I went home this year for Christmas for the first time since 2008. I can't say that I really enjoy going back to Halifax especially when the weather is so crappy. This year was pretty nice; I had my own room, a tv, a comfy bed, my parents' new ISP uses a super fast fibre optic connection so the wifi is wicked fast, and I had a cable tv. Apart from mandated family gatherings, I spent a lot of time in my room enjoying the quiet and sleeping. Yes, I got a a LOT of sleep. Most nights I got at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. What a difference that makes!
The extra rest will come in handy as I prepare for my defense (January 15). I read a couple pages of my dissertation the other day and wondered "who wrote this?" It's gonna be an interesting two weeks.