The Gudgel Family Advent Calendar, Day 9 — “Staycations and Sleeping In.”

It’s 9:26AM and I just woke up. I’m writing this on my phone so I’ll likely be uncharacteristically economical with my words, and also choppy with my sentences, my clunky twin set of opposable digits doing the work of ten fingers, while the other eight sit idle, acting as if they are needed to prop up my small smartphone.

So much for economy.

Sonja and I are currently in Lincoln, Nebraska. We came down yesterday and met our friends Paul and Becky for a drink and a bite to eat. They had gone to the Husker women’s game and we were on our way to the men’s. It was great catching up with them, and it was a great day for the Big Red as well, as the women’s basketball, men’s basketball, and volleyball teams all won their games. Go Big Red!

At the game I saw a former student of mine who was the emcee for the basketball game — pretty cool. We texted a bit and I’m hoping to meet up for coffee and a catch up soon. I always love seeing former students.

After the game, we caught a Lyft over to a Christmas party our friends were throwing. We hadn’t seen them in far too long and we got time to catch up with several people we love and admire and miss as the busy business of life so often gets in the way.

The Korbel sweet sparkling rosé was a really pleasant wine and a good fit for a holiday party, it’s very light, effervescent nature being a strong choice of companion for heavy, sauce-soaked hors d’oeuvres. The sweetness wasn’t overpowering and the bubbles were bountiful. Subtle strawberry and cherry notes lingered. It was a good party wine.

Last night reminded me I have much to be thankful for. I’m thankful for Paul and Becky, for Sky and Jen, for Tim and Becky, as well as friends we didn’t see. I’m thankful to our friend Brent for allowing us to crash at his place. I’m thankful for getting to see my former student, and for getting to see my alma mater in a rare victory over Creighton. I’m thankful to the grandparents who watch our kids — they’re all so helpful about that. And I’m thankful for this little overnight staycation with my wife and the chance to sleep in this morning. And of course, as always, I’m thankful to you for reading. Wherever this finds you, have a safe and relaxing rest of your weekend!

Cheers to great friends, to relaxation, and to the Big Red!

Mark

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