If we were having coffee, we’d be curled up on the couch. I’d offer to make you a cuppa from our new Ninja coffee bar, compliments of my parents, who bought Sam one for Christmas. It’s a pretty awesome addition to the kitchen, and it’s a massive step up from the small, simple Mr. Coffee maker that we had. There are all sorts of attachments and gizmos that we’re still figuring out, so making our cuppas will be an adventure.
Christmas has been really pleasant this year. We visited my parents last weekend, where we exchanged presents with my family. Sam scored the Ninja, and my also got the Saga Vol. 1 hardcover, a very lovely edition with the first 18 issues collected. Little Jedi scored a Disney Infinity 3.0 game and quite a few of the Star Wars figures for the game. We spent a significant part of our evening playing the game when we got home on Sunday evening, and the weekend was a nice time to see my family.
Little Jedi was out of school this week of course, and he spent the days at home with me, playing video games and building with Legos.On Monday, Sam’s birthday present finally wended its way here, a signed Neil Gaiman print from Neverwear. Now to just get it–and the other dozen or so pieces of art sitting in our closet–framed. It’s beautiful, though, and it’ll look lovely hanging in our room. On Tuesday evening we went to see The Force Awakens again, this time with my husband and our friends and their families. Finally, Sam and I could talk about the movie, and talk we did. I have a few issues with the film, but overall I think it’s a pretty good piece of the franchise, and a second viewing confirmed that. Little Jedi enjoyed seeing it in 3-D this time, though he says that he prefers the regular format–as do I, generally.
On Christmas Eve, I spent most of the day making finger-foods and cookies, while Sam finished our Christmas shopping. In the evening, our friends joined us for exchanging gifts, decorating the cookies for Santa, and
watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas. By the time we finished, it was time to get the kiddos in bed, and Sam and I finished our wrapping. We
decided to do a joint present this year, and we bought the Sandman bookends that I’d been eyeing for our comics collection. We’re also going to take ourselves to the comic store tomorrow for a few new books to go between them. He also managed to surprise me with two adorably fantastic Studio Ghibli stocking stuffers, which are now hanging on the tree but will find their way into my office after Christmas.
We spent the day playing with Little Jedi’s new characters for Disney Infinity (courtesy of Santa), playing Lego Jurassic World, and putting together Lego sets. In the evening, Sam’s family came to visit, eat Chinese takeout, and exchange gifts. And at bedtime, we read the new books Little Jedi got for Christmas–Goodnight, Darth Vader; T-Rex Trying and Trying; and The Day the Crayons Came Home.
Today, Little Jedi is off to his dad’s for a week there. I’m looking forward to the relaxation of the week after Christmas, but I’ll miss the kiddo. In the meantime, I’m going to spend the week doing some work on the blog, writing up grant applications for the nonprofit, and reading Uprooted, a wonderful new book that I’ve started. For New Year’s Eve, Sam and I are taking our friends to a Great Gatsby themed burlesque show, and then on New Year’s night we’re having a get-together with some friends at our house, so the coming weekend will be another busy one.
We’re also getting ready for my mother-in-law’s wedding in January and a big event for the nonprofit, too—and Mardi Gras comes early this year, just at the beginning of February, so holidays and events are still in full swing.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I know that the holidays can be incredibly difficult for so many people, so I count myself very lucky to have such a wonderful set of family and friends as well as the extra cash to buy gifts for Little Jedi and our family and friends. Even our pup got a new toy, a big red plushy that he promptly tore the stuffing from. We are lucky indeed. Privileged. And I try not to lose sight of that, as happy as I may be. So wherever you are, whatever your situation, know that I am wishing you well, wishing you happiness and love and a multitude of healing if you’re in need of it.
I’ll see you guys for coffee next week. ❤