My family is now on their way to the airport. They are all about quick goodbyes and no drama, although my sister started crying, which made me cry. And my mom hugged me a little too long. Ugh, if I think about it too much I'll start crying again.
We had a pretty good visit, with minimal fighting and lecturing etc. It was maybe a day too long of a visit, only because of my exhaustion from trying to keep them entertained though, not because they were awful or anything.
Christmas went well, I made dinner and it turned out alright: roast duck, carrots, potatoes and salad. I'm pretty please with how the duck came out. The carrots I made with the recipe we use at the Wash and that came out perfectly. It was a surprisingly easy/low-key event, doing all the cooking.
I believe everyone very much liked the gifts I gave. Budgeting makes me more thoughtful and I think it worked out for me. My parents weren't budgeting at all and got me both a new digital camera and a new laptop, which I am gleefully typing on right now. Everything on it all works so well! So shiny and fast and awesome. I'm a nerd, I know, but man, nothing is really quite so happy making as a new computer. I'm reformatting and cleaning up the old one, such as it is, to give to Jami to use basically as an internet machine. Hopefully it has enough life left it in it to be useful to her for a bit.
The camera is a 7.1 megapixel Canon PowerShot and wow does it take great pictures for such a little guy. I might try and get most of my jewelry photographed and up online this weekend (although I might just clean up a little then sit and stare for hours because my family's visit took a lot out of me). I am very excited to play with though. Also I figured out how to make it chirp like a bird instead of beep. So cute!
David came out to dinner with my family last night which was great because a) they already know and like him and b) it took some of the pressure off me. They came down to the Wash as I was getting off shift and ate, drank and laughed a lot. Met everyone I work with and, I think, generally had a great time. David gave me a little, green, carved soapstone hippo with squeazles painted on it. It's so cute I don't even want to put it with the other hippos in the collection, I just want to carry it in my pocket all the time.
Also my aunt sent me a lovely frame with this picture of my and my cousins. Lisa is the bride, (I'm cheek to cheek with her) and Katie and Keri are our other cousins. I really love this picture. I scanned it to save it and I think I'll keep the lovely framed one on my desk at work.
There's lots to say about my family's visit, our tour of Nashville, visit to Memphis, how grown up my sister is, and all but I'm so tired and I have so much else to do today (much of which includes staring off into space and pretending I have no responsibilities–right now that's very important).