Finally got home last night, four days later than intended. MIL arrives today. Mr. E has to make up the four days of unpaid time that United just took off for him. He’s working, I’m wondering how to get pine needles off the floor.
Christmas was fun, we were very very very very spoiled at my mom’s. I would complain about consumerism and over spending and waste and blah blah blah but now I have a new laptop and wireless internet and I just can’t complain about that. My mom called me yesterday and started crying when she told me that she was picking up cheerios from all over the house and that she just missed us so much already.
The situation with my sister has gotten pretty shitty and can’t really be glossed over. We’re all going to have to work together to find her somewhere else to go. Stay tuned because I think I’ll be blogging that process. She’s the largest I’ve ever seen her and quite frankly it’s hard to see. So we need to figure out something there.
The security lines in Ohare were insane and every person that saw Eli was dying at how cute he is. It’s weird when people tell you over and over what a cute baby you have. Thank you? I didn’t really do anything, but thank you.
I got a weird pang when I saw the christmas trees in the high rise apartment buildings in Chicago. A kind of wistful “what if?” I think it’s just sometimes so tempting to imagine a life without pine needles in the carpet and dog poop in the yard and a baby who won’t nap and those lives don’t really exist for any one. My fantasies used to involve JFK Jr. and an account at Saks. Now they involve not having a dog. Le sigh.
I found this pair of awesome sunglasses at Macy’s when we took Eli to see Santa but I didn’t buy them because of saving money and all that boring shit and so then I changed my mind of course when I thought about how awesome they were and how my step father seemed intent on taking things out of my hands at the cash register and paying for them and so I went to the Macy’s in Chicago and asked where the sunglasses counter was and they looked at me like I was out of my mind. And that was the first time I felt like a real Californian.
That weird thing in my christmas gift picture is a ceramic sea urchin tea light holder, from Etsy. Love. SO weird and cool. The best kind of Christmas gift.
One of my new year’s resolutions is to be less boring and start wearing funky striped socks. I know, I am so exciting it’s hard to believe.
Four extra days in Chicago could have been a nightmare but it really wasn’t. It was nice. Except for the unpaid vacation part. But my brother and I took my sister to Enchanted and even though it makes me seem like a goober, I really loved it, and even though I don’t technically believe in Our Lord and all that scene at some moment of singing dancing spectalularness I looked over at my sister half out of her chair with glee and my brother with his goofy long hair sitting next to me and my step sister laughing and I thought “someone up there gave me this moment”.
I hope you had some nice moments yourself.
Now I am going to go sweep up some more pine needles and say a silent prayer to the gods of long nap times and lost luggage. MIL arrives tonight for a week, so probably not a lot of blogging will go on.