holiday fun,  memories

holiday wrap-up

So, before I go and ramble on in one of those End of the Year thingies, I thought I would give you a small run down of the rest of the week following Christmas. πŸ™‚

The night of December 25 Shawn and I went to Chateauguay to visit his parents and we got a lot of loot (more Tinker Bell stuff!). Shawn even got TWO Tinker Bell lip balms, which he kindly gave to me after finding them in his stocking. He also got a ton of his father’s shirts, too. I think my mother-in-law started getting confused in her wrapping (there was a TON of stuff, people and this was their idea of a small Christmas. Geez! :)) We of course made out like bandits all week. I like being a bandit sometimes. πŸ™‚

My father-in-law picks out awesome gifts all on his own. He got me this scarf, gloves and earmuff set to go with my awesome plaid bag and red hair. πŸ˜‰

It’s not Christmas unless Shawn and I take a silly photo. πŸ˜‰

On December 26th I had my family over for dinner. My first roast beast turned out splendidly if I do say so myself. Yum!

Again I had wanted to take a photo of the final product, but there was so much going on by then I forgot. I was much happier with my roast than my turkey, though I didn’t hate my turkey. And it’s pretty much impossible to mess up roast if I just stick to my family’s tradition of getting the same piece of meat and then dousing it with Bovril and then you stick it in the oven at 3:00 and take it out at 5:00. πŸ˜‰

I have to say I had a great time for this dinner. It meant so much for me to have my grandparents (and parents!) over for Christmas at MY house. It might just be my only memory of them at my house for Christmas, but it’s a great one and I will post the group shot that my father took once he sends it to me (or puts it online so I can steal it. Heehee!). This was the 31st Christmas I spent with my grandparents and I don’t think a lot of people can say they’ve done that (well, with their own Grandparents anyhow, I KNOW that it wasn’t with mine!). It was nice to make my mother and grandmother dinner for a change. πŸ™‚ And I was thankful that both my father and mother helped me out at the end with the gravy (my gravy turned out awesome!) and veggies, etc. I think this one dinner meant the most to me out of everything that week.

On December 27th I got to see Jill again! Whee! I think I have seen her more in the last 12 months than I have in the last 12 years. HA!

Yes, all our photos look alike. So what? (see? and see?) We’re wearing different things you know. πŸ˜‰ Last year I saw Jill on the 27th as well (hey, what a coincidence!) and I was VERY envious of the slippers she had gotten as a gift that year… well! I am now the proud owner of the slippers which she brought all the way from California for me! YAY!! (Um… wow. I tend to ONLY see Jill on the 27th of a month, because I saw her September 27th as well. Wow! 0_o)

Jill also kindly, accidentally left a PS2 microphone here too since she seems to have three at home now. This also means I now have two! Yay! If I can ever find anyone other than Jill to come play my Karaoke Revolution PS2 games with me I can do the duet challenges with them. Wooty woot!

She also brought me the best cupcake ever!

Is that not just the cutest candle? I kept the candle, though the poor snowman’s head is slightly melted. Hee.

And though I kick myself for not remembering to take a photo, I got to see Marcel on December 29th in the late morning. I made him grilled cheese and got to talk to him. My in-laws’ were also over so my MiL hung out with Marcel and I while my FiL and Shawn worked on the shower. I would like to say how happy I am to have a working shower again! But back to Marcel… he’s in his final stretch at Med school in Calgary and the fact that he made some time to come visit me in his one week of holiday in Montreal means the world to me. I told my MiL just this when he left – most of my most important and solid friendships were made in my first years at the bookstore. Monkey, Young Anthony and Marcel are up there as some of the people who mean the most to me and with whom I am so thankful to have lasting friendships with.

The 29th was also my Mummy’s birthday and of course I have been so confused with what day it is this week that I only remembered while they were at Church and so left my little birthday song message for her while I remembered. Oops. I thought we were still the 28th. Ah, well.

And other than all that (which was a LOT) Shawn and I have now completed Season 1 of NCIS. The thing I have taken away from that is that I HAVE to be Abby. I have to. It is eating at me. I need to know where I can get rings like her and this awesome star necklace she often wears. It is almost tempting me to work on trying to put make-up on my eyes. I feel this deep desire to try and get my eye liner on properly. Ugh. I’ll see about that… πŸ˜‰ Though I think I’d make a cute semi-goth. Except I don’t think that cute is quite the adjective Goth’s are striving for…

Oh! And today, December 31st, UPS brought our Magical Express package and luggage vouchers. woohoo! In the next couple of weeks we’ll receive our tickets and luggage tags. 39 days, baby!