Life Lately

Happy New Year! How were your holidays?

Ours were good, if a little different. It’s our second Christmas without my dad and our first without Tom’s mom, and we’re all adjusting. I know many of you can relate.

On Christmas Day my mom suggested we do an impromptu family photo shoot in front of the tree and, despite the fact that no one ever wants to have their picture taken (including me), how happy am I to have these pics?

The day after Christmas a bunch of us left for Memphis to watch our Jayhawks in their first bowl game since 2008. It wasn’t 100% the trip we hoped for. 1. There was a boil order in effect in Memphis due to water main breaks. 2.We ended up losing the (very exciting) game. 3. I had to watch from our hotel room due to a stomach bug (or maybe some unboiled water?). Overall though, it was still a good time.

Besides being with family and friends, the highlight of the trip for me was seeing The Peabody Hotel all dressed up for Christmas (and witnessing the famous duck parade).

Tom and I also stopped on our way out of town to visit the Lorraine Motel, the site of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.

It’s always amazing to visit a place you have seen in pictures so many times. It was very moving. The National Civil Rights Museum is at the same site, and while we didn’t have time to go this trip, I definitely want to go back.

(I saved some of my Memphis pics and videos to an Instagram highlight if you’re interested.)

Since we’ve been home we have been in big-time relaxation mode. Our New Year’s Eve plans were canceled because of friends having Covid so we stayed home to watch games and were asleep before midnight.

I hope your holidays were good ones and I’m wishing you much health and happiness as we head into 2023!

P.S. Five links for your new year and some pictures in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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