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C and C celebrate Boxing Day.
Not in the traditional sense, of course. We celebrate it in our own fashion.

Christmas Eve Day – I work. Vocational hazard, really. (This year we did spend it with a friend who also shares the vocation.)
Christmas Day – We visit with family, if they aren’t elsewhere. (Spent it with C’s dad this year.)
Boxing Day – Our day. No work. No family. No friends. Just us. Our main Boxing Day tradition is this: no leaving the house and as little work as possible. It is a day to spoil ourselves and luxuriate in each other’s company.

Highlights of this year’s Boxing Day:

1. A crackling fire in the fireplace.

2. An in-house visit from our favorite masseuse (I managed to keep the identity of our visiting masseuse a surprise until she was at our front door. Yay, me!) Two ~80 minute massages in front of the aforementioned fire.

3. An apartment filled with the most delightful smells: scotch pine Christmas Tree, burning oak, minty massage oil, baked egg dish, and monkey bread.

4. Brunch (baked egg dish and monkey bread, fresh from the oven.)

5. A long afternoon nap. (on freshly cleaned, flannel sheets.)

6. An exchange of presents. (more on those below)

7. A Peasant Plate dinner of three platters.
Fruit – honey crisp apple slices, organic plump grapes, sweet pears, roasted walnuts, kalamata olives
Bread – caraway rye bread, sourdough white bread, garlic flat crackers, butter, and cranberry honey
Meat and Cheese – turkey breast, summer sausage, marinated skirt steak, medium cheddar, Irish swiss, Casablanca goat gouda, Knight Veil aged brick, and butterkase.
(served by candlelight with a delightfully sweet champagne)

8. A time to reflect on the past year and recommit ourselves to each other and the adventures of the new year.

I gave C a Storypeople ornament.
It says, “In those days we finally we chose to walk like giants and hold the worlds in our arms grown strong with love and there may be many things we forget in the days to come, but this will not be one of them.”

In her usual gift-giving exceptionalism, C gave me a print of two labradors in a canoe and a homemade collage of a chalice with the following hand-written along the edges, “Speak Truth. Weave Connections. Stir Spirits. Bring Laughter. Bestow Hope. Light Darkness. Witness Grieving. Heal Hearts.” It is gorgeous.

I don’t remember the last time I wept when opening a present.
It’s been a hard year.
C’s greatest gift, other than her constant support and presence by my side, is this reminder of who I really am.

Happy Boxing Day, everyone.
I hope yours was as fun and filled with as many blessings as ours was.
(If not, feel free to start your own tradition next year. We highly recommend it.)

Feel free to share the highlights of your holidays with us.


C and C hope you are all having too good this holiday to be looking at blogs– but for those who came seeking a brief e-interlude to the holiday festivities, we present you with the following Christmas cheer.

C and C discovered this a few days ago. We laughed our heads off. If you’ve never seen the Queen video, it won’t be as funny to you. (If you don’t watch it till the end, not mentioning any names–Z, well, don’t blame us for missing the finale.)

One for the geeks out there. Again, if you aren’t into Batman, this one might not be your cup of cheer.

And last, but not least,
our favorite offering from Storypeople, a “Successful Holiday”.

Merry Christmas, everyone.
Thank you for giving the greatest gift of all,
your friendship.

C and C

C&C have been busy. We’ve also been sucked into the world of Facebook. Hence, no new posts for a while. Today, we’d thought we’d bring something from Facebook to our blog. One of the most recent memes on FB has been “16 things” where you write 16 things about yourself. The idea is to put some on there that people wouldn’t already know. Both C and C did this on FB.

Here we present our shared list.
16 things about C & C.

1. We both like job interviews. (We’re very good at them, so that might explain it. Or maybe we’re very good at them because we like ’em.)

2. We were both born in America’s Dairyland. (Cheeseheads by birthright.)

3. We both love holidays. (This has dimmed somewhat these past few years, but we hold out hope that this fire will be rekindled as our lives get less limbo-like.)

4. C & C are both organizationally challenged. (To be fair, C’s desk at work is neat as a pin. C’s is a disaster area in need of a purging not unlike the vast fires that used to sweep across the American plains.)

5. C & C are apple folks. (Both the fruit and the computers.)

6. C & C have been in two weddings together. (Yes, I’m counting ours as one of them. Of the two, our wedding was 100x more fun.)

7. C & C celebrate Boxing Day. (It is a day dedicated to being with one another. We do not leave the house. We do not answer the phone. We pamper ourselves. No work. No family. No friends. Just us. It is a glorious day.)

