December 22, 2008

December 22, 2008
A Great Holiday

Welcome to another day in my life. It is now the Monday before Christmas with Santa and his reindeer. It is also one of the busiest times of year for most of us.

Yesterday, Gary and I were up and running by 8am and did not get home and finished until around 8:30pm. I was exhausted and ready to be home and comfortable after a great day.

We started off the day driving to St. Augustine after waking up and getting our showers. I hate to drive so Gary drove the whole day. The St. Augustine Outlet Mall was jammed packed with people. You would have never known the country is in a recession except for all the sale prices.

I got some great deals on shirts and socks. I even found a white with navy striped sweater I really liked made of pima cotton and some navy fatigue shorts to go with it. I also picked Gary up a couple of last minute presents from the same store. We walked around some but ended up heading for home because of all the crowds and traffic.

Then it was time for a short nap before leaving for our World AIDS Week committee Christmas party. I ended up wearing the new sweater I bought at Ralph Lauren with my Lucky jeans. Chenita hosted the event at her home on the westside and was a fantastic hostess. There was so much great food and drink including chicken, macaroni and cheese, honey carrots, mashed potatoes, spaghetti, cranberry pear jello and much more. Everyone had a great time eating and then playing a couple of games. One game had us guessing tv show tunes and the other was acting out movie titles. I wish I had brought my camera so I could have captured both. Gary and I won gift cards from WalMart which will go to good use. It was great seeing everyone as always and we will be starting up again on January 13th at St. Luke's MCC with the meeting at noon. Stop by and join the group to help make a great World AIDS Week 2009!

On the way home, we stopped and drove through the Luminaria in Riverside/Avondale. Luminaria is where everyone puts lights (small white bags with sand and a candle) along the sidewalks to light up the way. Many of the churches had choirs singing outside so you could enjoy their gift of song as you drove passed. There was a couple of horse drawn hayrides with kids signing which was a nice touch. The Luminaria is a long tradition here in Riverside/Avondale and something that just puts you into the holiday spirit.

I had several errands to run this morning and then the rest of the week should not be busy hopefully. I could use a few down days before the new year starts. I already have events booked through the end of April so it is going to be a busy year. But I would rather be busy than just sitting at home unless I did not have a choice.

I hope you are having a great week whether you are already on vacation or working a couple of more days. Remember to embrace each moment and live it to the fullest. Life is not a dress rehearsal.

Wishing you health, hope, happiness and the best of the holidays.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab