Doesn't everything feel more effortful at this time of year? Reading, writing, walking long distances, now that the weather here has dipped low into the forties. Even the challah we baked didn't turn out right--something about the yeast--and, instead of expanding, remained dense pretzel-like miniatures. 

But a week from today I go home to so many good things! Today I am compiling a mix for my yoga class which is 90% Christmas songs. I will apologize beforehand to students who are not holiday people.