Well. It's been a while.
Saturday, December 11, Chad went off to a
conference in Canada, leaving Emmy and I to our own devices
until Tuesday afternoon. This would have been fine except for the
crushing headache I developed Saturday night which kept me awake
The next weekend was the weekend before Christmas, so we went
out to my parents' for holiday celebrations. My aunt and her
husband did dinner at their house, with my grandmother and a family
friend I haven't seen in years, and that was lovely. The weekend
after that was Christmas, so we went to Chad's parents for a Polish
Christmas Eve (oplatki and oyster cracker fights [*] and soup and
fish and pierogi; no vodka shots this year, but sangria
again—why does sangria not give me a headache, but regular
red wine does?).
[*] Oplatki (or oplatek) are Communion-like wafers; everyone
goes around and shares, oldest first down to youngest, and wishes
each other a Merry Christmas. This takes a long time, so the kids
used to get in surreptious fights with the oyster crackers that go
with the soup. The cracker fights are now a tradition to the point
that we have a wedding picture of relatives coming up to Chad and
dumping handfuls over his head.
The next weekend was New Year's, and we went to a party in the
neighborhood thrown by the organ-builder
of the open house and spouse. A good time, and I didn't turn
into a pumpkin until after midnight. I gave myself the gift of a
day not doing work New Year's Day (having spent considerable time
at Chad's parents holed up with a laptop), and dozed for a long
time and then watched
( the extended edition of Return of the King )
This week, I went out to Syracuse on Tuesday for a court
appearance, and am pretty wiped from that appearance, the five
hours' drive, and the work generated by it both before and after.
However, I was so very incredibly sick of law tonight that I
decided to bang this out and then go to bed a little early, to gear
up for working through the weekend, again.
And we close with
( 2004 Books )