fri...teach a fitness class...work and receive bonus check...take a few lessons from first pro for auld lang syne.....hear that son didn't get the job he applied for but was offered a different one but it is commission based....sigh...better than nothing but not great...we will work with it til something else turns up....long week, long month, sipping some tequila and telling myself it will be allright
Oh JA, I still do the "real deal" c.c. Cookies, that said, a boatload of GS friends and several,family members have truly serious food allergies that have challenged me to re-create so they are not "left out" , especially the little ones, the cookies disappeared so fast I had to make three more batches for the school and neighbor's. Which is exactly what I did yesterday. Lol, wink.
Lesson, Magic, omg did that really happen
Bake bake bake
Observe snow falling, turning to freezing rain, turn to rain, and, at last, the Plow Guy!!
In to NYC with DB#4, to watch competition, have a glass of wine, just have girl face time in general; weather gods are benevolent, we get street parking, a restaurant in the neighborhood we used to like but haven't been to in years is still open and still good; one amateur couple is well worth watching; all in all, a good evening
Theater matinee on 59th street near Park Avenue; this is THE SUNDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS, what was father thinking booking theater on THE SUNDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS not to mention it's basically around the corner from the Trump Tower, which means traffic is epically fubared; note to self: NO MORE THEATER IN THAT AREA b/c the police presence and gazillion tourists make it basically unmanageable; show is pleasant, but it took longer to drive in than to watch the show
Stop at a party on the way home; my teeny weeny town (300 people, more or less) has a nice party, which I have skipped for ages, but since father is kind of a celebrity here, we go; I see some people I havent' seen since I babysat for them, some totally new to me; some are writers, some are television personalities (srsly!) some are patronizing; all in all, a party
Lesson, epically terrible; Teach threatens beatings, throttling, etc.*; why does this happen after the good ones?
Home; more baking, and I must never, ever make this recipe again b/c they are THAT GOOD and I want to eat them all; also make chicken soup, just because
Too tired to go to group class *and* my back hurts, but go anyway; turns out to be a good thing b/c I needed to move, and voila, back no longer hurts
* he would NEVER but he joke-threatens from time to time
Final plans for Christmas Day dinner at our house, mapped out, calls made, check list of side dishes everyone is bringing and THEN, of course, IT IS GOING TO RAIN...ok. soooooooooooooooo, this is the holidays, remember reminder to DH as he moved little fridge to living room so I could put huge turkey in to defrost for a few days.
We both try to remember the last time we did this...ok, let's just say, we can't remember.
DH goes with me to store, because he wants to get out of house, groceries loaded, DH proceeds to tell me how frozen he is from the store and builds a fire in the fireplace at 10 a.m. uhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
Text msgs from ballroom friends "where are you?" as the showcase was this past weekend.
Me? uh, learning to walk again, like really walk, not stroll. lol, wink.
Final gifts wrapped. We do small things, except for the grandkids,,,then it's our hearts desire.
DH and I pass out really early, like EARLY,,,and yet sleep a record number of hours. Note to self: you would have thought we had been to a New Year's Eve party, we were that exhausted,,,,hmmmm maybe go to a really cold store again, it apparently makes him sleep" lol.
Made it through 3 laps, cleaning up dining room table from baking.
Tested out counter top oven, watched DH work out like mad anticipating a Honey Baked Ham and tradition for Christmas Day.
Basically, other than the Farrell cat catching a big blue jay, pretty darn quiet.
Lesson an improvement on Tuesday
Social dancing with DB#1 in the evening; my absolutefaveomg leader, whom I haven't seen in years, shows up; this warms my heart all to hell and gone until DB#1 swoops in and interrupts my negotiation with him and just plain snags the tango I was about to snag; I chewed her out (with humor and gently) all the way home in the car; hey, folks, is this a guillotine-offense or just suck it up?
More baking, including a measurement error that means I make twice the cookies I intend to; half that batter is still sitting in the fridge, waiting for me to bake it
Pick up old friend at airport; she and I figure out we've been friends for thirty years; this starts a week of celebration and fun
up 5:30; start baking 5:45
Finish tree, decorating house, making Xmas eve dinner, cleanup, etc so by the time people arrive, all I want to do is go to bed
Two unexpected guests, family, a surprise that makes father v happy
Much food, much unwrapping; this year, one of the attendees is very pregnant and so there are extra warm feelings rolling around
Brain dead slackjawed watching of movies on tv
More family visits
Make error in timing judgment and dinner is not finished until about 9:30pm, which is not how we usually roll, oopsie, so we have a long drawn out dinner (salad at six, spuds at 8, roast at 9:30, pretty funny in some ways)
Take Friend to NYC to Metropolitan Museum, then go down 5th avenue to look at store windows (Barney's, Bergdorf's, Tiffany); traffic is eerily light, we get parking on the street near the stores, traffic on the way home is even lighter; wotthe? Oh, snap, today is the day-off holiday, no banks, offices, stock exchange etc so it was a perfect day to go do tourism stuff in the city
Home; force self to stay awake til 9pm
rough day....learned that my one time best friend for about 15 years, from whom I have been estranged for about 7 years is likely going to pass away soon....I didn't know that she was ill ...we parted ways over some fairly significant differences but not with any sort of falling out....her youngest child is our god daughter....she has a very young grandson that she will be leaving behind....very difficult news....additionally the circumstances with our son's ongoing struggles with adult-ing are not yet yielding hopeful outcomes and we have some pending financial stresses...so it has been a very stressful and difficult time...on the flip side, I have a new client, who is Muslim (which is rare in these parts) and it has been a delightful and warm opportunity to build kindness and trust....so, keeping the holiday lights off tonight and sipping some tequila as I think of Darla whose deep dimples and strong views were such an important part of my late twenties and thirties and praying for her family whose pain I understand too well
Went to Pasadena to meet up with ballroom sister friends for lunch and "Jackie" movie.
