Dec. 25th, 2007 08:29 am
kitanzi: (smile - by lisichka)
Merry Christmas to those as celebrate, and a happy Tuesday to those as don't. (Hey, Tuesdays can be a bitch. Mondays you at least have memories from the weekend to distract you, Wednesday you can figure is hump day and halfway done, Thursdays are almost there, and Fridays are... Fridays. Tuedays can be tough. They need all the help they can get.)

ACat is still asleep, so he doesn't know yet that there's a stuffed stocking on his computer chair. :) Little stuff, but he's not expecting it so I'm looking forward to that reaction. He certainly surprised me! A few days ago a package came from Amazon which he told me I could open. Keep in mind I am a good contender for Most Easily Lost Person Ever, to the point where I arguably have a phobia about it in some circumstances. He got me a prosthetic sense of direction/navigator, a very spiffy GPS unit. I've been squeeing about it ever since and playing around with it. This utterly, utterly wins as a Christmas present for me!

His Christmas gift is a little less immediate or tactile, but I think a good one. There are quite a few people he would like to be able to see this year, sweeties and friends, so his "official" gift is a plane ticket, date and destination to be determined as he chooses. (I feel like this is cheating since I'd have suggested that in general if we had the money anyhow, gift or no gift.)

Today will likely be quiet. We have no family visits to make and little in the way of traditions we follow. We may go out to a movie, and I've got us a nice dinner, but chances are most of it will be doing the same things we usually do on weekends. You know what? That's no bad thing. I hope everyone else enjoys their day too, however it's spent.
kitanzi: (Kit at St Patrick's)
Last night [livejournal.com profile] autographedcat and I went to see the last gig for Bed and Breakfast ([livejournal.com profile] bedlamhouse and [livejournal.com profile] ladyat) before they move away. Their yearly St. Patrick's gig was at Lassiter's Tavern, and it was a whole lot of loud, rowdy, friendly-drunk fun - I woke up this morning feeling a whole lot better than I had any right to expect. They were scheduled, I believe, for two hours and lasted at least three, and kept everyone having fun the whole time (plus handling drunks beautifully!) The place was jammed, and a lot of friends both old and new came by to hear them, including [livejournal.com profile] sapphire_d, [livejournal.com profile] vampry, Joe, Myra and others I can't remember the names of. ACat, of course, took manymany photos and has them up on his website as usual:

For once, ACat didn't get much argument from me about photographs (gives you an idea of how much cider I had), so I've got a new icon or two out of it to boot!


Feb. 14th, 2007 07:27 am
kitanzi: (calvin dance - by foofee25)
After a lot of fussing and growling, I finally figured out how to access my valentines through the Valentinr meme gadget. Thank you, you very sweet people - you know who you are at least as well as I do, especially the anonymous ones! *G* That really made my morning! (And thank you no less to the people who simply left valentines in the comments on the original post - instant gratification's got a lot going for it too!)
kitanzi: (Default)
So this marks another year off, and there are things I'm glad for in the old one, and things I hope will be different in the new one.

I am glad I'm alive, that I'm fundamentally healthy, that I have people to care about who care about me. I'm glad that each year I learn and grow a little bit more. I am glad that I'm not the same person at 37 that I was at 17, and I'm looking forward to finding out who I am when I'm 57.

I want to learn to do more and think less, to recognize when I'm overanalyzing things and distancing myself from people, and to remember why that's a bad thing. At the same time, I want to recognize my own buttons and issues better, and manage them better myself, rather than apologizing for them after the fact. I want to do five things I've never done before - no, I don't know what yet - even if I don't think I'll like them. I want to do the least harm and the most good that I can - but I want to stop fretting over the doing harm, and take more joy in the doing good.

I want to look at 2007 a year from now, and say it was a year I did not waste, a year I'm glad I lived.

And I want all of you to be able to say the same thing, whatever that takes for you. Happy New Year.
kitanzi: (flying spaghetti monster creator - by un)
ACat and I never have especially dressed up the house for a holiday, or done anything more extravagant than a movie and dinner out, with maybe an evergreen wreath on the door. This is partly because we have no family close enough to celebrate with and no strong attachment to any of the religions that have celebrations right now - frankly, it boils down to celebrating a long weekend more than anything. We plan to keep the movie and dinner tradition this year, but I hope everyone is enjoying all the many celebrations going on right now!

(On the other hand, if we do manage the househunting we've been talking about, I'm having a party next year just for the excuse! *G* Enough room in my home to invite more than four people over at a time without someone getting trampled? Yay!)

