Long Distance Christmas

The holidays are always fun time of year, but for me there is no annual tradition or special way I spend them… I don’t always travel home to the Bay Area to see my family and often times they aren’t even there! It’s tough though because it is inevitable every year that people ask what I am doing for the holidays and then I have to explain why I’m not going home, etc…

First off, I HATE traveling (airports) when everyone else (novice travelers) are jamming up the lines..I just can’t deal! Second, it’s just the nature of the career/life I have chosen…I know all my TV and fellow news friends can relate…just because it’s a holiday and most people have the day off, we don’t! I’ve just become accustom to working on holidays and I don’t expect to be able to go home for them. Last, living across the country, I have learned to celebrate my family everyday, especially when I am face to face with them, so I don’t need one day to dictate “Christmas.” Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas and the holiday season, but that’s not the only time to celebrate, be thankful and enjoy being together… It should be an everyday thing!!

Anyway, this year we were scattered….around the corners of the globe!

My Dad (above, jamming on his guitar) was in Manila, Philippines with my baby brother who fell ill with some food poisoning…that happens when you go to a foreign country and get a little too excited eating everything in sight!

This year, I stayed in Miami, and cooked up a lil Christmas somethin’ somethin’ for Jae Millz and the fam visiting from Harlem…

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I baked a Chicken and Spinach Alfredo Lasagna and Green Bean Casserole, along with a not pictured Banana Pudding dessert.

Then, through the magic of techonology, my sisters and I got on a group chat with Alison in Southern California, Adrienne (and Mom) in the Bay and me in MIA.

It initially started with me and Adrienne chatting on G-Chat, then Alison wanted in, but you can’t 3-way on there and we weren’t sure we could on Skype, so we were going for the iChat, but Adrienne’s MacBook was acting up so we all downloaded “oovoo”..and finally when we were all up and running it was a party!! Actually very fun to have them all together at once!! We took Christmas photos and even had a toast to the holidays via internet!! 🙂

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