I survived Christmas with my family with minimal emotional scarring and quite a nice gift haul. I know, it's not all about the presents, but it's a damn fine perk.
We hosted the festivities on Christmas Eve with two cousins, their spouses, and six kids total. Oh, and mom, myself, and our three dogs, of course. Instead of a huge dinner we did dips, chips, veggies, and other snackables. It was a great alternative to the Thanksgiving-like meal we usually do. If I saw one more turkey or pan of dressing I was going to throw up my toenails.
The kids didn't give me too much of a headache. Probably because I took refuge in my bedroom with the door closed several times, downloaded music, and sent David an AIM message that read, "I am in misery." It made me feel much better and able to carry on.
Yesterday we went to another cousin's house for a huge gathering. It was impromptu but a lot of fun.
As for the gift breakdown...here ya go:
$40 Half-Price Books gift card (the promised land)
A Narnia calendar
Seasons 4 and 6 of Friends (I had holes in my collection)
The Two Towers and Return of the King extended DVD's
A weird pillow for my bedroom
SIMS 2 Nightlife
Some slippers that heat in the microwave for warm feet (mine are always cold)
A monogrammed throw
And cold, hard cash
Yay for presents! They help my mood out tremendously.
Watching: Nutrisystem commercial
Listening to: James Blunt