How I Spent My Thanksgiving Vacation

Well, that vacation ended up being more literal than I’d planned. Sorry for bailing out on all of you for all of last week, but it was ever so nice to not have to worry about anything while I was on vacation.

Anything other than my back, that is.

Monday, after a day long binge of Magic the Gathering matches, I went off to meet Denisa to go see The Martian (loved it!). While I was getting out of the car, I reached into the back seat for something. All was well until I stood up, and then my back decided it had had enough and went on strike. I could barely straighten up. Pure agony. Somehow I managed to get into the theater, and it’s a testament to how good the movie was that I still enjoyed myself, but getting home driving was painful, and I didn’t sleep hardly at all the whole night. It hurt every time I moved.

And the next day I was scheduled to go into New York City for a full day of fun.

I still wasn’t better in the morning, but I headed into the city anyway. Fun waits for no back! Denisa and I went to the LDS temple first, then had lunch with my agent and his fiancee, and then caught Something Rotten on Broadway. Other than a three hour walk between lunch and the show, things went well for the most part. As long as I could sit down, I was okay. Standing was difficult. Walking was painful. Sounds like fun, right?

But really, it was a great day, other than the pain. I had this chocolate dessert at the restaurant we went to (Boulud Sud): a chocolate cube. One of the best chocolate desserts I’ve had. Highly recommended. And Something Rotten was anything but. Funny throughout, with music I really enjoyed and still am listening to. (Bought the soundtrack before I went, on the theory that if I’m going to shell out that much money for a production, I’d at least better know the music going into it. Glad I did.)

What else was I up to? Wednesday was a day of rest, as I tried to get my back into better shape. Thursday it was on the mend, and I stuffed myself with food for Thanksgiving. My kids played with their cousins, we all went to Washington’s Crossing for a bit of history lessons, grabbed some deals on Black Friday (from the comfort of my couch), and caught 2 BYU football games and 2 BYU basketball games. And we won every single one. It was a great week.

But all good things must come to an end, and I’m happy to be back and getting into the swing of things. I hope you all had a lovely week as well. Back to work!

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