We had an early dinner at our local fromagerie and then took a drive over to Lighthouse Point to see the Fantasy of Lights display. This is a local event that is put on every holiday season to raise money for charity. It was basically a number of light displays set in the park that's on the waterfront.
In the mail today, we received what must be the tiniest Christmas card ever. I tried to illustrate how small it was versus a regular-sized card, but it's really even smaller than it looks here. There was barely enough room for a stamp and the address! Thanks, Helena!
Our early morning flight back to Connecticut was cancelled straightaway thanks to the snow we've been receiving for the past few days. The next flight we could get on was a full 12 hours later. So we enjoyed another half-day at home before starting out for the airport in the hopes we'd get on the flight. All was fine!
Yes, it's a genuine Zhu Zhu pet! My nieces and nephew were lucky enough to get one hamster each for Christmas (two from Santa and one from Aunt Gigi). They also got the hamster house and a carrier. This is Chunk, who is being fed a piece of bread by my sister.
One Polish tradition we have on Christmas eve is sharing the oplatek. The oplatek is a thin wafer that you break into pieces and share with the people around the table at dinner. My mother luckily found one that she had left over that we used tonight.
Medici is one of the places at which I spent a lot of time while in college. It's a Hyde Park institution. We used to walk over there after a late night studying session at the library, and we'd have coffee, quesadillas, and fries. My sister and I went downtown for massages and S needed to be down in Hyde Park so we stopped for lunch at the Med. It was just as I remembered it and my spinach and goat cheese pizza was fabulous.
My sister, S and I took the kids to the Rainforest Cafe and then to the Shedd Aquarium. We had a great time! Personally I think the best part was finding street parking and not having to pay $12 and $19, respectively, for official parking at each place. Here they are on the way back to the car.
We escaped the New England storm but not the Chicago one. This is the view from the airplane while we sat on the tarmac in Chicago waiting for a plane to be de-iced so that we could pull into the gate.
One of the nicest things about the New Haven train station is its flip board. This is a rare sight in today's automated world and I was pleasantly surprised the first time I entered the station and saw it for myself. I just read online that they are going to be replacing it with two LED boards. How terrible! There is a public outcry but as these things usually go, I am expecting we will see a new board in 2010. Sad. I was on my way back from New York when I snapped this.
We went to mass at St. Thomas More rather than our usual St. Mary's. St. Thomas More is the Catholic center at Yale. Last time we were there, I noticed these interesting light fixtures hanging from the ceiling. This time I was able to snap a photo surreptitiously.
We purchased a new pressure cooker last weekend and we've been slowly experimenting with it. Today we decided to try to cook two containers worth of beets. It went well except at the very end when we opened it too early which resulted in the violent-looking scene you see here.
New Haven had its Christmas tree lighting today on the green. We walked through before going home, and to our dismay we spotted this frightening 'ride' for the kids. It's animatronic reindeers, tigers, and other animals that kids get up on and 'ride' around the fountain in the center of the green. We watched in horror for a while but had to leave when they got up close to us.