December 25th, 2008

light in the darkness

[future-dated] Isaiah 9:2

"Original English text taken from the Scriptures by Charles Jennens (1700-1773)."
-Program Text for Handel's Messiah, Handel and Haydn Society, 2007-2008 Season

Aria (Bass)
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light. And they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
(Isaiah IX, 2)
professional me, self

Christmas 2008

Last night, my mom was telling us about the most ridiculous euphemism she had heard for dying: "he made the transition."  My brother goes, "To the Dark Side?"  I said that my first thought was, "Now he's a girl?"  I told that to my dad this morning and he pitched backward in silent laughter.

Last night we also opened the package from my mom's best friend, which had arrived the previous day.  My mom's various presents had plastic frogs taped onto the wrapping.  She took one off and it lit up with different changing colors.  Ditto another one.  In trying to figure out what she did to activate it, she said it had a "heiney button."  I said, "Oh, so they're prostate-activated gay frogs."

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It was weird to wake up this morning looking out a window at a yard where most all the snow had melted.

I think we started opening gifts around like 11am.  Maureen came over for 2pm dinner.  (I got Prince Shells & Cheese!  Everyone else had Boston Market chicken.)  Linnea stopped by around maybe 4?  (Things I learned: both her kids are adopted; the Boston Animal Rescue League has a microchip program; postal workers have their own Florida retirement community).  I graciously did not avoid my grandmother at all.

[Edit: For my reference, the jokes from this morning:
+ One of the gifts for my mom, my brother (incorrectly) guessed "cheese popcorn." This became a running joke as a guess for just about every gift.
+ My mom got my dad a "Bah Humbug" Santa hat, saying she knew she was taking a risk. Later, my brother was opening a gift from her and said it seemed like a book. I said, "Mom wouldn't be stupid enough to give you a book." He said, "Mom takes risks." And indeed it was a book, and not even an explicitly practical one at that.]

I had considered the possibility of staying an additional night, but I was fading this evening, so my dad graciously drove me home around 7:30 after everyone else had left.

katemonkey says, "Secret Slasha is temporarily delayed whilst I recover from this deathly cold I've managed to pick up."

I have seen Yuletide rec posts popping up on my flist but haven't actually read any fics except an xkcd fic: "The Amazing Adventures of Hat Guy and the Girl Who Stole His Hat."

I look forward to a lazy day tomorrow.