I hope your Christmas was as wonderful as mine. It SNOWED. In SEATTLE. On CHRISTMAS.
Seriously. It was awesome. Never had snowfall on Christmas before.
So, not to get all Hallmark-y on everyone, but I have to say I am sometimes amazed to the point of being overwhelmed by the generosity of my boyfriend's family. I know we've been dating for over two years now, but I still appreciate and love the fact that I am included in all of their family happenings. Not just there, taking part, but INCLUDED. They bought the most wonderful gifts, and I couldn't be more grateful.
Nick stole the show with his BIG BIG present. He bought me this. HOT HOT HOT HOT HOT. I can't even begin to tell you how hot this camera is. It's a digital SLR, so I can use my old lenses from the 35mm on it. HOT. He also gifted me with 4 Gigs of memory. HOT yet again.
Pre-Christmas was spent with part of my wonderful family. My little sister turned 9 right before Christmas, and we were able to drive out to see her for her birthday. It was really special, and Big Sis Kimmi baked a very special birthday cake with PINK!!!! frosting. We had such a nice time, and it was so great to see everyone after over a year since our last visit. My mother looks just AMAZING. She lost 60(!!!!) pounds, People! Mom and I are the same size. We could trade clothes, for Christ's sake!
So, yeah. My Christmas was really great.
In other news, I was laid off from my job today. Awesome, no? Rather glad for the moment that I wasn't in the office much last week, as the original plan was to break the news before Christmas. Seriously, no hard feelings though. I loved the company and appreciate the gentle way the news was delivered. I even got a ride home from my boss! And severance pay! And medical benefits for another month!
I guess if Karma's going to kick your ass for quitting a previous job without notice, this is the way to go.
Dirty-Minded Decorators - Aw, look at the sweet cake for Sarah-Maude's second birthday: [squinting] Although, those balloons look a little odd, don't they? Let's take a closer ...