Monday, 2007.12.10, 8:39 AM CST.
things are okay in the land of the Badger. Not spectacular,
but okay. We are currently undergoing our first big ice storm
of the season, and while the power in our house has flickered a
bit, it has luckily not yet gone out. Both Lanna and I are
staying home from work today, rather than braving the icy roads.
a personal note, my costochondritis has almost completely gone
can only feel it briefly if I cough hard, which luckily isn't
happening often these days either.
getting closer to Christmas, which is going to be bittersweet. Obviously,
with Mum gone, Christmas won't be the same. She hated the
commercialism of Christmas, and she despised Christmas shopping,
but she loved seeing the look on my face when she gave me presents. I
would often gently shake gifts or just move my hands around the
outside, then I would try to guess what they were, a la Mike Seaver
in "Growing Pains." Also,
we made a point to recycle wrapping paper (not because we were
poor, but because I thought
it was a nice way to be ecologically conservative), and over
the years a single piece of wrapping paper could be used on numerous
gifts. The paper would just get smaller over time; a piece would
start off covering a "big" present, then, as the years went by, it would
be whittled down until it covered a small stocking stuffer. It
year, of course, the "sweet" part of this bittersweet Christmas is that
we get to share it with my son, X. X is 8 months old now, and he
doesn't really know what's going on as far as the whole holiday thing goes. However,
I want to make sure that he never has a Christmas that is less fulfilling
than the many wonderful ones I had when I was a kid.
typing that, I got sidetracked... Then the ice storm caused
us to have a power outage. I will give more news about the
day in the next Journal entry.]