Wednesday, January 26, 2011

On The Mend

Very appropriate.... and where have I been? Fighting the bacterial infections of course. It would be too easy if it was a work related virus. Fortunately, the kind doctor just prescribed some antibiotics so I am hopeful my body will be getting back to normal soon. I'm looking forward to being able to stay up past 9PM and not be popping pills like an addict. Oh, and to breathe again normally. And to not have this drum like pounding in my head. And to be able to concentrate at work. And to be able to exercise (Tucker thinks this is a good idea considering his lack of exercise).

So yes, on the mend. Apologies for the poor blogging. It has been one annoying January.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

A Very British Christmas

For Christmas, I was lucky enough to get invited to be a part of Michael's family Christmas. We started out on Christmas Eve with a lovely meal and our party hats on. For those in the USA, at Christmas here in the UK, you open up a Christmas cracker (essentially playing tug of war with the person next to you and who ever gets the bigger end of the cracker wins the prize) and inside the cracker, you put on your Christmas hat. It is very very festive and fun.

Here Michael and Tucker enjoy some time by the fire.....

It is Christmas morning and the gifts are ready to be opened.

Tucker and I are hoping that Santa found his way to us in the country.

Michael's dad opens some British whiskey and is very happy with his gift.

Tucker gets a Christmas hug from Michael's sister Sarah.

For Christmas lunch (dinner or tea - I seriously can never figure out which one means which meal here) we have a new set of hats. I was a four time loser in the cracker game by the way. It must be because I'm not British.

On Boxing Day - the day after Christmas - we go for another British tradition - a walk! I think I've mentioned it before that the Brits are great about public paths, hiking, walking. We weren't the only ones out and enjoying the snow. It was a good way to make some room for more Christmas pudding.

Michael's mom takes a photo while Tucker looks for treats hidden in the snow.

Lastly, Boxing Day dinner and another round of hats. I lost again! Overall, a lovely Christmas and I couldn't have felt more welcomed.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Tis The Season

For mulled wine. Who knew warm wine could be so lovely!?!?!??!