it immensely :). We’ve watched movies, cooked lunch and dinner, Scrabbled, gone Boxing Day window-shopping (note: Best Buy is out of iPods) and enjoyed a good meal at Jeff’s with Kai.

I must say it was an odd feeling not being with my family at Christmas. My first time. It didn’t really strike me that I’d feel any different, but yeah, it was. I miss being woken up by Neil and trying to get Anand out of bed so we can go check out our stockings. Heh. It’s become pretty clear to me that their company is worth a lot to me. Which I knew already, but the point was driven home yesterday. I did at least get to see everyone on an iChat AV videochat, so that was something.