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25 December 2007 @ 09:04 pm
All is bright, the snow diamond white...  
Wonder of wonders, Meredith actually still walks this earth. I'm still alive! What a concept.

I pulled a real disappearing act the past two weeks-- I've thought so many times about posting, and actually sat down to do it a few times, only to fall asleep in the computer chair. It's been that nuts. A combination of a big shake-down at work (which I may post about, once I-- and everyone else involved, for that matter-- figures out what's going on X_x;;), family issues and the usual craziness of Christmas.

For the first year ever, Sam and I did not go up to RI for Christmas. In November, my grandmother started making the same sort of noises she made three years ago, the Year of Christmas Torture, when she refused to buy presents, gave us boxes with money in them, and generally made the day miserable for the assembled family. This year, she threatened not to put up a Christmas tree at all-- just a little light-up palm tree she bought at Target. Sam and I discussed this with our mother, saying we didn't want a repeat of 2004. It was my brother who said, only half-seriously, "Why don't we just not go?" After lots of thought from all three of us, my mom decided that she wanted us all to enjoy Christmas on her terms-- she booked tickets to Cinci. Of course, this caused an uproar with the rest of the family, but it was worth it.

This has been a wonderful Christmas. Just wonderful. We started on Christmas Eve, when Sam, Mom and I took the girls to see National Treasure 2. (The history major in me was getting hives I tell you, but it was fun anyway. ^_~) Then we all came home, played video games together, and watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas. This morning, the girls got their Santa gifts, everyone opened presents, and we had a nice Christmas lunch. Followed by an hour of Sam ordering the girls around in varying poses while he tried to figure out his new camera. ("God, Pa, just give it up!"// "Sit still, the timer's running!") All in good fun-- we teased that he was like the Dad in the old family movies, who won't stop to ask for directions, or spents all evening wrestling with the TV antena. After that, we all took a nap. Now, my mom has taken the girl's out to see Alvin and the Chipmunks and get some McDonalds, while Sam and I will shortly be sitting down to watch his Christmas present to me-- Battlestar Galactica: Razor. (Eee! I didn't get to see it when it was on Sci Fi.)

I've had a wonderful, wonderful day. I hope all of you have had beautiful Christmases, too. You all deserve that, and so much more. I have such caring, patient friends, which is a gift in and of itself. *hugs tight*

And, speaking of gifts, I have a few right here. It's a little complicated-- I have some packages that I need to send to Leigh, Amber, and Neb. Yeah, I'm a little behind. X_X;; But, while you're waiting for your snail-mail gifts, I have a little something else. I have an e-gift for Nebula... unfortunately, Lambykins, it's not done yet! *pouts* I have to work tomorrow, but I hope to get it finished soon-- especially after your wonderful Kaylee/Inara drabble and the pretty banner. So, it's not that I don't love you; it's just that I'm a perfectionist. ^^; Forgive me!

Amber-- you mentioned the desire to see Sam Winchester with wings. Ask and ye shall receive! ^_~ Here he is. I hope it doesn't look too bad-- I borrowed the wings from a turn-of-the-century French postcard. ^__^ And, of course, I had to make icons, which are here, there, over here, and right here. I didn't know what you would like, so I tried a few different cropings, ect. Poor Sam-- I don't know a lot about Supernatural, but I know enough to be sure Dean is off somewhere laughing himself sick. ^_~ Hope you enjoy! *hugs tight*

Leigh-- I'm going to be forced to watch Supernatural just to figure out what all my friends are talking about. ^_~ Seriously, here's a little IOU from myself and Winchester Boys, wishing you a Merry Christmas, and promising a present worthy of your mad skillz very soon. ^__^ I adore you-- I can't thank you enough for the book. It means a lot to me. *hugs*

I'm sorry I didn't to many presents this year-- I had plans, which quickly hopped in the handbasket when things got so crazy. I'll do better next year. Rest assured I treasure all of you, I really do. What would I do without you guys?

