Gary is investigating the possibility of going to Thailand with one of the medical teams for a few weeks. Of course I ( and Suki) would miss him, but with over 500,000 people injured, I'm sure he would be even more appreciated there.
[Not exactly a vacation.]
Josh and Katie, Gary's kids, came over to see the house for the first time since we moved in. They were very impressed. We hung out and opened "Christmakah" gifts - they gave me two books: "The Assassin's Apprentice" and "Neverwhere" along with the latest Harry Potter DVD. Fun! I gave Josh a converter so he can play his iPod in the car; Katie got a leather bound drawing journal, pencils and charcoal, and a calendar of old French posters. They seemed to like everything.
We walked about three blocks over to Abbaye and had dinner - it was great! Gary had a salad and a "fou-fou" cheesesteak, Josh had lamb stew and an oyster po-boy, Katie had a veggie burger and I had fish and chips. We had a nice time. Katie goes back to school on Monday but Josh is off until at 17th or so. I think they might be coming over on Sunday too, but I'm not sure.
We had invited some friends over for New Year's Eve, but plans got changed so we'll just have dinner at home. Gary is picking up lobsters today - yum! His partner, Allen, is coming over tomorrow for brunch. I'm glad we at least have the dining room table set up. I'm planning on organizing closets and cupboards this weekend. Very exciting, I know, but it will be nice to have stuff done.
The Cyruses have done a lot of work in the past few days - they have run the lines out to the front wall to install new exterior lights, mounted the mailbox, resealed the bathtub and are hopefully finishing the upper cabinets in the kitchen.
[Slowly but surely!]
Quote du jour:
"Every New Year is the direct descendant, isn't it, of a long line of proven criminals?"
-- Ogden Nash (1902 - 1971) US poet
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