Monday, December 26, 2011
The Day After
Happy December 26th to those of you here in America and Happy Boxing Day to my English and Canadian friends! I guess that for some of us we could call today Boxing-Up Day as that's when we start putting away all of the trappings and decorations and other accumulations of Christmas and get ready to welcome in a brand new year full of all sorts of wonderful opportunities and adventures! For me today is really just "Sit Around and Chill Until I Have to Go Back into Work" Day as I'm feeling rather akin to a slug and have about zero ambition in spite of the fact that I slept quite well last night!
Speaking of last night, the girls and I had a wonderful time at our family's annual Christmas Night gathering which was held at my Aunt Eleanor's this year. It's become the one time of the year when extended family gathers around to eat way too much good food and visit for a bit and I look forward to it every year. At last night's gathering my cousin Chuck - whom I haven't seen in years and years - popped in and it was great to see him and laugh about old times in Canterbury.
Sometimes it's hard to believe just how many years have gone by but as I was explaining to Amanda on the way home last night who Chuck was on the family tree, it dawned on me that I haven't seen his oldest sister Diana (whom I was practically inseparable from during our high school years) in over 18 years. Amanda asked if there was some bad blood there and I said "no, we've just never found the time to get together." Even though I don't make resolutions I really think I need to do something about that and resolve to get together with her perhaps in this coming year. After all, it's not like she lives far away and even if she did, I've gotten quite good at traveling hither, thither, and yon!
So ... except for the several people who called 911 yesterday and felt that it was necessary for them to scream and curse at me in order to get an ambulance there quicker, I would have to chalk this up to a nice Christmas weekend ... we had a great Christmas Eve dinner at a friend's house, the girls seem happy with their presents, I got to see extended family plus my son and his wife along with my two grandsons at my aunt's, and I slept like a Yule log once I got to bed last night! All in all, not bad at all!
I hope that your Christmas was merry and bright as we head into this last week of 2011 and that there aren't too many eggnog hangovers!