Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Happy Boxing Day!


I’m starting the day with an espresso — my second of the morning — from my brand new Nespresso espresso maker, which I love and highly recommend. We had a lovely Christmas in Brooklyn yesterday, the first that Jackson had any sort of understanding what was happening. Presents! Food! More presents! And the first Christmas it was just the three of us (though we did FaceTime with my family and look forward to seeing them in a couple days).


Seeing Jackson’s face light up when he saw the presents under the tree was a Christmas highlight (See also: new espresso maker). We spent the morning slowly opening presents — very slowly. Jackson enjoyed playing with each new toy 10-20 minutes before moving on to the next, which was fine, because what else are you gonna do? By the time we got to the final gift, he was hungry and tired, and fell right to sleep as soon as we finished a big breakfast of biscuits and gravy and scrambled eggs (a Christmas tradition in my family).


Later in the day we went to our friends’, Mary and Steve, for Christmas dinner. Lucky for us, Mary is a fantastic cook and they happen to live only four doors down, making trips home for things like toddler utensils and a lollipops super easy. (Lollipops are a new necessity since Jackson got an inhaler on Monday afternoon after an emergency trip to the doctor and now gets a lollipop when he uses “puff puff”).

As I mentioned in yesterday’s open thread, one of the gifts Jackson received was something from my late Grandpa Jack. It was a little mouse-shaped piggy bank that he won playing Bingo (probably at the nursing home where he lived in his final couple months) and wanted Jackson to have. After his death in September, I started finding pennies all the time. I found the first one — well, my mother found it, actually — on my seat in the car right after his funeral, and from then, I started spotting them, sometimes in piles of four or five or six, in random places like my kitchen counter, my dresser top, and outside our front door. Sometimes I’d just be thinking of him and I’d look down and there was a penny. Once, one literally fell right into my lap as I thinking of a memory of him. Anyway, I hadn’t seen a penny in a few weeks — or at least, not one I felt was “from him” — and I wondered if I would see one on Christmas, which was Grandpa’s favorite holiday. And then there was that little bank for Jackson — with pennies inside, of course — and it was such a sweet gift to receive.

And that’s the kind of stuff I love about Christmas. New espresso makers are pretty good, too. And so is this:


Hope you all are enjoying some down time, good company, or at the very least, great coffee and delicious leftovers. Tomorrow, we spend some time with my FIL and then on Saturday, it’s off to see my parents and sister. Happy final days of 2013, everyone!

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  • Bethany December 26, 2013, 10:10 am

    I hope everyone (who celebrates) had a great Christmas! My parents were able to come over Christmas Eve as planned, and we had a great time. It was weird opening presents in our house this year, and not my parents, but it was fun. I think everyone enjoyed it.

    My favorite gift was a new faucet for our bathroom. The one we had had to be from 1975- it was white, with a tacky crystal-type handle. And it was gross. So I picked out a new one, and he even installed it for me yesterday. It’s beautiful. I am in love with it.

    Wendy, I got Dave those headphones you got Drew, and he really liked them! Thanks for the suggestion!

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      Addie Pray December 27, 2013, 9:33 am

      Bethany how is your/your parents’ kitty cat?

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      • bethany December 27, 2013, 9:36 am

        She’s ok, I guess. She’s got cancerous tumors on her leg that are growing rapidly, but she’s stable for now. She’s still eating, drinking, purring and going to the bathroom, and seeming to be enjoying being alive. When that changes they will put her down. I didn’t think she’d make it to Christmas, but she’s just not ready to let go yet, I guess.

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    Fabelle December 26, 2013, 10:36 am

    Adorable pictures Wendy, & that’s such a touching story about your grandpa and the piggy bank!

    I am at work … it’s really quiet here. I had a good Christmas, but wound up getting very sad in the evening, for no real reason (or, no GOOD reason) & I slept poorly, so I feel pretty out of sorts today 😐 Meh.

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    • Bethany December 26, 2013, 10:52 am

      I’m glad I’m not the only one working today!! Now I don’t feel as bad. Hope your day goes quickly!

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      • Sunshine Brite December 26, 2013, 11:23 am

        I’m at work too! It’s supposed to be a busy week for me since I’ll be off next week (2 days for working the weekend, New Year’s Day, and then I get my wisdom teeth out Thursday so I took off Thurs. & Fri.)

        I’m so blah and not tackling my to-do list like I planned. However, my plans did not include my utter disdain for reviewing multiple treatment plans in one week… which is the majority of my to-do list… oh the conundrum, haha.

  • Tax Geek December 26, 2013, 10:43 am

    >big breakfast of biscuits and gravy and scrambled eggs

    Um, Yum!

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  • shanshantastic December 26, 2013, 10:57 am

    So, so sweet! I’m glad you guys had an amazing Christmas.

