But it was SO COLD there for a California girl. The wind was blowing from Canada, and it went right through whatever wimpy coat I'd brought. Again, I was very happy to board that southwest-bound plane on Wednesday evening. Especially when I learned they were getting a lot of snow the day after I left. I was just giddy to be leaving.
One of the things that happened during our meeting was that I was given a lot more responsibility than before. I guess after two years those crazy Minnesotans finally decided they could trust me after all. Maybe it was the new short hair - they all loved that, too. It was like I could do no wrong... It's been a while in coming, but I actually felt like one of the team for the first time. It's hard to make friends long distance, but I think we've finally done it.
So back home, and the work is really ramped up. I have more than enough hours for the time being, and that's great, since I need to spend a lot of money right now for Christmas. I barely blinked for Thanksgiving. I took my aunt shopping for some "special occasion" clothes - something she's never really had. We found her some black velvet pants, a sparkly top, a black velvet vest, and a nice necklace to pull it all together. We picked out a red blazer - so smart and cute. And the piece de resistance: a beautiful tweed coat with metallic thread running through it in shades of grey and lavender. Rhinestone buttons. Metallic braid trimming the stand up collar. She looks amazing in it. And she wants to return it. Probably because of the rhinestone buttons, although she says it's because it has no pockets. *sigh* Anyway, she looked like a million bucks on Thanksgiving. We'll have the debate about the tweed coat soon. I'm hoping to win, but I'm losing my resolve.
Thanksgiving was nice. We had dinner with my middle brother and his family, my parents, my aunt, and some assorted others at "the club." Stellar dinner. Good conversation. But L and I followed this simple rule:
And now here we are into December. I've been online shopping like a crazy person - but I'm almost done! I only have my parents (huge problem with those two - they have everything, and my dad doesn't ever want anything. Such a buzz kill trying to gift someone who really doesn't want anything...) and son Scott left to buy for. Oh, and L - but I already know what I'm getting him. (An iPad mini, but shhhhhh.... don't tell him!) I've even bought a gift for my granddog, Kingsley.
L and I are hosting Christmas Eve this year for the fam, and I'm trying to decide what to have. On the one hand, I want easy. On the other hand, I want it to be nice. And clearly you can't have paper plates, and nice all in the same evening. So I'm struggling a bit. Plus, our house is very small, and I can't accommodate everyone (12-13 people) around the table, or even in the kitchen all at once, so we'll have to eat scattered around. Which means eating simpler fare. My mom said I can use her Lenox Christmas china, but... I don't think that goes with 2 different sets of silverware and a mixture of Ikea goblets and amber tumblers. (Don't want to bring out the good stemware for people who have to set plates in their laps. I love my family, but accidents happen, and I don't want them happening with my good goblets.) You see my dilemma. And it's a dilemma that no one will even care about but me, as long as there's food and plenty of it. It's never easy being me. Never ever.
I will try to finish up the shopping this week, and send off that last package. We won't have anything under the tree - or very little - because everything went out of state to our loved ones scattered all about the country. It looks a little sad, but it's better to give than to receive, right? (Yes, I know - it's hard to say that with meaning. Because a tree with loads of presents under it just looks... EXCITING.) Once the shopping is done, the baking begins. The good thing about baking is that when I'm doing all the work, the finished product doesn't even look good to me. I've smelled sugar all day, and I'm sick of it. So I kind of like that I can bake and not partake. The same rule does not apply to See's candy, unfortunately. And someone always gives you at least one box of See's... (Anyone? Anyone?)
It'll be a fun Christmas season, with a little bit of this
and a little bit of that
But not nearly enough of this
And that's the best part, if you ask me. It's hard when these little ones keeping changing lightning fast.
In Denver, Travis went from looking like this when I was there
OH - and I forgot to tell you about another exciting thing. Did you all watch the Sound of Music on TV last night? Our son Tim's wife, Autumn was in it! Yes, she was. She was nun #14. And she rocked it. When they all came in for prayers, and there's a line of nuns in the front, with Maria's empty place in the center, Autumn was the nun on the screen's left. She got to gesture "Where's Maria?" to the next nun over. It was awesome, and we're so excited for her participation in it. So if you recorded it, go on and watch it again, and be amazed at her talent. A star is born.
So I've caught you all up on what's up with me. And as you can see, I'm still just unorganized matter, for the most part. Christmas will come and go, we'll talk to the little ones and the big ones, maybe see a few movies (go see The Book Thief!) and we'll eat some good food. And then it will be New Year's Eve and we'll start all over again. I have a business trip for 5 days to San Francisco in January. L is going with me, as it will be during our 14th anniversary, most of the evenings will be free, and we're staying at an awesome place - the Palace Hotel. Maybe we'll be able to spend some time with friends if they're willing to come into the city (Sue and Dave, I'm looking at you!) I think I did really well this past year keeping up with friends and family, but I always want more. I'm hoping for more next year. There's a lot to look forward to, and big events to attend. I'd better eat my Wheaties.