Sunday, December 28, 2008

Et Cetera

Well, it's over... All in all, it wasn't horrible (although parts of it certainly were) and I survived. I only cancelled next year's Christmas once, but then I realized Christmas really will be cancelled (or altered) next year because we will be on our big trip. We are going to Israel and Jordan, and possibly Egypt over Christmas break '09 and I can't wait for the change of venue. It's a year away, but I am already feeling like I am behind in my preparations. Does anyone know if you can board a Chinese water dragon?

Anyway, the boys have gotten to spend some quality time with their friends. Mr. G and gang went caroling on Christmas eve in their speedos, which was quite the hilariously disturbing sight. Most of his friends are out of town now, so hopefully he will catch up on his homework. Mr. B is off paintballing with his little crew today. Those two know how to enjoy their downtime.

Hubs is on vacation, which is rare for him. He is usually back at work, leaving me to entertain the sister in law. However, this year, he doesn't have to go back until Jan 6. I will be so sick of him, but at least he can deal with his sister. Today, they are off to yet another Civil War battlefield and I am home, basking in the quiet.

Santa, per usual, was very generous to me. I have my very own laptop now and I am so happy. I love it so much (and you, too, Santa!). Oh, and I scored some seriously awesome boots that deserve their own post. Of course, it hasn't dipped below 60 since I got them.

We are all so desperate for snow that we have decided to skip town for a quick ski trip next weekend. We are going with another family so we will all have a ski buddy. We all ski at completely different levels, so we never see each other on the slopes, and it's no fun skiing alone.

I have been baking and eating. Chocolate cake, Toffee, pie... I have been showering sporadically and I haven't shaved my legs in weeks. I've been extraordinarily and unapologetically lazy. Here's a self-portrait for your viewing pleasure.


I have been thinking about all of you... Little things will happen or I will see something that reminds me of one of you, and I will smile. I almost hugged a woman that HAD to be Em...drinking a chocolate peppermint milkshake from Chik-fil-a. Was it you??? Did you head North looking for me? And I swear I saw Jill (in her fantastically fluffy boots) pinching Saddam Hussein's butt in the mall.

Love and warm holiday wishes to you all!

PS: Don't forget to come back tomorrow for your final opportunity to enter our MISSION: Monday Grand Prize Giveaway Extravaganza. No thanks to me, it promises to be a fun one. 



16 comments:

Vodka Mom said...

That pic is adorable! And, congrats on the lap top.
:-)

Straight to Your Hart said...

Oooo...I love Santa this time of year (well actually all times)! Sounds like a full and enjoyable Christmas.

Sending snowy thoughts your way...we have plenty to spare (as I think about a car I watched spinning out of control the other day in the fast lane on the freeway...towards us..S@#$, not only did I say it but almost happened...giggle)!

Peace and Quiet are good combinations. I just want to go rub that furry cats tummy.

Lee the MWOB Queen said...

Hooray for new laptop, a quiet house and hairy legs!! Sounds like you're ending 2008 in the perfect way!!!

Mommy Doodles said...

love it! doing everything i can to avoid any extra work... including "pretending" i am fixing a friends computer just to be online... shhhh.... =)

Eudea-Mamia said...

It wasn't me, darn it - but a quiet house, a new laptop and yummy baked good...I'm on my way up for that hug!!!!

Em

Kristina P. said...

Yay for laptops! I wish we each had one. Our PC is crapping out, and Adam takes ours for school a lot.

And Christmas in Israel sounds amazing!

Brenda Jean said...

Hey, I got a laptop too! Copycat:) My boys are off to friends tonight and my daughter goes to bed at 9 pm. Wow, an evening alone with hubby-- cool, and I bought beer. BAHAHAHAHA But you didn't ask about that did you?

Caroling in a speedo? Wow, we don't do that here in Michigan. Nope, that's a new one to me:)

Next year sounds awesome. Does that mean NO inlaws? Just wondering!

Wendyburd1 said...

Ohhh a laptop, you were very good this year obviously!!:)

Captain Dumbass said...

I'm envious of your holidays next year. If only.

kel said...

I wanna see the boots!!!!
Next year's holiday trip sounds awesome!

Elaine A. said...

For a second there I thought that was MY self portrait. What is shaving again?

Happy (it's almost over!) Holidays! : )

... and New Year!

Beadiful Things said...

So glad to hear it was merry!

Sounds like you and I have very similar grooming habits during our down time. Hey -- I'm on vacation! And husband hasn't showered in so long that he's come out on the other side...all clean again somehow.

stefanie said...

Tee hee, you only canceled next year's Christmas once...

I'm still jealous of your new laptop. My computer is still in the hospital.

Tenakim said...

Gosh- I missed you- thanks for the catch up- so glad to get back into the swing of things!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

Glad to hear your holidays were fantastic! Happy New Year!

jill jill bo bill said...

I was gone just like you!! Thanks for ratting me out about my Sadam butt fetish. I missed you terribly and must catch up. I am so out of the loop.