It's been awhile since I've blogged. It seems as if the more time I take on vacation, the less time I have to do the usual things.
I didn't bake as much as I'd planned to over the holidays. This is a good thing as I would probably have overindulged.
I had the few days before Xmas to myself as Christopher worked. I took my sons, RJ and Austin and Austin's g-friend, Ashlie to breakfast with my ex meth-addict's folks. Long story there, but the short of it is that his step-dad found me through my work email and has stayed in contact with newsy stuff over the past couple of years. I really like them and they've always treated me and my kids well.
The breakfast was nice and even though I'd invited them and planned to pay, Doug wouldn't hear of it. He's very old-school. So I ate my breakfast and let him pay. We did give him a 6-pack of the beer we made. He was pleased.
From there, we headed up to Apple Hill. It was raining on and off, so there were few people visiting there. We went to the Jack Russell Brewery, Lava Cap Winery, Boa Vista Orchard and Boeger Winery. After buying up all sorts of goodies, we headed to Folsom for some beer making supplies and a wonderful lunch at Mandares. That was a good day.
Christopher hosted Xmas eve at his house, but I did all of the cooking. We had all of my kids, plus spouses and g-friends. As is my family tradition, we opened gifts, too. However, Christopher and I saved our gifts for each other for Xmas day.
I also cooked on Xmas day, but it was just the two of us. As usual, Christopher surprised me with thoughtful gifts that show he knows what I like.
I left him the next morning and he headed out to pick up his kids. I didn't see him again until last Wednesday when we went to visit his mother in Modesto. Christopher's son joined us, but his daughter opted to go shopping instead. His mother is sweet and very proud of him. We had a nice lunch and we back home by 4.
I cooked a duck for New Year's eve. We watched a movie, played Mastermind and then read until midnight. The next morning, after a 3 mile run, we met my kids, plus spouse, girlfriend and friends (for a total of 9) at IHOP for breakfast. This has been a tradition for the past few years, but next year we're going to try a different place.
I ran my first 5K of 2010 on Sunday. I am so happy that I beat my pace from the last 5K and came in 10th for my age group. Here's a link to the race results:
It felt good, too. I'm looking forward to the next 5K in February.
So my 2009 wrap-up has bled into 2010... guess that's all for now.