Christmas was great! I drove up to my parents' house Christmas Eve, there was no traffic at'all. Woke up Christmas morning before my brother, and jumped around a lot saying "It's Christmas, it's Christmas!" Our Christmas is very small, just my immediate family and my grandparents (Mom's side). The gifts were ridiculous, again. My parents always spend too much. My big gift this year (receiving) was a set of Wolfgang Puck cookware! Oh man I was so excited. It's so silver and shiny and beautiful! (Not this exact set, but something very similar). And rated number one by Consumer Reports (or so my mom tells me). The set includes: two omelette pans (8" and 10", I believe); two saucepans (1.5 and 3 qt, possibly, but don't quote me on that) with tempered glass lids; a stockpot with a tempered glass lid; a sautee pan with a tempered glass lid; a "casserole" pan with a stainless steel lid (it's about the same thing as the sautee pan, but with two grabby handles instead of one long pan handle type jawn); a fancypants nonstick baking sheet; a fancypants nonstick pie plate; and six utensils. I think there's a turner, a fork, a serving spoon, a slotted serving spoon, a pie server thing, and a ladle. And that's it! Isn't that great? I cooked in it for the first time on Wednesday. I had asked for one (1) nice saucepan, and they just ran with the idea. It's sort of funny that I'm so excited about housewares, but what the fuck ever. I feel like I'm expected to say "ha ha, I'm so old," but I dunno, I don't feel like I should say that! So I ain't. Sayin' it.
I gave my mom a Palm Pilot, because she likes making lists (it was on sale). I gave my dad a couple cd's, and a book he had already read (dammit). I bought my brother a bunch of stuff from his Amazon wishlist: I thought this was a good idea at the time, and he picked good stuff, and I bought good stuff, but . . . it felt a little empty. I didn't have to think up anything on my own. I will do better next time. He gave me Mario Kart Double Dash! That was way too much money for a college kid to be spending! Don't do that again Sean! I think he's selling drugs on the side.
We had pork loin for dinner, and crumb cake and jello and pudding pie for dessert. We talked about Weight Watchers (my mom's lost 36 pounds!) It's good to see Grandma and Grandpa, I miss them, they're cool. Grandpa said a little bit about dubya dubya two (he rode a motorcycle in the war!) and Dad said something about how he (Grandpa) never tells stories, and we might like to hear stories, and Grandpa said "some things you don't want to remember" and that's what we had thought! MAN I wonder he went through, I guess we'll never know.
I stayed at home until Saturday. I had halfway considered calling my high school boyfriend to see if he wanted to go get drinks or something, but I never get to see my folks, so I just hung around with my mom all weekend. I miss them. They should move down closer to me, so that I could see them more than once a month. So yeah, I hung out, went to sleep early, did a lot of laundry, etc etc. Then came home on Saturday in time for the Christmas party thrown by Hal and Gina, which began at their place, and continued at the Manse. The Eagles won. Man, and at the Manse, Kevin had me do two (2) shots within ten (10) minutes, and I was goooood for the rest of the night. I think I nursed one Beam-n-Pepsi, and that's it, I was stumbling around and stepping on people's toes in my big boots, it was a good time. I know I was drunk because I helped win at shuffleboard, TWICE, and I am terrible at that game.
Okay, that's it! Next time I'll tell you about New Year's. And then my recent Star Trek obsession. But I have to go grade a site now. LATA.