Happy new year!

It was great to get back to DC on New Year’s Eve. John and I spent a quiet evening at home, since I had flown all day. We also stayed home for New Year’s Day which was really nice – I enjoyed just hanging out with John and the cats and a couple of Mexican movies.

Back to school on Wednesday – it was tough to get back in the swing of Spanish. Even though I had read a lot and done a lot of homework over the break, I had not spoken in Spanish much. Plus, it was hard to get up when the alarm went off! Our big Spanish news is that we are planning a trip to Quito, Ecuador, for an immersion the last two weeks of January. Some of our classmates went recently and really recommended it, so we are getting our reservations in order.

We went to a happy hour at Old Ebbitt Grill on Thursday night for our friend Richard, who’s about to move to India. Last night, we went to a really great party at our classmate Tom Dalton’s place – it was fun to see everyone after the break.

On the cat front, Noodle has discovered the heating pad – I had it on the bed because my neck had been bothering me. Luckily I don’t need it anymore, because he has taken it over. We’ve also been cat-sitting for the neighbor across the hall – she has two cats we’ve been feeding while she’s away for a few days. Her younger cat is the kitten that John found in the hallway several months ago – she is the most playful thing I’ve ever seen!

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