My beautiful beach route has turned into an army-grade obstacle course. The dirt right after the train tracks has turned into slick mud. They put up a sand berm next to the beach that I need to claim. Then there are a million rocks on a beach that used to be smooth sand. It was dark out, and though the moon put out a nice amount of light there are other city lights that ruin my night vision.
It's been raining on and off for the last two days. This afternoon, during a dry spell, I went out for my first bike ride of the year. It was gusty, which is fun, and I decided to do a slightly longer loop than planned. About two thirds into the climbing section of this loop it starts to rain, and then pour. It felt great! That kind of weather really makes you feel alive and aware.
Yesterday we spent cooking dinner for my parents-in-law, as their Christmas gift. For my wife's stepfather we cooked split pea soup, and NY strip steak. At a the Bel Air Meat Market we bought the nicest looking steak I've ever seen, and from what I hear it tasted as good as it looked. For her mom we made salad and salmon that looked as good as the steak. For the dessert I made them both Bananas Foster.