I have been in Chicago with the fam for about nine days now. I love my family! Absolutely love them to death. I would do anything for them. But, remind me next year to only go home for a week. It's not that I don't love spending time with my family. I do... I just need my space. Living in the same city with them would be great. I just can't live in the same house with them. Every time I stay with them I feel like I revert back to childhood. Or maybe they think of me as a child. Anyways, eventually during the visit, they start treating me like a bitchy, whiny teenager and when they do that I become, well... a bitchy, whiny teenager. That's why I'm so glad that Justin is coming Tuesday morning. Maybe that will make me more grown up in their eyes. Anyways, enough of this whining. I have had a great Christmas. Here are some of the highlights in no particular order.
1) Jersey Boys-- Now Jersey Boys is a highly entertaining musical. It's the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. They guy who played Frankie Valli was amazing. My dad thought he may even have a better voice than the real Frankie Valli.
2) The Food-- Now, my mom is the best cook! I am not exaggerating. I know that everyone thinks that their mom is the best cook, but my mom really is. Just ask my cousins. They'll vouch for her. I've had a wondrous array of delectable Chinese food along with traditional holiday classics. And the cookies. THE COOKIES! Nothing says Christmas like my great-grandmother's sugar cookies.
3) Midnight Mass-- I always complain about going, but it always gives me chills. Midnight at church just feels special and I always do feel a presence when I'm there.
4) Christmas Day-- It's always the same, but it's always wonderful. We wake up to delicious chocolate pancakes with white chocolate chips, scrambled eggs, and bacon. Then we open presents. And I got everything I wanted and more, including a beautiful leather Cole Haan shopper.
My vacation is just about half over, so there will be more highlights to follow this post. In the meantime, let me just wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!