When I last updated my journal with something other than well-wishes for the new year, I got caught up to December 30th. Things have calmed down since then.
For New Year's Eve, we got up at a decent hour in order to get elsaf off to a good start back home. judiang and I led Elsa & her car to Bob Evans in Troy for a nice breakfast. Then we hugged Elsa and bid her happy driving. And one of these days I'll mail her the items she accidentally left at my place. Whoops!
I made a stop at Meijer on the way home for some supplies. Judi slept in the car, which is just as well as I sort of got caught up in the 50% off sales of Christmas items. I bought some snowman paper plates & napkins for my NYE gathering, plus a tree for next year (this year's will be trash when I take it down - it's fallen far too many times to be viable). When I returned home, both Judi and I napped. I had some chicken salad for lunch and then picked up the place. At quarter til 6 I ordered pizzas from the local joint with favorite toppings for all. The folks arrived a bit after 6pm and Aunt Becky at 6:30. The pizzas arrived between them.
While we munched on pizza, we watched that classic family favorite Murder by Death. Although it was very familiar to (and loved by) dad and I, the others were less familiar with it, but we all enjoyed it. Plenty of laughter all around. After the movie, we ladies gathered around the dining room table to play pinochle. I put Hot Fuzz on for dad to enjoy (which he did) while we 4 were playing cards. I had warned Judi to bone up on her pinochle skills before coming, but she didn't, so we lost the first game. (Heh heh - not entirely true. Both Judi and me making bids we couldn't cover is what made us lose the first game). In the second game, however, I wound up getting a double run, which I'd never seen before in my life. Wow - 1500 meld points! Crappy hands for the rest of the game meant that we lost that game as well, but wow, a double run!
After Hot Fuzz was over, dad switched over to regular TV and when there were 10 minutes left of 2007, we switched to Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year. We counted down with the folks of NYC and cheered, drank, and in the case of mom & dad, kissed the new year in. Dad took his champagne back home with him while we ladies finished our second pinochle game. At 12:16, my sister called to wish me a Happy Birthday (I was born 16 minutes after midnight) from Minnesota. She sang, along with the Bemidjii Chorus, Happy Birthday. (She said there was even a piano accompaniment, but alas, I couldn't hear it.) :-)
Mom and Becky left once the game was over and Judi and I straightened up just enough to get us through the night. I then headed off to bed.
I slept in until just before 10. Just in time to put on HGTV's Making of the Rose Parade special. Halfway through that, I got dressed and washed my hair. While I was doing that, Lucy made my bed. Wow! (Well, when I returned to the room, she was looking smug and the bed was made, so it must have been her!) Judi, meanwhile, had put the sofa bed up, so I was able to plonk down with milk and chocolate donettes when the Rose Parade started. Yay - I watched the entire parade without interruption. It was wonderful.
Meanwhile, mom was busy slaving away in her kitchen making pork & kraut for the new year. We came over around 1:30 and I helped make the mashed potatoes. The four of us then had a lovely New Years Day meal. (In the Andersons, it was always a tradition to have pork & kraut as Good Luck for the New Year. When I was small, I didn't like the meal. But at some point in my life, I realized that sauerkraut was a good thing. It's the perfect birthday meal, IMO.)
After lunch, we had cheesecake cupcakes (mine with a burning candle in it). I made a wish & blew out the candle. Then mom gave me the present from her & dad. Yay! Money for a kik step stool from Demco! (I ordered it later that day - hunter green. Should be arriving tomorrow - woot!)
The rest of the day was a day of rest. We both napped, then I cleaned up the place a bit more. Then we returned to mom's for some game playing. We played a few of mom's new games. Swipe was more a matter of luck than anything else. But we all liked Phase 10 Dice, which was a cross between Yatzee and Shanghai Rum. We ate lots of my homemade Chex mix while playing.
Then Judi and I braved the blowing & drifting snow to get to Cold Stone Creamery for my birthday ice cream. (I'd had cake, now I needed ice cream!) I ordered the Peanut Butter Cup Perfection, but with dark chocolate rather than regular. Judi, who got sugar cream with coconut mixed in, bought my ice cream for me. Awww! Thanks sweetie!
Back home to the warmth of the house. It was Movie Time. We started by watching Wings of Desire (which, like Murder by Death, was a Christmas present from Amy). I've been a Peter Falk fan for years, and Wings of Desire was a flick I'd been meaning to see for quite some time. Thanks to Amy, I've now seen it. It's a very sweet film, and Falk is great in it. :-)
After that, I had the urge to watch Brazil (the Director's cut). I've had the DVD in my collection awhile, but just hadn't gotten around to watching it. We got it about halfway done when we both decided it was bedtime.
The next morning, mom called to say I should open the back door. I did that and she showed up with some coffee cake for both of us and some coffee & creamer for Judi. Yay for moms! I ate my coffee cake and watched the rest of Brazil.
We were slow moving that day, but around 1, Judi got all packed up and we headed off to Sakai for a nice Japanese lunch. Then I drove her to the Dayton airport and dropped her off. I was home before she'd gotten through to her gate, I believe. Heh. But the flight was only slightly delayed and she got home at a decent hour. Meanwhile, I decided to continue my movie kick and watched Hair, another flick I'd not seen in years. Then I decided I'd watch some Penn & Teller's Bullshit (a gift from hergrace - yay Steph - thanks a billion!). I wound up watching all 5 episodes on the first disc. Whoops! (It was getting to the "just one more..." point.)
Today I got a bit of cleaning done and got 3 more episodes of Bullshit watched. The folks invited me to join them on a shopping trip to Sam's Club and then to Gander Mountain. It was a fun trip (with many pairs of socks purchased) made all the more fun when we got lost trying to go from Sam's Club to Gander Mountain. (24 minutes after we started on the trek, we drove behind Sam's Club again...)
Now I'm busy downloading the patches for World of Warcrack (which Judi gave me for my birthday - evil evil woman!). I've got 10 days to try it, then 30 days from the retail box. They might not be consecutive - I haven't decided yet. Classes start January 16th...