December 26, 2009

Christmas Thoughts...

This was probably the most stressful Christmas to date. Shopping for both food and gifts was not complete until the Eve, by 2PM. My working more and the kids' more busy schedule has had a huge effect on timelines around here.

That makes me more stressed which in turn leads to less sleep and the physical effects as well. I tend to walk the house more at night, checking on my family, I am more inclined to awaken in the middle of the night in a full blown anxiety attack, eye twitches, headaches and invariably, I also get sick. (Which I am... I have a cold.)

But I think that the Day itself, was probably one of the most relaxing for me.

My kids had a fabulous Christmas. It was a scaled back Christmas by far, with a couple major gifts, all found on sale, leaving me believing in Santa, and a lot of clothes, a combination of 'like to have' and 'need to have'. My kids are growing and new jeans, shirts and underwear always top the lists. Everything fit nicely under the tree, other than a couple boxes that were just too big.

And my kids were thrilled.

I have had a wonderful time with my folks. Mom and I went shopping. TGOO and I went to his new favorite store, Gander Mountain. (It's a Sportsman's Toys R Us.) We baked, cooked, ate, and... laughed.

So for some randomness... thoughts:

The funniest movie for Christmas, in my opinion, is now Elf. I don't know whether it truly is that funny, or if it's Bones that makes it funny. I can't quit laughing over my sitting on a chair, talking to my Mom, and having him appear out of nowhere and whispering gruffily, "You sit on a throne of lies. You stink. You smell like beef and cheese. You don't smell like Santa". Everytime he does it, I laugh so hard I think I'm going to cry.

TGOO pointed out to me during a visit to the mall, that Ugg Boots and shorts appear to be in style here. I hadn't noticed, but he is right. I told him I think they were just jealous that they couldn't wear cold weather clothes. In all honesty, these girls look like trash.

My sister in law got us a huge ceramic rooster for the kitchen. She said every Italian kitchen needed one.

Now we have one.

Of course this led to all sorts of jokes between TGOO and me when people weren't really paying attention, well, other than my Mom who kind of gave us a 'watch yourselves' look. TGOO said to my husband at one point "Hey, you want me to carry your cock to your car?" I started referring to it as our cock in the box. It only degraded from there. I'll spare you...

It is a very cool cock rooster.

I don't think there is a better afternoon nap to be had than a Christmas afternoon nap. Seriously.

I filled the stockings with chocolate soldiers and Santas. It was odd to hear Bones say, 'Hunh. Look at all the chocolate people". It sounded so... weird. "Here, let's act like cannibals. Eat some chocolate people." It just made me sit there thinking, "Hunh".

Is my Christmas tree the only one that makes noise? You turn my tree on and it sounds like it's going to take off as there is evidently a very vocal 'train' ornament. I have a noisy tree.

In 12 years, the noise will be off the tree and 2/3 of the ornaments will have a new home. I'm kind of OK with that. I'm looking forward to a silent tree in my next phase...

Moose Munch is totally the Breakfast of Champions. You haven't lived until you've tried it.

My ice maker and washing machine are broken. My microwave is on the fritz; all are 13+ years old. Anyone heard what is going on with this cash for clunkers appliance program? I think I'd like to participate... I need to get these suckers to eek through until the program.

Posted by Boudicca at December 26, 2009 12:00 AM

Sounds like it was a great Christmas. Although neither I nor Mrs. Parkway is possessed of a drop of Italian blood, I think I'd like one of those kitchen cocks.

Posted by: Jim - PRS at December 26, 2009 03:35 AM

Even though our last name is of Italian origin, there is not enough room to swing a cock in our kitchen. So, fortunately, no one gifted us with one!

Dittos on the Christmas nap. Unfortunately I overslept and so dinner was late, late, late. Everyone is now very full and sleepy. BTW, did Bones get any vomit? Just checking.

Posted by: PeggyU at December 26, 2009 03:45 AM

I trust someone pulled up the youtube SNL video for dick in a box?

I think I'd be intimidated to enter someone's kitchen and find an enormous cock on display

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at December 26, 2009 11:32 AM

There's an upside to having the kids grown and on their own. No, it's not "peace and quiet"; it's grandkids.

BTW -- On the subject of non-functional appliances, our garage door opener is on the fritz. We'd have had it fixed by now, but we decided it would be better to pay our property taxes instead. (The one curse of having no mortgage is having to come up with that chunk of change right after Christmas every year.)

Posted by: Bob at December 26, 2009 03:34 PM

Yes- Elf really is that funny! it's my favorite Christmas movie.
Don't even think about getting us a Kitchen Cock. I think our pig tea pot covers our kitchen farm animal quota.

Posted by: Morrigan at December 26, 2009 09:17 PM

Hahahahaha - a Christmas cock! LOL That's the best thing I have heard in a long while... :)

WE had a very sedate and scaled back Christmas here too. With me going back to work damn near full time I slid downhill into christmas with no brakes. Still tried to get everything done that I *usually* get done - and it was VERY stressful. May have to re-think that... All in all though Christmas day was most restful. Thank heavens.

I wish you and yours all the best in 2010. Happy New Year! :)

Posted by: Richmond at December 27, 2009 06:46 PM

We are hoping our fridge will last until a cash for appliances comes out. It's really on it's last legs.

One day the ice cream is soft, the next it's hard. From what I have read it should be happening in the next couple months. Although each state has their own going on from stimulus money, but unfortunately in Michigan their rules state you can only make something like 40k/year to get rebate right now. Each state got to make their own rules for the stimulus cash for appliances program running now.

And a scaled back christmas couldn't even begin to discribe our christmas this year. Gads it sucks being unemployed.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at December 28, 2009 10:05 AM