Work, travel and holiday-related priorities have hindered my blogging in the past month. I’ll try to get back on the wagon now that things are starting to normalize a bit. Plus, I imagine there will be some interesting stories to tell over the next week!

For Christmas and New Years, Ned and I went on a two-week Western tour to spread tidings of comfort and joy in Denver and Breckenridge, Colo., and San Diego, Los Angeles and Pasadena, Calif. We were blessed to see many relatives on his side of the family.

During that time we worshiped in 5 different churches, hugged dozens of relatives, saw two good friends married, heard political speeches of the conservative and liberal bent (true to form, the California relatives were on the liberal side and the Kansas relatives on the conservative side), skied on snowy freezing mountains, walked on sunny beaches and ate many delicious cookies. We  witnessed a monkey uprising at the San Diego zoo, visited the studio of designer Kevan Hall, watched Jack Black watching the Kobe Bryant, marveled at the Rose Parade and accidentally discovered a nudist beach.

All in all, it was a pretty fantastic trip. I will try to post some pictures  — of the Rose Parade, not the nudist beach — just as soon as I can get the camera and computer speaking to one another.