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... still searching for a clear definition of that thing people keep telling me I need to get...

Location: Springfield, PA

Sunday, December 19, 2004

washed out with the Yule tide

It's been more than a month since I posted on this thing. Yeesh. The I'm-crazy-busy-with-the-big-holiday-show excuse expired the week after Thanksgiving, so I'm not sure why I haven't blathered here.

Of course, right after T-giving I got social for a while, spending the weekends in NJ. Played some marathon D&D, went to Glen Burtnik's Xmas Xtravaganza, hung out with friends.

I haven't been doing all that much holiday type stuff, though. (Xtravaganza not withstanding.) I'm not quite to the Grinch/Scrooge point (yet), but I'm having a hard time feeling merry about things. Rather than something to celebrate, Christmas is feeling more and more like just something else to deal with. I don't begrudge the rest of the world the joy of the season (although my patience with the shopper lemming traffic is wearing past thin); I just don't seem to be tapping into it myself.

Thing is, I can't easily skip Christmas. Too many family expectations. And that movie-and-Chinese-restaurant idea keeps looking better and better...


Blogger Rob S. said...

Kathy's suggestion: Try baking.

I have no suggestion. But I have to say -- if you think holiday traffic is bad in PA, it's probably even worse where we are in Jersey. But even if it isn't, it feels worse, since I have very little confidence that I'm on the right road to get me where I expect to go at any given time.

My one navigational tool: If I'm in a jam, I'm probably heading toward a mall. Thing is, that could mean I'm ANYWHERE.

11:39 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Amen to the shopper lemming traffic comment. It's as if the entire region decided they had to go back to the mall for just ONE MORE GIFT every single day, leaving their normal driving sense at home. Wait, I'm in Panama City, and there is no such thing as "normal driving sense" here. We're not big like Philly or NJ, but we are in the Redneck Riviera, which comes with its own unique set of frustrations. Sometimes I think Mark is going to burst a blood vessel over some of these drivers. Stupid drivers around the holidays must be a universal thing.

The Christmas bug has not bitten here either. We have a Christmas tree and a few inside decorations, but we are too far from family and most of our friends to have anyone to spend the day with, so we ARE doing a movie and food out. We will get to go to one friend's house Christmas night, but it's not the same being away from so many we love. I hope that your day is as stress-free as possible. We'll be thinking of you.

9:39 PM  

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