Hello, everyone!  Happy New Year and Merry Epiphany to you all!  This weekend has been very productive.  Before I get to that, though, I should probably back track a little bit to New Year's Eve.

I wanted to throw a New Year's Eve party really bad, but 1) we're saving to get me a new car soon, and 2) I decided I wanted to have this party about six days before the new year (not very good planning on my part).  We didn't have a totally boring New Year's Eve after all, though, because our friends Dan and Brittni were nice enough to take us out to dinner.  After dinner, we brought them back to our place, where we played a nice, wholesome game of Nintendo Monopoly, while Merlin showed off all of the puppy things he can do.  As the game was winding down, we popped into the living room to watch the ball drop in Times Square.  

The days since the new year dawned have been spent recovering our house from December's activities.  I finally reclaimed my kitchen entirely.  The last few days I've made some new-ish recipes, and a couple times I even took pictures, so I'll be adding those to the Vintage Table page.  Yesterday, I got myself exercising again.  I did a full half hour of cardio, and I'm feeling it today.  That's what I get for taking a month off, I guess.  Oops!  Today was good, too.  First thing when I got up today, I ran the dishwasher and started putting away Christmas decorations.  By noon, we had taken down our Christmas lights, tree, stored decorations, thrown out stray bits of wrapping paper, and vacuumed a LOT of pine needles.  Since today is the Twelfth Day of Christmas, I was thinking about making a kings cake, but it seems kind of pointless with just the two of us.  We would have invited friends over, but with Clayton on call this weekend, that wouldn't have been as relaxing as usual.  

So, check back soon.  I'll have some more recipes up soon, as well as pictures of what we sent our families for Christmas.  If you haven't noticed, I posted more of Merlin's baby pictures, too.  They are currently in order of when they were taken, from oldest to newest.  

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