• Holiday Break

    by  • January 7, 2007 • christmas, vacation • 1 Comment

    Sarah writes:

    Our cute little Christmas tree in Eureka
    We had a nice relaxing time over the Christmas break to hang out with family and friends in Spokane, WA and Denver, CO. The first leg of our journey was actually driving 5 hours south to San Francisco to fly out of the Oakland airport to Spokane, Washington. We enjoyed a few days chillin’ with the Hartse clan, not doing much of anything except eating and sleeping. Just what a vacation should be!

    Here’s us all dressed up for the Christmas Eve Service at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral.
    The service included a carillon concert, a harpist, a brass band, a handbell choir, a regular choir, an organ, and many traditional Christmas carols.

    After that we flew to Colorado, narrowly missing the first blizzard and coming just in time for a second snowfall of about 8 inches. Besides doing more of the eating and sleeping, we did get some exercise in the form of shoveling the driveway (Joel did it 3 or 4 times, and I only shoveled once). The snow was so heavy that the backyard shed was in danger of collapsing from the weight, so Sarah’s brother Chris and Joel commenced operation SOS (save our shed).

    A picture of Joel’s prowess with the shovel in the Heng backyard: The Hengs bundled up for a truly white Christmas (well, post-Christmas):

    We flew out of Denver (thankfully again our flight wasn’t affected by the snow) on the 31st, and spent a lovely if exhausting New Year’s Eve in San Francisco with our friend Kevin and his girlfriend Amy. We ate at a Vietnamese restaurant where Joel discovered that he’s allergic to kiwis, and then went to an organ concert at another Episcopal cathedral, Grace Cathedral.

    Finally on New Year’s Day we trekked back to Eureka – a 5 hour drive north. It was a bit of a relief to get back to no traffic, in a way.



    Sarah grew up in Colorado but considers herself a Chinese-Malaysian-English-American. Her favorite thing to do is read in bed, or some sunny spot on a couch.

    One Response to Holiday Break

    1. Matt Basinger
      January 13, 2007 at 5:21 pm

      Great pictures!

      Sounds like it was a nice relaxing break.

      One more semester and you’re off to China!!!

      (After a brief stop over in NYC that is, I hope…)


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