Noted the ever famous grandstands for the Rose Parade are up, no camping out till Sunday evening for parade and it has become a very busy City.
Picked up GS, invited his neighborhood pals, played PieFace, screams of delight to the point that their parents showed up and wanted to see what this was all about as they could hear the laughter. It was pretty funny.
Football for DH.
Fainted at credit card bill.
Returned new non-fitting ski boots.
Sought out Horse Rescue near by - as a potential volunteer. Decided, this is my year to get out and do things I am more interested in, even, maybe, beekeeping! Although I am loving the worm farms idea. Hahahaha.
The Week of Friend Visit continued with shopping, moviegoing, (LaLa Land!), cooking, etc.
Take friend to airport at 4:30am; home by 6:10, back in bed by 6:15
Home, start cooking and prepping for New Year's Day party; spend rest of day doing that
More cooking and prepping for party
In-house nephew starts prepping for his own NYE party
Other nephew, his wife, their four kids come to visit Great Grandpa; my brother and SIL show up, more present-opening, more food, more cousins show up, at one point there are 13 people in my kitchen, so my party prep is over
Go to a ballroom NYE party; better than staying home NYE but it's one of those days that make me wonder if I'm the worst dancer in the world
Home; z by 2
Up and at em by 8am, b/c people are showing up at 3 and I have Things To Do
Run out of trash bags, plastic wrap and foil by 9am (seriously, folks; if you KNOW there's a party soon, please do not use the last trash bags and not replace them, seriously, please); emergency call to DB#4, who arrives, rescues, helps with setup, and is generally calm and wonderful
Manage to have all ready by party time, which is a good thing, b/c some folks actually arrive ON TIME; who does this? ;-) after that, all is chaos and fun, about 75 people, lots of wine and talking; some surprises, including someone who invited himself and four other people, which was hilarious, and stayed until about 3 hours after the party was over, which was also hilarious, but he also cleaned up and took leftovers home, yay
Bed by 11ish
Lesson and coaching for upcoming competition; this was useful, eye opening, not nearly as stressful as I expected, and all good
Order a new (used) gown to try on; fingers crossed; I've been wearing my Smooth gown for five years and I love it, but would be nice to have a plan B
Cofeee with DB#4, who also had coaching; we compare notes, write up our observations, etc
Home; lunch; nap; soup; bed; I think I slept for about 11 hours all told
Lesson, in which the process of integrating coaching info gets a rocket-boost
Tea with across the street neighbor, who has been in and out of hospital; she is a writer, and talks of her newest book, her inspirations, etc etc and it's a cross between feeling privileged to be hearing this and, well, envy, b/c she's so damn good (I'm talking Pulitzer/Nobel-level good)
Dinner with father/brother/SIL at favorite restaurant; been too long since I've done this
To House of Ex; he has not paid his bills in months, and I finally let pity take over and offered to do it for him, every month; this was the first, big, catching-up event; also start the process of making most of his bills auto-pay, so he won't ever have this problem again
Cancel web hosting
Close website finally for realz
Cancel my email; well, not really, just drop down to email only for a month, while I organize something else, which I start organizing
RUN OUT OF BOOKS TO READ which in this house is saying something
no idea where to begin...short version....son and dh have bad colds, holidays must go on....people need to work out at my house in the a.m. and are counting on me and things are busy at work...I lose a friend... long time friend, get my chops busted hard at work over two different difficult death scenarios where I am in the wrong place at the wrong time despite massive efforts on my part to have it be otherwise....3 different family holiday events must be cooked and cleaned for, then there are car troubles with dtr's car and mine.....there are also mysterious back pains, and female health issues and drama over son's current life scenario as well as dh's firm's compensation meetings coming up, plus I have a comp in a month for which I am not prepared....struggling with my aging, the current political moral dynamic, and the state of affairs of the world in general....think a few days alone to collect and gather myself are in order....
Lesson, in which coaching from previous week really starts to have huge effect
New gown arrives in the mail; not thrilling, alas; yes, it's a used gown, but it needs more repair than it's worth
Group class: foxtrot, my favorite form of crack
Mess with my hair for pre-competition strategies; this involves huge amounts of hair products, not my usual thing
Bring new gown to lesson, Teach does not approve, but rest of lesson goes well; at a certain point, we fix something in foxtrot that's been going off the rails for months, and it's just so.damn.cool.
Home; wash all that product out of my hair
Spend much time trying to get approval to return gown; this is not going well, shall we say
Interestingly bad headache; decide not to go to group class