I started with the kitchen--dishes, mainly--then moved into the dining room, which NEEDED cleaning. It's still not 100% but it's about as good as I can get it without re-packing all the shit my sister dragged out in May. My few remaining papers and things on the dining table can be moved to a chair or other location pretty quickly, so that'll work fine.
My brother-in-law had surgery on Monday, as mentioned previously; he spent Monday night in the hospital and was supposed to be released today, so it was decidedly not an "outpatient" procedure and it's extremely doubtful they'll be traveling at all. In fact, my brother's family is mulling a road trip to Louisiana for New Year's, which sounds very nice. I wish them well. I sure as hell don't want to make that drive.
(But the fireworks.... We can't have everything.)
Doubtful that my niece will be here for Christmas, either. Life sucks, get an f-ing helmet, etc. I guess I'll have to give her a call soon.
Still don't know exactly what's going down on Christmas Day, either, but I am definitely going to church at 10:30 AM on Sunday, so that's part of the day spoken for already.
...my brother is resisting coming down here for Christmas Eve but I sent an e-mail to my sister-in-law reminding her of Christmas Eve 2009, when I had to drive up there because my brother was gonig to be "sooo lonely" on Christmas Eve "without any of his family around", because he had to be on call that day. I discussed it at the end of this post.
We left here at 6 PM on Christmas Eve and drove up to my brother's place--a two hour drive--to get there around 8:30, and my sister-in-law and the kids didn't get home until 10:30; and to make matters worse, Mom, my sister, and I then got home at 3 AM on Christmas Day.
...so I think it's my brother's turn to "cooperate", if you know what I mean.
Still, I ordered pies, and I'm gonna make more apple crisp, and if I have to I'll get out some chicken breasts and make lemon-pepper chicken and mashed potatos and some kind of vegetable, and then have some PIE! afterwards. Besides, I'm getting Cinnabons later this week when I go to pick up the pies. Thank God: the one in Merrilville is still there! Woohoo!!!
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I've also figured out what I want to do about the outdoor lights, so I'll probably attend to that Wednesday. Thursday is probably when I'll go get pies and Cinnabons. Friday--final cleanup and miscellany; then it's pretty much all downhill from there.
And welcome 2012 and pray to God it doesn't suck as much as 2009, 2010, or 2011 did.