Saturday, once I drove back home and after a bit of present finding, I went to dinner and a movie with friends. To celebrate one's birthday, and to give us all a little respite from the hectic holiday pace.
A little Nicholas Cage, a little salad and cheese fondue. A lot of laughter and great conversation. A perfect evening.
Sunday, after a wonderful brunch with a friend, I finished my gift gathering. Then began the wrapping extravaganza. I love wrapping. I have no idea why.
Midway through the extravaganza the boy picked me up for dinner. Over wine and tapas, I realized that despite the difficulties and idiosyncrasies, I really like this one.
Once we got back to my house, we turned on the Christmas music and opened our gifts to each other in front of the twinkling tree.
I watched as he opened his. Cute stocking stuffers. He agreed were cute. A fun travel game. And the main one. Which he loved. Despite my concern, I do know him well enough to pick out the perfect thing. I just had to think a little outside the box.
As I opened mine, I smiled. He really does listen. Sometimes. Along with a night out for the two of us later, he gave me a jersey for my favorite pro team. One of my favorite players, more so because of TheDog than the actual player.
After he went home, I continued my wrapping until I couldn't keep my eyes open. Then fell asleep with a smile on my face. With TheDog at my feet. This Christmas would be a very good one.