New Year

Happy New Year!

A month into the new year and I’ve failed to post a new blog update. I know, I’m way behind.

I have however chosen a new layout for the site and moved some stuff around. I put all the food related stuff under Eating In & Out and have also been working on more travel tips (#3 and #4, coming soon!).

That was then…

The holidays were great (aside from the two papers I had to write). First, we went up to northern California for a week to see family. While we were there, we drove up to Napa one day and went wine tasting.

Wine tasting in Napa - Silver Oak

With Mom and Dad in Napa

For Christmas Eve, my cousins, parents, uncle and aunt went to a casino to enjoy one of our favorite family pastimes: gambling. I played little roulette and I must say, I’m loving that game more and more every time I play. Traditionally I always loved blackjack, but  now I feel that roulette is so much more exciting. It probably helps that I won $150 that night.

Christmas day was lots of fun, especially watching my cousin’s kids run downstairs to open their presents. I will not be posting photos of them here, however if you are friends with me on Facebook you can check out the ‘Christmas Time Is Here’ album for all the cute photos. Instead, I am posting a photo of our delicious Persian Christmas dinner.

Christmas Dinner

I spent New Years in Nashville with my dear friends, and it was wonderful to be back in the city that I called home for so many years.

NYE at Chris' place

I don’t really believe in new years resolutions, so originally I did not have one. Then I thought of one that is so out of my control that it seemed like a brilliant choice. So, my new years resolution is to not have surgery in 2011. In 2009 I had to have my tonsils removed, and in 2010 I had my eye surgery. I would really like 2011 to be surgery free. One month in and I have not broken my resolution yet.

Finally, my dad and I got certified to sail boats up to 25 feet long. No photos of that however since it is a bit difficult to snap photos when you are trying not to get hit in the head by the boom. What I can tell you is that I picked it up quickly and really enjoyed being out on the water. I’m definitely looking forward to sailing more next time I got home.

This is now…

Now I’m back in London, a few weeks into classes, and I am eagerly awaiting summer.

We are four weeks into the new school term and in approximately three weeks I need to submit my dissertation topic. I’ve known for a couple months what I want to writer about, however I need to refine it and be able to say it in just a couple sentences (right now it takes about eight sentences to explain). Once I submit the topic, I will share it.

Aside from choosing my dissertation topic, we have had a light work load for the first time since November. Unfortunately, it will pick up again in March, so I have been trying to work on my 27 Before 27 list. I have been watching films I’ve never seen, and even started learning how to knit using this handy kit that I found at John Lewis.

In other news…

This past weekend was the Super Bowl, and as many of you know, my family does pool which we participate in every year. I’ve come to believe that my dad and uncles used this as a tool to get their daughters into a sporting event which they may have otherwise cared less about. In my case, it definitely worked. The prospect of winning $500 has trained me to love the Super Bowl since I was a little girl.

For those of you who are not familiar with the football pool, let me explain how it works. There are 100 squares, each one is sold for a certain amount, and once they are all filled in, numbers 0-9 are randomly pulled out of a hat and placed along the top and left side. Money is paid out to the winners of each quarter, half time, and final score (the half and final usually pay out more). When it’s all done, it looks like this:

Every year, my dad buys 4 boxes: one for each member of our family (the 4th member being George, our dog). George has become somewhat of a good luck charm having won at least twice before. This year, George did it again and his numbers came up at halftime. Hopefully we can convince him to share some of his winnings with the rest of the family.

The luckiest dog ever

I believe that pretty much covers life for the past couple months. More coming soon…hopefully.

Ciao,

Sheila

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