Today was basically a repeat of yesterday, but even milder--the high for the day was 51F. That meant I could go out for a bike ride at noon in bike shorts, summer bike gloves, no wind liner in the helmet, a light jacket, and no worries about feet getting cold. Then I headed up top to ski and run. The snow was good for skiing other than all the wind debris, and enough snow bikers had been around where I was running to make for great running.
Afterwards, I observed several of the standard Christmas Eve traditions I know many orienteers follow: listened to the Santaland Diaries (I feel I should not have to add that I listened to the unabridged version, but so many people are in such a rush and listen to the short version only--why even bother, in that case?), watched "I Hate Christian Laettner" (almost as good, but in a very different way, and a must for any aspiring athlete), and then made festivus pizza.
For this year's festivus pizza, I settled on a map theme, and recreated a tiny piece of the Pelican Bay map using pieces of kale, black olives, blueberries, yellow squash, and roasted carrots. When it had finished baking, I completed the masterpiece by constructing a stick figure out of toothpicks, and placed it carefully in a beaver pond mire, thereby depicting the incident some years ago when Steve Gregg attempted to run through marshy area and got stuck up to his waist in gunk and was unable to extricate himself.
Snow is forecast for tomorrow and it would be a fine thing to get all the wind debris on the ski trails buried in a fresh application of white.