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About Christmas, and Going Out

I want to write something in here, but what can I write about? I suppose there are a few things that come to mind, so let's see what we have.

I want to start out with Christmas stuff, which is essentially saying gifts are coming together nicely, and other plans are still slightly confusing at this point. Unsurprisingly, I have quite a few items for Jen, but I think my list is getting to be well-rounded aside from her too. I have five items for Mom, none for Dad (he was vague / didn't volunteer many actual suggestions, but I should get to buying what I intend to get for him...), two for Adam, technically two for Naomi (one still has to be ordered, and the other, shipped / received), two for Ericka, three for Conner, three for Trish, two proper gifts and an idea for Evo, four things for both Jen and myself, one and an idea for Jen's mom, and one for Manoah. We also have something for Jen's brother and his wife, so all in all, there's a fair bit. I'm rather pleased with myself this year too, in that I've been keeping up on my wrapping. Come Monday or some other early close / day off after that, I'd like to do more, but until then, that's going well. As for plans next month, it's just because of having more Christmas-y things going on now. Presumably sometime during the week leading up to Christmas, Jen's dad is having a get-together down in Wallaceburg. On Christmas Eve, we may be going to her mom's house first, then to Evangel for the Carols by Candlelight thing, then off to Aunt Marie and Uncle Mark's for snacks and more getting together. Following that is Christmas day, whereupon we'll probably be waking up too early so Conner can open his presents and opening a few presents of our own, getting a bleary-eyed ride over to the house to open gifts there, as well as a majority of the presents I have wrapped here, and then we'll be off to her mom's house for the rest of the day. I'm not sure what'll be happening following that, but yeah. Also in the same month is my birthday, which I already have several days booked off for, and an idea I proposed to have everybody (that is, everybody from my family) over here one night to play games and enjoy some snacks. I quite like the idea, as only Mom has been up here so far, and it would be fun to show everybody around here. We've only briefly discussed what might happen on my birthday, but with having a few proper days booked off for it, I'm sure we'll be able to come up with some... enjoyable plans. Unfortunately, the one thing we won't be able to do is go out to Walmart after midnight. It seems this year they're only open 24 hours from the 21st to 23rd. I still intend to go, if not all three nights, at least two, but that kind of sucks.

We went out on our second official date last Thursday. Seems slightly silly to think of it as a date when everything either of us can find implies that we feel / act toward each other as if we've been in a relationship for a solid number of years, but I'm okay with that. I think it was even brought up back when things first started. I'd rather dispense with the whole "Let me impress and woo you over" thing. I like you, and you like me. What else is required? At any rate, we did go out, and it was fun, although not everything I'd hoped for. I had personally wanted to go to a couple specialty stores along Grand Ave, but by the time we made it out, in combination with the slight rain, it made more sense to just ask for a ride. Eventually? For certain, and Roy knows I could do with delay getting those items considering how heavy my two boxes of them are already, but yeah. We started with Target, walked back to Pet Valu (Bruce was cute <3), then to Dollarama, and finally Canadian Tire. From there, we walked over to Lucky In(n) for supper, had an unexpected conversation with the waitress about unusual customers (apparently some guy who goes there regularly always asks for half a lemon to eat at the end of his meal, as well as some person who wants broccoli fried in beef, but without the beef...), got a ride all the way out to Walmart to look for Christmas things, and then finally went home. Quite a fun and full day overall, and I noticed and really like how I'm very, so incredibly close to just being naturally comfortable with her about certain things. If nothing else, her reaction to something I showed her the other night says more than enough. Getting back to Thursday though, following arriving at home, I within the hour fell asleep for a short nap, talked to her for a bit after waking up, and then set about tidying up the place a bit, because things in general were getting to be a mess. I condensed (that is, either gave to her or set aside for donation) some of another one of my personal items, and she gave me some of hers which I really, really liked (mind you, they aren't the same sort of thing to her that they are to me), and just generally made things tidier. It was a good feeling, and a nice ending to the day.

I think for now though, mainly because I want to finish writing this before she wakes up, I'm going to end this and call the house to see about getting a ride out somewhere (possibly Christmas-related) before work. I'm obviously not sure when the next time I'll write in here is, but I'm sure I'll have more to say before too long. Until then~

Comments

Sounds considerably more busy than me for Christmas.

I've mostly just never got into giving gifts. If I find something I want to give someone I will get it for them, but I'll also just get things any other time of the year if I find something.

I'll be visiting family again for Christmas. We seem to get together somewhere each year with everyone from around Oshawa. Usually at one of my aunt's places on Christmas eve. And then I'll visit my grandmother again the next day with just me and my mom.

I can understanding dating for you two seeming a little silly; like, I think you've kinda skipped over that step already and are already living together--but regardless of the lack of a need to get to know each other; it's still nice to go out together and do something special.

Does the person getting the lemon for after dinner actually just eat the lemon? Sometimes, I'll get an extra lemon slice and use it to make lemonaide from the water they give me. Just squeeze the lemon in and add some sugar.

