(Everyone is a relative, friend, co-worker or acquaintance of someone, yet only you are the recipients of my 1993 Christmas letter. Doesn't that just make you feel SPECIAL?!?)
Hello, once again. For those of you who only hear from me once a year, sorry. For those of you who hear from me more than that, this makes once more this year. (Got that?)
Quickie questionnaire: In 1993,
1. Did you live in the same place with the same car as last year?
Yes X No Unknown Can't remember
2. Have you had, adopted or looked at any children?
Yes No Unknown Can't remember X
3. Did you have a man in your life?
Yes No Unknown Can't remember What was the question? X
4. Have you traveled to another planet or a foreign country?
Yes No Unknown Can't remember Does Boston qualify? X
5. Have you won any of the following:
Nobel prize: Yes No X Unknown Can't remember
(if yes, please give category (ies):
Pulitzer prize: Yes No X Unknown Can't remember
Jeopardy!: Yes No X Unknown Can't remember
Wheel of Fortune: Yes No X Unknown Can't remember
Tic-Tac-Dough: Yes No X Unknown Can't remember
Tic-Tac-Toe: Yes No Unknown Can't remember X
The lottery: Yes No X Unknown Can't remember
Battle of the bulge: Yes No Unknown It's a tie X
6. In 2500 words or less, summarize your year:
Adequate. Sometimes boring. Okay. Hot (Boston in July).
As previously mentioned, I traveled to Boston in July (in the middle of the big heat wave, figures...). My little sister Tina got married. She's now a Mrs., living in Boston, and going back to school for hew MSW (Master's in Social Work). It was a busy and emotionally demanding week, and hot. Did I mention that it was hot? I was the maid of honor, and did the dress foofing pretty well, if I do say so myself.
In late August, I felt a personal burden for the sagging dentistry industry in the US, and decided it was my patriotic duty to have my entire mouthful of teeth cleaned, drilled, canalled, etc. (That's a lie. I don't know if that particular industry was sagging or not. I did have 6 fillings and 1 root canal (and lots of that wonderful gas...) in the month of September because our dental coverage was changing for the worst as of October 1.)
I have now persevered through to the very end of another project that is just about as endearing as dental work--home refinancing. I began to pursue it in September, but due to the housing boom here and the fact that everybody else was bugging me by having the same idea, I couldn't FINALLY get it done until December 2. It's worth it, but I am a person who feels that having to record every check I write is doing unpleasant business, so this refinancing thing was a major drag.
(Don't you just love the cheery way I manage to complain about a blessing?)
I went home (to Maryland) for Thanksgiving for the first time in 10 years! (Those 10 years must have started when I was a mere child!) (tee hee)
I am having 5 houseguests for Christmas: my mom, my brother, and 3 grandparents.
Everything was great in my mind...:
"Hey, I don't have to spend the money to fly back East again!"
"Hey, I don't have to lug Christmas presents for everybody back East again!"
"Hey, I don't have to put my seat back and tray table into their upright and locked positions if I don't want to..."
...until I realized:
"Hey, other people are going to be looking at my floor/walls/sinks/TOILET/car, etc. besides me!"
"Hey, I'll have to share the shower/TV remove/telephone/etc. with others now!"
and, scariest of all:
"HEY, I'LL HAVE TO COOK AND/OR PREPARE FOOD FOR OTHER PEOPLE! AND, 5 IS ABOUT A MILLION OTHER PEOPLE IN FOOD PREPARATION MEASURES, ISN'T IT?!!!"
And now, at the late date of December 6, with touchdown time being the evening of December 22, panic has set in.
God has been my best Friend all year long, as usual, and calms panic, for which I am very grateful. He has also been my Comforter when the Redskins play...(they're terrible this year and it's hurting me a lot, for those of you who don't follow football)
In conclusion, I hope all of you recipients out there have a marvelous Christmas season and a great 1994.