Ah, Christmas Day is behind us once again…another year come and gone…I sit here this early morning thinking about it and considering that overall it was a very nice day. I spent the better part of the day with my good friend Suretta and my large family, all of whom were very well behaved! We hung out for a few hours drinking mimosas and talking, then we sat down – 17 of us at one very long nicely set table – and enjoyed a fine cut of prime rib roast with au jus, mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus (yes, we grill in December in Maine), broccoli, cranberry sause, awesome home made sweet bread and all the fixings. It was truly delicious! Prime rib is one of my most favorite red meats, although I don’t consume much red meat anymore out of concern for my health, but when I do it’s going to be a very good cut of prime rib or filet mignon.
After dinner was over and we went through the clean up and rearranging of the house we all sat down and began opening presents. It was sweet to see ALL of my nuclear family in one place on Christmas day. That has not happened in many, many years. There was even a group picture taken afterwards, I hope to get that posted as soon as my sister gets it up on her Facebook. It’s not often that we have all of the family together for a group picture like that, it’s been a couple of years now since the last time. But when we do we make sure that our family photographer, my sister Deb, gets some good shots.
The kids are all growing up. The youngest, the twins, are 12 now…it’s amazing how fast life happens. The two of them got new HP computers for Christmas and were happy little people. My nephew Hayden immediately put stickers all over his – just like I do with mine! I know those computers will be a big help in my brother’s household where they were all using 2 laptops to do all the homework and household stuff, plus Steven using one to work from home on proposals on occasion. Now hopefully the kids will take good care of their new units, and hopefully they’ve been pre-installed with virus and malware protection, as well as parental controls. They’re good kids, but hey even us good kids can’t help but peek at a little smut and porn once in a while! hahaha
I got more new clothes from my mother. Luckily she knows my taste pretty good, and also I show her things when we are out shopping that I like. So I got a nice Izod sweat shirt, 2 new pairs of flannel pajama pants (which means I need to cull my collection of pajama pants and get rid of some of them..tooo many!) a nice new button down shirt. I also got my AAA+ membership paid for for 2015, some gift cards, a new journal, some gourmet coffee and a few other little trinkets. I’m a very lucky and a very spoiled rotten Butch.
I am thinking that I may have to do a closet over-haul. I’ve picked up quite a few new clothes the last month or so –those damned Christmas sales! So now my closet – which is 8 feet long and 3 feet deep is chock full. I need to figure out how to organize it better and perhaps even install a shelving system that will accomodate my clothes properly. I hate it when they are packed int here like sardines, it wrinkles them. I’m not into ironing my own clothing much, but I will do it. I’d rather take it to the dry cleaners and have them clean and press everything nicely. But if I have to I can iron with the best of them, it’s an old Army skill. The key is starch.
Yesterday before I got dressed I took the time to shine my black boots up. That’ s a little chore that brings back so many memories of my days in the service. And these were my black Timberland Pros, so they really looked great once I was done. My brother even noticed them, with some envious eyes I might add. Hell, they ARE great boots.
My other brother Paul was there yesterday. I hadn’t seen him since one day last summer when I went over to his place to get some veggies from his gardens. He’s the one who inherited my mother’s green thumb for sure. He can grow anything. It’s good to see him. His life is so tumultuous with his long time girlfriend who is very volatile and explosive. She’s not allowed near the rest of the family because of her bizarre behavior. She can be quite abrasive and downright violent. Not a good example for the kids to be allowing her to behave like that and then pretending it didn’t happen. We did that a few times, but after she really hurt him physically once and ended up in jail for it we had to exile her from the clan. I don’t know what he sees in her, she treats him so horribly, and is so screwed up herself. I think he pities her in some ways, and I think he doesn’t think he’ll find another girl so he stays with her. Not a reason to stay with someone in my book. I’d rather be alone rather than live with that kind of volatility and abuse. My mom and sisters and I all worry about him, we’re afraid she’s going to kill him in his sleep or something horrible like that one day. She’s just that tweaked in the brain. There are a million stories I could relate to back up these claims, but it’s not worth going into here. I just wish he would break free from her and begin to live again.
I am due to go back to work tomorrow. Ugh. I’ve been out with a medical condition the last 10 days, per doctor’s orders. Now, hopefully they won’t give me too much grief about getting back to work. Maybe they’ll let me go, I have no idea. And if they did let me go, I wouldn’t cry one bit, I really dislike that job and could find another a little easier if I didn’t have to worry about this one. I’m thinking I am going to look back in the smaller sector – outside of big corporate America once again. Small business just suits me much better. Hell, if I had the cash I would do something on my own again, a new start up. That could be in my future, I’m just not sure which direction I want to take right now. For the moment I will continue to try to work for someone else, but in the long run I should really try to get back tot he self-employed world.
All things to consider for 2015. I’m not one to make New Years’ Resolutions….I just like to think about making each year better than the previous. Although 2014 was a great year for me, so 2015 better step up to that plate! I realize that it has been through some positive changes, a very positive attitude and hard work that I made 2014 good, so I must carry on those things; it’s all up to me.
I’m going to clean up Christmas today, put the tree away and get my cave here back in order. I don’t like to let things just sit. So I will pack it up for next year and put everything away except the snowmen and snow globes. Yeah, crank on some good music and get my ass cleaning this house up; whip it back into shape for the coming new year.
I’ve really missed my Mushball terrible the last few days. She’s visiting with her family in Madrid. It’s difficult on me when we can’t have our daily Skype conversations and we don’t text as much because we’re with our families. I really hope that we find that time to spend together here very soon…Sometimes I wish my superpower was to teleport. eh….