Last year's was a mixed bag of memories and mourning, topped by my father-in-law's emergency trip to the hospital for surgery. So granted, the bar for this year was fairly low. But we had a great time - a small gathering with my family for the first Pokego Meatatarian Christmas Eve (we've always had fish - meat's always been forbidden. Until now!) and some great time with my super-fab niece and nephew. I have more fun with those two each year. And next year? I'll be kicking some serious Wii fanny...y'all better start practicing!
Christmas day we spent with hubby's family at Aunt Vi and Uncle Joe's house, where we're relegated (willingly!) to the Kids' Table for dinner. Still. Even though the youngest "kid" is 18 and the oldest "kid" was born in 1950-something. It's awesome. Conversation ran the gamut from soap operas to sailing, and was interrupted only by occasional dramatic readings from a large volume of dirty jokes. That's my kind of crowd!
We drove home this morning in beautiful sunlight, and made it in a little over 3 hours. And now I'm making plans for the next few days...plans to organize and purge, to get my house in order for 2010. If I'm successful it'll be a busy few days...and extremely satisfying, to boot. Plus I'm hoping that some of our unused items will be useful to a shelter or agency...I feel like we have way more than we can even keep track of, and am hoping some of these things find good homes. I'm going to post my progress here, to make myself a little more accountable, and to keep myself from stalling out on the couch. Here's my plan:
Basement: Toss out everything we've not used in the last year-and-a-half, including the seventeen opened tubes of caulk the previous owners left behind. Set up an electronics station with chargers so that I can use the drill when I need it. Organize the decorations and kitchen stuff. Clean up the laundry area.
1st floor: Tackle the den closet. Pack up rarely-used coats for Goodwill. Organize the orphan electronic cable collection. Clean out the fridge and the cupboards. Shop for new spices, tea, and pantry supplies in a thoughtful manner.
2nd floor: Organize my closet. Clothes to the dry cleaners. Clothes and shoes to Goodwill. Reorganize the linen closet, and throw out all the expired cosmetics and medicines. (I may have nothing left afterwards!)
Whew! It's a big list...especially for a pack rat like yours truly. Tuesday is garbage day...here's hoping that the purge portion of the plan is finished by then!
- Time spent with family...it always goes by too quickly.
- Getting organized.
- Being fortunate enough to have too much.