Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Happy Day After......


Here's hoping that each and every one of you had a wonderful Christmas. Y' all take a nap now, ya' heah?

We did our family gathering on Christmas Eve, and a good time (with great food) was mandatory, as usual. We had ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, broccoli, cranberries, apple and pecan pies, and we all were stuffed by the end of the meal.

The children opened their family presents after dinner, and still had Santa's haul to open this morning. We heard that everyone was pleased with the presents, although some who hate to read directions got a little frustrated when operation of some of the more technical items proved to be difficult. A "build-your-own-radio" had static and Ipod Shuffles had to be programmed (immediately, if not sooner!!)

We watched some sports on the new flat-screen TV at my daughter's house; ice-skating and Olympic quality gymnastics look better on the flat screen, although it made the performers look shorter and chubbier than in real life. The "stretching" of the picture to fit the screen makes that happen, it was explained.

On Christmas Day, we tried to see "Dream Girls" but it was sold out in two places! We drove around in a heavy rain, hoping to find a theater that still had tickets for an early showing, but alas, none did. We came back home and resigned ourselves to watching TV, napping and blogging for the rest of the day....not a bad way to end a busy holiday season.......right?

On BET; not a usual station for me to view, I found a series of "In Living Color" shows, featuring the Wayans Family and Jim Carrey. There were 2-3 straight hours of shows, which would have continued until 10pm, but they replaced some with a retrospective on James Brown, who died Christmas morning. I had been wanting to see some reruns of In Living Color and while they did not show my favorite skits, there were plenty enough to please! They even had Jennifer Lopez as a "Fly Girl".

Tonight I found International Ballroom Dancing on PBS. I love to watch dancing, and this is the creme-de-le-creme of competitions. My favorite - Tony Dovolani - was the runner-up in the Best of Show portion of the contest. You may remember seeing him on Dancing With the Stars.

We start ripping down Christmas decor at the clubs and restaurants this morning, and preparing for a big New Year's Eve wedding. My brother-in-law arrives Thursday for a 4-day visit, so the season isn't really over for me. My presence here might be sparse in the next week, so just in case I don't see you, have a very Happy New Year!

22 comments:

srp said...

Sounds like you had a great two days. We had our traditional potica bread and bacon and coffee and started in on the presents. My brother called at 3pm so we could thank him and at least let him have a bit of company. He leaves this morning for Dresden.

Dak-Ind said...

sounds like your time went very like ours. we too had our family get together on christmas eve... with everyone returning to work between 2 and 6 am on tuesday, doing all that stressful stuff on monday seemed unkind to the ahrd working men around here.

michele sent me.

Anonymous said...

Good Morning After! Glad it was a good time for you. We did lots and lots of cooking this year, as gifts and adding to various potlucks. My first year with squash soup - it was delicious.

Directions + men have been a problem since Biblical times. As long as nobody burst into flames, it's a success.

Happy continuing holiday season!

Seamus said...

Sounds like wonderful days Judy!

We did the new James Bond movie - I have to say it was much better than I expected. "Dream Girls" is on our list too!

Maya's Granny said...

Ah, time zones. Here I am, checking in to wish you a merry Christmas while it still is here, and it's already tomorrow there.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Sounds like you had a lovely Christmas Judy, except for not getting to see "Dreamgirls"...
I was amazed to read that you consider 'the season' over now that we are past Christmas...I guess it doesn't end for me till after New Year's, and I thought that was the case with mosr people...see, you learn something new every day....!

Alan G said...

Love the picture....

Looks a bit Norman Rockwellish to me. Thanks for sharing - and "ditto" on the ballroom dancing.

And....a very Happy New Year to you!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

You're having a busy time! I know I was tired out last night. Just going out with family friends for a Boxing Day lunch.

Michele sent me.

Anonymous said...

i saw some of the international ballroom dancing too! apart from the fact that i would constantly step on my partner's feet, i can't imagine how they do it in those shoes.

as for santa ...if i had that many creatures on my person while napping (and i'd love to), i'd have a massive allergy attack! he looks really cozy though!

Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

Love that you are an "In Living Color" fan! Glad you and your fam had a merry Christmas!

claude said...

sounds like you all had a great Christmas. So did we, over here although the weather is bleak.
Love the pic!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year and thanks for sharing the good times with us!

Jamie Dawn said...

I haven't eaten a thing yet today because I am still full from all the eating I did yesterday. I REALLY overdid it!
My poor stomach didn't know what hit it!
We used to watch In Living Color. What a funny show. We showed a couple of episodes to our kids awhile back, and they liked it too. Jim Carrey was funny, and I do remember J Lo as a Fly Girl dancer.

brendalove@gmail.com said...

Everybody goes to the movies after Christmas because they are sick of hanging out with their families! Its true!

Windfall Woman said...

Sounds like a very Merry Christmas. You deserve it! Love the TAG.

tiff said...

Ah, the rain - lovely, wasn't it? Kept us inside for a Mythbusters marathon once the festivities were over. That, to me, is a perfect end to a wonderful day.

All the best to you and yours in '07!

colleen said...

I have a headache. We had a party and went to another one and I drank too much pomegrande liquior! Time to start picking up the wrapping paper!

Carolyn said...

Glad you enjoyed yourself :)

We are going to see "We Are Marshall" over the New Year weekend. I'd rather see Dreamgirls, but hubby won out, lol! But I am curious about how well W.A.M. is done, AND if I recognize a few people I know who got to be "stadium crowd" folk.

Becky68 said...

Here from Micheles,
Sounds like you had a great holiday, back to the busy busy though I see! Hope you enjoy your vistor this week too.

raehan said...

That sounds so relaxing!

We had fun but are relieved all the extended family has gone home and we can hang loose.

Terri said...

Sounds like your Christmas was perfect, Judy and here's wishing you a very Happy New Year!

carli said...

Sounds like a really nice XMAS. . . and I wish I'd woken up with all those dogs on me. . . well, if I knew who the dogs were. I wouldn't want to wake up with some random rabies-infected pooches all over me. Happy new year!oy