So it goes.
I took a little bloggie hiatus over the last few weeks to enjoy the holidays and escape the cold Pittsburgh weather.
My holidays were highlighted by spending time with family and friends. I hit all the usual fam festivities on the 24th and 25th, eating all the Christmas ham, cheesy potatoes, shrimp cocktail and cookies I could handle.
Unfortunately, my Christmas celebration was dampered by someone BREAKING INTO MY CAR AND TAKING EVERYTHING WHILE I WAS AT CHRISTMAS EVE MASS. “Everything” included all my wrapped Christmas presents, food, booze, and an overnight bag with personal items as I planned to stay at my parents’ house on Christmas Eve.
I was obviously initially hysterical. I filed a police report on Christmas Eve and tried to carry on with the holiday as best I could. I am still angry but realize I could have been a victim of far worse crimes. In the end it was only stuff (and stuff that hopefully my insurance will cover – in that process now).
Fortunately, leaving for the Turks and Caicos Islands the day after Christmas helped lessen the blow of my misfortune. (Thanks again Big D!)
I spent five days catching up with my family, laying on the beach, eating amazing food, and relaxing.
And oh yes, the food! We dined at open air restaurants nearly every night and enjoyed some crazy delicious meals. Pasta with arugula, local grouper, seafood risottos, fish tacos, boullibaise, and lobster. Oh, the lobster.
2010 was a rough year in many ways. It brought along multiple family health issues, other ups and downs, and a major life (relationship) change for myself. However, as I sat with family on vacation, laughing, drinking wine and enjoying life, I truly contemplated everything I have been blessed with. And the blessings are many. Happy (belated) New Year to all!