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A Warmly Lit Spot

On New Year’s Eve we took the train downtown and had a festive dinner with friends.  We chose a warmly lit spot called Billy Sunday, where the bartender wears a tweed vest and thick tortoiseshell glasses and pours bourbon drinks over spherical ice cubes the size of tennis balls.  We ordered creamy deviled eggs with caviar, beef pot pie in a buttery rosemary crust, and tender blanched carrots with whipped horseradish crème fraîche.  We ordered another pot pie, and then a silky banana pudding, and then an apple pot de crème.  We ordered a bottle of their cheapest champagne.  And when we could eat and drink no more we swaddled ourselves in our coats and scarves and ducked out into the falling snow.  Passing cars cut through the slushy streets, and it wasn’t long before we found a taxi that would take us back to the train station.  We made it to the departure platform just in time.  I was in bed by eleven.

I woke up a little fuzzy and somewhat relieved that the holiday season is over.  It was fantastic and I am so lucky to have had it.  I just mean that I was starting to run out of steam.  Both Scott and I have Christmasy birthdays, which makes the week kind of manic.  After celebrating Christmas and my birthday and his birthday and New Year’s and driving a total of 30 hours to see family, I feel like a half-smashed pinata with stuff hanging out.

But it’s good.  It’s very good.

On the busThis is my favorite photograph from the past year.  I took it on a bus in the Dominican Republic.  We were going from the airport to our friend’s wedding, and at that point we didn’t know we were about to meet the woman (now friend) who would offer Scott a job and bring us to Chicago.  It was raining outside, and Scott fell asleep next to me with our passports in his chest pocket.

We were both so tired and so excited about whatever might happen next.

Happy belated New Year, everyone.  Thank you so much for being a friend to this little spot!

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  1. It sounds like you have a very interesting life. Sidney was born in Va. and was driven to Florida at 3 months of age, but that was the extent of our doggie adventures. Sidney is not a good traveler. He howls the whole time we are in the car. Check us out in our blog at corkscot.

    January 3, 2014
    • Sidney and Rocky are adorable! Thunder and Seymour (my dogs) are not the best travelers either. I got this thing called a doggie hammock for the back seat of the car. It just kind of covers the back seat and attaches to the head rests in the front seat, so the dogs don’t fall under the seat or try to get up front. I thought it would be a good idea, but they hate it. I think it makes them slide around as if they’re surfing, so I can kind of see why.

      Hope you are well! Thanks for the note.

      January 3, 2014
  2. Thank you for making us smile, laugh, and eat well!

    January 3, 2014
    • Aw, thanks, Kitty! Kitty, are you perchance a librarian who knows kids’ books well? I got “Journey” for my nephew for Christmas. So lovely. The illustrations are just gorgeous.

      January 7, 2014
  3. A lovely photo, Eggton, and I also adore the image of you as a half-cracked pinata. Although what does that make Scott? I hope not the stick. An equally busted pinata? His and hers pinatas sounds like a must for your December festivities next year, at any rate.

    houseoftheflies.wordpress.com

    January 3, 2014
  4. Glad you made it through relatively intact. I enjoy reading your well-written posts and look forward to more in the new year!

    January 3, 2014
  5. I feel the exact same way about the piñata haha! Happy New Years though! Off to a good start 🙂

    January 3, 2014
    • Happy New Year to you, too! I look forward to continuing to follow you and your adventures–you definitely inspire me to get out there and be active, my friend!

      January 7, 2014
  6. Kristi #

    So happy you both are happy! Sweet post! Happy New Year!!

    January 3, 2014
    • You too, my dear. Happy New Year!

      January 7, 2014
  7. I am so with you on that feeling of being done with the holidays. I was so happy to have had a full and joyous holiday season – I thought that Amanda would be deployed this Christmas, but she wasn’t, and I am so grateful that I had her home for Christmas with me. But when the holiday was over, and all had drawn to a close, I was ready for the new year and for the next parts of the journey.
    It sounds like it was an incredible year for you that ended with such a great night. Happy New Year to you!

