What a relaxing few days I have had. Although my legs are falling asleep as I write this (sitting on the floor at Barnes and Noble) I feel refreshed and ready to take on next week and the coming holiday chaos.
For Thanksgiving it was just Mom, Dad, and I. We divided up the meal and each cooked a couple things. Dad got a little ticked when Mom and I voted not to dress for dinner. He really likes to observe holidays and other important events by dressing up. He says that it is a way to show respect for the event. Usually that is fine with us but Mom agreed with me that we just wanted to keep things low key and unstressful this year. Also, I hadn’t brought anything that I could even fake to be more dressed up than pajamas. That would have been awkward, Dad in a tie and smoking jacket, Mom dressed up too, and me in my loungewear. 🙂
Not only did the three of us get along it was a good time too. The food was all ready right on time which seemed rather miraculous as well. Overall, it was a nice time. Oh, after dinner we smoked cigars and sat around the firepit enjoying the night. Mom is a pyro so she kept putting large handfuls of leaves and pinestraw on the fire to make it blaze up. I told her I thought she had opened the doorway to hell because of the 5-6 foot tall flames she created.
Let’s see. It was so nice to sleep finally. Having spent Monday night awake as well as Tuesday due to being stressed about work and other stuff falling into a warm bed Wednesday night and sleeping for 12 hours was just bliss. I am pretty sure that the wine and martini helped but being at home just helps me to relax. I wonder if my house will ever have that effect on me or if there is something about being with my parents that creates that calm.
I didn’t get to talk to my brother on the phone on Thanksgiving because my parents didn’t tell me he was on the phone. But when they were done talking to him Mom said he said hello and that he had used my turkey recipe to make his dinner. I had been upset that they hadn’t told me he was on the phone but I was so touched by what she said that I got over it quickly.
So, part of my stress has been that I really felt like I had messed up things with a friend of mine. He had told me he liked me and I was just so freaked out. So the next time I saw him I told him that I wasn’t going to call him again. Which wasn’t what I wanted but I was freaked out. On Thanksgiving I called him to say that I was freaked out but that I did like him and wanted to see him again. It went okay. At least I was able to stop thinking about it which was the real goal of the phone call.
I am seated under the “The NEW SAT and how to beat it” and “How to Write a Winning College Entrance Essay” books. It is making me self-conscious. I swear that I am not nearly as smart today as I was as a junior in high school when I had an immense vocabulary, could actually do a logarithm problem, and new about covalent bonds. But I guess I have more wisdom now then I did then. You can’t have it all I guess 🙂