I can’t stand random-include-everything-and-every-little-detail posts, but the holidays make it difficult because too much happens and a single ‘hello friends’ post is just not sufficient.
This holiday break was exactly what the doctor ordered. And by doctor, I mean my unprofessional, non-doctoral opinion. We started off with Christmas at our house. My in-laws came into town and my bro-in-law (BIL) flew in from NC that evening. We had a huge dinner a opened presents up past midnight since he got in so late. I received some fun socks and a pin with money from the in-laws. BIL‘s girlfriend got us Catch Phrase (which was awesome since it was the next game we were going to purchase), a basket of delicious Asian goodies, and a SLANKET! It is perfect for movie nights and static electric fights. BIL also bought us an Apple Time Capsule which I am uploading pictures as we speak. Perfect timing because my 80gig hard drive and 200gig external was at 90% capacity. Now I have 1 terabyte. Remember when it was just 4MB floppy disks?
Then we traveled east and visited my mom, where I received new running shoes and salon stuff. D actually got me a very sweet and sentimental Precious Moments ‘Just Married’ figurine since this is our first Christmas as a married couple. I LOVE it. Here’s some imagery from Xmas.
Whilst on the east side, a bunch of our friend met up for an annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. I just went to one earlier in the month, so I didn’t wear a sweater – they itch madly anyway. It was a night of chanting, uncomfortable white elephant gifts and debauchery. Par for the course, I say.
The little one (my sister) reminded me in the comments that we went out to dinner with her too! It was a lot of fun and we did the traditional go-out-to-the-bookstore-and-get-coffee thing that we always do. She bought the husband a digital clock in his Alma mater for the mancave AND she bought ME a slim gold signature Coach wallet and ID tag! I wish we had more time together, but she is one busy little student with lots of work. We’re planning a trip to hang out with her all day in her town soon. [/edit]
We eventually headed back to our home where we hosted a New Year’s Eve bash. It was also a surprise going away send-off for one of our close friends who is a soldier shipping out to Afghanistan tomorrow.
Note that we even had a classy balloon drop. Note that since we could not attach it properly to the ceiling, the two tallest guys held it up during the NYE countdown. I told you it was classy. Happy 2010 to EVERYONE!