We survived our first major holiday away from family.
Calls, texts, video messages, and a pretty impressive PowerPoint slideshow (patting self on the back) made the 2,000+ miles between CA and OH feel less far away.
I did pretty damn good job keeping busy and distracted. A Jenna visit (SD Friend, who is also from OH), all-day cooking marathons, and actual-marathons took on the challenge.
…And booze. Booze played a big part.
*disclaimer – Brian was at work during SD Friend adventures. I was not neglecting him on Christmas, swear.
Documenting the best and most time-consuming meal I’ll ever prepare – no really, brownies went in the oven before I even got breakfast. And nobody was poisoned.
Herb roasted rack of pork, twice baked mashed cauliflower, fresh green beans almondine, roasted veg & quinoa salad with balsamic reduction, jalapeno cornbread muffins, and chocolate-covered-strawberry no-pudge protein brownies with strawberry sauce.
And that my friends, is how you spend a holiday away from your loved ones without going crazy or curling up in a blubbery heap of snotty tears under your fake Christmas tree.
Oh, and PR your last race of the year. Cherry on top.
Bring on NYE! Brian’s brother and his fiance are coming out to celebrate, and then it’s time to get after the BIG HUGE MONUMENTAL plans I’ve got for 2012.
Yeah. Get ready for that.