1. I like a bright New Year's day. The sun gets into dark places and drives away the shadows.
2. To use a pastry brush to slop a milk glaze on a tray of biscuits.
3. I discover that among Nick's Christmas presents was a guidebook to our favourite sleeping tentacled horror Cthulhu. I spend a happy half hour enjoying words like 'squamous' and 'rugose' and 'tenebrous'.