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Christmas Swag

Well, hello! It’s been a minute, hasn’t it? I’ve been taking the last week or so to focus on reading, and friends, and family. It’s been lovely. I’ve tried to be less on my devices; I didn’t even take my inevitable laptop any of the places we traveled. To be fair, I knew there would be no wifi, but as I use the Google Suite, I don’t necessarily need wifi to write, at least. 

We managed to visit both my sets of grandparents and see two of my best and oldest friends. Last night we saw The Snow Queen at Synetic Theatre and went out bar-hopping and dancing with those friends. The show was different, but interesting, and undeniably engaging. More to come on that later. 

My parents’ house is full almost to bursting, with seven of us under the rancher’s roof. There’s my parents, my boyfriend, my sister and her husband, my mom’s best friend from college, and myself, in four bedrooms and two and a half baths. It’s snug but not unpleasant, except for the fact that I have been assigned the large loveseat (not a full couch) in the living room. But even sleeping in that location has its perks: that’s where the Christmas tree is, and Brie’s crate is very close. 

Not to show my materialistic side, but I was happy this Christmas; I received everything I’d asked for, or the means to procure it myself. Mom surprised me, as she always does, with a present that delighted me. (This year, it was a tabletop easel – the one I’d had, a standing floor easel that was my father’s, broke earlier this year. As I’ve been painting more lately, that put a little bit of a damper on things.) Grandparents were generous, and my other gifts were thoughtful, or useful, or desired, or all three. 

More than that, I was happy this Christmas because I had my family and friends. Ben spent this Christmas with my family, and my sister and her husband ended up staying for the holiday. Add to that that all my grandparents are living and accessible, and that some of my childhood and high school friends came into town for the holidays as well, and I’ve been joyful. 

The most important thing, though, was the adjustment to my meds. My new medication had been amplifying the effects of one of my old meds, causing me to feel no emotions at all. It put a strain on all my relationships and my overall quality of life. My doctor and I have since adjusted the old medication, and gradually, I found I could experience emotions again! It’s been lovely, even with the less pleasant emotions, to feel human again. 

Tomorrow and next week – back to work! Still, I’m content, and happy, and excited. I don’t know what will come, but whatever it is, I’ve made it this far. I can make it through whatever life throws at me. (Which, by the way, is NOT a challenge, Universe!) 

What’s been your favorite part of Christmas this year? Let me know!

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