Yesterday was a very hard day. I stayed in bed until 6 pm because when I tried to get up at 8 am, a wave of depression hit me and knocked me flat. It was about my mother, and this being my first Christmas without her. I slept most of the day and had many dreams about her.
After I got up at 6 pm, I discovered that George had been working all day and hadn't gotten out to get the Christmas candies that we'd promised to bring to his family's get-together on Christmas Day. Bugger.
At about 8 pm we went over to eastpath
's apartment, which is just down the hall from us, where she and her SO served us an amazing dinner of perfectly roasted turkey, wonderful stuffing, mashed potatoes, and yams. We brought over some brown-sugar-and-margerine glazed carrots. They also provided coffee, tea, ginger ale, and eggnog; I had some of the eggnog, in spite of its high sugar content, because Christmas does only come once a year. For dessert they had pumpkin and blueberry pie (my favorite), with real whipped cream. Yummmmmmmmmmm! :-)
I slept the sleep of the truly sated last night, because I literally ate until I was ready to burst at eastpath
's place (including three slices of blueberry pie!!!). George and I finally got up at about 11 am. We haven't had enough money to get each other presents this year, so we only had one gift to open -- a copy of the book Spanish Fly by Will Ferguson
, courtesy of Terri. It looks like a super book, AND it's autographed!
Terri had bought me a copy of Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
, which I opened the day she gave it to me and have just finished reading. It's a light romp with a cynical edge, well-constructed and with deft characterization. I enjoyed it a lot, so I highly recommend it.
In about half an hour we'll be heading out to Selkirk to spend Christmas with George's family. Fortunately the Shoppers Drug Mart in Osborne Village is a 24 hour store and was open today, so I was able to run down and pick up about 3 kg of soft candies (jelly beans, jujubes, and fake candied fruit slices) for $15. And his sister, as it turns out, was able to find hard candies at the Shoppers Drug Mart in Selkirk, so yay! there'll be candies for Christmas.
I look forward to waddling/rolling home again tonight, just like I did last night. :-)
My out-of-town friends who normally get gifts (you know who you are), I'll have to ask you to be patient a little while longer. When I get my next cheque, I'll be sending out your presents. Rest assured that you have not been forgotten in the rush.
I guess I'll head back into the living room and watch some more of A Christmas Story
, which CBC is running today. WTBS used to run it again and again in a 24-hour block over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but doesn't any more -- damn it, because I really enjoyed coming home from George's family's dinner on Christmas Day and watching it through a couple of times back-to-back. Fortunately, George has found a copy of it via his newsgroups and is downloading it right now. It is THE best of the modern Christmas movies, in my not-so-humble opinion.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.