Monday, December 26, 2016

TWTW - the last Christmas

Not mine or yours, of course. Rest in peace, George Michael. I loved you. You've done us dirty, 2016.
Friday I had an early dismissal and we wasted the night away watching the Seinfeld Festivus episode and all of the Christmas episodes of The Office. I didn't want to go out into the melee to get flowers so I ordered from Urban Stems and they were fabulous - they're only in certain cities, but check them out. Fair warning: if you use that link I get $15 off and you get $10 off. I got these lovelies for $27 with delivery. From myself to myself. The delivery guy at my office laughed at me.
Christmas Eve on Saturday! It was a pretty chill day at home, I finished a book and MFD decorated the tree despite my pleas to leave it with just lights. My mom also came to drop off cookies and ham and have coffee with us.
Annual Christmas Eve at Sandy's with my dad & Carol's friends and our friends and some of MFD's family and Aubrey's family and my brothers and lots of love. It's always a great festive start to the holiday.
The sleigh stopped at Billy & Sue's next. The little girls, my cousin Gabriella and Lola Jean, were the hit of the party of course. And Lola's baby doll, apparently. Christmas conversation: titty bars. Don't ask. 
MFD, Debbie, and I drove around to the two super decorated cul-de-sacs in our neighborhood before heading home, where we watched A Christmas Story and I ate 489 cookies before falling asleep on the couch and never going up to bed. MFD was in and out for midnight mass and then he left to do Code Blue volunteering for the rest of the night. 
We met at Lola's house in the morning and had breakfast with them and my Dad & Carol. Despite my brother's protests and with her mother's blessing, we got Lola Jean a bounce house. Years of fun coming up! Also, pick which hair is mine and which is my brother's? 
Santa's sleigh pointed to my mother-in-law & father-in-law's house next. We hung out there for a while and will pop in again today. ho ho ho mofos
Under our own tree, it was both a bookish year and apparently a shit-themed year. The 1990s brought me some Docs too.
I putzed around in the afternoon cutting up some veggies and putting a ham in the oven. Mom and Rich, Swan, Pop, and Debbie came over for a relaxed dinner. MFD woke up most of the way through, ate, and went back to sleep. It was a perfectly chill way to close out Christmas Day. The dogs were of course pleased to see Swan, their new designated babysitter when we go away. Mae in particular adores him.
We were all beat so they left a little before 6. All the dogs and MFD were snoozing and I just sat in the glow of the Christmas lights and watched Christmas Vacation before heading up to bed at 9. A merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

Christmas 2016 in the books. I feel very thankful for framily and the generosity and love from everyone. More visiting to come on this day and this week. I hope yours was very merry.

Favorite reads of 2016 coming tomorrow for a special edition of Show Us Your Books with me & Jana. If you got bookish gift cards, get them ready!

Linking up with Biana at B Loved Boston for Weekending


  1. LOL my brother & I have the same hair thing going on. Pretty sure my brother's is nicer than mine because other than cutting it he's never touched it.

  2. So glad you had a wonderful Christmas! Lots of family to be thankful for :) I also ate a ridiculous amount of cookies (and fudge) over the weekend. No shame.

  3. Looks like a fabulous holiday. I sent myself a wrapped gift with a card this year lol... why the hell not!

  4. I was so sad to hear about George Michael. I thought it was a scam at first.
    Those flowers are gorgeous.
    Looks like you had a great weekend!

  5. Bounce house for the win!! I just nailed a gift I needed to figure out... thanks for that! Sounds like a perfect holiday weekend!

  6. It sure is another one in the books... I'm beat down.
    Love you got some book love for Christmas.
    I still want to cry over George Michael. I just loved him so much growing up.

  7. Sounds like such a nice weekend! I love that you gifted a bouncy house anyway- hahaha! Your book & mug gifts are perfect!! I got less books that I wanted but I can't complain ;) Hope today was a fun one!

  8. When you fall asleep on the couch you know it was a successful day! Definitely going to check that flower link out!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  9. Sounds like you had a lot of family Christmas fun!!! That bounce house is an awesome present! Would you believe I didn't get a damn Christmas cookie all weekend!? My mom didn't make hers and I had been holding out for them. I'm so sad.

  10. Holy 1990's, I love all of the gifts but especially the Oregon Trail card game and those Docs!!

  11. It looks like it was a lovely Christmas! PS that Oregon Trail game is super fun!

  12. a bouncy house! hahahah i think the adults have way more fun in those than the kids (at least that's how we do it LOL)

  13. Y'all seriously saw so many people and did so many things this Christmas weekend, but it's all worth it when you get to spend time with family! And hooray for bookish presents! Those are seriously the best!

  14. Hope you had a great Christmas (UGH, George Michael and Carrie Fischer) and that you have a great New Year as well. All good things (JESUS I REALLY HOPE SO) in 2017! Also, your Christmas tree looks exactly like mine - like, I swore it WAS mine.

  15. seriously yes to you've done us dirty, 2016. please stop.
    i love that you sent yourself flowers. that's awesome. they're so pretty!
    not gonna lie, i'm curious about the titty bars. lol.
    gotta love bookish presents. KC gave me gift cards because i'm trying not to spend money on books, but i still love buying books, so.. best of both worlds.
    i want a bounce house!


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