Remember when I promised an obnoxious number of posts and pictures and at least a solid week of not shutting down my laptop because my Christmas plans included going absolutely nowhere? Yeah ... well ... that didn't exactly work out the way I planned, now did it?
Early this week I cleaned my house in a way I have not cleaned it since moving in and that included scrubbing areas of the bathroom I'd rather not revisit anytime soon. I also hosted Christmas Eve dinner on Wednesday night and that included cooking a handful of dishes I hadn't cooked before, and you know what's insanely irritating about cooking? Timing! How do you make sure everything is served hot when you have just one oven to cook everything in and each dish calls for a different cooking temperature? I'm sure you figured this out ages ago, when you reached adulthood and began cooking regularly, but I stood in my kitchen Christmas Eve just stumped about when to start making the sweet potato casserole if the ham needed to be cooked for over an hour and all my guests were showing up at 6 p.m. It all worked out, thankfully, and it was a really lovely dinner with family and friends and then a Top Chef marathon.
Christmas Day was just as lovely and our baby boy cleaned up rather nicely without having to do anything other than flip around inside his mama for a little while. Must be hard to be so adored without doing a damn thing to warrant it, right? I have plenty of pictures to share with you and those will go up ... tomorrow ... ish. I still need a wee bit of time to recover from all the food and fun. Recovery in the form of chronic napping and not, say, chronic drinking, which was always my recovery tool of choice before. Ah, how things have changed. (I did enjoy a very nice glass of wine late Christmas Eve night, though. I'm out of control.)
Needless to say, even though I haven't technically left town, I also haven't found the time to sign on and check in with the Internet as often as I planned or at all for that matter. So, fill me in, was Santa good to you? Did you serve all of your holiday dishes warm and on time? Did you enjoy your family and friends and the after-Christmas sales? I truly hope so. Funny how most of us lament about this time of year and how giant retail stores shove Christmas ornaments down our throats before August has even wrapped up and we refuse to put our lights on our house until after we've gorged ourself on Thanksgiving turkey and then all of a sudden, Christmas is over and how did that happen? We aren't ready for its arrival and yet it's gone before we' know it.
This Christmas was different for me than any other because I am just about eight-months pregnant and every time I would consider being eight-months pregnant over the last eight months, I would always say to myself, "But first comes Christmas, so let's focus on that." I'm not sure if you do this with big, monumental dates, but many of them (my wedding, my honeymoon, big trips, etc) just don't feel completely real for me while there are other important things popping up on the calendar first. This year there was always Christmas standing between me meeting my boy and, funny enough, Christmas is now behind me and now there's just some time for me to count away. Seven weeks, give or take.
From my family to yours, I hope your holidays were relaxing and peaceful and wonderful for you and yours. I also hope your New Years is soaked in champagne. But, most of all, I hope 2009 holds as much excitement and joy and wonder as you can possibly want for.