I have the week off from work, since Chris (my DC-dwelling son) is with us till at least Thursday - he may wind up the week and spend New Year's with some friends before he flies home on Saturday. He's keeping himself pretty well occupied while he's here - among other things, he's written some blog posts, watched some football, bought an iPhone and (finally!) joined Twitter - and will be sending home a boxful of new kitchen stuff he received for Christmas.
It's nice to be away from the office during what would most likely be a slow week anyway, but I tend to be a bit ambivalent about at-home "vacations." Since I'm home, there's always the temptation to do practical things instead of relax, and I don't end up really feeling like I've had time off like I do when I go somewhere. Does anyone else have that problem? But having said that, I spent most of Monday reading, writing, and not exerting myself all that much, and I must admit that I enjoyed it.
(L.) Indiana Vasquez (the fedora was a Christmas gift last year, but the jacket is brand-new)
(R.) Captain Spencer in his Lego Christmas fort
Speaking of Christmas, let's ask the "loot" questions...did you get some good gifts? Did everyone like what you gave them? Everyone at my house seemed pretty pleased with Christmas morning - even Katie (15), who didn't ask for much this year and made people guess about what to give her, so I guess we didn't do too badly on that front. The two things she did ask for - iTunes gift cards and Beatles Rock Band for the Wii - she got. We all tried out Beatles Rock Band on Christmas afternoon, and I may have finally found the game for me, as long as I don't try to play the instruments; I've been singing Beatles songs for years, and actually know the words to nearly everything already!
Since one of the gifts that Tall Paul gave me was the "Beatles edition" of Trivial Pursuit, he will one day find out just how much Beatles-related info - in addition to lyrics - clogs my brain! I also received some TV on DVD (two seasons of The Big Bang Theory, and the first seasons of Better Off Ted and Mad Men), but no books. However, I did get a Borders gift card, as well as a nice assortment of other gift cards; thanks to the iPod Nano that was at the top of my wish list, the iTunes gift card is already depleted. And once again, my very generous mother-in-law is subsidizing my trip to the BlogHer Conference - New York City, in August 2010!
I actually love to receive gift cards - they keep the fun going longer. Every one of us received movie-theater gift cards, so we won't have to pay for movie tickets for quite a while! (Tall Paul and I gave movie gift cards too, but not to anyone we live with.) Tall Paul and I used a gift card to see Sherlock Holmes on Saturday afternoon. It was entertaining - Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law played off one another well - but I felt that it was a bit of a mess in spots, with a plot involving a highly-placed conspiracy and occult elements that seemed just a bit Dan Brown-influenced to me. I've never read any of the original Holmes novels, but I'll just assume many liberties were taken. Still, it was fun, and RDJ is always very watchable.
I'll be posting my year-end reading wrap-up tomorrow, and I'm working on a more generalized "year in review" post this week too. I like doing the "reflection" posts, even though they usually turn out to be more work than I expect...but you're not likely to see a "resolutions" post around here. At this point, I don't have any major changes in mind for 2010, so we'll just see how things evolve.
Grandma and the grandkids, December 25, 2009What's going on during your between-holidays week? Are you at work or at home? Reflecting on the ending year and resolving for the coming one? It's Tuesday Tangents time, so tell me all about it!