1. I got a new PR at the gym yesterday for deadlift–200 pounds! I’m giving credit to that tin of butter cookies I ate (and, OK,  another 6 months of training). I’m going to try for a new max on bench Saturday if I’m feeling good.

2. It’s the Winter Solstice tomorrow. My work bro asked what I did to celebrate and I got to throw all the links at him: The Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar, some Wikipedia history, and Susan Cooper’s poem “The Shortest Day.” If you do nothing else, light a candle tomorrow and be glad we’ve made it to the return of the light.

3. I’m off next week so I will be doing some last-minute sewing, making more cookies, and just taking it easy instead of posting. Happy Solstice, Good Yule, and Io Saturnalia to everyone out there.