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Dec. 14th, 2003

Boy, what an...interesting time of year. I almost feel weird posting now. A few of my friends are having such rough times right now. What a shitty time for it. I'm sorry some of you are having more bitterness on your plates than you deserve, but I am confident that you'll make it through with shining colors and that all will be right (or as right as it can be) soon.

That said, I must consider myself incredibly lucky. For some reason(through very little of my own doing), things are going incredibly well. I don't think I've ever been as happy as I am at this very moment. I don't believe in fate, I don't believe in god (Although, yes, I set up my nativity set just an hour ago. Jeez, the hippocrisy! Although I was tempted to put a Sierra Nevada bottle in the manger in place of the baby Jesus, if that counts for anything. I just can't seem to escape my love for Catholic iconography. It's just such a beautiful theme. ;-) Anyway, my point is that I'm surprised at my good fortune. Not because I don't believe random good fortune doesn't exist, it's just that I think the odds are against it. Then again I am a cynic all too often. I could go on in theis vein for hours though. Cut.

We had a really great weekend. I won't go fully into it(Shan covered a lot of it here, if you're interested in details.) Here's the short of it: Saturday we went into SF and cruised around Fisherman's Wharf, then took a limo to Union Square where we checked out Macy's, then hooked up with Alex, Lani and Liam for dinner at an Irish pub. After that we headed over to the Metreon (where we sent the boys before dinner) and hung out for a bit, then hopped a streetcar back to FW and headed home to hang out with some beers, Matrix Revolutions (Which David bought for $10 on Market street(pirated copy)) and then Sleeping Beauty(which Alex gave to Shan at dinner). Revolutions licked my bleeding anal protrusions in the way which only a pretentious, imagination-lacking, overbudgeted film could. How sad.

Today we slept in then watched the old Christmas Carol and cleaned up a bit. After that I watched Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon while Shan surfed and then we headed out to get a christmas tree. I've got to say, this is probably the best christmas tree I've ever had. It's perfectly triangular and it's So big around. Woot! Shan and the boys decorated it while I lit a million candles, hung mistletoe and a wreath and patched every tack and picture hole downstairs as well as the raw edge of the new door we had installed a few months ago, all while listening to xmas music(including the awesome xmas mix Liam gave us(THANKS LIAM!)) I also ran out to TJ's and picked up a case of $2 Chuck (Beaujolais) and another case and a half of varying wines(cabs, merlots, ports, zins, bordeaux, a sangiovese, chianti, and a few others.) I swear, I love TJ's. I think I spent about $130 and got about 30 bottles of GREAT wine. Well, the $2 Chuck isn't great, but it's good. Anyway... Up until now I had been kind of lukewarm about the whole christmas thing, but now I've got the bug. I want to shop and wrap and decorate and drink eggnog and and and! Shan and I sat on the couch with all the lights out, just candles burning and the christmas tree lights, and just...well...sat. Content. Happy. We didn't say anything, we just held hands and looked around, glancing at each other every now and then with a smile in our hearts, though not on our faces. Do you know that smile? The smile that doesn't need to make itself apparent on your face because it's so obviously in your heart, your mind, and even in the air around you? I wish I had the vocabulary to express it. It was almost a solemn moment. Well, as solemn as it can be with "Oi to the World" playing in the background. ;-)

Union Square. I love the juxtaposition of the christmasy Tiffany's and Sak's with the palm trees. Even more because of all the [unseen in this picture] xmasy type stuff around us.

Christ, could I use any more parentheses?


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Dec. 14th, 2003 11:41 pm (UTC)
The bug is catching indeed. I was feeling so not into the holidays earlier in the month, but now it's ON! I was already a mess from watching Christmas Carol, and your post just made me tear up all over again.
Dec. 14th, 2003 11:49 pm (UTC)
Since I was a kid, A Christmas Carol has never failed to instill the spirit in me. Especially since I AM such a Scrooge most of the year. I'd like to work on being kinder throughout the rest of the year. I know a lot of my online persona plays off as a grouch, but IRL I AM pretty grouchy a lot of the time. The truth is, that only ends up hurting myself in the end. Something to work on I guess. If we were all perfect things would be boring.
Dec. 15th, 2003 05:58 am (UTC)
Which old version did you watch? I love the one with Alistair Sim.
Dec. 15th, 2003 09:33 am (UTC)
It was the 1938 version with Reginald Owen.
Dec. 14th, 2003 11:42 pm (UTC)
Do you know that smile? The smile that doesn't need to make itself apparent on your face because it's so obviously in your heart, your mind, and even in the air around you?

I think we gotcha. ;) Tis a great thing.

then hooked up with Alex, Lani and Liam for dinner at an Irish pub

So wha happa?
Dec. 14th, 2003 11:47 pm (UTC)
Nothing really. We just had dinner and a couple of beers. We all only spent an hour or so in each other's company. I was a bit frantic about the boys being in the city alone. Even though I knew they would be fine, and they were, it's my right as a mother to worry. ;-)
Dec. 15th, 2003 12:44 am (UTC)
The hooking up was pretty spontaneous. We had posted about being in the city and Alex said they'd be there too. Liam called us out of the blue and I called Alex and it went down within minutes. If we thought you'd be in the area we'd have called you.
Dec. 15th, 2003 06:07 am (UTC)
that is truly a lovely picture of ya'll.
Dec. 15th, 2003 09:36 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Dec. 15th, 2003 07:18 am (UTC)
i like the pic!
Dec. 15th, 2003 08:31 am (UTC)
Please ask your wife to stop being so GOSH DARN PRETTY. And tell yourself that too, while you're at it.
Dec. 15th, 2003 09:37 am (UTC)
I'm sorry, we just can't help it.
Dec. 15th, 2003 11:32 am (UTC)
That is a good picture... most pictures I've seen don't really do you guys justice, which is a damn shame.
Dec. 15th, 2003 09:45 am (UTC)
Yeah, that picture is nice. But why in the FUCK are you listening to Whitney Houston? Jesus Christ, does your personal taste censor even work?
Dec. 15th, 2003 09:54 am (UTC)
Dude, you know I love the cheese!
Dec. 15th, 2003 11:03 am (UTC)
Devo is cheese.

Spice Girls are cheese.

I'll even give you Aerosmith.

But Whitney Houston is just plain wrong.
Dec. 15th, 2003 11:02 am (UTC)
What a great pic.

"Revolutions licked my bleeding anal protrusions in the way which only a pretentious, imagination-lacking, overbudgeted film could. How sad."

Yeah, that's a pretty good summary of what I said about that film. Somewhere between Highlander 2 and Starship Troopers, Matrix: Revolutions sits in a corner, wearing a helmet and sniffing its fingers.

I've got the Christmas bug too, forthe first time in almost a decade. Woo!

Dec. 15th, 2003 05:56 pm (UTC)
What a good looking family.

I'm thinking you need a mistletoe belt though.
Dec. 15th, 2003 07:04 pm (UTC)
LOL! I'll see what Shan says about that.
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