With the exception of New Year’s next week, the holidays have come and gone and I have survived. I hope all of you had a very pleasant holiday and have enjoyed family and friends.
I have a new nephew born a few days before Christmas, Taylor Austin to my brother in San Diego. Luckily, I didn’t have to go to San Diego to relieve my mother as my sister-in-law is recovery well and they’ve got a pretty good handle on the whole parenthood thing. Through the wonders of modern technology, we were able to video chat on Christmas Eve and my grandmother was able to meet her newest great grandchild.
On the parenthood front, we’ve had to clip dear princess’s wings for a period of time to remind her that we are in charge, not the other way around. She’s not doing anything that I may or may not have done at 17, but she is making questionable decisions and basically being a lazy, dumb ass teenager and hopefully this will be her wake up call. If any of you fair readers would like a step by step guide to hacking a Twitter account, feel free to comment. I’ll send you the instructions or if there’s enough interest, I’ll post it as a blog here. I’ve wavered on whether to post it or not, because for the most part they behave, but there are some that are downright STUPID, mine included. (Attention teenage idiots who have bothered to read this far, if you know me and I know you and your parents, you should either pray now or start deleting tweets, however, chances are you were unable to get past the first 100 words until you got bored so I guess there’s nothing to worry about). There’s a whole other world of teenage misbehavior that exists out there and you might be as shocked as I was to learn what constitutes teen conversation nowadays. I guess these are the trials and tribulations of parenting in the 21st century.
Christmas was uneventful as my mother was in San Diego, there was no running hither and yon, one Christmas Eve dinner for us and my stepfather and a low key Christmas Day. Princess is disappointed because she didn’t get exactly what she wanted and will surely make us pay until spring. Eh, she should be grateful that she didn’t get a lump of coal and a bag of switches since she’s been such a pain in the ass.
The writing continues to progress forward, I’ve kept myself mostly occupied and pressing forward without incident. My hope and goal for the new year is of course to make a little more money than I have the last two months, to have a more sustainable income rather than just extra cash.
I will be going to Live Oak on Sunday to see what trouble I can get in to with my skinny friend. She camps rarely, never in a tent and is woefully unprepared for the bored fun that is camping. So I shall go for the day and dispense with all of my camping wisdom. Maybe we’ll even have a conversation or two while trail riding in the golf carts. If I were smart I would drink to relieve the holiday tension and forget my worries but alas, I’m not that smart.