Happy New Year!
In the grand tradition, friends of ours hosted the annual New Year's Eve dinner party. There was champagne, there was caviar, there was a sous vide machine, there was a kale salad and a gluten free dessert (because after all, we live in San Francisco), and there were dear, dear friends I am so lucky to have in my life. There has been both great joy and tremendous loss for people very close to me in 2017, and I'm just grateful to be there with them through it all.
When Life Gives You Lemons...
About two and a half years ago, we bought our house. A bit more than two years ago, we moved in. Renovation plans were ready about a year and a half ago. We broke ground a year ago. And if you've ever done a home renovation before, you probably know what I'm going to say next: the project is still very much underway! I'm super pleased with how everything is going, but as they say, it just takes a long time. "Twice as long and twice as much" is the saying, I believe.
However, there's always a silver lining! Or in this case, two. First: we got our washer and dryer hooked up again, which means no more trips to the laundromat for me every Saturday. I always try to be grateful for things like running water and appliances but man, I am dancing a jig while folding my towels these days. And second: I decided to turn a piece of plywood blocking what will no longer be a doorway into a place to display our holiday cards. There's no big secret: I just cut some ribbon and used push pins and clothespins, all of which I had lying around. I don't keep holiday cards year to year, but I love sending, receiving, and displaying them during the festive season!
Last January gave the Sierra Nevada mountains a month of snowfall so epic that Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows had t-shirts made for all the staff emblazoned with "Janu-buried!" This year... not so much. Snow is pretty thin on the ground as I get ready to start my patrolling season. Here's hoping for some of those famous Sierra storms to start rolling through!