Holiday Review

Well, there’s another Christmas come and gone. And a new year will dawn in a couple of days. I hope you kissed someone special under the mistletoe, ate entirely too much, and maybe even made an ass of yourself at a large family gathering. That’s what the holidays are there for, after all.

My holidays were fun, even though they veered off course a time or two.

The holidays started with the launching of a new tradition. My sister arranged a “Cousin’s Cocktail Christmas Party” and it was a great success. We got together with our cousins and their spouses/partners for some drinks, snacks, and general merriment. We then went to a comedy club to yuk it up. It was fun. Some of my best memories of Christmases past are of playing with my cousins. Our parents would get us all done up in fancy little outfits and try to impress upon us the importance of “behaving ourselves” at the dinner.

cousins at christmas

And obviously we’ve all grown up a whole lot since those days, but one thing that hasn’t changed is how much fun I still have with my cousins.

cousins christmas

Overnight we were harassed by an ice storm of disastrous proportions. We woke up to a world that had been completely consumed by ice.

ice storm

ice storm 2

ice storm 3

The storm took down countless trees and power lines. Over 250,000 homes in the city were without power for anywhere from 24 hours to a week. My cousin Ryan slept over at my sister’s place after the Christmas party, and awoke the next morning to find a tree had fallen onto his girlfriend’s car.

tree on car

The storm wreaked absolute havoc on the city, and I was glad to head north and out of the icy mess for a few days. But the fun just didn’t stop coming. On Christmas Eve I got sick. Really sick. Feverish, coughing, totally congested. I felt like a bag of assholes. My dad cooked up a feast and I barely even nibbled at it. My appetite was nowhere to be found. We then went to my mom’s for drinks and board games, which I normally really enjoy. But instead of having a bunch of Christmas fun with my family, I sat on the sidelines bundled in blankets, sweating buckets while a perpetual coughing fit racked my body. I was one pathetic sight.

On Christmas day, I was supposed to accompany D to his family get together. But I felt so goddamned shitty I couldn’t even get up off the couch without draining the last vestiges of my strength completely. I had to choose my battles wisely. D went on without me, and I stayed home. I laid on the couch and watched the entire 6 hours ofย The Stand miniseries on DVD. I had just finished the book, and my mom had the DVDs of the miniseries, so she let me borrow them. And they came in handy, that’s for damn sure.

The following day I felt well enough to go to lunch with D and his dad. At least I could be a part of some of his family celebrations, for his sake. But we didn’t do a lick of Boxing Day shopping. I usually love getting out there with all the other crazies, ripping shirts off of shelves like a maniac and bitching about getting cut off in the parking lot by some asshole who isn’t even looking. Jesus, he isn’t even looking! What is he, BLIND OR SOMETHING?

But even though I wasn’t in peak physical condition for enjoying the food, the shopping, or the gatherings, I was still plenty good at enjoying presents. And you know Smash loves presents. Just a recap for anyone who may not be familiar with this facet of my personality: I FUCKING LOVE OPENING PRESENTS. I can’t stand unopened presents. They make me insane. My fingers positively itch with the desire to rip and tear if they get within five feet of something that’s been wrapped up. It’s a compulsion.

I opened a lot of great gifts this year.

presents

Some of the gift highlights:

Star Wars Salt n Pepper Shakers!

star wars salt and pepper

Enormous Batman Mug!

batman mug

New Hobo Mittens!

mittens

Bitchin’ New Watch!

watch

A Big Bottle of Booze!

booze

His and Hers Robot Pillowcases! (My friend The Magpie embroidered these for me and they are absolutely stunning, I fucking love them to bits.)

pillowcases

And A Shitload of Chocolate!

chocolate

And I got tons of other great stuff too. I’m lucky. I have a lots of people in my life who love me and want to give me things that I love for christmas. Things that make me squeal with delight like a little kid. I’m probably the easiest person on the planet to buy gifts for. I’m easily pleased and I’m not picky. If I can have a thrilling time shredding a gift of its wrapping, I’m set. And as much as I love tearing into a pile of presents, I love giving great presents too. I know that everything I picked out for my loved ones this year was well received and will be cherished forevermore.

