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Christmas is Over

For us, Christmas is over already. Tomorrow there will be stockings even though Kate knows the whole secret to Santa this year and we’ll go over to Ray and Christine’s tomorrow afternoon for a while. Low key and laid back, nothing too different from how we’d spend a typical Sunday with the crew. The big stuff is over. My mom, brother, and sis-in-law left to go back to Portland this morning. We had our big dinner (I did skip making the squash/rice side dish after all) last night and opened presents after that. We also went to see Eragon at the Cinerama and so, because of its proximity to Top Pot donuts, we had donuts for breakfast. Typical for my family, we munched donuts while Pramas explained to my SIL about Pol Pot and the campaign to exterminate Cambodia’s intellectuals. Nothing says Christmas with the family like the Khmer Rouge, eh?

We actually had a very nice family visit, though our lack of a spare room was sorely felt as all our guests (including Rosie) hunkered down with the Christmas tree in the living room. I sent the family packing with a trunk full of leftovers, including half a pumpkin cheesecake. My brother called when he got home just to tell me once again how good the food was.

I spent my day playing with this. I’ve finally joined the world of the real MP3 player, woohoo! Pramas even got pink to match my birthday shoes and my new phone. (I’ve been on a pink kick this year.) Kate also got a Scrabble set so we played that tonight, too.

Not that Christmas is all about gifts, but I have to say that the gifts I received this year were fabulous. I got clothes items that fit and that I love, I got food and cooking items that I’d been coveting or that were perfect together (one gift included coffee beans, another was a spiffy new coffee making device (thanks Hal!) for example), I got books and music that I’ve been positively reveling in. All hits and no misses. Pramas also got me a Truthiness kit from Subversive Cross Stitch that I can’t wait to tear into. I stayed up way too late reading Sarah Vowell’s Assassination Vacation (thanks Will!) and we finished off a big chunk of the various sweets and goodies that were delivered to the house (thanks Rob, thanks Ev!).

Feeling very good about my holiday this year. No grinchy feelings at all. How nice!

10 comments to Christmas is Over

  • Glad you like the Solo! My friend Aaron the coffee snob speaks in GLOWING terms about the quality of the coffee it makes. I may have to get one myself.
    Assasination Vacation is AWESOME, isn’t it? I need to get Vowell’s other books.

    • I’ve been a French press devotee for almost 15 years but the coffee can be a little silty. The Solo was really great, I could taste the difference right away. It’s like the difference between drop coffee and a French press. It’s like a French press, but cleaner.

      Very enthused about the Solo. Now, if only I knew a friend who could hook me up with fresh roasted coffee (shoots look at ).

      Sarah Vowell could come to our house to talk about presidential assassinations anytime. I listened to Partly Cloudy Patriot as an audiobook; I wouldn’t call her a good reader, exactly, but there’s something about hearing her delivery of her own material that’s just so entertaining. I loved it and the bonus is that I can hear her voice in my head while I’m reading Assassination Vacation now. :)

  • Glad you like the Solo! My friend Aaron the coffee snob speaks in GLOWING terms about the quality of the coffee it makes. I may have to get one myself.
    Assasination Vacation is AWESOME, isn’t it? I need to get Vowell’s other books.

    • I’ve been a French press devotee for almost 15 years but the coffee can be a little silty. The Solo was really great, I could taste the difference right away. It’s like the difference between drop coffee and a French press. It’s like a French press, but cleaner.

      Very enthused about the Solo. Now, if only I knew a friend who could hook me up with fresh roasted coffee (shoots look at ).

      Sarah Vowell could come to our house to talk about presidential assassinations anytime. I listened to Partly Cloudy Patriot as an audiobook; I wouldn’t call her a good reader, exactly, but there’s something about hearing her delivery of her own material that’s just so entertaining. I loved it and the bonus is that I can hear her voice in my head while I’m reading Assassination Vacation now. :)

    • I’ve been a French press devotee for almost 15 years but the coffee can be a little silty. The Solo was really great, I could taste the difference right away. It’s like the difference between drop coffee and a French press. It’s like a French press, but cleaner.

      Very enthused about the Solo. Now, if only I knew a friend who could hook me up with fresh roasted coffee (shoots look at ).

      Sarah Vowell could come to our house to talk about presidential assassinations anytime. I listened to Partly Cloudy Patriot as an audiobook; I wouldn’t call her a good reader, exactly, but there’s something about hearing her delivery of her own material that’s just so entertaining. I loved it and the bonus is that I can hear her voice in my head while I’m reading Assassination Vacation now. :)

  • Glad you like the Solo! My friend Aaron the coffee snob speaks in GLOWING terms about the quality of the coffee it makes. I may have to get one myself.
    Assasination Vacation is AWESOME, isn’t it? I need to get Vowell’s other books.

  • Glad you like the Solo! My friend Aaron the coffee snob speaks in GLOWING terms about the quality of the coffee it makes. I may have to get one myself.
    Assasination Vacation is AWESOME, isn’t it? I need to get Vowell’s other books.

    • I’ve been a French press devotee for almost 15 years but the coffee can be a little silty. The Solo was really great, I could taste the difference right away. It’s like the difference between drop coffee and a French press. It’s like a French press, but cleaner.

      Very enthused about the Solo. Now, if only I knew a friend who could hook me up with fresh roasted coffee (shoots look at ).

      Sarah Vowell could come to our house to talk about presidential assassinations anytime. I listened to Partly Cloudy Patriot as an audiobook; I wouldn’t call her a good reader, exactly, but there’s something about hearing her delivery of her own material that’s just so entertaining. I loved it and the bonus is that I can hear her voice in my head while I’m reading Assassination Vacation now. :)

  • Glad you like the Solo! My friend Aaron the coffee snob speaks in GLOWING terms about the quality of the coffee it makes. I may have to get one myself.
    Assasination Vacation is AWESOME, isn’t it? I need to get Vowell’s other books.

  • I’ve been a French press devotee for almost 15 years but the coffee can be a little silty. The Solo was really great, I could taste the difference right away. It’s like the difference between drop coffee and a French press. It’s like a French press, but cleaner.

    Very enthused about the Solo. Now, if only I knew a friend who could hook me up with fresh roasted coffee (shoots look at ).

    Sarah Vowell could come to our house to talk about presidential assassinations anytime. I listened to Partly Cloudy Patriot as an audiobook; I wouldn’t call her a good reader, exactly, but there’s something about hearing her delivery of her own material that’s just so entertaining. I loved it and the bonus is that I can hear her voice in my head while I’m reading Assassination Vacation now. :)