How were your holidays? I experienced the calmest and quietest Christmas so far. I will take as many of these as I can get from now on!
It’s not the same without my Arizona brother…the worlds greatest buffer but I didn’t feel like I even needed a buffer this year. None of my cousins made it and while I missed them… it added to the calmness. I was able to see my Northern cousins the day before and that was a nice change since we don’t get to see each other very often. Plus there was eggplant parmesan….it was so amazing!!
I had to work until noon which wasn’t horrible, it’s just been a long time since I had to work Christmas Eve. I was able to get the sauce and meatballs done and that was the most important thing. It was such a nice and laid back dinner which is so rare. My nephew took too much pasta and since I thought I was safe since it was homemade, I tried to help him out. I was stuffed. We still had to wait for my sister in law to get home…almost two hours before we could open presents.
My sister in law wasn’t too bad with the camera during the opening. When everyone was done she handed my brother the camera so he could take a picture of her with every present. Ten of us opened our presents faster then she did. Then she guilted me into a picture with my kids and made the comment “the first one is more of a smirk than a smile.” I replied with “the first one looks more like me delete the second one.” She does this really annoying thing where she repeats what I say like she didn’t hear it right. “So you want me to delete the second picture.” Grrr. Then I am hugging my brother…..a real hug and she has to stick that camera in my face. Why does she do this????? I feel like she is violating my privacy especially when I make it clear that I don’t want my picture taken. Today she sent me this….
I sent it to Arizona brother and said “do you think she wants to fight?” He responded with OMG and the little emoji guy with his head in his hand. I didn’t respond to it at all. I really, really wanted to but I love my brother more and that’s his wife….so for today, I will let it go.
If you take the sister in law part out of my story, I had a great holiday. I got home from work on Friday just in time to light the candles. The Winter Solstice started at 5:23 and the first candle I burned was a gift from KW.
I left for work early on Christmas Eve only because my mother made me. Sometimes I hear her much clearer than other times. My sister in law (boy she really is the villain to my story today) asked me to pick up something from Target for my nephew. Now….I wouldn’t go to Target on Christmas Eve for my own kids..geez! A nagging voice woke me up early and nudged me out of the house early too. I did get to see the beautious moon when I opened the door.
I was able to get in and out quickly despite all of the cars in the parking lot. Again…I will say that was my mother. I don’t know where you stand on pissing off the dead but it’s not high on my list for sure.
Occasionally he will catch me off guard and I jump a little but only when I catch him out of the corner of my eye. It’s not something I needed but it is a fun gift.
Christmas morning after I was saddened by the swollen bags under my eyes….damn it! It has to be some reaction to gluten… I took a shower, put on my unicorn pajamas, rubbed some Tobradex onto my eye bags and had some coffee. I followed that with a pomegranate mimosa and the first two episodes of A Discovery of Witches.
I can’t wait for January 17th to watch more! Once that was over I started looking on Pinterest for no processed food diets which led me to the GAPS diet. Can I really heal my gut so I can someday eat small amounts of pasta without swelling around the eyes? Then a documentary called The Magic Pill showed up on my Netflix wall. When synchronicities like this pop up I take them as a sign. Of course my library didn’t have the book so I have to wait for Search Ohio to get it for me….it’s okay, that will give me time to get rid of all processed food and condiments from the house. I may keep a few so the kids don’t lose their minds…we will see.
Maybe it’s a good thing that I never got around to making Christmas cookies. I made dark chocolate cranberry brownies for the cookie exchange at work and I made a batch of sugar cookies when I was in Arizona but it’s been longer than 25 years since I didn’t make cookies at Christmas time. I’m sure that added to my stress free holiday this year. It was very strange that I was never stressed or felt rushed or behind. I may have a new Christmas goal because I really enjoyed the holidays this year…..Zia