Thursday, December 23, 2010

Smiles Here. No, Really.

Okay, I lied. No smiles here, but I'm trying.

I didn't want to end my year of blogging on a dour note, so instead I'll give you the lead-in into my holiday weekend:

Yesterday I spent all day painting the afore-mentioned pictures (and yes, I did end up including the girlfriend), then spent three hours last night making the Martha Washington candy I included in my Be Jolly, By Golly! blogfest post. Dude, that shit's worse to make then I remember. But tasty. However, I lick so much off my hands while I bake that I feel sick when it's done.

I've been estranged from my family for six months, but we made up this past Monday, so this afternoon hubby and I are going over to have Christmas with them and eat dinner. I'm nervous and anxious and trying to be positive about it, but it ain't happenin'. I also made brownies to take over there. And since I wasn't counting on things being reconciled, I did frantic shopping, so the gifts are on the lame side.

And after we leave my parents, we're swinging by the house to pick up the kittens and heading down to my in-law family. My bro-in-law lives in Maryland, so we only get to see him twice a year; therefore, it's a big deal.

I'm secretly looking forward to keeping the kittens at their house for 5 days. They've been incredibly rotten the last few days, and my in-laws' cats scare the stuffing out of them. So there, kittens. Take that.

When I got out of bed this morning, I kicked the wall and broke my toenail. Then I cut myself shaving in the shower, dropped my contacts on the floor, and saw that the kittens have put the last nail in the Christmas tree's coffin.

I'm hoping all of this is getting the bad stuff out of the way so the holiday festivities are enjoyable.

I never got my mild case of flu, so I'll be reminding myself to smile.

Happy Holidays! 


DL Hammons said...

I can see now why you might be a little bit of a sour-puss towards Christmas. Good luck with the family!! You could always put a little something extra in your brownies...and it would be a VERY MERRY holiday for all! :)

Take care on the roads!!

Sarah Ahiers said...

the good thing about all the possible bad things that could happen is, even if they do happen, they'll be done with after a few hours.
So Meryy Christmas! And internet hugs from me!

Catherine Denton said...

Oh man, that's a LOT to deal with on Christmas. Keeping my fingers crossed that it will be good and things will get better from here. **Hugs**

P.S. Would you be able/willing to post a picture of your painting? I'd love to see it!

Old Kitty said...

Oh no!! Your toe and cutting yourself - ow, ow, ow!!! I hope you're ok now and fingers crossed the flu doesn't materialise!!!!

I have everything crossed for you that the horrid bits are now behind you and that the start to your holiday season will be just fine!!!! Take good care, hugs to your kitties, hang on to your positive energy and just think - christmas comes but once a year!

Enjoy!! And well done with your paintings and drawings!!!!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad you made up with your family - hope it goes well.
And let us know if the fur flies at your in-law's house!

Emy Shin said...

That's a lot to do and so much stress to handle for Christmas. I hope everything will turn out happy for you! :)

Colene Murphy said...

Have an awesome time with your family this year! I'm with you, definitely getting the bad stuff out of the way first! Good stuff from here on in!! (poor kittehs! ;)

Merry Christmas!

Melissa Hurst said...

I hope everything goes well with your family. Try to relax and have a wonderful Christmas:)

Liza said...

Stay positive Summer. Only let in the joy. Merry Christmas.

yokohamamama said...

All the bad stuff definitely has to be done now--that's probably what the toenail was about...a sign of the end (ow! ow! sympathy pains...)

Something my mom used to say to my sis and me, over and over:

"Life is short. Don't spend it fighting with your family."

Let the bad stuff go :-)) Wishing you a *happy* Christmas! (Even if the kittehs destroy the tree...I do understand that--we couldn't keep my kitteh from climbing the tree, either...)

Jemi Fraser said...

I hope the kittens learn to behave from those cats!

Enjoy a wonderful Christmas with all sides of your families. Hope everything works out for the best! Take care

Lola Sharp said...

Hehe, I like DL's plan. ;)

I hope the drama is low and the love and humor is high.

And the kittens get humbled.

Let the festivities begin!
Love you and my mittens.

Natascha said...

Sounds like a holiday is exactly what you need :)

Jayne said...

Aw Summer. It sounds like a tricky time of year for you, but I really hope you are pleasantly surprised and everything works out just lovely for you. Warm wishes for the holiday season and New Year!

Rick Watson said...

Yikes. I thought I had trials and tribulations.
Good luck and Merry Christmas.

Dominic de Mattos said...

I hope Christmas was a million times better than you dared hope and that it really was a merry Christmas!


Jamie Gibbs said...

I think with all that bad stuff the universe will balance itself out with an awesome Christmas (I hope!)

Diane J. said...

Hope you had a good Christmas and that all worked out well.

Unknown said...

I certainly hope that everything stays good. There are a thousand cliches I would love to spout - they just come to mind so readily here.

Rather than do that, I'll just say I like your writing. You keep people engaged, you're open and you are real. Good luck in life.

Make yourself worth reading and the rest will follow.

Draven Ames

The Words Crafter said...

Bless your heart! I know you're having a tough time, but you honestly made me laugh out loud and choke on the nerds I stole from my husband's office!!!

I totally understand about family...and I hope it went well. I have that kind of thing going on myself. Not great fun, huh?

Well, I read on a blog that moonshine is going to soon be available in liquor stores! That's something....

I have some goodies for you on my blog....but I don't know when you'll be back home.

Hope the kitties survived and are, ahem, down a couple notches :P