technocracygirl: Cartoon Raven from "Teen Titans" glaring at you from over the top of her book (Default)
Christmas Eve and Christmas day were very nice this year, but in the back of my head, there was a niggling little voice that kept saying "This is the last Christmas like this." That voice was there for Hannukkah too, but not quite the same. Hannukkah is much more spread out, and so the "adults-only"-ness also got spread out and diluted. But, especially the last two days, I kept thinking about how Kidlet would react to all of the tissue paper, the boxes, the lights, the trees, and all of the trappings that make up the Christmases that I married into. And, honestly, how much Kidlet will be enjoying it. Kidlet is going to have three sets of grandparents for which Kidlet is the only focus of their attention, and all of them love having little kids at the winter holidays. That's the big reason my mother hasn't hosted a Hannukkah celebration at her house in years -- the party, decorations, and trappings got dull without the kids in the house.

So next year, I will inherit the old decorations (and possibly get some new ones as well) and pick a night (or afternoon) to have the family Hannukkah party. (And I will make latkes with my mother, because I need to learn to make them well. The latkes this year were edible, but I wouldn't serve them to guests.) And Kidlet will start in on the joys of Sock Night, and Book Night, and Latke Night. And, (saddest of all for me), Kidlet will inherit the menorah that I have used since I was a very small child. My mother bought it in Israel with the intention of giving it to her first-born, which was me. And I always thought that I would give it to my first born. So night eight was a little bittersweet for me this year. Still, it's not like we don't have extra menorahs around the house.

I just looked up Hannukkah for 2011. Chabad says that it's December 20-28th. When is the weekend of Hannukkah? The 24th and 25th. This is going to get interesting. Perhaps there will be a Hannukkah party on Friday night, and we can light the Shabbat candles and the hannukiah at the same time. We shall see. I think [profile] wanderingfey may go into over-socialization mode by the 26th.
technocracygirl: Cartoon Raven from "Teen Titans" glaring at you from over the top of her book (Default)
I kind of want to air grievances about that weekend, but lately my posts have been ranty. So no.

The Halloween-stravaganza, what I was around of it for, was really very nice. I did have a good time, despite it all, and it was nice to see folks.

The chill-out gathering at [personal profile] lithera and [profile] pullthestars was more to my speed, but that's because I'm an introverty kind of girl. Plus, what is not to love about yarn and shoe shopping? (Despite the fact that I bought nothing.) And despite my detestation of all things zombie, Zombie Dice is an awesome game.

I now have my copy of Mischief, and I am thrilled! (With the additional stickers and trading cards. I need a very good place to put up the little one with a labyrinth and the message of "May you raise your eyes and never bow your head." It...means a lot to me.) I haven't listened to it yet. It'll probably get ripped onto my mp3 player first. We also picked up the new Alexander James Adams CD and one by Sharon Knight. She looked interesting, but we decided to just pick up our CD on Sunday and not stick around for the concert. It was a good decision.

And it looks like the Halloween decorations did the trick! (Also, the lack of rain.I poured buckets last year.) We got four trick-or-treaters last night! This despite not turning on our lights until about 6:30 pm. I fully applaud those parents and kids. (We are also rewarding their efforts with full-size candy bars, as both [profile] wanderingfey and I can *still* remember which houses gave out the full-size ones. We assume word will spread.)

We stopped by Central Market for groceries last night, and the area was mobbed with kids and parents. The shopping complex was giving out candy, and, well, yeah. The grocery store, except for the front, where the candy and the deli food counter were, was practically deserted.

I do not like this trend towards going to brightly-lit mall areas for trick-or-treating. Don't let your kid eat anything homemade, walk with them, and watch out for cars. How hard is that? If you can't trust your neighbors not to poison your kids, why do you live there? I swear, if our neighborhood goes dark on Halloween, I'll schlep the Hypothetical Child to their grandparents in Burien before I'll take them corporate trick-or-treating.
technocracygirl: Cartoon Raven from "Teen Titans" glaring at you from over the top of her book (Default)
This is just a little post to say thank you.

I am more blessed with companionship and fellowship than I deserve and can express. Thank you for being a part of my life.

May today be a day of joy and happiness for all of you. And if health isn't part of that yet, may your recovery come speedily and soon.

I love you.

Happy Thanksgiving!
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L'shanah tovah tikatevu!


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