I spent new year's eve and christmas with family and friends this year on the east coast. I had the opportunity to meet some great new people and really relax. The weather here was also very moderate - 50 degrees during the day. I also enjoyed my new christmas gifts - a Zune and a new digital camera. I've already loaded my Zune with U2's music, pictures and videos!

Now that the new year is here, I'm taking about a month off to visit Asia. This is a long awaited holiday - things have been very busy at work this past year with 2007 Office system launch. I'll be spending the majority of my time in India visiting family, friends and attending 3 weddings. If you haven't been to an Indian wedding, it's a very interesting experience! 2 weddings are that of very close friends (one in Pune and one in Hyderabad) and the other one is a cousin's wedding in Bombay. I have to take part in their Sangeet, possibly give a couple speeches and exercise my Hindi. :-) I'm excited!

I start work again February 11th at the SharePoint European Conference in Berlin, Germany, where I'll be giving 1 or 2 talks. Lawrence Liu and Mike Fitzmaurice will also be there from my team. So if you're going to be at the SharePoint European Conference, drop me a note!

On the more intellectual side this holiday season, I also had some very interesting conversations with a few IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) alums at a dinner party. We discussed some very interesting puzzles/riddles/brainteasers that I'll share in the next couple days.