I've been really enjoying the break, just relaxing at home, killing way too much time online watching Hulu videos. cruising some online sites, and actually cleaned up my place a bit. ha today my goal is to make the kitchen as clean as possible which means NOTHING on a single counter, we'll see...
My family set a limit for amount spent on gifts this year so I had all my shopping done last week, and by Thursday a ton of snow hit okc (record 14") as you may have already known about since the whole midwest and east coast was with weather last week. I got most of my last minute errands done on Wednesday which involved buying some tissue paper to make snow ball decorations with for the family's Chrismas dinner tables (I'm the creative son that gets to help with that task. ha). I would have ventured out Thursday for some white yarn and groceries but the snow was coming down too heavy and I was in the mood to just stay inside!
Christmas eve was home all night wrapping gifts. My family gets together for dinner on Christmas day which allows all my siblings to have Christmas on Eve or the morning of.
I was woken at 2:30am by a phone call from my "houseguesst" on the front porch asking me to unlock the door. He was fool enough to drive from Tulsa to OKC in the snow. leaving at 3pm and taking 9 hours to reach Okc. CRAZY!he should be moving out by end of this week btw, I never gave him a key since I considered his stay short term and without rent...
LOTS of cars on the side of the road while I was driving over to my folks after lunch Christmas day. hung out there all day with my family, everyone arrived safely about 20 of us in all, and eventually all left by 8 or 9pm after dinner and I stayed the night at my folks' place. luckily mom had a new toothbrush handy for visitors. I didn't feel like driving back on the icy roads plus had nothing to come home to anyway. Also I could enjoy their home, digital cable channels, food, and hlep clean up and put things away the next day. My most thrilling present to give this year was a photo I had restored for my mom, a picture of my grandfather, great grandfather, and great great grandmother who is holding in her lap my mom's older sister as a baby. I guess the photo was from the 40's?? She was really surprised and had forgotten I took it last summer to research getting it restored. ha What's funny is in the photo my grandad who is about 23 at the time is holding a cigarrette in his hand right behind his grandmother's right shoulder and how funny it seems with the old lady in the photo much less the baby on her lap in the same room. ha
My mother is from Little Neck in Long Island, and her family goes back into time to Connecticut which has always fascinated me since I grew up in OK and never knew any of her side of the family etc..
Another huge thrill was receiving a gift in the mail from a blog reader!!! WOW!!!! I mean what better time of the year than Christmas to get a surprise package in the mail. much less stuff that you truly wanted. ha. Thing is, I completely forgot about my shameless plug back during my birthday post about having a wishlist on amazon.com as daninokc. I'm the kind of guy who has the "love language" of gifts, where I usually express my love or concern by wanting to do things or give people things (rivalling my love language of physical touch, just saying), so when a box of books arrived it really made my week. THANKS AGAIN PG!! we've already exchanged some emails but thanks again and I wanted to say it on the blog as well. very cool of you.
Now, this week is the stuck in limbo phase, that time between Christmas and New Years, wrapping up the year, people in and out of town, making plans to see each other, spend time with family off work or kids out of school or NEW YEARS. Usually I stay home on New Years or at least try to. I told myself many years ago that until I'm in an actual relationship, no more New Years anywhere! ha, well I don't mind a party or two, but at midnight I'd rather be on my home or at home watching the ball drop. I know how dull does that sound but I made a pact with myself. ha
this year, I'm possibly going to Dallas. more on that later. I planned on going down anyway to visit Wyatt buddy so I'm thinking maybe a day earlier to hang with some OKC friends going down for new years eve. we shall see.
so I'd like to hear some comments from any readers willing, what are your new years plans? feeling on New years? Christmas or snowed in experiences? guess I may have to check your blog posts for that. I'll be posting soon on this kid that came over last week, my boring online gay cruise time while home off work, and the AWESOME movie Avatar SOON....