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Here's a blow by blow account of my recent Christmas and subsequent vacation for you all to peruse.

Christmas Day-I woke up rather late as my cat decided to spend the night before with me and that is difficult for many reasons. We had our stocking and presents and then hit the road for Maine. When we arrived, we had a present exchange.

Tuesday- My aunt, who arrived at my grandmother's just before we did the day before was down and a cousin came over so there was a Christmas party of sorts. The downside was that my intestinal thing from Thanksgiving returned but more on that later.

That night, we watched the movie The Upside of Anger. I really can't say you should definitely see this movie or that you definitely shouldn't. Overall, it was very well acted and isn't about time Kevin Costner put out a movie that was at least Tin Cup good? The best line came from the writer/director:

"Who should I sleep with, Terry? Women like you? Your age? My age? I don't. You know why? 'Cause younger women are nice. You take them out, and they're actually grateful. 'Oh look, a steak. Yummy.' You go for a walk after dinner, the air smells nice, they say, 'Thank you. This was nice. This was fun. You're funny. Tee-hee-hee.' What should I do, Terry? Settle down and marry some pissed-off thing like you? I'd rather have someone come over and do dental work, every day, from my backside, up... through my ass!"

The main reason for my reluctance is that the movie's ending, and therefore the whole basis for the movie, makes little sense unless you have personality that's even more pessimistic than mine.

Wednesday- I woke up early and let's just say I repainted my grandmother's bathroom brown. Thankfully, that was the worst of it. the whole bug was more violent abut much quicker. After resting most of the day, we watched Capote. This movie was very well acted but it was the slowest moving film I've seen in quite some time.

Thursday-This could be described as "The Day of Shopping" as I spent a gift certificate early in the day and then my parents and I went with my grandmother and uncle to this auction they like. I myself bought some old comics.

Friday- I got to see my new apartment and clear up some confusion/concerns about my impending move. There still isn't an exact move date but February looks good for all concerned. I'll have my own bedroom, bathroom and some of my own appliances too actually...

My little cousin came that evening for is weekly visitation with his father/grandmother. After spending the weekend with him, the only thing keeping me wanting children is the the chance they'll be more interesting to be around...

Saturday- We had the family party at my other grandparents. I think it was the best party we had in about three years as I had my partners in crime with me this year and one of them brought her son so my other little cousin had someone else to play with. Woo Hoo!

Sunday-Trying to find a time to go visit my last babysitter, we decided to go to the service at our old church. It was an experience made even more weird by the fact the youngest son of the neighbor I mentioned who died not too long ago provided special music. As I suspected, one of his sisters and his mother were there. Oddly, it seemed more awkward for me talking with him and the mother than the sister...

Finally, we arrived home in Connecticut to find our furnace was off so we restarted it but it was very cold in here for about four hours. Fun!!! Oh and I also discovered I left a whole bag of dirty laundry at my grandmother's house...


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