The holidays have been busy to say the least. They always are, except this year it seems like things are a little busier. I can't quite put my finger on why, though. Christmas at mom and dad's was really good. A lot of eating and napping and spider solitaire. I got for gadgets for my trip.
Everyone took turns trying on mom's wigs!
Dad just took it all in!
I made a trip to Waco to "meet the parents". I've been dating Daniel since July, and went home with him. Very nice family, really great guy!
While I was there I got to see my mom's dear friend Becca. Becca is a nurse practitioner and she and mom did their master's together. Becca's own mother died of ovarian cancer. So when we found out about mom's diagnosis, Becca was a huge help. She was especially helpful during the worst of mom's treatment; talking me through everything, telling me what to do and what questions to ask. Mom has always been the one to take care of the rest of us, and we were all helpless when it came to caring for her. Becca was a great source of comfort and reassurance.
On our way home we stopped at Dublin, Texas and got some Dr. Pepper made from cane sugar. I've heard people talk about how much better it is, so I expected great things. It was ok, but not spectacular like I was expecting. They sure do think a lot of their Dr. Pepper because I nearly coughed up a lung when they told me the total. It was like $5 a six pack.
We also went through Crawford, Texas and had coffee with W. He was a lot shorter than I expected, but very hospitable. Man, that first lady can bake some cookies!!!
New Year's was a trip. I spent the evening with Amanda and Ryan Gray, and the Wiggingtons. We went to the Elk's club for this musician we used to go see when the Grays lived in Lubbock. None of really knew anything about the Elk's club and weren't sure what to expect. It was definitely interesting to say the least. We were the youngest people there by 30 years. I can honestly say that up until that point I have never seen anyone two step to Billy Jean by Michael Jackson. We toasted the New Year around 12:10 and were served champagne out of dixie cups carted around to the tables in a John Deere wagon. I'm talking high class, y'all! The guy who did the toast was about 2 sheets to the wind and was telling us to raise our glasses in honor of our troops serving in KO-REE-UH. You know because we have all those troops in Korea. Nonetheless, it was just amazing to spend time with the Grays and Wiggingtons, and watching others make fools of themselves.
Good news! I have my suitcase a little over half packed. I weighed it and am under 25 lbs at this point. However, since we will be in London, I may have to pack a few heavier clothing items.
So leave me a note and tell me what made your holiday great!