Friday, January 05, 2007

The 12 Days of Christmas

A recap of post-Christmas activity in Minnesota!

My family left Baudette on the morning of the 26th and had a little Christmas reprise when we got home to Duluth - a few more presents to open. I got fenders for my bike from Margaret, a calendar of Lakewalk photos that my parents made, and a Gaia gear bag. Sweet! Margaret and I ran errands in the afternoon and visited some friends before she had to go back to the Cities. I miss shopping with her! A bunch of my old ballet friends were in town, so I met up with them at the Reef bar and caught up before heading up to the Duluth International Airport to pick up Scott, newly arrived from Florida.

The rest of the week was a haze of lazy, Scrabble-filled mornings, chilly runs through the neighborhood, coffee and Christmas cookies, and reading the books that everyone else got for Christmas. My parents both had the week off, and Fred was around quite a bit, so it was great to spend quality R&R time with them (as well as with Scott, of course!)

Some highlights: We got dressed up on Wednesday night for the annual Red Flannel Petticoats dinner and dance. This year's band wasn't quite as good as last year's (no swing!), but we had a good time.

Dad, Fred, Scott and I saw Casino Royale. Fun!

We had one perfectly snowy day - big flakes covering every branch. Scott and I took a hike through the Congdon Creek trail. Absolutely gorgeous. So glad I got to be home for that!

A visit with Alissa! She drove up from Minneapolis for a (cold) walk on the Lakewalk, lunch at Amazing Grace, and some good, old-fashioned catching-up over tea.

A bonus day in Duluth! Our flight out of Duluth was canceled, so Scott and I got to stay an extra day. We didn't do anything productive with it, which was just perfect. We rang in the New Year at home with my parents: a salmon dinner followed by Word Wars (a terrific Scrabble documentary) and finally Garrison Keillor's live TV broadcast from Nashville. We were happy to go to sleep at 12:15.

In case you haven't seen enough of my photos already, you can see all them on Flickr.

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