We’re well into 2013 and all is moving (somewhat) smoothly. I spent my winter break here in Baltimore working which was a welcome break from my teaching schedule. I am halfway through a new project and am looking forward to clearing my head in a couple of months. I did take a few days to do little to nothing, mainly, watch the entire Battlestar Galactia series. Thanks Netflix! A few fun trips also happened in 2013. Around Christmas, I threw a small, old fashioned cookie party. Some of the gradate students that joined were from other countries and had never made cookies from scratch before. After gorging ourselves on cookies and egg nog, we took a quick drive over to 34 street to see the Hampden Festival of lights. What a treat.
I also took a trip to Kutztown, PA, for Jonathan Bean’s release party of his latest masterpiece, Building Our House. Jonathan set the stage for a magical evening with a lantern lit pathway set off by floating orbs of lights in the surrounding trees and a warm bonfire in the middle of the yard where we roasted marshmallows. Inside, guests were welcome to tour the rooms of the house and fill their bellies with homemade hot chocolate, spiced cider, sauerkraut, pretzels, and sloppy joes.
We were so lucky to share in this event with Jonathan and his family.