Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Happy Boxing Day

I hope whatever you're celebrating is proving to be fun and relaxing. I have, predictably, been having my ups and downs this Christmas. The ups have included a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner with G-Dog, Emmie and SB [the Stupid Boy -- that's Emmie's boyfriend (he's not really stupid but he was kinda clueless early on and then the knickname just sorta stuck)]. G-Dog made hands-down his best yorkshire pudding ever for that meal. Highlights also included a fun Christmas Day dinner with SB's family (the dog got out of the fence while we were gone, enjoying her first opportunity to tour the new neighborhood).

No matter how good it all is, though, it's still the first Christmas without my mom and that's been harder than I expected. I did bake her signature Christmas cookie recipe, but then I didn't really have the stomach to eat them. They're really good though, and if you pop in for a visit, you can plan on taking some home with you!

The other real bummer was when I spazzed out and dumped a beer into my laptop computer on Christmas Eve. It seems like I just got it back after shelling out for a new logic board right before Halloween, but I think it might be a total loss this time. I'm going to take it down to Atlanta tomorrow to see if I can find out for sure. I had hoped to get it examined by someone local, but all the mac geeks in town are taking long winter naps, or something...

While I'm not a big fan of Christmas, even in the best of circumstances (I'm more of a Thanksgiving kinda person), yesterday was the first day of my favorite week of the year. I call it Nebulous Week, because it's smashed between two holidays and nobody really gets anything productive done until after the New Year. The kids and teachers are all out of school, all the hard work, shopping, cooking and decorating are done, and there's a feeling of leisure and laziness to it all. It's usually a week of eating leftovers and napping and puttering around the house... even if you do have to go to work, there's often a suspended atmosphere there... I'm going to do my best to take the year out on a positive note. I was planning on getting some work done and maybe even going into the office a bit, but with my computer problems, I'm in a bit of limbo as far as job stuff is concerned (sorry about that, VU&PB [Very Understanding and Patient Boss]). So, I'm going to have to come up with some quick feel-good project I can knock out in these last days of 2006 (besides learning to juggle, which I started on yesterday) -- I'll see if I can't hatch up a plan in the long drive down to Atlanta and back tomorrow...

Take it easy!

4 comments:

Dear Daughter/Spike said...

I hope I don't miss you tomorrow! SB and I are going to stop by before going to Leah's grad party. When were you going to mosey?

alice said...

I'm not sure yet, but I'll find out at @ 10am -- give me a call and I'll let you know.

smijer said...

She juggles - I like her.

alice said...

:-D I don't know that what I'm doing would be considered juggling yet, but on Day 2, I actually got to Ball 8 before gravity took over. It's coming, slowly, but surely...