Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas!  My best friend from NYC is in town and I had one chance to spend some time with him before we left. 

We went to Como’s for dinner and had pizza.  I had cosmo’s, Kevin had Jameson on the rocks and Jackie had apple martini’s.  The restaurant was open ’til 2am, but they only served liquor ’til 9 pm – we knew when to leave! 

10 pm: Back at my house, carrying on the rest of the evening.  Ignoring the fact that I had to wake up at 6 am!

Goodbye snow, ice and wind: (And yes, I totally ripped this picture off from my mom, because her’s was better than any of mine)

Hello sun, sand and warmth:

We’re off.   Merry Christmas everyone!  Have a great holiday, and I’ll “see” you in the new year! 

Joy

So, we are leaving for Florida on Christmas.  It seems I’ve been waiting all year for this vacation, and now it still doesn’t seem like it’s only a few days away.

Once again, we are being a couple of crazies, driving all over the state to visit with everyone we know down there.  It may be oddly annoying at the time, but in the end it’s all worth it.  They’re family, and that’s it.

My mom and dad had everyone over their house over the weekend to celebrate Christmas, and we all had a great time.  Of course, the newest addition to our family was the center of attention.

And don’t you dare say he isn’t the cutest little button, because he is.  Our other niece and nephew (from Derek’s side) live in Florida, and we are only able to see them a few times a year, and it positively sucks.  Anyway, this little guy melts my heart every time I see him. 

But then again, so does this one.

Winter is in the air

Today is the strangest day.  I am sitting here, typing this and it still doesn’t seem real.  We got about 5 inches of snow overnight and it’s still snowing, with rumors that it isn’t going to stop until this afternoon.  And it isn’t even officially winter yet.  That won’t come for another two days.

When I looked outside, I had a momentary thought that I was possibly still dreaming.  The eeriest feeling washed over me as I looked around at everything blanketed in fresh snow, with no signs of life anywhere.  No fresh canine tracks in the backyard, no footprints marring the sidewalks, not even a driveway in sight had fresh tire tracks.  When I went outside, the silence  had me thinking again that I was dreaming.  Sure, there were cars driving by, but the normal sounds of traffic were muted with snow.  Most snowy mornings, you’d hear shovels scraping driveways, snow blowers whining with strain, city plows and salt trucks faithfully clearing the roads, but the atmosphere was quiet with the heavy snow beating against the hood of my coat the only sound.

I swear the dogs were smiling this morning when they first went out.  It was too early to play, but the anticipation of the day in the snow was lurking in their minds and I could see it in their faces.

Every winter I forget how a day like this feels.  Yesterday,  I was dreading today.  Today, I simply wouldn’t exchange a day like this for anything in the world.  It’s Michigan at its finest, and it’s beautiful.

Put a smile on that face

There is this book I have.  It’s called “14,000 things to be happy about”.  It’s written by a woman who, over a span of twenty years documented things from her day to day life that made her smile.

Now, I’ve never actually read it page for page, but I love opening it to a random page at random times and just reading a few sentences.  It always brings a smile to my face, and whenever someone needs cheering up, I give it to them.  Never fails.  It’s pure genius, and I sure as hell would never be able to think up a list of that multitude.  It’s funny because the ones that make absolutely no sense, it’s for that reason that they still make you laugh when you think of them.

For example, page 192 tells us we should be happy for ‘soft snow gathered into clotted masses like cotton batting entangled in the grass’.

Venice, Italy is a place we should be happy for according to page 329.

‘Dozens of places to curl up with a book’ is the last item of the book, and that is the one thing that will make me happy for all of time. 

I’ve never really thought about it, but ‘the position of your head as you bite into a taco’ is pretty funny.

As much as I just wanted to tell you about the book, I am going somewhere with this.  I am not sure if it’s in the book somewhere and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it was, but the other day I was driving down the street and saw this:

Santa on a motorcycle is definitely something that made me smile.  His license plate read ‘St Nic’ and there were presents and toys tied to every open area on the bike.  It was something to see, but more to see that he was totally enjoying himself, in spite of the 20 degree weather.  It was awesome.

I’m an Aunt!