I generally write about my activities as they happen rather than writing a summary like you have here. Short story though:
Christmas party with friends, including Bad Santa on our huge television.
New Year's Eve at the Seattle Symphony.
Some house cleaning.
A trip to California to talk my mother into drinking her Ensure, with the incidental benefit of getting to see five films at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (including the excellent documentary Tim's Vermeer.
Anyway, your break sounds more interesting.
1. Sweet telescope! How easy is setup and storage? Lugging around heavy gear can be an impediment to astronomy.
2. What's useless about the beautiful fitness center?