December was a cozy month. The YAV house watched lots of Christmas movies and I successfully made risotto for the first time. I met up with friends, went to the Newseum and won a gingerbread house competition with the YAVs. The YAVs also participated in “The Longest Night,” a night in memorial of those who have died without a home in D.C. in the past year. I went home for Christmas and spent time with family new and old, and got to spend quality time with some friends. Liam came to D.C. during the last month of December and we enjoyed exploring museums and making homemade pasta together.