Tomorrow I pick up my rental car and make the annual drive to the NC coast to spend Christmas with my family. As a gift to my Mom who has COPD and can't do all the things she wants to anymore, I have agreed to do all the cooking for the Christmas day meal. My brother and his girl will be flying in from Seattle and won't get there until late Christmas Eve so they won't be much help. I'll be using my Mom's recipes...many of which she got from her Mom. Seeing my brother will be good since we generally only see each other at Christmas.
I'll be doing a photo shoot with a former LJer who I now keep up with on FB. That will be fun.
For the first time in years, I'll be staying on through New Years so I can celebrate my Dad's 79th birthday with him. Not having a job to come back for has it's advantages!
Hopefully I'll be able to travel up to Northern VA as well to see my old friends from high school. If not, I'll plan a more lengthy trip for early next year.
Today is my 49th birthday. My Mom called me at 12:18 am to remind me how much pain I put her through getting me to come into the world! I'm falling asleep at work because I was up until 3 am getting 38 linoleum cuts printed and matted and sent out to my Dad this morning for some Scouting awards he wants to do. I'd have charged him labor and all but I owe him upwards of $2k so I'd feel guilty doing it. Friends had Deb and I over for dinner last night and a nice house concert. I've got a massage in about an hour and hope I don't fall asleep during that but it would not be the first time. Then Deb and I will go out to dinner at one of the local higher end restaurants. If the weather holds out for the weekend, I may drive down to Kentucky to see my spiritual sister Kim Upton and the Upton clan this weekend.
I've been building a TARDIS wit ha friend of mine. Don't know if I mentioned that or not. Rather he's building it and I'm paying for it. I'm the finder of the hard things too though. Like i found the little electronic doodad that will synch the lights to the trademark TARDIS sound and I ordered the authentic Police Callbox lock all the way from England. I also found the phone which will eventually ring and have some rather surprising voices on it. Our Maiden voyage will be on Iowa Public Television next weekend but we plan to set it up for the first time tomorrow afternoon. Hopefully it will actually travel through time and space and that way we won't have to drive it to Des Moines for the TV appearance next weekend.
I'm officially old. I bought Crocs a couple weeks back. Croc Bistros to wear around the house. My heel spur pain finally got bad enough to affect my knee because I was limping. So I talked to an orthotist friend and he pretty much ordered me to get Crocs for the arch support. I bought better arch supports for my shoes and today is my first day wearing my new (to me) Keen hiking boots. Gotta say I love them so far and I've not felt much pain today. Now I need to start taking the Glucosamine Chondroitin again for the knee and maybe I can avoid knee surgery which is prevalent in our family.
Take care of your feet and they will take care of you!