Beginning when I went to college all family “traditions” surrounding the holidays kind of went away. At first, it was a little depressing to not have  the holidays like I remembered them from my childhood, but now I kind of look forward to the holidays and how there is a little bit of flexibility and it’s never the same two years in a row. This year, my sister (who is a nurse) had to work on Christmas eve night and subsequently Christmas day so she was kind enough to host a little Christmas eve meal. I drove down to Charlotte on Christmas eve to spend a few hours with my parents, sister and brother-in-law and open presents and eat some delicious food. This year I contributed the green bean casserole, which never having tried it until this year, I must say, it is not my favorite. I think next year I’ll try to make something I like. We ate and opened presents and watched most of the first season of 24, then I headed back to Durham/Hillsborough to visit with the Chaney fam.

My sister was working until 11 on Christmas morning and then she and her husband were going right back to Durham to visit with his family, and my parents were leaving early to go to Wilmington to visit my grandpa (whom I visited earlier in the week) and I just didn’t want to drive on Christmas day. I drive 80 miles (if I go straight to work and back) during the week every day so Christmas day I just wanted to wake up close to where I would spend the day. The Chaneys were so kind to let me bunk with them, and so I got to partake in their Christmas festivities which was awesome. Having kids around at Christmas is just so much fun. We spent the morning eating chocolate, playing Rock Band and constructing various things out of Legos. It was great. Not to mention the incredible snow, it was just a perfect Christmas all around. I cannot believe it, but I didn’t take a single picture anywhere… not at my sister’s, not at the Chaney house, not of the snow… not of anything. Nor did I really look at my phone, or open my laptop. Sweet vacation. 
I was supposed to head to DC on Sunday, but because of the weather I am still in my lil’ apartment in Garner. I have some work stuff to do (reluctantly) and have taken on a new craft project to keep me occupied this week while I don’t have to work. I rearranged my room in an attempt to make room for some furniture that my parents are keeping for me so that they don’t have to keep using their storage space for it. Now I am in possession of this sweet little end table. I have the perfect spot for it next to my bed, but given it’s aged state I am going to give it a fresh coat of paint and some new hardware. I was going to do it a crazy bold color but I don’t really feel like spending the time outdoors spray painting so I am just sticking with white, which I can do (carefully) in my living room with a paintbrush. I’ll do some fun accent fabric inside the drawers and put some colorful Anthropologie hardware on the drawers. I am quite excited to actually buy something from that store… normally I just go in, mouth gaping and wander around looking at stuff. To be honest, hardware is probably the only thing I can afford….
Anywho, school starts back January 3, so in the meantime I’ll be crafting, catching up with friends, trying to get rid of this cold/respiratory issues that I’m sure my wonderful students are responsible for, and watching a lot of Friends DVDs. My sweet boyfriend got me a DVD player for Christmas and I’ve just been putting in the Friends one right after the other. Happiness. I’m also going to attempt getting an oil change and settling up with the Smithfield police… I may or may not have gotten a ticket recently for an expired registration. Yay adulthood. Happy Holidays! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are prepared for what will undoubtedly be a great year in 2011!

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