I woke up this morning and joined the kids in the playroom to watch Bugs Bunny cartoons. Now that's how to spend a morning! I always enjoyed my Saturday morning Warner Brothers' classics. The girls are enjoying them as much as I did. Thanks to Santa for the perfect gift for Mom and daughters to delight in together.
My girlfriend Gem couldn't make it home for Christmas this year. Her flight was canceled due to weather. Poor thing. She was pretty upset as this is her first holiday away from her family.
The ex had his family over for Christmas Eve and asked me to join. I invited Gem along too.
Santa made a visit!!!
A friend of my ex brother-in-law makes the perfect Santa and arranged where he could bring in the girls' presents from their dad. Presents delivered directly by Santa!!! They were thrilled!
I still enjoy time with the in-laws. They've accepted that the ex and I are divorced but I suppose they do still wish we'd get back together.
Gem even noted how well the ex and I get along. She's never really seen us together. He was drinking and he always gets sentimental about Christmas. We joke around a lot. He picks on me. I pick on him. We hug. We're attentive to each other. When she said something about it to the both of us, we hugged again and both said, "We still love each other."
"Yeah, we do," he continued, "But sometimes I want to do this..." and began playfully mock-punching me in the stomach.
When Gem and I left with the kids, he texted me and asked me to let him know that we'd made it home safe.
Yeah. He's a good guy. It really is too bad we can't live together.
I'd struggled on whether or not to send a Merry Christmas message to Soldier.
I finally gave in and sent an short email at approximately 12:08 a.m. Baghdad time Christmas Day.
Five minutes later I received his Family/Friends email where he admitted that many of the soldiers don't even want to know that its Christmas. They're all tired after 13 3/4 months of a 15 month deployment and don't want to be reminded that they're away from their families for Christmas.
Well, ok then.
Then yesterday, the front page cover story was about the soldiers who were deploying or returning to Iraq on Christmas.
Soldier also attached this commercial to his email. He said this is really what its like when the soldiers walk through the airport terminal upon their return from Iraq.
What a difference than what soldiers came home to 40 years ago, isn't it?
They're all just ready to come home. Keep 'em all in your prayers.
My brother couldn't make it in town for Christmas. He is helping a friend who is suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease. My brother volunteered for Christmas duty so that his other caretakers could be with their families. It is now a 24/7 job.
Every year, my mom takes a family photo of the three of us (me, brother and sister) in front of the Christmas tree on Christmas day. This year, since my brother couldn't make it, my mom insisted we do the "missing man formation."
My sister happened to have the items we needed for a wonderful Christmas family photo.
I've gone back online.
I thought I'd give online dating another go. I started with one dating site and grew frustrated with the men who weren't local or who smoked. I specifically said, "don't bother if you're not local." and "non-smokers only."
Do people even read the profiles?!
So I've moved on to another site where I'm getting some pretty promising matches. This time I've lowered my expectations from "true love" to "new friends". If anything becomes of it, so be it.
I've been very emotional the past couple of days. I had a good cry last night. I suppose either its the lowest part of my cycle or I just had to purge some stuff.
I'm feeling much better now.