In December we shifted gears from fixing up our house to preparing from Christmas. We did our Xmas shopping and prepared to host two family dinners. Once that was done, we flew off for vacation over the holidays.

This year’s vacation was to Japan with Ida, Richard and Izzet; meeting Victor and Hannah while there. We went to Nagoya, Takayama and Tokyo, with the focus on eating and culture, rather than sightseeing (since we were just there a little over two years ago!). Maybe I will get around to blogging about it later.

In news, there was further fallout from the Wikileaks saga, which actually originated in late November. Although instead of focusing on the leak content, the news media have mostly centered on arresting Julian Assange. NASA also announced the possibility of arsenic life although I’m not sure what that means to my daily life.