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Holiday round-up

Back to work today. Short week, which is nice, because January and February are going to fall rapidly into the No Fun category at El Jobbe.

My vacation was nice. I pretty much planned a week of Nothing--no traveling, no big projects around the house, no super-ambitious holiday hoops to jump through.

You ever notice, though, when you plan a week of Unambitious Nothing, you often don't know what to do with yourself? I mean, I eventually got into a routine of poking at various fictional projects and watching criminally insane amounts of Criminal Minds, but my big excitement each day was getting out of my chair every hour on the hour to pee or overeat. Now, granted, I only put on 1.2 pounds between Saturday the 19th and Saturday the 26th, but that was by sheer will power. One thing I have learned this holiday season--Thanksgiving and Christmas both--is that I am and shall ever more be a compulsive overeater. I can be getting along fine, eating good, losing weight with my accountability avenues firmly in place, but any good excuse to eat outside those bounds and I'm off the wagon. And there's no better excuse than, "Enjoy yourself! It's the holiday season!"

Also, granted, staying home for the holidays meant I did not have a lot of parties to go to and well-meaning family members or work colleagues leaving treats around. But then I go to the grocery store, or the drugstore, and no one is peering over my shoulder saying, "None of that!" except me.

Seriously, though, I didn't do too badly, and nothing unrecoverable happened, but I did have a little devil on one shoulder poking me while the angel on the other was busy singing along to Musak Holiday Tunes.

Actual stuff I did the past week--went on a stroll through nearby neighborhoods Weds evening to look at their lawn displays. Some ambitious stuff there. Dinner with the Mom on Friday at the country club we used to go to with the whole fam back in earlier years (the MasqBroFam had to stay in Iowa with the rain storms and subsequent freezes (!) due to financial belt-tightening. Nephew #1 had to stay in SF due to Being a New Father.) Christmas evening, I exchanged gifts with the Sculptor, but Maricopa County, in its infinite wisdom, decided I could do that without a crackling fire. I get "no burn days", I really do, but it was *Christmas*, dudes!

Among my Christmas loot: my very own Dremel kit.


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Dec. 28th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
My sister gave me a Dremel tool for Christmas a few years ago. You never use it as much as you think you will. But when you need it, it's worth every penny it cost. This Christmas I used mine to install some things I got as gifts into their places in the kitchen.
Dec. 28th, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
I borrowed the Sculptor's dremel last year for so long it became a permanent fixture in my garage. I think she wants it back now. I have at least one project on tap for it next year, I just have to get motivated to do it.
Dec. 28th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
glad you had a nice holiday
Dec. 28th, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you did, too, excepting the Relatives of Dubious Politics.
Dec. 28th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
i wouldn't even mind the conservatives so much but yeah, that one couple would make Hitler proud. shudders.
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