8. Both of us have a thing for teddy bears. (and, apparently, rubber duckies.)

9. Both C and C realized they wanted to marry this person when they were in Door County, WI. (Different moments, but same weekend.)

10. C & C both have been known to write poetry. (C’s is better, though.)

11. C & C do not like dark chocolate, liver, brussels sprouts, or cigarette smoke. (Together we aren’t as fussy as people seem to make us out to be. Or, I guess, if you added in all of our individual dislikes… never mind. Forget I said anything.)

12. C & C prefer feather pillows. (Lots of them. No, really, more than that…)

13. C & C think the first snow fall is special. If we are apart when it happens, we call each other to make sure we both see it. (If we are together for the first snow fall, we go out and dance in it.)

14. C & C are sneaky elves. We’ve put up a Christmas tree in the backyard of the ‘rents at 2 am. We’ve built a snowamn on a friend’s front porch. And we’ve done other things we haven’t even been suspected of yet. (Tee Hee.)

15. C & C have delicate constitutions. (Sad, but true. We also can’t hold our liquor.)

16. C & C have very high standards for friends. (Surprisingly, we’ve met a lot of people who live up to those standards. We are constantly amazed by this.)

Earthbound Spirit put this meme on her blog and we thought we’d give it a try.
(Hey, if you are going to be absent from your blog for….holy crap we haven’t posted in almost three months…sorry about that, folks…we just haven’t had a lot of fun to share…anyway, where was I…oh yeah, when you’ve been out of the game for a while, it is best to start with something simple.)

C is in Blue. C is in Red. If we’ve both done it, it is in Purple.
Feel free to participate by copying the list and bolding the ones you’ve done.

1. Started my own blog
2. Slept under the stars (only if a skylight counts)
3. Played in a band (do kazoos count?)
4. Visited Hawaii (twice, together)
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world (twice each, but not together)
8. Climbed a mountain (drove over one…)
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched lightning at sea (watched lightning on the ocean, but not from it)
14. Taught myself an art from scratch (origami, poetry, cooking, storytelling, take your pick)
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning (together and separate)
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown my own vegetables (I helped my mom with her garden…sort of… when she made me)
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight (Ahhh… Betsy and George, how I miss you.)
22. Hitchhiked (boy were my parents ticked)
23. Taken a sick day when not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb (I ate one, does that count?)
26. Gone skinny dipping (Together, too!)
27. Run a marathon (we’ve attended a couple, does that count)
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse (Ahhhh… my eyes.!)
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset (Now I know you are kidding…)
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise (sure, a sailboat in DC, a dolphin boat and a snorkeling catamaran in Hawaii, do they count?)
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors (how far back are you going with this?)
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught myself a new language (we both suck at languages)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (we could always use more, but we’re truly satisfied with being with each other)
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person (sure are a lot of questions that assume we’ve been to France. Didn’t we answer that already? The Leaning Tower isn’t in France…)
39. Gone rock climbing (DC, fun. Hawaii, not so fun.)
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had my portrait painted
48. gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris (Again with the damn French questions….)
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud (but not together…)
54. Gone to a drive-in theater (Again, not together…shame that.)
55. Been in a movie (I was supposed to be, but got cut. We might be, we’ve got connections.)
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business (Does Mary Kaye count? No.)
58. Taken a martial arts class (Once again, not together.)
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen (helped make sandwiches for one though…)
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching (Saw a bunch, too, thanks to pal, Tom.)
63. Gotten flowers for no reason (Well, not for no reason… I loves her, you see.)
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma (I’m not allowed to.)
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi concentration camp
67. Bounced a check (Sadly, we’ve bounced more than one…)
68. Flown in a helicopter (Part of our wedding gift money…)
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar (We both think it is repulsive.)
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job (Had to bring that up? Sadist.)
76. Seen the Changing of the Guard in London
77. Broken a bone (knocking on wood)
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle (Oh yeah! Those were the days. One of these days, we’ll ride again…)
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book (unless this thrice-damned packet counts)
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car (do we look like suckers?)
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. >Had chickenpox (I don’t know..)
89. Saved someone’s life (more than one…)
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous (Shirley Manson, Winston Marsalis, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Nichelle Nichols, Chewbacca; we also know someone who had a hand in making 3:10 to Yuma)
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby (We gave ’em back.)
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee (Am I the only one that thinks it is weird that some people HAVEN’T been stung by a bee?)
100. Ridden an elephant> (I rode a camel…does that count?)