Happy New Years, Merry Christmas, and what a lovely, lovely holiday. Jer, Mia and I spent almost a week in Tofino with my mom and stepdad over Christmas. It was the absolute perfect vacation. I find it difficult to sit and read or knit for more than half an hour or so at a time when I’m home as there are always a million things to do – chop some wood, stack some wood, plant some bulbs, braid some garlic, do some dishes, ask Jeremy to do some dishes, sweep, mop, dust, sweep, mark student work, weed, plant, harvest and on and on and on. But Tofino’s not like that. Sure, there are things to do. Like walk on the beach with my dog. And eat food. And put dishes into the DISHWASHER (Jer’s my dishwasher, but he doesn’t like it when I put dishes in him). And snuggle my dog. And read, and knit, and do crossword puzzles, and knit, and knit. I got to knit and read for hours at a time and I didn’t feel guilty about it. Ever. Vacations should always be about having time to read and knit and not feel guilty. That should be their purpose.
Speaking of which, I bought over 5000 yards of yarn today to knit with. That’s a lot of knitting. I dreamed about knitting last night. This break is also about finishing projects, especially ones that have been sitting for months. 2 pairs of socks and 2 sweaters. Awesome.
Vacations should also be about friends. We had 5 come and spend New Years with us. We had a fire and roasted marshmallows and a certain 5 year old became covered in sticky goo. He had it in his (long curly) hair. I thought Mia had rubbed up against a sappy tree. But really, she’d just rubbed against a sticky boy.
Vacations should also be about getting some things done. We rearranged some furniture, tapped our maple trees, and did some firewood for next year. Tomorrow is the beginning of the weekend, and I’m ready. Perfect Christmas break.