What to say about xmas? Aside from the fact that it was a bundle of amazing wrapped in a bow made of awesome, it was more than I could have hoped it would ever be. My mom really went overboard this year on the presents (no, I am not complaining). Dan was shocked at the gross amount of presents under (or way around) our tree. To be fair, there were presents for 7 people under the tree...
Anyhoo, I got everything that I asked for and a few surprises, so I'm assuming Santa agreed that I was a very good girl this year. Some of my favorite presents included my cashmere Marc Jacobs scarf, MJ mouse necklace and MJ (diaper) work bag that holds EVERYTHING and then some (so nice to not have to carry 4 separate bags to work, now). I got a nice Steve Madden black leather jacket, and a new Obey blanket jacket/wrap (most comfy thing on earth - like an acceptable robe to wear in public). Lots of make up and brushes from Sephora ended up in my stocking somehow and my sister showered me with fun little Alexander McQueen themed items (2012 calendar, armadillo shoe ornament, paper doll book). Dan got me gorgeous little skull earrings with real diamonds for eyes plus Willy Wonka on DVD (can't believe I didn't already own that) and Lemmy's autobiography which I didn't even know existed. I'm quite pleased with everything.
It was fun sharing a family tradition with someone new. It's interesting to see how others do things different than your own family and what you've always know to be "normal."
We snuck out to Casey's for drinks with old friends both Saturday and Sunday night and got to visit with extended family on xmas day. My grandmother had a blast. It's been a while since I've seen her laugh so hard which made my day. Aside from it being too short of a visit, I couldn't have asked for more.
The drive home was miserable. Driving a manual is a blast EXCEPT when you're in traffic and I happened to be in traffic for about 2.5-3 hrs of the 8.5/9 hr commute home on Monday. It was not fun. I was exhausted by the end of it, but we headed to Dan's parents to exchange gifts with them. That was a blast, and I quickly perked up. Dan's dad shared this amazing Brooklyn Sorachi Ace and we toasted to a happy xmas. I got the most beautiful hand carved turquoise bracelet from Brian and Rosalie. It really was a wonderful xmas.
Hope everyone else had as lovely a time as my family and I did. Feeling very lucky this year.