The holiday season is going better than I expected. I feel pretty decent, the big crunch day is over, and I don’t think I’ve made anyone angry. I still feel guilty and a little sad about not being able to make it to my parents’ and in-laws’ places but feeling guilty and a little sad is okay.
My sister and her family drove into town today to catch a plane back home. I didn’t see them this time, but my dad stopped in for a short visit after he’d dropped them off at the terminal. We had a good chat and swapped some stories before he hit the road for home. It was nice that he took a little detour on his way home to stop in and say hello.
I’m grateful for the three or so hours that my sister and her family were able to spend here with J and I last week. It was really good to see them and my nephews amaze me with how much they’ve grown every time I see them. I’m also feeling guilty about not seeing them more often. J and I used to fly out to see them every once in a while, but I haven’t been able to do that for a while now. Maybe someday I’ll be able to travel like that again.
Things here have been going well. J and I opened our gifts and we both did pretty darn well. The highlight for me is a Weird Al Yankovic box set that’s shaped like an accordion. Every album he’s put out, plus some extras. It’s pretty cool.
I haven’t made any trips outside lately. I’d like to say it’s because of the cold (it’s been really cold around here for the last bit) but I just haven’t been able to put the oomph into it.
I’m not sure if I’m going to make any New Year’s resolutions this year. There are some pretty generic things that I think about, like keeping mindful and trying to be a better person, but I don’t want to set anything too specific. I might sound like a bit of a wuss, but I don’t think I need to put more pressure on myself to do something. If it happens, great. If not, it’s not the end of the world.
So, yeah. Things are going along pretty well. This has been a good holiday so far, and there are only a few more days until 2018. I wonder what next year will look like.