Wednesday, December 26, 2012
The holidays didn't turn out quite like I'd planned, but I've learned to set my expectations low and then be surprised. For reasons that I have yet to understand, my mom and sister opted out of Christmas Eve dinner (at NOON! on Christmas EVE) I was supposed to have here - after, of course, I had bought all the groceries. So I called Pebbles to apprise her of the situation and she suggested I just come to Dallas for the afternoon and then we'd all come back to FtW later in the evening. I declined, not wanting to spend four and a half hours in the car over the course of the day. She called right back and suggested that I just load up the groceries and hop the train. Now that I was willing to do.
They picked me up at the train station and we went back to their house and hung out all afternoon/early evening. It was really nice AND it meant they didn't have to haul The GrandBeast to FtW, as they weren't going to be away from home that long. We snacked and watched movies. Let me just say right here that I owe Shelley an apology. I had rolled my eyes at her love of Will Ferrell and I would have bet the farm that I had actually seen Elf in it's entirety. As it is Pebbles' favorite holiday movie, we had to watch it again. Turns out, I don't know what the hell I'd been doing all those times that sucker was popped into the DVD player, but watching it wasn't one of them. I can't say that I love WF in anything else, but he was absolutely born to play Buddy The Elf. Super cute movie.
We headed back to FtW about 8pm to go over to my aunt's to play games. Oh my goodness - what fun. Pebbles brought Apples To Apples to play, but someone got 5 Second Rule for Christmas, so we played that instead. It is my new favorite game! There were 9 of us playing and it was a barrel of laughs. So, all in all, even with the changes in plans, it was a nice Christmas Eve.
The original plan called for me to go back to Dallas and spend the night and then, at Slater's request, we were going to go to the spa for Korean food and relaxation on Christmas day, followed by a movie. I decided earlier in the week that I didn't want to spend the night, as I get up so early and they sleep late and I'd rather rattle around in my house in the pre-dawn hours than in theirs. And then the weather came. I didn't really believe that it was going to get bad, but it did. So no spa for me. I just hung around the house and napped, watched Netflix and generally had an enjoyable day.
As for exercise, there has been none. And I did okay with the whole food thing - staring down platter after platter of treats and goodies at my aunt's. Oh, I indulged some, but I didn't over-indulge. So no guilt. Still no diet coke. I'm toying with the idea of going completely caffeine-free for 2013. I've already switched to decaf coffee, so we'll see.
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Think outside the box.