Vday, late

Feb. 15th, 2006 11:06 am
kitanzi: (breast and rose - by autographedcat)
I had a really very good Valentine's Day. ACat and I have had issues and problems over the past few months, and it felt good to have a day to celebrate that we're still fundamentally solid.

We're both huge fans of the tv show House, and a recent episode had a sorely misguided little girl saying, with great confidence, that grownups who loved each other never, ever fought. My immediate comment to ACat was "She's gonna go through a string of divorces when she gets older, and have no clue why." I'm endlessly glad we can have our problems and come out the other side stronger and more in love than we started. This is what I celebrate this Valentine's Day - love and trust and the ability to fight and yell like idiots while still keeping those things.

Of course, celebrating all this with an evening in (and on and around and near) bed is lots of fun too!

Love you all my life, sweetheart - let's keep this working for the next fifty years, at least.
kitanzi: (food porn - iconomania)
That was a good Tday, a really good one. ACat and I went and had Thanksgiving with [livejournal.com profile] joyuse13 and her charming husband [livejournal.com profile] abovenyquist at their gorgeous home, along with our mutual friend [livejournal.com profile] curiousmay9. In fact, the weather was so nice we ate out on their newly renovated (ok, mid-renovations, technically) deck and it was gorgeous. I had fun playing in their excellent kitchen and the food appeared to be a hit, so I am inordinately pleased at how well it went. We got there just before noon and left about ten, and the time was full of food, talk, music, a walk in the unseasonally warm weather (even for GA!), and Christmas tree assembly and decoration. [livejournal.com profile] joyeuse13 has posted the photos, but between the food and the company and the unexpected Thanksgiving picnic, I think this was one of my best Thanksgivings ever.

Today's probably the first time I can remember having the day after Tday off, so I'm using the time for a doctor's appointment and a lunchdate with my husband - by which time I just may be ready to eat again!
kitanzi: (Default)
Return of the King was immensely long, but good enough to carry it. I like this "Let's go see a movie on Christmas Day" tradition we seem to have evolved.

On the other hand, it's funny - I don't miss my family particularly until I run into someone else's family being family in ways I don't recall my family particularly ever being, and then I get melancholy and ridiculous. ACat's theory is I miss THEIR family instead - he could be right. *G*

Next year we are going to actually get off our butts and take the trouble and time we never got around to this year, and do something to mark the season as something more than "The Cold Time When We Get Days Off Work". Not that days off work aren't nice, but... I think the unexpected family-missing thing triggered that too.

Anyhow, all in all, it was a very good Christmas, spent with friends and my sweetheart, and we're making our own traditions and our own family. May everyone else be as happy with their holidays.
kitanzi: (Default)
Christmas was a quiet holiday this year, but all the better for it. On Christmas eve, ACat and I watched our DVD copy of The Fellowship of the Ring since we planned to go see The Two Towers on Christmas day. We showed up for the noon showing of TTT, the first of the day - and it was even, sort of, snowing while we waited for them to open. I don't quite count it as a white Christmas but it was still amusing and neat. Anyhow, the theatre was only half full and we got the best seats in the place which was wonderful. The movie itself was, well... something of a disappointment. What they did well, they did wonderfully well. They made a lot of changes and only some of them seemed to actually enhance the movie as a movie or as a story. They also made one enormous botch of a character that was completely unneeded and completely threw me out of any sense of charity with the rest of it. Fortunately, that was fairly near the end of it, but dammit! Oh well, I'll still go see the third as soon as it's around, since I have to see how they finish this off.
Afterwards we swung by to give greetings and gifts to Telynor and her household, then came home and watched Big (big couple days for movies!) and I made the last of my obligatory family phone calls, all three of which were short and sweet and happy. This was greatly helped by the fact that my brother and his wife opened their biggest gift just a couple days early, and I am once again an aunt! *G* My mother seemed especially happy, since she loves spoiling babies, so I suppose this scrap of a girl is a gift all around


Dec. 2nd, 2002 08:44 pm
kitanzi: (Default)
Happy Thanksgiving Day, Turkey Day, or simply Thursday as appropriate to everyone. Mine was delicious and delightful, since [livejournal.com profile] autographedcat and I went around noon to celebrate with [livejournal.com profile] telynor and household, plus friends I hadn't seen in far too long. There was much food shopping, much cooking, much eating, much playing with small children, and much of what I LIKE about holidays as opposed to stress and irritation and a feeling of a wasted day. I really enjoyed it, though we left earlyish because we were both tired, especially the driver. It was a wonderful thing to be able to spend that holiday with people who are family, and it's an even more wonderful thing to be able to say that!

How was the rest of the weekend? )

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