December 20, 2011

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

We really do wish you a Merry Christmas.
(egg nog in hand)

May your holidays be filled with WARMTH,


not too much DRIVING,

(*Ahem, Jimmy Stone with our free-range, grass-fed, Virginia cow, which we spent the first day of our vacation butchering. Awesome.)


and TREES!

No matter how big or small,

Real or fake (or a combination of the two).

Our first few days of vacation have been spent...

:: copying SouleMama's double colon verb list! Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, after all. Thank you.

:: listening to Steven King's Bag of Bones on CD (Thanks's This American Life free audio book deal!)

:: driving 900 miles

:: getting nauseous driving up and down Ferrum Mountain Road

:: butchering and packaging 526 pounds of cow (I am proud to have been dubbed Director of Packaging)

:: hanging, skinning and butchering a deer (I love how a neighbor knew we had a deer, called up, asked for the hide, came over 5 minutes later and skinned the hide)

:: teaching Ry's dad how to brew beer (Santa brought his gifts early)

:: shopping for last minute gifts (Note to self for 2012: Don't take Ry to a WalMart during the holidays EVER AGAIN)

:: munching on Excedrin because for the first time in my 30 years I THREW OUT MY BACK. Whaaaaa???

:: drinking Fat Tire, Ranger IPA, Starr Hill, Old Dominion and other indigenous beverages we can't get up north way (OK, New Belgium isn't indigenous to VA...but it's SO GOOD!)

:: finishing up writing Thank You notes

:: and listening to Bing Crosby. Ry even surprised me by asking ME to sing a Christmas duet!

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