What a busy week! But relaxing! Christmas was fabulous – my parents got me the iPod boombox I’d wanted, along with many other things. My parents gave Mr. Fizz all five seasons of the West Wing on DVD (we’re still working through season 1, but I’m hooked!). Mr. Fizz got me some very thoughtful gifts, among them some herbal tea, a massage book, and a journal (as usual, he bought the bestest, most thoughtful gifts ever). After too much food we drove over to the in-laws’ house for the first night of Hanukkah. There was more food there…I think I went into a food coma at that point.
The day after Chrishanukkahmas Mr. Fizz and I set out to visit our friends, A & N, in Hanover. We got started later than we’d hoped, and the roads were totally crappy due to rain/snow, but once we got there we had a good time hanging out with A & N and eating dinner at Molly’s ($2 margaritas! but too cold for them! argh!). N had to leave for work the next morning at the crack of dawn, but A made us a kickin’ breakfast (best bran muffins EVER!).
We then trundled even farther north to North Woodstock, NH. A cute little town, but dead in the winter (maybe dead in the summer too, given how many places were boarded up). Our hotel (and home for the next five nights) was the Franconia Hotel, where we had a tiny room that smelled like old person. But it was warm, and when it came right down to it, that was what mattered. Well, that and the reasonable $50/night price during vacation week.
Our plan was to snowboard at Loon or the surrounding mountains, but warm weather (rain! argh!) put the kibbosh on that. So we spent the next three days exploring the region. We drove the Kancamagus Highway, stopping at Rocky Gorge (where we had waterfalling experiences in August) to do a bit of hiking. We went antiquing all through Lincoln and Woodstock. We went antiquing in Littleton (home of the longest candy counter in America) and Bethlehem. We spent an entire day sitting in the local coffee shop, knitting (me) and programming (hubby). It was an altogether relaxing trip!
Our friends S and M joined us for New Year’s celebrations on the 31st, so we took them out cross country skiing (which was way cheaper than downhill!) and then had an early dinner at the local Chinese joint. After that we joined a bunch of our other friends at Loon, where my friend’s dad has a condo which he’d agreed to let us use.
Because we are now officially old and crusty we spent new year’s eve doing the following:
1) knitting (that was just me, but I did get some help winding yarn)
2) playing celebrity
3) singing along with my friend C, who knows the guitar chords for all the indigo girls songs
4) singing along with D, who knows all the guitar chords for all heavy metal songs
5) making the geeks download some karaoke for us to sing along to
We are old.
Mr. Fizz and I left the party around 12:45, but stayed up until 2 watching the food network (yes, we will watch anything when the TV is at the foot of the bed. Anything at all). We dragged our sorry selves out of bed at the crack of dawn (8) on the 1st, checked out of the hotel, got coffee, and drove to Pittsfield. For four hours. Stupid little back roads.
For the last few years we’ve spent new year’s day with our friend K’s family in Pittsfield. It’s always a relaxing day – lots of food, a good fire, fun people. This year was no exception. K’s parents (who used to own a restaurant) made much fine food, we ate it while watching TV and sitting by the fire, and we spent THREE HOURS discussing baby names for K and T’s impending arrival. We’ve discovered it’s much more fun to come up with bad baby names than good baby names, so most of our suggestions were along the lines of Aloysius, Dagmar, Commodore (popular in the 1880s, along with Admiral and Doctor!).
Anyway, we spent the night of the first at the Chambery Inn in Lee, which is in a beautiful victorian-era building. And then back! Stopped in with our respective parents for a bit on the second before returning to our house and unloading a ton of crap from our car.