{November 23, 2012}   The Holidays Are Here

… And I refuse to do any shopping until Christmas Eve.

I can’t believe we didn’t get a single call yesterday. Isn’t some people’s tradition to set their ovens on fire on Thanksgiving? The only real excitement was when my Dad caught himself on fire last night and I got to beat the shit out of him. I can’t be a very good firefighter because I couldn’t stop laughing the entire time I was trying to put the fire out. It was incredibly comical. Don’t worry, no one got hurt.

Today my brother is coming over to hang Christmas lights on the house and later tonight my Dad and I will put up the Christmas tree. My Dad and I do it together every year. I wish my Mother would join us, but she doesn’t really care to get involved with family activities like that. It’s probably better that way, though. Less fighting and screaming. I can imagine how many ornaments would get broken if she were to help. Dad and I always have fun with it. We make White Russians, but instead of milk we put eggnog in it and a little sprinkle of nutmeg. It’s mmm-mmm good.

I’m going to attempt to get a nap in before the fun begins, though. I didn’t sleep well last night and my back is killing me.

{November 22, 2012}   No One Lost An Eye

Thanksgiving dinner today went better than it ever has, I think. No one started any fights (amazing considering how much my brothers and sisters and I all differ from one another), no one got a fork in the eye (very proud of my brothers, this has been a problem in the past) and no one stormed out pissed off. We got through the entire meal with pleasant, though not always appropriate, conversation. I was able to sit in the corner, my favorite place, and no one pointed out my meal. I had a glass of wine and enjoyed listening to everyone. Somewhat. I do admit I got rather annoyed very quickly. I’m just thankful there were no emergency room visits this year. BUT… we still have Christmas to get through.

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

et cetera