Welcome to Small Success Thursday, hosted by CatholicMom.com! Here’s a chance to tell the world about the things you did this past week – no matter how small they might seem. Link up at the post today at CatholicMom.com or leave your comments below (if you’re not the blogging type).
I missed last week’s Boxing Day Small Success, but I am going to include a success from Christmas. I managed to keep a secret present from my 12 year old that I was DYING to talk about. I told a handful of people (not even my parents!), and on Christmas morning, after the presents were all opened (or so she thought!), we brought our girls downstairs to show them that we’d purchased the Doctor Who Christmas special. Then I tried to be like Ralphie’s dad and hint around that perhaps there might be more…
So, yeah. It was a great Christmas.
We stayed at our parish’s New Year’s Eve party until past midnight again. For years, our parish has had a 7 PM Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, followed immediately by a big party (complete with DJ and finger foods) to ring in the new year. It’s a very good way to get a lot of people to observe a Holy Day of Obligation that might otherwise get overlooked if you’re going to stay out half the night. For years, we haven’t wanted to stay to the end, but our girls are so happy and they have such a good time that we can’t seem to drag them away. And so we stay, ring in the new year at the parish, then go home and collapse.
Last night, we had another late night. Nathan’s alma mater, the University of Central Florida, played against Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl. Since we no longer have Dish or cable, we went out to a sports bar to watch the game and graze on appetizers all night. The bar actually closes at midnight, and the game went until about 12:20 or so, but the bartender and manager took pity on us and allowed us to stay all the way to the end. (Good tips for them, lemme tell you!) If you follow NCAA football and Bowl Week, you already know that Nathan is in a FANTASTIC mood, despite only getting about 4 hours of sleep last night. Bring on the swag!
All this lack of sleep brings me to what I think is my biggest accomplishment of the day. No, it’s not putting away all the outdoor furniture so it doesn’t blow around as the Nor’Easter clips us. It’s the fact that I haven’t fallen asleep on my feet today. (Not that I’ve been particularly productive, mind you. I just have managed not to pass out.)
I’m almost looking forward to going back to a regular schedule, I tell ya!