It’s that time of year again: snowy and cold outside, pretty and festive (but hard to photograph) inside. Carrying the Christmas tree home was a much less stressful exercise than last year’s gargantuan effort, but it still spruces up well. Together with the Hanukkah decorations we had a suitably seasonal living room to host many guests bearing board games, although on many occasions we tricked them into watching Planet Earth II with us instead. Because it was just so good.
Outside of the Chrismukkah base we also went to Randi’s work holiday party (and bounced on a trampoline with her CEO) as well as Robert and Julie’s mirror-image apartment housewarming, Alex’s holiday party at which gluhwein was served (very exciting) and Ellen’s ‘Master of Peppers’ chilli-making competition. Importantly, one is not required to actually cook a chilli in order to attend. I was very sad about missing this last year so it was great to finally return and meet baby Edy for good measure. (Chilli #10 was the best by some measure, in case you were wondering.) We also attended an inaugural D&D game at our neighbours’ flat across the hallway: nothing has felt more back-to-university than being able to return home for the night by just walking between apartments.
Finally, I also had great Motel Bar sessions with Alejandro and Teresa, and also saw Rogue One and Arrival. I put Rogue One in the bucket of ‘perfectly enjoyable but nothing special’ – not as good as last year’s Star Wars outing, although it does finally explain why the Death Star is so easy to destroy. But I really, really enjoyed Arrival. It’s a thoughtful science fiction film which takes seriously the problem of language between humans and aliens, and I thank Todd for wanting to see it with me after a cheeky Nando’s.
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