I notice your birthday is coming up in a couple days now. I would like to come visit you, but it's probably too late to plan anything now... I wanted to stop and see you when I was going past there on my way to Chicago, but I was never able to get in contact. For all I know, you don't really want to see me anymore anyway... So I don't know. Maybe next November, I'll plan a stop over in Windsor to visit people. There's a couple people I'd like to see there and you'd be welcome to oome see me too if you wanted.
I'll be visiting family again for Christmas. We seem to get together somewhere each year with everyone from around Oshawa. Usually at one of my aunt's places on Christmas eve. And then I'll visit my grandmother again the next day with just me and my mom.

Indeed. Normally, it would be a simple affair of going over to our aunt and uncle's on Christmas Eve for snacks, then doing things at the house on Christmas morning, but this year it's... going to some different church to sing Christmas carols and whatnot, maybe coming back here (to my parents' house) to play games and have snacks, opening some gifts at home on Christmas morning, bringing the majority over to the house an hour or so afterward, opening them, and having a quick (and small) lunch, and going to Jen's mom's house. And let's not get started on other things leading up to Christmas. The 19th? Early stuff at her mom's place because it's the only time her brother and his wife can make it. The 22nd? Christmas at her dad's in Wallaceburg. After Christmas day? Hopefully nothing, because it's really complicated this year!

I can understanding dating for you two seeming a little silly; like, I think you've kinda skipped over that step already and are already living together--but regardless of the lack of a need to get to know each other; it's still nice to go out together and do something special.

Have I mentioned we're comfortable enough around each other that my belly button has a name? Yeah. Maybe that requires more weirdness and less comfort, but it's something I would never have expected...

Does the person getting the lemon for after dinner actually just eat the lemon? Sometimes, I'll get an extra lemon slice and use it to make lemonaide from the water they give me. Just squeeze the lemon in and add some sugar.

I'm not sure. The lemonade thing makes sense, but the way she said it, I immediately pictured somebody eating half a lemon. I've been recorded doing something similar before, so it's definitely possible...

I notice your birthday is coming up in a couple days now. I would like to come visit you, but it's probably too late to plan anything now... I wanted to stop and see you when I was going past there on my way to Chicago, but I was never able to get in contact. For all I know, you don't really want to see me anymore anyway... So I don't know. Maybe next November, I'll plan a stop over in Windsor to visit people. There's a couple people I'd like to see there and you'd be welcome to oome see me too if you wanted.

If it stands for anything, I am sorry. I know we haven't talked or seen each other in quite a while, and that honestly does pain me, but I don't know what to do. About the only person I see / talk to other than Jen anymore is Evo, and that's typically only small talk when he comes over to hang out. I go to work, go to Heart and Stroke whenever needed (although I'm done there 'til March as of today...), and otherwise just do things with Jen. I know for a fact that if and when another visit is planned, I want her to come, but as of right now, neither of us can afford it. I'd probably want to pay for her, yes, but I'm currently waiting on a majority of my pay next week to pay off my credit card, and then there's the matter of saving up actual money again. We're supposed to be moving sometime (presumably early) in 2014 too, so there's that, and all the packing and cleaning and sorting through every single article in the place to ensure that they're pest-free to deal with. I really, really, really don't want this to sound like I'm upset with you, but rather I'm incredibly frustrated with the circumstances for not being what they used to be. At the same time though, I would never choose to go back to before I met Jen. It may be cliched to say, but she is quite possibly the best thing that has ever happened to me.

At any rate, I have to be off to work soon (5 - ~12:30am, and I was up at 11am to go to the pizza party lunch at Heart and Stroke...), and have a box full of heavy things to carry (a total of four packages arrived in the mail for me today - yay), so I'll talk to you later. Sorry for never being around anymore, but I hope this reply serves to explain even a bit of that *hug*
Hmm... I guess getting involved with Jen's family is making things more complicated. :)

What is your belly button's name? :P

Maybe he just... has it in his head that it's a good idea to eat a lemon for some reason. I dunno... It is kinda weird then.

Sounds like you're really busy with stuff, so I can understand not talking to me as much. I do miss talking and spending time with you when you visit. I am happy that you're so happy with Jen too and I wouldn't want you to go back to before you met her. Remember I helped you get to meet by responding to that note that was left for you.

I know what it's like not being able to afford stuff. I kept wanting to visit people but don't have money for it and have credit card debt bothering me and put it off. I paid it off last month by putting $5000 on a line of credit and scraping together $3000 by eating cheap food and not going out, getting my tax credits from the last 2 years and getting $1200 from a friend for doing a bunch of work for him. I want to try paying off the rest of that $5000 eventually so it's just gone and not bothering me and costing me money anymore.

I don't think you're upset with me, though when you weren't answering me I started getting a little worried. I'm glad you responded and explained thngs now though. :3

And happy birthday! :3 :3