So I had this great idea that I would put my Christmas letter online this year to save some trees. Then, after all my Christmas cards were signed, sealed and stamped, I realized that I forgot to tell people to come to my blog to read the letter. Since I have already written it, I guess I’ll post it anyway. Perhaps one or two people will stumble upon it…
I hope this Christmas letter finds you and your family well and having a great holiday season. I always struggle a little with what to write in these things. Being that it’s just me and my crazy dog, giving you the play-by-play of my life for the past year seems really uninteresting. But what else do you talk about in these things? I’ll just try to make it short and sweet.
I guess the first order of business is to tell you that I purchased my very first home back in July. It is a townhouse (twinhouse, actually), and I have really been enjoying the process of painting and decorating the house to make it feel more like a home.
My new residence is only 5 miles away from work and so Gretta has been very happy that I am able to come home for lunch to play some Frisbee with her.
In case you missed my new address on the return envelope, here it is again:
8830 Coppersmith Court
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
Aside from the house, my year has been filled with travel. I coached two cycling teams for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training for which we traveled to Lake Tahoe in June and then to Hawaii in September. I also managed to make it out to Colorado twice this year, once for some skiing in January and then again for some hiking in August. Both times were to visit friends. For my birthday in June I headed to Milwaukee to celebrate with my cousins at Summerfest, and then most recently I flew to Philadelphia in November to watch my good friend Jenny run in her very first marathon. I had a great time cheering her on, and we had a great time seeing the historical sites too!
Speaking of marathons; this January will bring a new challenge for me as I head to Phoenix to run in my very first marathon. I’m doing it as a fundraiser for the LLS.
I will again coach the Tahoe cycling team in ’09 and am really looking forward to it.
Gretta continues to sleep excessively, whine as much as possible (she is a German Shorthair, after all!), and enjoy her twice daily walks on which she gets to play lots of Frisbee. She sends her love and some slobber. Below are some pictures from my travels over the past year. Merry Christmas! :)