Sunday, December 23, 2012
Today is my daughter-in-law Simone's birthday. No party planned but I'll drop by for a visit and a gift later. I have a busy agenda with gift wrapping to do, a little baking planned. Plus today I absolutely must catch up on laundry and housecleaning. I won't make it a long visit today as we are having a Christmas Eve dinner at their house tomorrow, too, and they will be busy in those preparations.
Tomorrow is my oldest son Jeff's birthday. Turns out he has to work a swing shift tomorrow evening and I'm working in the daytime, so we'll delay our celebration with plans for dinner instead on the 28th. All of us with birthdays around Christmas know that things have to sometimes be juggled. I'm working the 24th because that's what I arranged months ago when my former co-worker was still with us and she wanted the day after Christmas off. Since one of us needed to be there, I volunteered to work on the 24th. With the new hires, it wouldn't have mattered after all, but I'm keeping to the schedule anyway. In the evening I'll join Steve and Simone's family for a traditional Brazilian Christmas Eve dinner. I'm very excited for that as her parents are here from Brazil and her mom is a fabulous cook. I know it will be wonderful and memorable. And most especially for those two little grandsons of mine.
Christmas day will be quiet around my house. My son again has to work in the afternoon, so they will come by in the morning to exchange gifts. My son-in-law has to work during the day, so he and my daughter will come by in the evening. In between time, I may just take a drive out to see some birds if the roads aren't icy.
Starting with Christmas day, I have eight days off in a row and then return to work January 2 for my final three days of work. In my mind, once I get past birthdays and Christmas, then it's nothing but fun and clear sailing right on in to retirement. Even the last three days will be a piece of cake.