Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas, Darlings

I got my Christmas present today: the garage called and said Big Ella was ready to come home!

Yes, she's been in the shop for over a month, getting a tune up, brakes replaced, a new exhaust, and assorted other little things. The hold up was the exhaust, which was fabricated and shipped from Ohio. Spouse took today off so he was available when they called to drive me to the garage to pick up my baby. I only drove her back home, since she has no tags yet. Next week I'll drive her to the DMV for her inspection and tags. I'm so excited! Christmas miracles really do come true!

After I finish work today I'm going to deliver the gift baskets I made for our neighbors, which contain Christmas coffee mugs, flavored coffees, gourmet cocoa, 2 small ornaments, some Reese's peanut butter cups, and a candy cane. Then we'll load up the CRV and head to Spouse's mom's house for the next 3 1/2 days.

Spouse's mom doesn't own a computer and I'm not taking my laptop from work. Honestly, I am not so addicted that I can't be without internet access for a couple of days. But although I will be out of touch during that time, it doesn't mean you don't need to comment! I will eagerly await our return home on Sat so I can read all of your comments. And I've prepared some posts for the next couple of days that I hope you'll enjoy.

So, tonight we'll hang out with Spouse's mom. Tomorrow Spouse will make home made pasta with his sister and her kids (a Christmas eve tradition) so I will probably just hang out there with them. When they go to church Spouse & I will hang out at his mom's. (Spouse will probably take a nap.) Then around 6pm we'll reconvene at Spouse's sister's house to celebrate their mom's birthday. Yep, her birthday is on Christmas eve. She'll be 79.

On Christmas day we'll hang out at Spouse's mom's until about 2pm, then go over to his sister's again for Christmas dinner and gift opening for the kids. (The adults aren't exchanging gifts this year.)

On Fri Spouse & I are meeting up with my school friend Lisa, whom we visited in Oct on our trip to NYC. That evening we're meeting up with my cousin Nez and her husband Steve for dinner. We're heading home on Sat.

I'm now reminded of the lyrics to my favorite Carpenters Christmas song "Merry Christmas, Darling":
"Greeting cards have all been sent. The Christmas rush is through.
But I still have one wish to make, a special one for you.
Merry Christmas, Darling. We're apart, that's true.
But I can dream, and in my dreams I'm Christmasing with you.
Holidays are joyful, there's always something new.
Every day's a holiday, when I'm with you.
The lights on my tree, I wish you could see, I wish it everyday.
Logs on the fire fill me with desire to see you and to say,
that I wish you Merry Christmas. Happy New Year, too.
I've just one wish on this Christmas eve: I wish I were with you.
I wish I were with you."

Yes my dear blogger friends, I wish you Merry Christmas, Darlings. I wish I were with you!

Crush du Jour: Luke MacFarlane


A Lewis said...

Big Ella??? Is that what you call IT??? Oh my.

Christopher said...

This guy is cute, but I can't place where I know him from..

Kong Chang said...

It's "Macfarlane" but I'll let it slide.

He's currently playing Scotty Wandell on Brothers & Sisters.

Maintainer of Luke Macfarlane Online

Jeff said...

Glad Big Ella made it back in time for Christmas!! Have a wonderful time. Brad and I will lift a glass in your honour tonight (and probably tomorrow, too!)

Have a fabulous Christmas!

Anonymous said...

It sounds like you have a great family Christmas planned. May you have a fantabulous AND memorable time with everyone and enjoy! And thank you for sharing the name of today's Crush du Jour. I only know him by his "screen name." ;-)