Leading up to Christmas, I took advantage of more double-overtime weekends at work. The money was worth going in for a few hours on a Saturday.
Plus there were Christmas shopping trips and Christmas parties. Meri was home for a few days, just in time for parties at both Sarah’s and our Aunt Elaine’s. Paul and I went into Sarah’s with the intention of only staying a couple hours and getting up for church in the morning to be good Catholics so they’ll let us wed, and we ended up having a good time just hanging out and dicking around and stayed really late, slept in really late, and missed church like the actual humans we are. Then it was off to Lainie’s, which was the usual fun with the extended family. It was nice that Meri and Erio happened to be home for that this year.
Afterwards, we went over to Erio’s parents’ place for a little bit for a small gathering dubbed “All Holidays Matter.” I was enticed by the possibility of burning a Russian flag–which seems even more appropriate in light of recent revelations–but Erio forgot to buy one, so instead, it was just an evening of bullshitting. Which was fine and nice. Sometimes, just dicking around and talking for a couple hours is the best way to spend an evening.
Paul’s sister Julie and her boyfriend, Michael, came into town from Erie around the same time, so we had dinner with them and the rest of Paul’s family that Monday night. I was hoping to squeeze in drinks or something alone with Julie and Michael, but unfortunately, the timing wasn’t right–and it sucks because lately, we’ve really bonded over the difficulties of dealing with Paul’s mom while dating one of her kids. The good news is that being adults means we can pretty much go see Julie and Michael whenever we want, it’s just that I’m not really inclined to go up to Erie in the winter. We’ve been having a few unseasonably warm days, so maybe in the next few weeks. The other issue is going to be that wedding planning is going to start really ramping up soon, plus we’re talking about apartment shopping. I just have to actually call someone to go look at some places.