As you can imagine, first and foremost on my mind is the imminent arrival of our newest granddaughter, Shelby. The doctor told Jenn that he will be at the hospital on the 31st and the 1st if she wants to have the baby then (be induced). Tomorrow is our son's 37th birthday, but he hates his day of birth. Well, he used to, until he got older. When he was little no one was around because it was Christmas vacation. I told him we could start celebrating his birthday in July or something. He declined. His daughter Katrina's birthday is July 19th.
Speaking of Katrina...First of all, no, she wasn't named for the hurricane because she was born in 2001, long before that nasty storm was even forming. But the fallout is that ever since that hurricane there is nothing in stores with her name on it. She was so thrilled when she opened one of her gifts from us and it was a zippered personalized pencil case with KATRINA right on the side. Score 1 for this grandma!
I think we will always refer to the Christmas of 2008 as the 'stay at home Christmas'. Most of our family and friends that have had snow, or their right minds, stayed home and celebrated by themselves. The exception would be those people who live where there wasn't any snow...like southern CA in the lowlands like our kids. At some point, you just don't try to "push the river", meaning why make the effort if it's (1) dangerous (2) foolhardy, or (3) snowing like it hasn't done in the last 100 years. Yes, I exaggerate. Our friends Ron and Diana did come over on Christmas Eve, but only because they were without power and we had ours.
I spent part of yesterday writing a new post for iPentimento about Henry Travers of "It's a Wonderful Life" fame. The gist of it is, you just never know what family connections other people have. Sometimes, even someone famous. Go check out Henry Travers: The Rest Of the Story!