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
Emotional Temperature: gratefulgrateful
The Band Plays:: "Time To Dance"-- by Panic! At The Disco
Amber: supernatural | samminttown1 on December 26th, 2007 02:57 am (UTC)
First: Merry Christmas! I am glad you celebrated the way you wished to.

Second: Eeeee, so awesome. Thank you! :D ♥ I love it.

I wish I had something for you. I tried, but my muses have been evasive these days.

I'm so glad today was good, and I hope that the work issues resolve themselves.

Love you, and thank you.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: alicekatie2garnettrees on December 29th, 2007 01:45 am (UTC)
Merry Christmas! I am glad you celebrated the way you wished to.
Thank you! *hugs tightly* I wish yours could have been better. I'm perfectly willing to beat sense into, or just beat up, any parties you wish you hold responsible. Or listen, if you want to talk about it. Violence/sympathy= soothing? *wry look*

I'm glad you liked angel!Sam, though! I looked all over for just the right promo shot of him to use. When I saw his semi-gothy blue t-shirt, I knew that was the one.

I wish I had something for you.
Don't worry about it, darling. *hugs tightly*

Thank *you*, for being my friend, and-- cliche as it may sound-- for just being you.
Amber: dinotopia | ifitseemstoogoodtobetrueminttown1 on December 29th, 2007 05:17 am (UTC)
*hugs* Thank you. And the combination of violence and sympathy does sound a bit soothing -- in theory, anyway.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: love1garnettrees on December 29th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
I express my love through theoretical threats of violence. ^__^ In reality, I don't think I'd be able to take on a severely challenged box turtle. Everything sounds good in theory, though. Even communism! ^_~
*hugs tight* Seriously, you're welcome.
Nebula: dawn 'love'authoressnebula on December 26th, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
We're gonna go see NT2 on Thurday; my inner historian is piqued, but is expecting to be disappointed on several accounts. ~_^

I'm just glad you liked it sweetie; my muse was inspired and I had to write it. Now I know where she got the idea from! LOL Hey, I'm still posting pressies, so don't worry about it not being done yet! It just makes Christmas that much longer.

*hugs you*


P.S. Yeeeeees. You must watch Supernatural. 'Tis full of slash and snark that you'll adore. Promise. ^___________^

Edited at 2007-12-26 03:00 am (UTC)
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: darla_dru3garnettrees on December 29th, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)
We're gonna go see NT2 on Thurday; my inner historian is piqued, but is expecting to be disappointed on several accounts. ~_^
It's kind of like a rollercoaster, if you can resist the urge to beat the writers about the face and head for changing history to suit their needs. ^_~

It just makes Christmas that much longer.
*grins* I'm glad its okay. It seems that now that Christmas is past, my job is actually giving me substantial time off-- I could have used that time for presents, if it had been before the holiday!

*hugs tight, gropes a little*

Ps. Nooo... I am already addicted to Torchwood! (Which, by the way, will boast James Marsters as a guest star for one or two episodes in the new season. Captain Jack *and* Spike? The television may explode.)
confidentiality spice: boomer/callydanniisupernova on December 26th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
Well I'm glad you had such a good time! That's fantastic.

And I've just written another foray into femmeslash, another Boomer/Cally that's a follow up to Sans. I was wondering if you had any time to beta (it's less then 600 words) or at least to look it over for me. I know no one knows Boomer like you!
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: boomer2garnettrees on December 29th, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)
I sent an email to the address listed on your livejournal-- I hope you got it. I'd love to beta the story for you. Just send it my way when you have the time! ^_^
gamesiplaygamesiplay on December 26th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
Heee! I love how even your IOUs are presents in themselves. *hugs*

Merry Christmas! I'm really glad you got to spend yours on your own terms; that's by far the best way.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: jadegarnettrees on December 29th, 2007 01:50 am (UTC)
*hugs* I love the look on Dean's face-- and I couldn't resist.

I hope your Christmas day proved happy and fulfilling as well!