Christmas went off well. The new van was delivered on Thursday and we immediately packed it up and took off for Carl-Bad. Luckily leaving a day early got us ahead of the storm. I heard at least one coworker who headed out for Carl-Bad Friday morning say it turned the three hour drive into seven. It started snowing Thursday night and kept it up for two days straight. While there I got a look at Rocky's still and talked moonshining with him, built a snowman and snow fort with Ross, ate some delicious brisket (twice), got some gifts (beer, a necklace, and flatware), and generally had a good time around family. Having kids of my own now I think having that kind of family time, like we did when I was a kid and we'd visit Mississippi, is getting more important. Maybe we should have trucked on up to Colorado like last year. Ah, well, next maybe next time.
We got back in Xmas afternoon. Got things squared away and even managed to fit the van in the garage with my car, but only just. Until (or maybe unless) we get some stuff moved out of there it looks like I'm parking on the street. This was the first morning and I've gotten spoilt enough that I probably ought to rediscover skills at things like scraping frost off of windshields.
Managed to hang with Saac a little, what with his limited time in town. Sunday I went over to Ben's and had some beers with the guys while watching very, very crappy movies. Blew out of work early Monday and met Ben and Isaac for lunch. There was much lamentation for Heftymetals and times when people who aren't Ben had a lot of free time around the holidays.