Sunday After Christmas, 12/28/2002
(More photos to follow mom, I promise!)
On Saturday we packed up the clan and drove some 456 miles from Leesburg, VA to Glens Falls, NY to see my Mom, as well as my brother, his wife, and his children. For clarity, in future we will reference this bunch as EMLAMBLAO--Elly(my mom), Mike(my bro), Loretta (my sis inlaw), Andrew(my nephew-5), Molly(niece-7),Benny(dog),Luna(feral cat adopted by my mom),Appla Pie(Mike and Loretta's cat), and O(Mike and Loretta's other cat-- I don't rememeber the name).
So the drive was fairly painless. We alternated painfully slow stops waiting for my two year old to eat 4 chicken McNuggets with many tiny, thought ful bites (Eat! Eat!) and me turning our bland brown minivan into a hurling bastion of highway terror blasting up I-81 through Pennsylvania at about 80 mph. Well, allright. No minivan can really go that fast. But we did keep up with traffic. And I passed a Saab. At least once. :^)
So after 6 hours driving and what seems like 25 hours of food served by people with nametags we finally arrived and it was good to see my family. My cousin Jen showed up with boyfreind Paul in Jenny's fasionable beatle. Paul was a good sport and treated us all like human beings, witch is more than I deserve. Seriously, though it was good to see Jen, and I thought the whole meet the family thing went pretty well (Jenny--sorry if I overdid the whole "my family are a bunch of cannibals schtick')
Sunday AM, many presents! A second christmas. Well, not in the biblical Chirst is reborn sense, but more in a hey ! look at all the retail spending b oosting the economy sense. My children, oblivious to the many guilt issues that encumber me were delighted beyond belief. I would travel through hell to see them cavort with such joy. Sometimes in small doses, even in large ones, it is good to see a little excess. Life is good.
I am trying to search my recollection of the past week, but all I get is little flashes, here and there. We saw part two of lord of the rings which wa awesome. I drank about 256 ounces of diet coke during the three hour movie, which did awesome things to my bladder, and kept me awake until about 1AM. We ate out too frequently, the brrod played in what seemed a ridiculaously huge amount of snow, some 36 incihes of fluffy dry stuff in a week. I slept in every day, my mom getting up with the kdis every morning, bless her. Fighting with the assholes at Quaker TV when we tried to return a broken VCR to them and the idiot who owned the store literally made excuses up your face like some seedy used car dealer from a comic book. The amazing thing was that a small business was competing with Wal-Mart by giving shitty service and bad attitudes.
More stuff, I'll try and post later. Photow will follow. peace --Pete