Christmastime! That's really all there is to say about that. Hosted a friend and some family, went to Germany, cooked everything but the kitchen sink, explored Amsterdam restaurants, won a 10k, stared at the rain, and had a lovely Christmas and New Year. Let's summarize the holidays with a photo or two and bring this blog back up to speed.
|Amsterdam snow in early December.|
|Monrads navigate Köln Weihnachtsmarkt at the Dom.|
|Köln seemed just as cold as it did eight years ago, when I was last there.|
|Our venue for Sinterklaas and New Years Eve.|
All right, fast-forward to 2013. We've met some neighbors, scoring a once-weekly babysitting gig for me and two new board game buddies just down the hallway. I've officially, meaning I've paid for it, joined Phanos track club. I had a great time volunteering as a course monitor yesterday at the Phanos-organized Boscross, the muddiest cross-country race I've ever seen. We joined our friends for a movie (Argo) yesterday at the oldest movie theater in Amsterdam. I went for a long run last week with a friend from Running Holland run club who lives nearby. The boxes sent by my parents and sisters finally arrived in the mail, and I've been eating peppermint-chip chocolate cookies and spicy-cinnamon walnuts and pecans like it's my job. And, correspondingly, feeling like *ugh* during workouts. Will work on that. Next run is a golden opportunity for a new 10k PR... a fast course in the Vondelpark on January 20.
All in all... off to a good January.