So I took some time off before the holidays to avoid holiday meltdown by making time for the gifts/cards/wrapping, work on the destruction, and take a break from general madness so I could be mentally prepared to face a cuple days of family togetherness.
And family? Well, I convinced my family somehow to let us host so we wouldn't have to dine and dash, and could stick around after we tuck Pumpkinpie away. Which worked. And in the process, we figured, we'd have some control over things, so we might avoid some of the more common issues, like having no heat and weird food, not to mention appropriate entertainment for the wee one. You know, basically trying to avoid last year's fiasco
. Which! totally worked! I am thrilled and somewhat shocked to day it was virtually drama-free. Which is great, but also creates a whole nother issue about things like what is my family without drama?
And what the hell will I blog about?
But still, all good. Bizarrely good, really. It felt like an actual reconnection, because we got to sit around and talk with the grownups instead of monitoring Pumpkinpie who, while a good kid overall, does need an eye on her at other people's houses, you know? And the gifts were hits, too, which is always nice. Sisterpie's boyfriend came along, and he is very nice. My dad's girlfriend, Lawyer Lady, is very nice, too, and has been around long enough that we could do one big dinner with her, Opapie, and my mom all together. I'm delighted, satisfied, and all warm and fuzzy, if still slightly weirded out.
Pumpkinpie was thrilled that Santa took her last minute requests to heart and produced a few small and highly desired items for her stocking - "a couple of doggies and a couple of ponies" (that would be beanie baby doggies and My Little Ponies). Hey, small little things like that I could add on at the last second. And she loved the doggies with bed and carrier that I had given her - Madeline's dog, complete with a bowl and bone and a leash attached. Very cute. And a few new books
she loves. We haven't even cracked the puzzles yet, we've been running around so much. We didn't even get much in the way of stuff I'd never
buy her, really, which is pretty good!
Me, I got a bunch of books I wanted, some cute new mittens and hair clippie businesses, and at least half my body weight in chocolate. I should make some headway in becoming, um, well-rounded
this coming year! Misterpie did okay, too, so the gifting was good in all corners. And he got a great little Kitchenaid version of a ceramic-lined cast iron pot in the boxing day sales for $30 (instead of $100), so he's pretty pleased with that!
This week we also shoveled, loaded, and took to the dump station some 600lbs. of plaster, and that being after we dumped a good hundred or so into the garbage truck, when the nice guys let us dump some in there. Whew! We have a little further to go on that, then we have to bundle the lath up into shorter lengths and get rid of it, too. Anybody got a fireplace you need some kindling for? Next up is running some new wiring and installing lights and outlets (!) before we start putting it all back together again.
I've missed you folks all week, but it was a nice little break, adn I love getting some stuff done for a change. Isn't that what holidays are for?