    Ours was good – like Bethany, first one at our house. We did Christmas Eve with my mom and grandma, brother and SIL, then they all came over with my in-laws and we served Christmas dinner. We played 2 games of Cards Against Humanity and I learned that my husband is secretly a terrible person.

    That game…is awesome.

    Best gift for me was watching Arthur’s interest in his gifts! First Christmases are just a different kind of magical. The best gift I actually *received* is a tough call, so we’ll go with the watch that Brian tracked down so I would have exactly what I wanted. 🙂

    Fab, I’m at work today too – super quiet as well. I’d like nothing more than to go home and hunker down with some coffee and a good book.

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      othy December 26, 2013, 5:44 pm

      My mother-in-law got Cards Against Humanity for Mr. Othy. He was thrilled to get the game, even more thrilled that his Mormon mother bought it for him. And then we refused to let her see what any of the cards said. This was for the best!

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    honeybeenicki December 26, 2013, 11:26 am

    I’m working today for the first time since last Thursday, but it’s ok so far. I have 2 days to work, then I’m off again until next Thursday. Our “Christmas” is always a bit scattered. So far, we’ve gone to a resort in WI Dells that my mom takes us to every year. We rent a condo from at least Fri – Sun (this year we stayed until Mon!) and that is her present to us every year. There are a few different indoor waterparks, including one at the small resort that we stay in (it’s part of a larger resort, but it’s about a mile away from the main one and we take a shuttle over to the other waterparks). That includes me, my husband, my mom, our kids, my sister, her kids and whoever her man-du-jour is usually. It was a blast and everyone had a ton of fun, even though a few of us have very sensitive skin and by Sunday night were bright red and itchy from all of the chlorine.

    We had “Christmas” with the kids on Monday night when we got home. Did presents and whatnot with them and my mom because we had to bring them to their moms early Tuesday afternoon, then we spent the rest of Christmas Eve and all day Christmas just lounging around watching movies (and my husband watched 6 episodes of season 2 of Game of Thrones – one of his presents while I read). Next up is my mother-in-law’s on the 4th of January and I haven’t planned anything with my dad yet so who knows with that.

    I’m glad Jackson had a fun time and I wish more kids would take time to enjoy each present before tearing into the next! Next year, we’re changing our approach (again) to presents. Right now, we’ve “simplified” it (fewer presents, but still a ton plus a donation to a charity in each of the kids’ names – this year it was Heifer International). Next year, we’re going to try to “Want, Need, Wear, Read” approach where you get each person something they want, something they need, something they’ll wear and something to read (plus still doing a donation in their name). Has anyone done this before? Like it, love it, hate it?

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    katie December 26, 2013, 12:57 pm

    Aw Jackson is so cute. Did his presents come from Santa? Is he even old enough for Santa?

    My Christmas was really awesome. Jake bought us a new freaking computer, and saved all my pictures and songs from my broken computer and put them on the new one already. I almost cried, I thought they might be gone forever!! And lots of other great presents, including an iPad, it was crazy. I feel terrible about how much money he probably spent. And then we went to my cousins house, and had a great time with everyone. My aunt told me some more stories about my batshit crazy grandmother, which was amazing. Jake saved dinner basically by making the tenderloin the right way and my cousin by marriage’s mom said it was the best Christmas dinner she had ever had. I promptly told everyone I guess I should put a ring on it after the positive reviews. And after dinner we were all exchanging presents and opening presents and I just looked out at all these people who I hardly knew 2 years ago but who are my first real family I’ve ever been a part of. It was magical. And I got delicious cava.

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  • MsMisery December 26, 2013, 1:09 pm

    That’s so nice. I hope one day I can have nice stories about family holidays. Last night ended in two of my step-siblings screaming at each other about whatever it was that was bothering them. I don’t even think they were drunk. But it was after 11pm and some of us had to go to work today and, even though I wasn’t involved, that sort of thing winds me up and it took me hours to fall asleep. I may have to start volunteering on holidays so I am anywhere but home.

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  • rachel December 26, 2013, 1:13 pm

    I hope everybody had a great Christmas! I love the pictures of Jackson, he’s so cute. I am still at my sister’s place, though I’m spending today trying to catch up on some work. At least it’s not snowy here!

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  • AliceInDairyland December 26, 2013, 2:04 pm

    Guys, guys!! I assisted in a heart surgery on a three month old puppy today, I put my finger on a beating heart!! A tiny beating heart!!! SO COOL.

    Oh, and Christmas yesterday was good too. Lots of family time for an introvert like me, long day, but good presents and good food so I’m happy. And I got mason jar shot glasses and some gift cards to local restaurants and some $$ to take to Vegas with us when we go.

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    • Bethany December 26, 2013, 2:11 pm

      Awesome! Way to go! How long until you’re officially a vet?

