Extremely late holiday post, ahoy! I apologize for the belatedness of it, I do. My only excuse is that the holidays ended on a serious down note, so I've been living vicariously through other people (which has shown up on this other blog), rather than dwelling on my own life. Case in point: all of my clothes from the holiday trip home are still packed. I've been back in WV since the 4th. I leave this afternoon for a trip to NY. Serious avoidance issues over here.
Anyway: Holidays! Much was accomplished.
back in October). My love of plaid shirts and sweater vests knows no bounds.
At the beginning of the holidays, there were 4 dogs and one cat in the house, and man, was that cat unhappy. By the new year, we were down to two dogs, and the cat decided the interloper wasn't so bad. Which is great, since he'll be living here with us for a little while. Here is the video that goes with the photo, taken the night before we drove back to WV. Warning: it's epically adorable. Hold onto your hats.
Overall, the holidays were fun. I saw six, count'em, SIX movies, hung out with basically every single person I love (notably absent was my little bro, who was trapped out west this Christmas), and it even snowed on Christmas (before going back to being 60 degrees a few days later). The downer at the end was the sudden death of my Great-Aunt Dinny. She was 96 years old, so it wasn't exactly a shocker, but a week before her death, she was in excellent health for a 96-year-old, so yes, it was sudden.
Vista and I drove down to Winston-Salem, NC for the burial before turning around and heading back to Marlinton. It was a long, emotional day. Dinny was the last of my grandmother's sisters (my grandmother passed away 4 years ago), and it felt like the end of an era. I was left with the haunting knowledge of all of the things I never asked them, all of the stories which will go untold. They were some amazing ladies, the Maslin girls were. The world was better for them, and poorer for their absence.
So far, 2011 has been pretty disappointing, but I'm holding out hope. It can only go up from here, right?