Roast Beast Finally recovered from
Finally recovered from Christmas. I've never eaten so much in my life. In fact, I ate so much at all three holiday meals, I never had room for pie...until the final dinner, last night. Then I gorged myself on punkin pie.
mmmmmm pie. Mgarragghhhhhhhhh.
Anyway, I am so glad that Christmas is over. It was a very stressfull one this year. But I did something that I've never done before: Anne and I replaced our normal, 17 to 25 member Christmas Eve dinner with a "just the 4 of us, plus two friends" dinner. We had our friends Mykal and Kevin over, because they didn't have anywhere to go...so we told them they could come to our "dinner of misfit toys". It was wonderful. We didn't have to worry about putting on certain airs for not-so-pleasant relatives who we'd rather not invite, or deal with bratty kids who ruin our carpets and chase our dog. It was just the four of us, and our two friends. I think that's going to be the theme for every Christmas to come.
We'd told the kids that they couldn't wake us up until at least 6:00 on Christmas morning...Nolan was standing next to our bed at 5:59! Anne told him to give us a second, and then fell back asleep. It was 6:12 on the clock when Nolan came back in, helpfully prodding Anne's head, telling her, "Mom! I think you fell back asleep! C'mon! There's presents!"
So we got up, and enjoyed the wonder that is children on Christmas morning. Christmas this year was very light. Anne and I haven't worked a whole bunch this year (thank you very much, runaway production), and we had decided that we'd give gifts only to the kids, and not to each other (although I did manage to sneak her a card, and she snuck me some boxers
We all ate breakfast, where I managed to not burn the cinnamon rolls for the first time in years, and then went up to my parent's house for more festivities. It's always great to see my parents and siblings on Christmas. When we all get together, we're all kids again. My brother is running around, barely able to contain himself, my sister is carefully evading the teasing of Jeremy and me, and my parents are struggling to keep order over the whole thing. I just love it. We exchanged gifts, Anne and I dropped the kids off with their dad, and awaited dinner.
I wrote about this earlier, about how badly I wanted a tradtional Christmas dinner, and how badly I had to fight for it, and it was totally worth it, even if Anne and I were falling asleep at the dinner table. We went to sleep at 9:30 that night.
On Boxing Day, we had Anne's brother and sister-in-law over, with their friend (another misfit toy. I'm beginning to really like this idea) and my neice and nephew, who I absolutely adore. They are 3 1/2 and 2, and so wonderful. I had this conversation with my nephew:
Him: Who's that?
Me: That's Ferris.
Him: Who's that?
Me: Ferris is my dog.
Me: Well, we found her. Want to pet her?
Me: Because I think she likes you.
Me: Beacause you're nice!
Him: I'm [his name]!
I just love the two of them, and I don't see them nearly enough. My brother in law is coming over to help me fix some sprinklers, because nearly all of my grass is dead, and my lawns (front and back) look like Eastern Europe. I hope he brings the kids.
The One Ring
Tonight we saw "Lord of the Rings". I'm not going to deconstruct it, because that's been done better, elsewhere...but I am going to say, "Best. Movie. EVER!"
If Trek X is half as cool as LOTR, I'll be happy.
I won an eBay auction tonight! My first! I'll be putting more stuff up this week. I just found a Star Trek lunchbox, with the thermos, that's got me on it! COOL!
Happy day after the day after Christmas, everyone. :)