It's a late night here in Minnesota, or an early morning, if you prefer. The Xmas season is at an end, and none too soon. If I had any more Xmas, I'd probably lock myself away from the candy canes, wrapping paper, and fruit cake. OK, maybe there wasn't much fruit cake this year, but there certainly was enough family and festivities to keep me and my girlfriend running from one corner of the `burbs to the other.
Yes, this was my first Xmas with my girlfriend, Meghan, and yes, we did put on a lot of miles. I mentioned my father's 50th birthday in one of my earlier .plan's, so I'll follow up. It was a lot of fun. We visited with people I haven't seen in many years. College years have a way of separating you from your High School youth and those you knew. It's really awkward, sometimes, trying to pick up conversation topics with old acquaintances and friends, but not at this party
Meghan blended right into the crowd, having a pretty good time for just meeting everyone, my family included. My brother-in-law entertained us with his strange sense of humor and his constant joking.
We spent the night there with the intent on watching "The Fellowship of the
Ring" in Elk River the next afternoon as a birthday present for my dad. The snow ruined plans, since Mom needed a driving companion for her shopping in St. Cloud. We rescheduled our movie outing with Dad for the following Friday and headed down to Maple Grove to do a little Xmas shopping before Marya's Holiday Dinner.
As a last minute decision, we watched the movie anyway. It was excellent!
Don't listen to the nay-sayers and hard-core Tolkien fans who play the movie
down. It was very well crafted and followed the book quite respectfully.
With a movie under our belt, we made our way to Marya's for a two course meal, and a couple matches of "Battle of the Sexes". Many of my friends from the school days in Duluth showed: Gep, Paul, Dave, Wade and Karen, Mikey and Marine, Jessica, and one of Marya's friends (forgive me for the late night brainskip). The guys beat the girls two games to one, but they were both very close games. All in all, no one was physically harmed and only a few threats were carried out.
On Sunday, we made our way back up to my home town to spend the day with my immediate family. How can you turn down prime rib, wine, and family? Not to mention pie, ice cream, and presents! Ellie entertained us, like always, with her toddler innocence, and Chris battled for a close second with his comedic relief. I made out like a bandit with gifts, scoring a home brewing kit among other things. I can't wait to start my first batch. Meghan found the de-facto standard anime classic, Akira, in a special edition two disc DVD. Needless to say, we'll be watching that soon (today, by the calendar).
Sunday night ended with yours truly crushing the opposition in a game of "May
I", a multi-deck card game that takes HOURS to play. It has simple rules, but it is accompanied by plenty of strategy. If you're interested, send me an email asking for the rules.
Monday, we found ourselves on the road again, this time on the way to Meghan's parents' place. It was a fairly relaxed night, with dinner, a nap, and a few drinks. We missed midnight mass on account of a few sleepy family members and a few glasses of whiskey.
We didn't get a chance to sleep in this morning, since the rest of the family was soon to arrive to open gifts. It was a fun and relaxing day. I helped install a new garbage disposal and move some furniture -- who can blame her parents for taking advantage of the extra bodies around the house. Anyway, it was a really nice time. She has a wonderful family.
Almost done here. Sometime around six o'clock, we rounded up our stuff and headed over to my Uncle's place for my Mom's larger family get-together. We arrived shortly after their dinner was finishing up, just in time for drinks (we're good at that), presents, and conversation. I was able to thoroughly embarrass Meghan by introducing her to EVERYONE (almost) on my Mom's side of the family. Everyone was in a good mood, and it was wonderful being able to see
All in all, it was a very eventful, wonderful, and tiring long weekend. This .plan file obviously reflects that. I'm in great need of sleep right now (as the original writing of this .plan will finish sometime around 01:30 December 26, 2001). Tomorrow, I receive a pre-op visit to the eye doctor before scheduling Lasik surgery next month. I have plenty of work to keep me busy at the IMA tomorrow, and I plan on relaxing with my Meghan over dinner and anime. ;-)
Sorry about the length of this post, but it was something that needed to be done. I hope your holiday season has been as eventful and fun filled as mine.