I thought I might not make it down the stairs with my bag, two bags of gifts, a vegetable tray, and my horn, but I did. My legs and knees and feet are so sore from these past few weeks of running around the store that I did not want to have to climb up to the third floor again.
Traffic wasn't too bad, and I didn't see any cops, so I was able to drive swiftly. We ate lunch at 1pm, and I realized I wasn't hungry. I haven't really been hungry for a while, which is very unusual for me...too busy, I suppose. I had some ham and a couple rolls and bypassed all the veggies and cranberry sauce and the cold mashed potatoes.
I noticed my mother had gotten her hair highlighted, but didn't say anything, because that would detract from her melodramatic performance later in the meal about how no one notices her and how we all pick on her. Hmmm, we each of us have our roles to play, I suppose. When she started talking...again...about how she was so mistreated as a kid and how she's still scarred by it (no kidding), she completely does not see that she did the same to my sisters and me. No, of course she doesn't. So I pointed out her behavior and told her to stop it...again.
After the food was put away and the china washed, we all met in the living room to open presents. There were 10 of us total. Eight of us had decided last year that we would draw one name and only have to buy a gift for that one person plus my nephew. The arbitrary spending limit was $50. I had picked up some neat puzzles and games at my store when they went to $1 earlier this year, so his gifts were $5, and I made some of my Umm-Art for my sister, so all of Christmas cost me about $35.
After the gifts were open, my younger sister, who was sitting next to me, announced that she and her Um-er Allan got engaged the prior evening, on Chrismas Eve. Awww, how sweet. I must be an evil person because my first thought was, dear god, don't ask me to be a bridesmaid. And it just now occurs to me that Charles' premonitory dream was right...through 2 degrees of separation, he knows someone who got engaged on Christmas Eve. I've decided one thing. I'm not wearing a dress. Screw that.
I showed my family my bugle, and my two sisters played on it a bit. Older sis played flute in band, and younger sis played flute then switched to horn after I made her. I also held the horn so Nephew could try to play it. He actually buzzed out a few notes and thought it was mighty keen. Maybe he'll be interested in band some day. He needs an activity like that to keep him focused and give him goals to work toward.
I gave the Pets with Tourette's to my younger sister, and it got passed around to everyone. All but my Aunt thought it was hysterical. I'd never seen my older sister laugh so much or my parents turn so red in the face!
I ran around the back yard with my nephew, and then we all decided to go home.
It was a nice day, all in all. Today I work and need to go now to get ready for it. Have a good day.