I’m home from the great white north. And there was snow. Snow flurries and plenty of snow already on the ground. Deep enough that Aussie couldn’t walk in it because her legs are too short. So she jumped through it like a rabbit. She looked hilarious but was obviously quite happy and having an excellent time.
Time with my family was good. Low key. Relaxing. Lots of laughter and catching up. We had a house full on Christmas Eve (our traditional night to gather and celebrate and open gifts). I got sleep (as much as possible…but wow insomnia sucks). But I came to the scary realization that all my freakish habits and behaviors are probably inherited. I’m so much like my mom’s side of the family it’s disturbing. I could practically predict what people were going to do because I would do it if I were them. I am obviously my mother’s daughter, and there is no doubt that we are all related (not that there ever was, but it was made quite obvious to me this time that we are all so much alike).
And the amount of food was insane. So much food, and there are still leftovers. I came home with some great recipes, however, that I’m looking forward to making. A few of my friends are having open houses over the next few weeks, so I have ample opportunities to make banana cake or grape salad.
I did take some pictures, and eventually they’ll be up on Flickr. Which will be easier to accomplish once I have home internet again [still none because UPS is closed on Monday, the 31st, so I can’t get the modem until Jan. 2nd…cranky!].
In the meantime, I’ll be furiously housecleaning and preparing for the New Year and company in mid-January during the ALA Midwinter Meeting. And don’t forget the New Year’s Day Rules!! My aunt tried to send me home with a can of black eyed peas and a can of green beans. I had to swear on the graves of several relatives that I already had some at home before she would let it go. I triple checked before I left because I knew this conversation would happen (again, able to predict behavior because I just know). Instead, she’s sending them to my cousin in Florida. And the bizarre tradition of mailing canned goods continues…
So Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!