Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

christmas tree

Things have been very interesting around Casa Esteban what with the Holiday season, my discovery of some serious Hypertension issues and my boss at work has resigned to spend more time with his family.

First things first, my cardiologist was so concerned with my health that I had to cancel my trip to Carnage. That was a real bummer. The Lovely Bride saw it as a mixed blessing, of course, she got to spend some time with me as I had the time off from work, but she is very worried about my health.

Funny thing about high blood pressure, knowing you have it makes you worry about it, which makes it worse. The doctor has me measuring it at different times of day and keeping a log. All I can say is, the medicine isn’t working.

Anyhoo, I’ve been doing a LOT of reading because I can’t seem to get motivated and I want to get my mind off of HBP. According to my Reading Journal I am on book # 105 for 2016. That is a record! I’ve had more time to read this year because my commute includes a 20 – 40 minute Metro ride two or three days a week. Also, I’ve been reading instead of painting or blogging. Which I intend to rectify in the new year.

This painting project has been on my workbench since October:

painting project - orchestra

Here are some pics of what we’ve been up to lately:

Salmon ahumado

My guilty pleasure for Sundays at work, smoked salmon on toasted glass bread.

The Lovely Bride at Mt Vernong

Our visit to Mt Vernon on Christmas Day.

Random December pics for blog

Aren’t we cute?

Chicken wings at Marcus, MGM National Harbor

Chicken wings at Marcus, MGM National Harbor

We had dinner at the new Voltaggio, MGM National Harbor:

Shrimp cocktail, Voltaggio, MGM National Harbor

Shrimp cocktail

Fire-roasted bone marrow with polenta, Voltaggio, MGM National Harbor

Fire-roasted bone marrow with polenta, in an actual wood-fired oven!!

Roasted Lobster and crab, Voltaggio, MGM National Harbor

Roasted Lobster and crab, soooo delicious!

Nori

We had a beer dinner at work on Dec 5th, it was a hit! Thanks Jailbreak!

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