Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Insanity

In true Sthrngal tradition, Christmas was off and running with all of the antics that have become part and parcel to our holidays.

Christmas Eve started with a mad dash to the Big Red Circle for last minute cards and gifts, as well as the assorted "dammit, I just HAD to run out of this TODAY, didn't I?" crapola. Well over an hour, $150 dollars, and one relatively satisfied Munchkin later (she manages to talk me into buying the strangest things) I was escaping that nuthouse so that I could enter an even more insane building.... the local gourmet grocery store, 2 hours before closing for the holiday.

Yes, I do believe a competent psychiatrist could have easily had me involuntarily committed just for CONSIDERING this act.

Another $120 dollars later, I had purchased all the edibles necessary for a lovely Christmas Eve feast.

Once home, we prepared it in haste (because in true fashion, once again, I was running late, and was expecting a guest)

We pulled it off, in the nick of time, everyone clean and polished and of course, WAY too much food for just this small group. Why do we do this to ourselves? We will be eating this crap for weeks... except we don't have weeks, we have A week, before the Grand Adventure begins.

Let me just flush that cash - because in the end, it was too much effort, too much money.
But it was REALLY good wine!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I remember this feeling

"Love is friendship caught fire; it is a quiet, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection, and makes allowances for human weaknesses. Love is content with the present, hopes for the future, and does not brood over the past. It is the day-in and day-out chronicles of irritations, problems, compromises, small disappointments, big victories, and working toward common goals. If you have love in your life, it can make up for a great many things you lack. If you do not have it, no matter what else there is, it is not enough." ~Laura Hendricks

I remember it.
It will be that way again.
When the time is right.