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New Years, 2014

2014-01-02 - 2:02 p.m.

New Year's Day I woke up in a bright, sunny, orange room. My windowsill was lined with petunias in bloom inside, and it was below minus 20 outside - the kind of bone-chilling cold that makes you all the more grateful for your snuggly warm kids pressed up to you and the smell of fresh coffee being brewed downstairs.

Yes, once again, the kids and I spent New Years Eve at my Mom's. We played cards until we could manage a quick midnight toast, then in the morning I dined on blintzes (components produced right there: the eggs, the maple syrup, the raspberries that went into the sauce), bacon and coffee, took a few photos, and chatted a bit before packing up the car and heading back into the city. All that was missing was my husband, who always has to work New Years morning at 7:00 am.

The cold persisted for the rest of the day, so between 8 loads of post-holiday, post-guest laundry I played Skylanders with the kids and heated up holiday leftovers. It was a great start to the year, so I'm hoping it's a harbinger of the months to come in 2014.

Happy New Year everyone!

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