fenchurche, a totally online friend with a wicked funny LJ, sent us a wonderful gift, which was totally unexpected and floored me, and since I don't have her email I'll have to thank her here. :) Thank you, Fen! That's something I've been dying to have! :)
We went to the sister-in-law's house for Christmas, and it was delightful. I've gotten used to the Italian tradition of pasta and sauce for Christmas dinner; of course, that I love Italian food to begin with is dandy, but in addition, my brother-in-law is an amazing cook. Also found out today, after knowing him for six years, that he's a D&D playing geek. After all these years, he proudly trotted out his Player's Handbook, Dieties & Demigods, and box of dice to show us and discuss game strategies. Wow! And to think, I've always thought we really didn't have that much in common with him (although I should have guessed, he's a computer programmer). The niece is getting to the age where she's becoming a lot of fun, she's into pretend games now and is delightful to watch. The nephew is just a happy baby, just past one year and toddling around like crazy. I was gifted with Johnny Cash's biography, "Waylon & Willie" on CD, and lids for my Kitchenaid bowl.
I wish I didn't have to go to work tomorrow, but it's okay, I have almost all of next week off. Yay. :) Maybe I can do a little writing. Maybe. My brain knows where the tale is going to, and I realize it's more a love story than a vampire story, but I find I really like my characters, so I'm going to do what the thing is telling me and worry about distinctions later. Maybe this time I can get something done. I mean REALLY done.
Merry Christmas to all! :)