Hey guys! Hard to believe I haven’t said a peep since before Christmas. Let’s do a recap post, shall we?
I rented a car this year and went home for Christmas! Unlike last year, it wasn’t Christmas Eve, I wasn’t sick as a dog, and I didn’t have to stop in Chicago to sleep off my inability to stay awake—this year was crazy pleasant. Other than the torrential downpour from Illinois to Ohio and Indiana’s lack of highway lighting, it was relatively uneventful.
First stop: Christmas Ale
Rachel’s tree is so festive
Christmas morning and everyone’s awake—even the cat.
Best.wrapjob.ever. Yes, that’s a Zeppe’s menu.
Reba Christmas in the background – the aftermath of present time.
The dessert table at mom’s… which I hit pretty hard this year. Why yes, that *is* queso. And my pregnant sister.
Other stuff whilst at home
I tried really hard this trip home to make sure I saw everyone. I love my home time and I wanted it to feel like the vacation that it is. I was able to see my family, some great friends (though I missed you Jess and Rusty!), and in true Ryan fashion it revolved mostly around food. If you guys have the time (you know, next time you’re in Cleveland) do yourself a favor and go to B Spot. It’s a place I really miss being away and usually a lunch or dinner spot when I’m home.
Apple Pie Bacon Shake. That’s a chunk of apple pie crust. Legit. In the background is my sister’s banana chocolate marshmallow shake. Oh yes.
Turns out I didn’t outrun the Christmas cold this year, guys. It hit me right when I turned off the car after arriving safely home in Des Moines. It was pretty quick to take me down from there. That leads me to NYE.
New Year’s stuff
This is how I spent my NYE:
And that’s pretty much how New Year’s Day looked as well.
Speaking of New Year’s, a lot of people make resolutions. I’ve made resolutions in the past but always end up really hard on myself for making lofty goals that I can’t keep to. I prefer the idea of “themes” for the New Year. Last year was ‘the year of me’ and I think it was pretty darn successful. I’m going to continue that into 2014 and also christen it ‘the year of travel.’ I’ve enjoyed traveling to Chicago, Branson, Omaha, and Minneapolis in the past year and I want to continue, and even expound on, that pattern. I’ve traveled more in the last two years than I have in my entire 20’s combined, which is awesome.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with family, fun, food, drink, football and happy memories.