So, I kind of vanished from the internet for the past three weeks. In the holiday hubbub you probably didn't notice, but for me that was a long break. I'd always wanted to have the full twelve days of Christmas off, and this year my wish came true... and I went ahead and started my vacation a little early, on the 19th of December, the Sugatroll's birthday!
We went to the mall with our friends. We drank beer (they have beer at the mall now!). We bought light up hula hoops. Me and Candace got in the hurricane simulator.
photos by Jesse Thatcher
It was well worth the two bucks.
A few days later was a Winter Soltice celebration with traditional Yuletide food and drink, carols around the piano, and dancing with deer horn headpieces:
Then there was Christmas, or shall we say, the First Day of Christmas. (Christmas lasts until the Wise Men reach Jesus in the manger and bring him the booty on the 6th of January, you know.) My mom (on the left) with my aunties and my uncle:
On the Fourth Day of Christmas, my band Mt. Whateverest played a CD release show. Here we are getting our photos taken beforehand:
photo (and hair!) by Therese Meyer
photo by Mike Meals
On the Seventh Day of Christmas, aka New Year's Eve, the band had a party to end all parties at our house.. it actually lasted until the Ninth Day of Christmas, when all was said and done. We even made an album of our jams (thanks to the technical prowness of the Sugatroll, who kept a steady head on a bateau ivre):
Note our new lasers, and our fiberoptic Christmas tree:
The party was not over yet, though- my cousin Erin has a tradition of throwing a massive Women's Christmas party every year, and this year I finally got to go. Women's Christmas is an Irish tradition, celebrated on the last day (Twelfth Day) of Christmas, when the hard-working gals get to let the fellas do all the work, and take over the pubs with their girlfriends. We had a crew of Man Slaves, neverending food and drink, a pub quiz, a Father Ted episode viewing, and a whole lotta love.
Me and my Cuz, big sillies:
So theoretically it's all over now... except, of course, that it's never over! But I am going to give my liver a break and return to a somewhat regular sleeping schedule and not drive all over the state... at least til February.