    January 3, 2014
    • Oh Dana, that’s wonderful that you and Amanda were together for Christmas. Oh my goodness. What a gift. Happy New Year to you both!

      January 7, 2014
  8. What a year you guys have had. I love this photo, and I can see why you do, too. It is full of your life.
    May 2014 treat you well. Big kisses to my doggy heroes, Thunder and Seymour.

    January 4, 2014
    • Sending you peacefulness and doggie cuddles, my friend. Happy New Year!

      January 7, 2014
  9. This is such gorgeous writing. I felt warm and cozy and full just reading it.

    January 4, 2014
    • Man, coming from a writer like you. . .
      thanks.

      January 8, 2014
  10. Lovely photo, evokes comfort and travel with a dash of exhaustion. Happy New Year!

    January 4, 2014
    • Happy New Year to you, too, my friend. I look forward to reading about this year for you as it unfolds.

      January 9, 2014
  11. Happy New Year! I love that photo. It tells such a story! 🙂

    January 4, 2014
    • I love it too, for precisely that reason. Happy New Year to you, too, dear Willow!

      January 9, 2014
  12. Happy Birthday and Happy New Year! Thanks for this beautiful reflection. I’m so glad your new city is agreeing with you.

    January 5, 2014
    • Thank you so much, Jennifer! I had very spicy thai food on my birthday and then my sister in law made me a lemon tart in an amazing crust. It was a good time spent with family. I hope you had a good holiday season!

      January 9, 2014
  13. To begin with, A very happy albeit belated birthday to you and Scott! I know what you mean …I too have a Christmassy birthday and then Christmas and New Year…yeah…the pace kind of gets crazy! The photograph is lovely!!! A very happy new year to you and Scott and hugs to Thunder and Seymor!!

    January 5, 2014
    • Thunder and Seymour accept your hug and raise you two licks on your face (for your birthday! Happy belated birthday!)

      January 9, 2014
      • awwww…one of the bestest birthday wishes ever!!! 🙂

        January 10, 2014
  14. Happy New Year – stay warm in chilly Chicago today 🙂

    January 6, 2014
    • Shelley, Scott got me a pair of rabbit mittens when he was in Canada last year. They are amazing for Chicago. If I didn’t have them, I don’t know what I’d do. Happy New Year!

      January 9, 2014
  15. jenny_o #

    Your title today is apt for this post but it also feels right for your blog in general. I always enjoy what you have to say. Happy New Year!

    January 7, 2014
    • Jenny! Geez, thanks. Happy New Year to you too!

      January 9, 2014
  16. Lise #

    I also like to check your posts, try a few recipes and steal a few quotes!! Happy New Year!

    January 7, 2014
    • Lise, do you have any favorite quotes I might not have heard? I’d love to hear them!

      January 9, 2014
  17. happy new year and happy birthdays plural to you and Scott! So much you’ve done this year (says half-Yoda, jeeeez what is wrong with me today), and i love that closing photo. I remember us having that conversation in real life about what was happening/had happened at that wedding with scott’s newfound opportunity, and thinking how crazy unexpected the world can be at times. Many happy wishes for 2014, you. 🙂

    January 8, 2014
  18. I’m so glad to have you in my life. I hope 2014 brings you many dreams come true… xox

    January 9, 2014
  19. Amy #

    Wow, your New Year’s Eve sounds like it was downright fancy. What an elegant menu! Happy (belated) New Year, Katherine!
    How freaking awesome that you randomly met a woman that found a job for Scott. Sounds like 2013 was a great year for you guys. Hope 2014 is even better 🙂

    January 12, 2014
  20. Such a nice post – and so true about the holidays. I forgot you had moved to Chicago (have been behind on my blog reading). I hope you’re enjoying my favorite city – if you can find it under the snow….

    January 20, 2014

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