My parents always have about five million people over for Christmas dinner, so we'd decided to to a small immediate-family thing last night. My parents, sister and I had dinner and opened gifts. My sister gave me (and before I say it, if any of you makes the obvious sick joke, I'll staple your head to the ceiling) a pair of hermit crabs, which completely blows my plan to avoid having pets for the rest of my life. It's especially unnerving because I like them. They need a bigger tank than the one they're in though, and there's a pet store only a stone's throw away from where I work, so I know what I'm doing on my lunchbreak tomorrow.
Anyway, after gifts, we watched The Nightmare Before Christmas, and I lay awake all night on one of the futons worrying about all the preparation that had to be done this morning prior to everybody getting here. When it happened, it was worse than I'd expected. So much cleaning and cooking and other such wonderful stuff, plus kids, the four dogs, six cats, etc., etc., etc... In retrospect it was fun, but it's the sort of thing that feels like an enormous hassle until it's over. I'm glad to be at home where my ears are not being constantly assailed by noise. Here are some irrelevant quotes from Christmas dinner with my relatives:
- "Donald Rumsfeld cries tears of blood just before he's about to attack. I should know -- I'm a lawyer."
- "Don't lie to me. You'll make the baby Jesus cry. Do you want Jesus to cry on his birthday?"
- "You probably know my friend Ryan's mom -- she was the school tramp."
- "Inspector Gadget or Johnny Depp. You gotta make a decision, and you can only eat one."
- "Oh look at me. I'm Pablo Picasso. I don't have any bones. My eyes are on the side of my head, which is flat so that I can glide underwater."
Anyway, yeah. Did I mention that I'm working tomorrow? Oh, I did? Okay. Well yeah, I'm working tomorrow. What's the point? A lot of the banks I deal with are going to be closed, and I'll have to spend the day looking busy. I suppose I could take a really long lunchbreak, but in the interest of being able to pay my rent, I don't think I will.