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      • AliceInDairyland December 26, 2013, 5:39 pm

        May 2015 you can call me Dr. Dairyland… Sooo far away!!

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    thewriteway December 26, 2013, 2:21 pm

    I had work on Christmas night, and for some reason, I found it easier to focus then than I did on Christmas Eve. I guess because there was less craziness in the house last night and XMAS Eve can be stressful because we have a family gathering at night before Mass. Yesterday everything was calmer and my coworkers were in fun moods, so that made it easier. I am working today as well…it’s the price you pay for being in media I guess. I hope next year I’m in a job where I have holidays off…I just haven’t defined yet what that job could be. Live and let live, right?

    I am going to the casino with my mom tomorrow, as I am off every Friday. It’s too bad it’s not a pay week though..that really can’t come soon enough for me!

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    Fabelle December 26, 2013, 2:33 pm

    I am emailing myself animated gifs of Beyoncè. That’s how slow it is at work. bahaha

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  • Christy December 26, 2013, 2:40 pm

    I’m currently post-Christmas binging on Grey’s Anatomy. Yesterday was a loooooong day with a lot of family. I forget that my stepmom has this need to run Christmas, and it makes gift-giving take literally two hours. Then a little cousin said “that’s so gay” at the dinner table and tried to cover it. Basically immediately after dinner, gf and I left “because I live so far away” (it’s about 75 minutes, it’s not far).

    Overall, it was a great Christmas. Gf and I woke up at home and exchanged our gifts first thing in the morning. It was a really calm way to spend the early morning, and I’m glad I didn’t wake up at my mother’s. (It was my first time not waking up at my mother’s.) After a crazy long day, we left at like 7pm and went home and chilled out for the rest of the night. Perfect beginning, and perfect ending.

    And I’m on my 10th episode of Grey’s Anatomy today. It’s a good Boxing Day.

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      mrmidtwenties December 26, 2013, 2:52 pm

      Grey’s is the bomb and I can’t believe you don’t like Georgie. He’ll win you over, and Karev is a total baby

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      • Christy December 26, 2013, 3:12 pm

        He won a point when he apologized to Meredith while they were in time-out at the end of Season 2. So I don’t hate him *quite* as much anymore.

        Also, I never realized Derek is such a DOUCHEBAG to Meredith. How do they ever get married? (I started watching in season 6, so I’m current on the show now, just missed a lot of the past, and I don’t know a lot of what happens.)

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    Addie Pray December 26, 2013, 4:19 pm

    Happy Boxing Day!

    Can someone remind me what exactly Boxing Day is, who celebrates it, etc.? I could Google it, but then I would lose the opportunity to look stupid publicaly and to make all the other idiots who also don’t know feel better about themselves and less alone.

    Today is Day 1 without my puppy Moose (if you don’t count all the days I was alive before I got him on Dec 14), and I miss him terribly. He’s the sweetest thing ever, and he’s just like a wittle baby, he likes me to cradle him, belly up, while I rub his belly and rock him. Aww, I miss him! He’s at Grandma’s for the next two weeks.

    What was that? Why is he at Grandma’s for the next two weeks you ask? Oh well I’ll tell ya. Because tomorrow I’m off to… Rio! RIO. In BRAZIL, where it’s SUMMER. I wrote a song about it, and it goes something like this:

    Tomorrow I go to RiooOOO!
    Rio is where I go-Oh!
    Imma get tan in RioOOOO
    Rio rio rio-OH!

    (You really need to see it with my dance routine.)

    Also I’m going to Beunos Aires. I have a song about that too. It goes something like this:

    Don’t cry for me ArgentinaaaaaH
    Imma comin’ to see yaH!
    Imma see JK in ArgentinaaaaaH
    Furthest DW meetup away-yaH

    (dance break)

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      Fabelle December 26, 2013, 4:26 pm

      I also have no clue what boxing day is, the first I heard about it was here?? when an LW (or maybe a commenter? In an open thread?) was talking about having to ditch her boyfriend & work on “boxing day”, & I basically was like, “what even is that?” & in my head, was picturing a boxing match? Like a televised boxing match… party… event?

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    • rachel December 26, 2013, 4:28 pm

      I think it’s British? Or Canadian? I have no idea what its significance is. But I like your songs and wish I could see the dances with them.

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    • jlyfsh December 26, 2013, 5:41 pm

      Hope you have a great trip AP!!!! 🙂

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    • scattol December 26, 2013, 9:36 pm

      It’s definitely celebrated in Canada and it’s traditional start of after Christmas sales. It’s a British tradition and replaces black Friday.

      For instance today boxing day shopping traffic was bigger than black Friday traffic has it always been the case.

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    mrmidtwenties December 26, 2013, 4:36 pm

    Haha it’s British, but as Canadians we celebrate it as well. No, it’s not a day for boxing.

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