Wrapping Up the Holidays

Well here we are, the last few hours of the last day of 2008. I for one am glad this year is ending. As years go, this was not one of the better ones.

When I last left you I was fighting a really bad head cold. It lasted for over a week, worse one I have had in a very long time. I even stayed home from work one day and stayed in the bed most of that day. That was my first sick day since I started my new job over a year ago!! I probably should have stayed home for 2 but I am not one for staying home if I can manage to get around.

We finally got our tree and the tree at Patrick's parents house up and decorated, but we decided not to do all the out side decorating we do every year. We did think about doing a last minute outside decorating effort when we would drive around and see how pretty some of the other houses were, but it just never happened. We vowed to get an earlier start next year, say around October!!

Then on December 20, as we were on our way to see the LA Gay Men's Chorus Christmas Concert, some one decided to rear end us on the freeway. It was an experience neither of us want to do again, but looking back it could have been much worse. We were in the right lane getting ready to exit when out of no where, someone slammed into the read of my car
They actually pushed us for a short distance but when their bumper fell off their car, it sent us
spinning around on the freeway. Fortunately we spun to the right and ended up on an exit ramp, had we spun the other way, it would have pushed us right into the on coming traffic. Whoever
hit us never stopped. We never saw them coming, so we have no idea who hit us. But they did leave behind their front bumper with the license plate attached, the Highway Patrol said they would make good use of that.

So for the past week or so I have driving a rental car, a nice car, but not my car. I have a close relationship with my car, I love it alot. I have alway wanted a Ford Focus since the very first one I say several years ago. You could say it is my dream car. Andy, yes that is his name, is a hatch back, they don't make the ones like him anymore.But he is my Baby. But when I got home this afternoon, there was a message on our phone that told me that they were going to total Andy and not repair him. It was like someone had left a message telling me some one I love a great deal had died. I don't get to talk to the insurance people until Monday, so all weekend I get to see Andy sitting out in front of our house and know that soon he will be going away. I am not sure
just what kind of car I will even look at, it was something I was expecting to do for a very long time. But I am sure I will find just the right one when we do start looking. It has always worked out that way for me when I have needed a car, just the right one comes along!

So tonight, Patrick and I and the kids and our close friend,Timmy, are waiting for the ball to drop and the new year to begin. We have been munching out of a while now and in just a couple of hours, 2008 will be done and a brand new 2009 will begin. I don't know about you, but
I can hardly wait. A brand new year will thousands of new adventures await each of us
I believe it is just the start of a big new beginning for us.

Happy New Year!!



Sickie Weekend

You all know the routine, you start out feeling a little achy and you try to ignore it thinking it will go away, then the area around your eyes and around your nasal cavity starts this tingling burning feeling and the next think you know, BAMM, you have a nasty head cold. Well I started the achy feeling mid afternoon on Friday and I really tried to ignore it, I had way too much to do this weekend to even think about getting sick. But by the time I fought my way though the Friday night traffic to get home ( have I mentioned here how bad the traffic has gotten again since gas prices have gone back down!!??), I just gave up and after dinner I went to bed hoping it was just an over night thing. WRONG! It did seem a little better Saturday and we ran around going some errands getting ready to start decorating both houses (ours and Patrick's parent's next door) for the Holidays.
Saturday night was my office Holiday Party at Il Moro ristorante. Every year the 3 doctors I work for take the staff and our significant others out to a really nice dinner at an upscale restraunt. We had a really nice time and I would recommend the place highly but be ready
to pay a little extra. This ain't Denny's!
So we got home around midnight and I went to bed thinking the head cold was on it way out, wrong again. Sometime during the night the Cold Fairy paid me a visit and put a double whammy on me. I woke up this morning feeling worse than I had all weekend. So much of the day I spent in bed and all the decorations are still in their boxes. We did manage to make it to Homo Depot and get our Christmas tree and one for his parents and the kids. They are both
really nice. At least we have something like 18 more days to Christmas, I am sure we can get them decorated before then.
So send me some positive energy and thoughts so I can beat this thing. I am very thankful that it has not gone into my chest but stayed in my head, but then, with as much empty space as I have up there, it could wander around a long time before it leaves!!