Weekly Check In: Some New Year Notes

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Happy late New Year to everyone.

I think this might the earliest I’ve ever posted into the New Year, mainly, I think, because it’s the fastest I’ve ever recovered, and then re-acclimated into the real world from the break from reality that is the holiday season.  My holiday season was fun, and jam packed, and despite eating and drinking like an animal, I somehow managed to more or less stay the same weight. I’m not going to question it. I’m simply going to revel in it, and am entering 2018 very thankful.

I started December with a wedding down in Lancaster. I officiated for two of my very close friends, and it was all around an amazing weekend, that I somewhat documented here. I didn’t post much after that weekend, and in fact, aside from the quick Lancaster write up, anything posted in December was written much earlier. The weekend after that my brother and I had planned to go check out some new Catskill restaurants we’d found on our Thanksgiving expedition, but it ended up raining, so we ended up just grabbing dinner in Scranton, and having a low-key weekend at home.

I was in Philly the following weekend for my annual college-reunion Christmas party, and have no photos to share of that, except group shots, because we didn’t go anywhere new, and I continue to be the absolute worst at photos.  Christmas was the weekend after that, and much like the wedding, and the college reunion, was just another lovely weekend affirming that I have a great family, and solid group of friends (#humble).  I decided to remain low-key for New Years, and just stuck around the house, and as I’ve done the past five years, I attended the Mummer’s Parade in Philly New Years Day, despite the sub-Arctic conditions.

I used to do the big resolution posts, but am forgoing that this year.  I have three new initiatives for the blog here.

A) I need to get better at photography. Now, don’t think you’re going to see anything even remotely professional looking anytime soon. I just mean I’m going to try and be more cognizant about when great photo-opportunities arise. I mean, I don’t even like to think about the number of meals/restaurants I’ve visited, but haven’t photographed because I was hungry, or distracted.  In fact, on my way down to Philly on NYD, I was the sole car in the parking lot of the Allentown rest stop. That would’ve been a cool photo and should’ve been documented! I was happy I had the wherewithal to take the below photograph of NYE’s full moon.

B) I’m going to actually post (or attempt to actually post) something at least once a week.

C) I’m participating in CannonballRead, an online bookclub of sorts that challenges participants to read 52 books a year, write reviews, and raises money for cancer research. I’ve been following this site for a couple of years now, and use it to get good book recommendations, but figured this year, since one of my actual New Year’s Resolutions was to read more, it’d keep doing that. You’ll see reviews posted here every now and then, which I don’t think is off topic at all, because the older I get the, the more weekends are indeed used for reading.

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