This Christmas break has been an interesting one. In many ways it didn’t feel like Christmas. Sean’s post pretty much sums up initial reaction to getting home from Olin.

My family has always been pretty big on traditions but for various reasons we ended up breaking most of them this year. We used to go to Seven Springs a couple of days early, pick out a tree and do some skiing (it was quite hectic last year due to Olin’s calendar). We would then open presents on Christmas morning and head over to Grandma’s and Grandpa’s house. However both my grandfathers, one of my grandmothers and my great aunt have passed away since I was a child. It just doesn’t feel the same anymore.

This year we stayed at home. My brother and I didn’t get up at the earliest sign of light like we used to (we have grown wiser in our old age). And in a great reversal of roles my brother and I were itching to go skiing at Seven Springs and my parent’s weren’t (we used to dread this because we would always miss whatever our friends were doing). So we ended up at Seven Springs two days after Christmas. Since we didn’t even make it to Pennsylvania until several days after we normally do, we didn’t spend a night a Grandma’s house. Instead we dropped in town for a single day, went out to eat and then came back to Seven Springs. Unfortunately it proceeded to rain the rest of the time we were there (skiing + rain = no fun) so we decided to come home early (on New Year’s Eve). Sidenote:New Year’s Eve - not so exciting when all your college friends a) never came home b) have family plans.

For the last several days I have been making final preparations to go to San Francisco. I think I am pretty much ready to go. I am hoping that there is still some sun out there after all the recent news about gigantic rainstorms.

Also In order to keep everyone posted (and hopefully fulfill my E! requirement) I will be posting updates of my Flagr adventures here tagged with the Flagr category. So stay tuned.