‘Tis the Season

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Day (Happy birthday, Jesus!). I’ve had a pretty busy, but awesome time with family and friends!

Since I’ve missed out on posting some blogs for the last few days, I’ll give you a nice, long recap (with lots of photos).

‘Tis the season for eating pho (and finding out the incredibly warm wool jacket is also quite unflattering… though I don’t care much if it does its job, harhar):

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And ’tis the season for going to the theater to watch Nutcracker: The Terracotta Prince:

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^(BTW, I totally didn’t know how lovely the Flint Center was! I attended De Anza for a while and never stepped inside their theater).

I guess it’s also the season for walking arm-in-arm with someone. Joe and I missed that memo:

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‘Tis the season for going out for a trail run and doing one of the coolest and toughest workouts from the whole year:

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HILL SIMULATION! Linh, from the Running Addicts, figured out the exact distances for running up and down, on a specific hill. Honestly, the workout was way better when I ran it with my RA friends during the summer. Still… definitely going to be working the whole time with this crap:

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^How was it done? Find a nice long stretch of a formidable hill, run up for 0.25 mile (or whatever distance), and then run down for half that distance (0.13 mile in my case). Repeat until you get to the top of the hill, and then reverse it (0.25 mile down, 0.13 mile up). Linh, this is a genius workout. I should repeat it a few more times throughout the year and watch my times slowly get faster and faster.

‘Tis the season for hanging out with a friend all day, dyeing our hair with henna and eating cookies with way too many m&m’s in them.

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She also did my make-up for me. You can’t tell it’s that different through the picture, but it was a lot nicer than how I do it 😉

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‘Tis the season for eating way too much food at Christmas Eve dinner (oh, and there were huge steaks to go along with all the veggies):

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And then we all went out for Yogurtland afterwards. Gotta love that!

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‘Tis the season for gathering at the table with family (or a quadruple date?) for good food and lots of laughter:

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‘Tis the season to take lots of pictures with this guy:

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‘Tis the season to spend time with my wonderful, bright and joyful parents:

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And perhaps some sharing of gifts and other cool things:

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We ended the night with some Mario Party 9 on the Wii (and watching some basketball games):

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I hope you celebrated by being with those you cherish (and also remembered how Jesus, the Son of God, came down to walk among us as a human… and also by being a cute, squishy, defenseless little baby. That’s some amazing humility, friends).

Do you and you friends/family go big on gifts? (Generally… no. These year was a bit more grand than most).

What did you do for Christmas Eve/Christmas day?

Ever watched any production of the Nutcracker?

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