The week leading up to break felt like just biding time. It really felt like high school when you’re counting down to Christmas break. Maybe because I actually was looking forward to two full weeks off.
The week also brought really weird weather, hot and cold, big rain storms, really dense fog.
It was my last week with these little nuggets which is mostly what I needed a break from, honestly. But I love them and already miss them after only a week off.
I took some time off working on my book to take care of little christmas stuff here and there. I constructed an elaborate pop up card for Mikey that was really cheesy and fun to make. I didn’t take any pictures of the finished product, though.
Will and Roscoe
I also made several batches of christmas cookies to give to my nanny families and a few other people as gifts. This was some seriously phallic dough.
The one social thing I did was go out and see Dawn’s play, which had an opening performance by Joe DeGeorge playing Bach with various sized gloves on. It was surprisingly funny.
Dawn’s play, Mother Mother Ocean
More weird weather
I met up for coffee with Mikey real quick on my way to the airport. He had gotten a new coat, which he shows off here.
and then I was off to kill two hours at the airport because, surprisingly, there were no lines at all.
I went straight from the airport to a big hardcore show that was also a toy drive. They have it every year in Chicago. Daniel’s band, Like Rats, was playing.
We got burritos mid-show. I had no idea how much I missed mexican food from Chicago. Would eat again so fast.
Then we headed back to Daniel and Dan’s place where I was reunited with my love, Egon.
That’s Dan! Daniel and Dan have been friends since early high school. We chilled around the house for a while, then went to some boutiques and got fancy coffee.
I didn’t take many photos, but after shopping and laying low, we went to see the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and got a fancy dinner next door. It was a fun and different night out.
On Sunday, we went out to brunch with Daniel’s family. It was really nice to see them. His brothers are so huge now!
They were this big when Daniel and I first met.
After that, we just watched Arrested Development and lazed around for most of the evening. Daniel was sick and I was happy to be on vacation and do nothing.
The last thing we did was make cookies because Daniel was going to attend a holiday cookie party later that night after I left.
Daniel and Dan have a funny friendship. Daniel was trying to get Dan to feel his crotch to see if it felt like it was radiating heat.
OMG it snowed while I was in Paw Paw. Total dream-swoon. babeliest weather ever
omg , I was TOTES dreaming of a white christmas and LOOK WHAT I GOT
A WHITE ASS CHRISTMAS
Okay, those last two photos were captioned by Mikey…..Obviously.
After baking cookies, we met up with my dad and his wife for dinner, and they drove me back to Paw Paw. They had driven into Chicago to pick up my younger brother at the airport. He had flown in from Seattle so it was convenient to come get us both. We got back to Paw Paw late. The following day, we just hung around at home. My younger brother juggled for my nephews.
At one point, we made rice krispy treats with my nephews. Thomas, who is five, got to count the marshmallows. He got most of the way up to 40!
My sister and mom helping Thomas.
Thomas and Asher helped decorate too.
Then we just played.
I was showing the boys about stop-motion animation and had them walk from the other side of the room at me doing funny things while I took a stream of photos. They thought it was really fun and loved watched the “videos” as i scrolled through on my camera.
They were getting creative! I need to put the photos into a video for them.
Then the boys helped us wrap presents and drew cards for their mom, my oldest sister.
Later that evening, we went over to my dad’s house, which is where I grew up, out on the farm. We just watched a few movies.
In the morning, we went back over there to celebrate Christmas.
This used to be a century old vineyard but they just took out the grapevines last year. It’s still strange to me. They’re going to turn it into a Chestnut tree farm next summer.
First thing, we skyped in my older brother from Taiwan. He was getting ready to go to bed. Skyping him is a new Christmas tradition. He’s lived over there for three or four years now.
My younger brother, R, and my nephews.
My dad helping Asher unwrap a present.
We got my dad some fancy power drills. He loves getting tools to use on the farm.
Playing with cat toys instead of their gifts. Haha!
The lake I grew up on.
The shady side of the tree.
My dad in his socks.
After dad’s Christmas was done, we headed back to mom’s to do mom’s Christmas and brunch.
My two sisters, Rachel and Rosemary, my mom and my brother, R.
My little nephew Thomas hand picked out presents for each one of us this year, which was really sweet. He chose a camo hat for both myself and my younger brother! It was kind of perfect. Apparently they have a gift shop at the elementary school and help kids pick out gifts for relatives based on gender. We realized they assumed I was male because of my name and that’s why I got the same gift as Uncle R. Haha. That’s been happening my whole life.
Mom and R modeling our hats.
It was a really nice family trip and very relaxing.
My mom, bein cute.
My brother and mom started to drive me back to the train to Chicago just as it started to blizzard. It was slow going and there were a lot of turned over cars, but it wasn’t too bad.
Back in Chicago, I had the night to kill since my flight left in the morning. Daniel and I got dinner in Chinatown.
and then saw Django Unchained, which was really great. I actually stayed awake!
I woke up at 6am, said goodbye to this guy, and then headed back to Philly for one day.
Now I’m headed off for a week with no internet and no phones, in Moon, Virginia with Mikey and all of his friends. I’m real stoked for a week off the digital grid so I can finish up drawing my book. 20 pages left to go!