Monday, December 21, 2015


So we're in full speed holiday mode now, for sure!    On Tuesday night Amy and I joined Jamie for Santaland Diaries at Zach Theatre.  (Ryan got sick and bailed).  Mom and Dad were kind enough to get us the tickets.  It was a lot of fun!  Amy and I had seen it a few years back when Amy's folks were in town, but almost half of the material was new, and the second portion of the performance, based on the David Sedaris essay, is pretty much a classic.  The whole thing was very funny and entertaining.  I recommend it.

Getting in the mood before my office
Christmas party

Raylan and Will making "music" at daycare

Thursday night was my office Christmas party.  It was at El Mercado this year (second year in a row).  It was pretty fun!  They reserved the whole restaurant for us, and lots of people came out.  I had a good time catching up with folks (the defense attorneys and judges were there, too).  It's good to go to some of these things.  When you argue with people so much for a living, it's good to just relax and remind yourself that you're all, ultimately, in it together.  Amy skipped the party to Raylan sit, but I made it home in time to feed him a bottle before I went to bed.
Friday night we ordered some Thai food.
Saturday mostly involved errands and chores.
Saturday night we were supposed to all go over to Ryan and Jamie's for our traditional Steans family Italian Christmas dinner.  We've been doing this for the last few years- getting together to celebrate Christmas with a small, family dinner before Christmas arrives.  This year we had it at Ryan and Jamie's house (as opposed to a restaurant) so that we could bring Raylan and celebrate with the entire family.  Unfortunately, Raylan pretty much refused to sleep all day, so he was super tired and cranky.  Long story short, Amy ended up staying home with Raylan so he could get some sleep while I went to dinner with the family (while bringing the salad that amy had made and some bread).
Ryan and Jamie put on a really nice dinner!  They had appetizers and wine, and Jamie made a really good lasagna.  They set a nice table, and even had some good Christmas music playing.  It made for a very nice evening.  I was really bummed that Amy and Raylan didn't make it because it was a really good time.  

(Most people try to lure Santa Claus to their house.
Ryan's hoping for someone with different super powers)

Sunday morning we got up and went and had breakfast at Central Market.  We took some oatmeal with us for Raylan, so he could sit at the table and dine with us.  He made for a decent breakfast companion, so long as we could steer him away from awkward conversations about politics.

(Rylan talks about the difficulty of building a moderate consensus
in a radically polarized political climate)

Mostly Sunday we hung out and took care of errands and chores.  Sunday night Amy made some really good shrimp creole.  
Today (Monday) Raylan's daycare was closed, so I took the day off to hang out with him.  We ran a few errands together, fighting out way through the Christmas shopping crowds as a team.

(Rylan helps me chart a course through the holiday
badlands of the shopping center parking lot)

("C'mon, Dad!  You can get this thing going faster!!")

And that's pretty much been it.
Hope everyone is finding a little happiness in their days amidst the craziness of the holiday preparations.
Take care of each other!



The League said...

Raylan wants you to buy his Uncle a whole mess of comic books.

J.S. said...

Raylan thinks his uncle needs a 12 step program for his comic book problem.