Today is my first day back and work and at blogging since I went on “vacation.” That vacation included celebrating our annual family gift exchange, white elephant exchange and annual dinner on Christmas eve…and while technically I had to work on Christmas eve…I did get off at noon….leaving straight for the post office to but a stop on the mail delivered to my box until I returned today. Then it was off to pick up Grandma and take her to our house where guests had already started arriving….for good food, fun and general merriment. That lasted well into the evening – interrupted only by my grandma wanting to be taken back directly after dinner (we were- after some cajoling able to convince her to stay until after the gift exchange). Christmas Day festivities with immediate family was celebrated far later in the afternoon as Marie (my sister in law) had to work but we were glad to wait as you have not experienced a holiday until you have seen the glee with withc my sister-in-law opens presents. The following day was spent packing as the Thursday after Christmas I was off to Las Vegas…yes again….to spend time with BFM, exchange presents, ring in the new year…and catch a concert (Ricky Nelson Remembered) and two movies (27 Dresses- highly recommended and National Treasure- also recommended). I got back before the big storm hit…thankfully because I have a feeling I would have caught snow going over the mountains (I actually go over two and a half mountain passes in the 500 miles I travel to vegas). I have spent the last few days worrying about possible hail hitting my car, trying not to park under trees…and just decompressing. Then the storm hit and my Grandma was without power over 24 hours. We finally went and picked her up and brought her over to our house during a break in the storm so she could spend time in a warm house being mildly entertained by television…(we were watching The Holiday…which my mom and I liked…but my grandma not so much). Fifteen minutes into the movie or so my dad called to tell us the electricity was back on and Grandma was ready to be taken home. Urg.
So I come into work today…to find my office taken over by ants. Evil little black creatures that they are have ended up everywhere in our office. We just want to be rid of the suckers but they aren’t able to spray for them until Friday. On top of that..the heater is stuck on so it is boiling hot in here….and I mean hot. So if I don’t boil to death I may be carried away by ants. Hopefully neither will happen.