Stephanie (collacentaur) wrote,
Stephanie
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The holidays so far

We closed the office at one on Thursday for our holiday lunch - which is to say, everyone else left at about 12:45, and Ginny and I finally made it out about five past one, each with an errand to run before heading to the restaurant. The lunch is always at L'Allegria, which is possibly the fanciest and most expensive Italian restaurant in Madison. Joe loved his presents from us, and we all did pretty well from the Secret Santa exchange. Doing wishlists this year was a very good idea. I left lunch around 3:30, stuffed to the gills and with absolutely no desire to eat again that day. I spent the evening baking gingerbread cookies.

Once I got up Christmas Eve, I spent most of the day in high-power Clean or Die mode, getting the apartment in shape to have company over. There was much bleach involved. Everyone keeps saying they don't understand how I can have spent so much time cleaning, since it's not that big an apartment. The thing is, it's bigger than it looks, and I get very behind on the cleaning. As it is, I still haven't gotten around to cleaning up the bedroom, which has needed it for a very long time. There it's more a case of tidying than cleaning, of course.

Ginny and her family picked me up around 6:30. One of her friends goes with a group of her friends (yes, complicated) to the Christmas Eve Mass at a convent in Mendham every year, and suggested Ginny should go, and since I was going to go look at lights with them later anyway, they invited me to church as well. I enjoyed both the music and the service very much. I also discovered that nuns make me nervous. It's a little bizarre, especially since I had also reflected that I can see the appeal of a contemplative life. I think it's because all of them, even the young ones, are at most 5'4", and they all seem delicate. They make me feel big and clumsy and oafish, and I worry that I'm going to knock them over.

Then we picked up her mother back at their house and drove around to look at Christmas lights. We went past a co-worker's house, and the houses of a bunch of clients, as well as all the mansions in the area. I guess it seems a little odd to borrow someone else's family when I don't want to go to the effort of trying to see mine, but I had such a good time last year when I couldn't go home that I really wanted to do it again this year.

I didn't get up until after ten on Christmas, very lazy of me. I finished some decorating, discovered that my eggs were icky so I wasn't going to get any baking done, and by about 12:30 settled down in front of the TV to watch my family's traditional Christmas movies and await some company. The company didn't show up for some time, of course, but that was just fine with me. By mid-evening, amy_pearlman, blackfog, daeron, Mr. Onymous AKA S, lurse, demongrey, and crifmer were all there. Seven guests doesn't sound like a lot for a party, but given the size of my living room, it was probably a good thing there weren't more people. I hope everyone had fun.

Yesterday I mostly just sat around and did nothing and recovered from the excitement of the previous few days. I did make it out of the house for a couple of hours, since I needed to go check on M and caniswolfie's kitties, who seemed happy to see me. Of course, being who I am, I left the house during the very short period of time that it was snowing. We may not have managed a white Christmas, but it is nice to have just a little bit of snow on the ground today, looking pretty but not causing traffic problems.

Today is the third day of Christmas - but since I have no true love, I don't need to worry about receiving poultry. However, I'd like to send a big Thpbbbpt to all my friends in academia who aren't working this week. Not that I did much work this morning, of course.
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