Our quiet Christmas -- 12/26/09

If you have just wandered in from Holidailies and wonder who's who, there's a brief introduction to various characters at the end of this entry...

We had a very quiet Christmas...

Nancy and I got up around eight o'clock, had coffee, sat around reading the morning newspaper. Nancy usually makes pancakes for Christmas breakfast, but this year decided that French toast using panne dolche (a bread filled with raisins and other bits of sweet dried fruit). Traditionally we sit around the tree with coffee and open presents before breakfast, but this year hunger drove us to eat (saving some of the French toast for Jill to reheat if she woke up hungry).

When Eli (Jill's boyfriend) came over we sent him to bring Jill a cup of coffee and eventually we got around to the opening of Christmas presents.

Tiger enjoying one of his presents. (It's a package of little replacement bags of catnip for his toy mouse.)
Jill and Tiger
A father & daughter photo

That big mysterious box shown in my Christmas Eve entry turned out to be a home theatre audio system for Nancy & me from Jill & Jeremy. (I guess now I should seriously start looking for a decent-sized flat panel HD TV to replace the old TV you can see behind my head in the above photo.)

Nancy & I and Jill & Eli went over to Janet & Tom's for Christmas dinner along with their three (adult) children and Nancy's mother and Nancy's sister Cathy and her (adult) and her boyfriend. (Delicious dinner, thanks Janet.) We got home just in time for a phone call from Jeremy on his vacation in Costa Rica. We asked him what the weather was like down there and he told us that he was sitting outside while talking with us and, despite it being evening, he was sweating. (And we are still snow-covered.) Then later on I had a nice telephone chat with my brother. Then we watched Frost/Nixon... which I found it to be fascinating... and both Frank Langella (as Nixon) and Michael Sheen (as David Frost) were excellent (but I swear that every time Sheen smiled his toothy white smile I kept flashing back to his portrayal of Tony Blair in The Queen).

Today has also been a quiet, low stress day. We spent most of the afternoon sitting by the fireplace reading books. Tonight I think we will sit by the fireplace doing some more reading, until we finally get up the energy to watch a DVD.

Hope you are all having pleasant and relaxing holidays.

A brief introduction for those of you wandering in here from Holidailies for the first time: I'm just a middle-aged guy (but somehow I hit 66 on my last birthday) who lives in Rhode Island with my wife Nancy (a middle-school math teacher), daughter Gillian ("Jill" -- 27 yr old college student and baker), son Jeremy (24 yr old restaurant cook and part-time college student), and Tiger (senior citizen cat). Eldest child Adam lives in New York City with his wife Leah and our grandsons Sam and Milo. I'm a former programmer/systems analyst who got involved with software training and instructional design. For the past several years I have been working from home (you can't beat the short commute!) doing quality assurance and editing on course material for both classroom courses and Web-based training courses for a very big computer company. I've been writing this online journal since 1996.

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