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Goodbye to my Douglas Adams Year! - trinalin thinks things through
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Goodbye to my Douglas Adams Year!
On Jan 1, 1971, at 12:16am, I came into the world. So for the past year, I was 42 years old. And I often wondered, in a solipsistic way, maybe Douglas Adams' question is something along the lines of "What age will Trina be when she ...?" "How old will Trina be when ..." (put in your own humorous or not-so-humorous fill-ins for the blanks). With, of course, the answer being 42. But since the universe does NOT revolve around me (I was 99.9999% sure this was the case), I got through the year with nothing untoward happening.

So anyhoo, we've been having a fabulous time with Amy in town. Mom and I had Baking Day on Christmas and dad worked on his Christmas toy for family members (a gragger - nice and loud and fun). Thursday (Boxing Day) I wrapped presents. Friday was the busiest day of my time off.

I started Friday morning with a doctor's appointment. (I'm quite healthy - whee! - and 19lbs lighter than my last appt.) Then I headed off to mom & dad's for the family gatherings. We first went to Uncle Bob's (mom's side) at Indian Lake. It was good to see my cousin (currently living in Texas) and her girls again. Hadn't seen her oldest in a couple of years. We had a lovely afternoon of food and fellowship.

We then headed back home to refill on cookies and then headed off to Aunt Becky's (dad's side). There was even more food and fellowship there (and I was surprised that I was hungry after the Anderson gathering). We left from there to go pick up Amy at the airport.

Amy's flight got in early, but they had some tarmac wait time. Still, we were hugging her around the time of the original arrival time. Yay! Once home we chatted for awhile before finally getting to bed.

Saturday morning was our "Christmas." We had Egg McMikey sammiches (dad's specialty) and opened our stockings. Then present opening occurred. We know how to do present opening! It was after noon before we finished. Heh. Lunch was hamburgers and mac&cheese.

We took a walk that afternoon since it was going to be the warmest day Amy was in town. Since it wasn't really Christmas, Mojo's (a local bar) was our destination. We had drinks and snacks and then tottled back home.

Sunday included lunch at Harrison's in Tipp City with friends (we wanted to show off Amy) and then some resting and relaxing. Monday included a shopping trip to Kohl's where I got a new watch band and a WeightWatchers approved scale for under $5 (yay Kohl's Bucks!)

Yesterday (New Years' Eve) I popped home to check on the kitties and then mom, Amy, and I went to the Y for a Zumba Gold class and a line dancing class. We were the only folks who showed up, so we claim that we were the best students that day. :-)

Our evening plan was to go to The Filling Station for NYE along with mom's BFF Debbie and her hubby, Ben. When we got there around 6:30, they asked if we had reservations. Mom had TRIED to get reservations earlier in the week but they claimed then they weren't taking reservations since they were having a live band. Thankfully, since we didn't want to sit on the side of the bar where the band was, they had room for us. All but dad ordered the prime rib special (which wasn't all that special) and dad had fried shrimp.

Mom, Deb, Amy and I played games (Pass the Pig, Zombie Dice, Euchre) while we waited for 2014 to show up. Part of the cover charge fee paid for party favors and champagne. They were running out of favors when they got to us, and the champagne may not have even had grapes, let alone alcohol. Still, we graggered the new year in once midnight hit.

We returned home around 1am and then mom and I prepared for breakfast: Eggnog French Toast.

Today was my birthday (no, duh!) so we started off with a great breakfast of eggnog french toast and bacon. Mmmm! Then I got to watch my parade. Love those folks in Pasadena - they always give me a parade. Lunch was pork and kraut and mashed potatoes and apple sauce. My cousin, Patty, joined us for lunch. We then had cookies and conversation. Uncle Doug and Aunt Charlene joined us after awhile and we continued eating and chatting.

Now I'm typing this up and looking over at my birthday presents. Whee! I think we'll get to those soon enough!

Happy New Year to all of you! May 2014 be a great year for you!

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ravenskyewalker From: ravenskyewalker Date: January 1st, 2014 10:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy birthday, New Year kid! :-)

Come to think of it, 42 was just sad for me; I was taking care of Dad as he fell apart. I'm glad yours was better.

Happy New Year to you!
trinalin From: trinalin Date: January 11th, 2014 11:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Crossing my fingers that I still have many years to go before I have to take care of either parent! Dad's just amazed he's still alive. His dad and grandad didn't do as well as he's done. And I'm happy he's done better than either of them!

Thanks for the good wishes and hope you have a great 2014!
rembrandt13 From: rembrandt13 Date: January 3rd, 2014 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do you have any idea how awesome it is to actually have friends that thought of it as their Douglas Adams year too? Like Sarah's, my 42nd year wasn't great either, though it was the year I started on the road to recovery--even though that wasn't my original intention--so there was that, anyway.

We too had prime rib--albeit on Christmas--although I spent part of the meal sneaking pieces to my sister's dachshund Molly. I figured it's Christmas, she deserves a treat, dammit. :) The Dutch apple pie we had afterward was awesome, though I also had a piece of chocolate cake with it and suffered greatly afterward as a result. Some day I might remember that my eyes are always bigger than my stomach, but probably not anytime soon.

Congrats on the weight loss! I hope your birthday was as awesome as you are. ♥
trinalin From: trinalin Date: January 11th, 2014 11:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was an awesome birthday. And yeah, I do love it when I can make sci-fi (or other) semi-obscure references and have friends understand. It's been really cool having students and cousins liking Doctor Who!

Man, I so need to update my Doctor Who icon! Maybe once Peter gets his costume I'll update (and get DT in costume, though I do like him in his PJs).
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