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When's Festivus?

I've decided that Christmas was merely the start to my holiday season, since I never really got into the seasonal spirit. I did manage to get most of my presents wrapped in time, and ate way too much. Dad had an extended visit, and he took Jen and I (along with gregh, decibel45, and ivo) out to several meals. I think the boys, I mean, guys are officially hooked on the delicious Thai food at Madame Mam's. We had a lovely time Saturday night, walking down 37th Street to see the Christmas lights. Much nicer than being a part of the herd of thousands through the highly commercialized Trail of Lights through Zilker Park.

I received several great gifts this season, including wine from Jen, and "Bend It Like Beckham" on DVD from Linda, but two presents really topped the charts.

decibel45 surprised me with a gift certificate for a tandem jump at SkyDive San Marcos, so I have no more excuses not to do it! Now if someone could give me some courage to go along with it, I'd be set.

The other fab present I received was from my lovely friend, Hilary. A few of us girls have worn a wonderful oil named "Rivers of Honey" for many years, but we have not been able to find it for quite some time. We have looked high and low, even in other cities when we've travelled. Lo, and behold! Hilary finally found it on a New York City street corner, and bought some for the both of us.

So now there's New Years Eve still to celebrate, and our party of three BGGW gals may have turned into a krewe of fifteen folks. Give me some champagne and sparklers, and I'll be set!

Next up is Twelfth Night which is January 6th, the last day of the Christmas Season. Galette des Roi (King's Cake), ale and mulled wine are enjoyed. This is a fun celebration I was introduced to many years ago by some French friends who were transplanted to America to open La Madeleine French Bakery in Houston. I love the flaky galette, similar to a millefeuille pastry, with a tasty almond filling.

January 22 ushers in the Year of the Monkey, and the 2004 Chinese New Year. Being a Monkey herself, Hilary should be throwing an extra special Chinese New Year Celebration this year. Have to remember to wear something red!


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Dec. 29th, 2003 10:08 pm (UTC)
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Dec. 30th, 2003 12:09 am (UTC)
the case of the disappearing austincommunity post
Sorry about replying here, but your austincommunity post about the YMCA was deleted out from under me. Ah, maybe you found the prices on their site. Anyway:

Shoot, I just called them recently, but I didn't write down the prices. I do remember it was fairly expensive, like $40-$45 a month, with a one-time enrollment fee. The worst part was that if you want to just use a pool during the winters (as I did, too), you had to either stay enrolled during the off months, or pay a new enrollment fee every year - there was no "inactivate my account" option.

Personally, I found the 24-Hour Fitness at Hancock to be a better deal ($35/month with 24-hour pool availability)... but it's certainly not non-profit, if that's important to you.
Dec. 30th, 2003 06:52 am (UTC)
Re: the case of the disappearing austincommunity post
Thanks for the info! I already have a World Gym membership, so i wonder if it be worth the extra money to switch over.

I removed the post because a 'friend' complained about me being too lazy to call the YMCA myself. *rolls eyes at dopplertx* :P
Dec. 30th, 2003 10:23 pm (UTC)
Re: the case of the disappearing austincommunity post

I actually switched from Gold's, myself... but on top of it being a more well-equipped, broader-hour place, it's much closer to me than the Gold's. Your mileage may vary. (Hell, I haven't even been to the 24-Hour Fitness since it opened, so *my* mileage may vary, for that matter.) In any event, good luck!
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