What a day, what a week, really. I don't really have a lot to say, but as I haven't posted in months, thought this would be the time. Hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday.
I'd like to point out that while I hope everyone had a good holiday, I still hate Christmas. It's too stressful, too chaotic, there are too many places to be in too little time. I wish it could be spread out over the year instead of all at once. I wish I didn't have to pick who to see or speak to and who has to get pushed back to mid January. But, you know, "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride". Overall, I had more good than bad this year. I was actually able to purchase some gifts and make others. The gifts I made I was able to put more thought in to, and really I was able to put more thought into the ones I purchased too. There wasn't much time to do either, but working alone as a production artist gives nothing if not time to think.
And I want to list some things about my Christmas weekend, if only for me to review later when I ask myself, did that really happen? Really?
The good (in no particular order):
Made Gingerbread cookies for the first time
Finished making/purchasing/wrapping gifts for people BEFORE rushing out the door to deliver them and didn't have to finish up anything in the car or stop to pick up last minute things.
Sang a duet on SingStar with my sister and got exactly the same score - to the point
Listened to/watched two of my aunts rock out to "Material Girl"
Even got my step-mom to sing with me
Got some really awesome presents, phone calls, and messages from people I care deeply about
Ate really terrific food
Got all teary eyed when told about a really beautiful and much needed gift that was delivered anonymously to a friend of mine
My sister-in-law got into town just in time for Christmas morning coffee and presents
Ate so much that I couldn't sleep Christmas Eve due to extreme belly ache
Arrived Christmas Day at my mom's house and no sooner had she opened the door than her oldest and most favorite fish went into pre-death spasms
Ate lunch late and experienced return of the extreme belly ache
Went to my friend's grandmother's house and had a REALLY uncomfortable experience
But overall, the good was much more plentiful than the bad, even if the bad was really bad this year*, and the tasty scotch I got for my birthday should help to wash some of it away. So while I may never learn to truly love and embrace the holiday season, I do love my family and friends very much and am thankful for time spent with them. Who knows, a few more years with this much good and maybe it'll chip the hate away.
*I know it doesn't sound like much, but - that belly ache was serious business, and no one wants to hear mom struggling to say "Merry Christmas" while wracked by full body sobs** - and that REALLY uncomfortable experience? Just take my word for it.
**She's very attached to her fish and takes exceptional care of them - this one was several years old.