Even though the weather was truly frightful and my immune system totally flaked out on me, I managed to find some enjoyment in the holidays this year. Got some fantastic gifts, started a fabulous new tradition, and I took some time to plan my next big moves for the upcoming year. I’m really looking forward to the new year. I’ve got big plans brewing for 2014. It’s going to be my year. I’ve got a list of goals a mile long and I am going to be dogged in my pursuit of every single one.

Peace out 2013, it’s been a slice.

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22 thoughts on “Holiday Review

  1. Sorry to hear you weren’t at full power this Xmas, but it sounds like you made the best of it. Happy New Year! (minus 2 days, and counting…)

    I see the Big Bottle of Booze brought its own little bottle of booze to drink? Hard core. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. That ice storm looks gross! Sorry about the car.

    I was also ill this Christmas, but I got a Batman logo pint glass that comes with its OWN CAPE. (Got a Superman version, too.)

    Here’s to a happy, healthier new year in 2014!

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    • The car was surprisingly not too hurt. Being parked next to a dumpster that was able to bear up most of the tree’s weight helped.

      That Batman glass sounds awesome! I love the idea of a glass with a cape.

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  3. Glad you feel better! Love the pillowcases. You and all your cousins should’ve worn the same outfits as the first picture. But the main thing I take away from this is that your bags of peanut butter cups say “Reese” while down here in God’s Country it’s “Reese’s.” Crazy world, man!

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  4. Yikes! Pictures of the storm…I was just hearing from my friends and family in Toronto. I still remember our 1998 icestorm and it looked like that. Good to hear that you are feeling better and those are awesome gifts! Happy 2014 Smash! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thanks Kim!! It was a crazy storm, and I’m glad it’s over. The news reports were showing footage of the storm from ’98 and that one looked like it was really hard on a lot of people too.
      Happy new year to you too Kim!! Have a great night celebrating it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. I LOVE the idea of a cousin’s Christmas party and am so stealing that for next year! I spent every Christmas day with my cousin’s growing up, showing off our new toys, and now we never see each other (apart from at funerals and weddings) so this would be perfect!
    Enjoying your blog, thanks!

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    • Thanks Cathy! I’m so glad that you’re going to use my idea. It’s always a good idea to stay in touch with your cousins, especially if you used to have a whole bunch of fun with them when you were younger. Happy future celebrating, and thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Ewwww, sick on Christmas!! I couldn’t imagine. The only sick I’ve ever got on Christmas is from too much candy or turkey!
    That ice storm is crazy stuff eh, lucky you had power, I heard some people were almost a full week without. That would be balls on the 25 floor!
    Happy new year!!

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    • Yeah dude, it totally sucked. But I’m better now, so it’s okay. Hopefully that’s my last sick of the year!

      And yeah, the storm was insane! We were so lucky to have power. We got home late on Saturday night when it was coming down and we could see the flash of a transformers blowing out and then a whole grid of houses go pitch black from Eglinton all the way up to Avenue Road. It was really bad.

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    • Thanks Mark! They’ve been a big hit, everyone loves them. I think I’m going to learn some embroidery myself so I can make a bunch more awesome robot stuff.

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  8. Happy New Year! Sorry you were sick over Christmas. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But those pillowcases rock! So you’ve finished the BIG King book (I never quite did – it was great but I got too busy to finish). I have to check if you’ve reviewed it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Happy New Year to you as well! I hope the coming year finds you with many great Chris Hemsworth moments to drool over.
      I’m working on my review of The Stand as we speak and a looking forward to having it up on the site sometime this week. Being sick did afford me the luxury of watching the whole miniseries in one go, so I am thankful for that.

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