Had a great Christmas this year in IN with my parents. Bunguins #1 and #2 both handled the trip car pretty well, and everyone loved getting to see them.
I got to do pretty much everything I was looking forward to with my family, which was a lot of fun. Didn't make it to the new Star Wars movie, but that was pretty low on the list, really. Spent a lot of time relaxing, enjoying Christmas festivities, reading, playing cards, playing wii golf (Tiger Woods '10) on my parents' projector, and geocaching.
Spending time with family - Mom, Dad, Joe, Jame and my Uncle Dave & Aunt Roxie was great. Wish I saw them all more often. I got to catch up with my friend Justin, too - first when we introduced him and his two older boys to geocaching (seen above), and then on New Years Eve wherein we changed an alternator and played Settlers of Catan. More surprisingly, I got to chat with another old friend, Scott, for a while at church last sunday, too. We did miss my sister and brother-in-law this year, but they were off having fun with his family.
All in all, it was a great trip.
I actually read quite a bit over the break. Tony gave me the Welcome to Night Vale novel for my birthday and Sheri got me Randall Munroe's What If? book for Christmas - and I read all of both of them (and recommend to any like-minded oddballs). I wished I'd brought the Battletech book I'd been reading as well. I normally don't read that much (at least from non-gaming/non-reference books), but something about the relaxing week seemed to be conducive.
The Welcome to Night Vale book is pretty good - it does a good job of preserving the feel of the podcast. I did find myself reading sections of it in radio host Cecil's voice/cadence. Actually, I think that particular affectation enters my own speech patterns in certain circumstances if I've been listening to it a lot.
What If? is also great. I started reading the articles on the website quite a while back, and they're all fantastic. There are quite a few in the book that aren't on the site, too - though there are many more on the site that couldn't fit in the book. A few of my favorites accessible here are Drain the Oceans, Into The Sun, and Interplanetary Cessna. And also, many, many, more.