Monday at Noon we gathered with my wife's sister's family, my wife's stepmother, and my wife's other niece, for the ritual opening of presents and eating of coffee cake. Monday at 2 p.m. my wife's step-mother's family arrived for Christmas, with lots of kids opening presents, great tenderloin, grits and salad, and an adorable 3-year-old named Reese who sang her heart out into a college kid's gift "karaoke mic" (a microphone with reverb and delay features which added a theatricality to singing).
Tuesday the temperature was minus twelve Celsius, and more snow fell. We caught our afternoon plane in good order. I had yet another license-went-missing-but-soon-found incident, involving completely different facts. A Super Shuttle ferried us home. It is cold here, but far less cold than in Kansas City.
We went to dinner at Holy Frijoles, where the chicken fajitas were good but I ate a few tortilla chips more than I originally planned.
This evening I finished the ebook novel by Rod Val Moore called "Brittle Star". I liked this novel, which was in plot format in the science fiction genre but in execution more of a light novel of ideas. I began this novel on November 10th, which means I spent some 46 days on a 503 page ebook. That is not an impressive-per-day reading output. Yet this book proved to be one of those I basically liked, but did not cause me to turn pages rapidly.
We watched a PBS program which discussed the Spanish, French, English and American colonization of Florida. The stories were interesting, though the non-admirable behavior of so many over so many years was discouraging.
I learned this weekend of a death of someone I have known via work for a long time--a good soul. I was sorry to hear of this news.
This week the cold is predicted to be positively December-like.