I'm sitting in the the SF airport waiting to board a flight to Moscow via Atlanta/Paris. I've been home a month and had a terrific time.
Initially I flew to SF and came to Davis to see my cousins (brother and sister really) for just a day before flying up to Juneau, Alaska. Nina and I spent 3 great days together in preparation for the premier of my parents two operas: "The Gift of the Magi" and "The Last Leaf," adapted from the O. Henry stories. It was magical and emotional. Well done "Opera to Go." I salute you.
I flew to Seattle and spent 5 days there visiting my sisters and a very dear friend, Michele. It was great to see everyone and catch up. Alex had us over at the Club for a fabulous Christmas feast with professional Currier & Yves carolers. Helen and I decorated her tree.
I then flew back to Davis in preparation to retrieve my family but you all heard about what happened with delays. Finally, 4 days later, they arrived to California via Beijing! Air China was far more gracious than United and even upgraded their seats.
We had Christmas Eve in Davis and spent Christmas Day in Sacramento. Great food, wine, and company.
On the 27th, we drove to Lake Tahoe to spend some time with our dear friends; Evan and Luanne. Their children are about the same age as ours. We went sledding, skiing, and enjoyed more good company and wine in front of the fire place.
Due to a sudden snow storm, we drove back to Davis late Dec. 29th so that Dina could guarantee a flight to southern California to see 2 David Cook shows. y plans to drive down and visit Serge were altered because he flew up north to visit his mother in the hospital. So I drove over to see them and am so glad I did. Richard made a great feast. I'm sorry to see Tyotya Irina in such a state but I am glad to know she is getting such great loving care from her family.
The kids and I met the New Year with Milla and family in Davis. It was nice to see be there with them and we all hope 2010 will be a favorable year for all. Cheers!
Dina flew back after a great NY Eve concert with friends and we took a trip up to Paradise to see her parents one more time before going home.
We got a puppy just after Christmas. Her name is Bea. She is a Lhaso Apso and fitting in well. The month flew by but didn't feel rushed. I was pleased to see friends and family and wished I could have seen more. It's strange to come home after living overseas but there truly is nothing better than friends and family.
Now let's see what it's gonna be like flying back to Moscow via Atlanta/Paris with a puppy in tow.