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26 December 2011 @ 01:33 am
A Quiet Little Christmas  
This year's Christmas has been a quiet one.

Thursday, I had the day off, since I am covering several shifts for my co-worker next week and so was "owed" hours on this paycheck. I slept in, had a lovely Indian buffet lunch with whymc, did some last-minute shopping, and visited with goldfrog and her spawn before hitting the gym. It was a long day at the end of a long week at the end of a long season, but I was looking forward to hanging out with folks I rarely see that evening and unwinding before delving into family festivities. However, first I learned that folks had abandoned mightyjesse at the Olive Garden, then I was unsuccessful in tracking them down at the KDS (despite dropping by twice), and then being blown off when I texted trying to locate them. Dis. Pleased. Very, very, displeased. I ended up finishing the Christmas/Twelfth Night wrapping and then going to bed with a book and reading until entirely too late/early.

Friday, I got up lateish (see reading until 4AM :P) and got packed to go on the family rounds. I drove up to Crivitz to my mom's place. The drive was mostly nice, but there was some snow and slick conditions north of Green Bay. We had planned on going out to dinner in Maiden Lake, but since that was a 40 minute drive in good weather and we were distinctly not having good weather, we went to a local pub for a fish fry instead. That suited me fine and the fish was tasty enough. My mom and I sat up late next to the fire and just chatted. 

Christmas Eve my mom and I slept in which for her meant 9:30 and for me meant 11AM. We had a leisurely brunch and then I prepped our crock-pot dinner - parsnips, carrots (orange and purple), potatoes, onions, garlic, apples, cranberries, and pork roasts. While that cooked, we noodles around, chatting, organizing photos, doing a paraffin hand-dip, and talking with family over the phone. After dinner, we opened prezzies and chatted a bit more. I had a pile of small-to moderate prezzies for my mama, but I was most pleased with a really interesting vase I found for her - a glass vase that looks like four 3" diameter bubbles in a row, each with a small hole on the top to hold a few blossoms - perfect for violets and other woodland flowers to be displayed on her kitchen sill. :D She got me a few items, including some household toys, namely kitchen-green kitchen towels and a gift certificate to the homeowner's toystore (aka Menards). We tried to watch a DVD, but her computer was acting up, so we turned in early.

Christmas day she needed to get to church and I needed to get on the road to Milwaukee, so we got up earlyish and headed our separate ways. The drive to Milwaukee was quick and uneventful, the roads being clear and dry south of Green Bay. I stopped by my dad's house to visit and drop off prezzies for him, his wife, and her daughters. We then went to my Aunt Nancy's for dinner. Nancy is my favorite aunt on that side, so it was nice to see her and catch up. By and large the family menfolk were on good behavior - not always a given, but always a source of tension and stress... We were, however, "in a hurry" to finish dinner and gift opening since the guys wanted to see the Packer game. :P Since my brother and his girlfriend joined us at Nancy's, I was able to give them my best prezzie of the season. D had mentioned that he had been wanting and saving up for a Nook and, after years of being sort of a little jerk, he's been a really good guy the last few years, so I decided to reward good behavior and got him a Nook Color. :) He was very surprised - apparently he'd thought I was giving him my old, sorta busted iPhone as his Christmas gift (I had recently upgraded and he thought he could fix it. He got the phone too, but I didn't consider giving him my old, broken toy a "gift," silly boy.) Once the game started and people became markedly less social, I took off and drove back toward Madison. It was dark, but clear, and the roads were remarkably stupidity free, but now I'm tired from a lot of family-time and I think I'll head to bed and cuddle up with a book, but not for too long... After all, I finished the last of the Parasol Protectorate books last night ;)
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dread_exdread_ex on December 26th, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC)
I just picked up the first book in the series.
eithni: CHEESE Gromit!eithni on December 26th, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
It's like crack, I tell you, CRACK. Some unholy combination of sci-fy, steampunk, and Harlequin. Absolute crack.
Jonya 'Sorcha'spot1111 on December 27th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
I picked up The Doomsday Vault today - Steven Harper. New series called The Clockwork Empire. I'm enjoying it a lot. Airships, zombies, Victorian society, pirates, clockwork servants.

I was in B&N today, looking at the new publications, and wow was there a lot in this genre.