The light from the bathroom left me all aglow! I'm happy though. It really was a terrific Christmas!
I'm definitely super sleepy but wanted to post some fun pictures of tonight....The first few are me showing off my newest addition to the flower collection---a sweet black flower with feather accents. With my dark hair and the black outfit, it's hard to see, but I love it so much and it was a sweet gift from my friend Becky.
And, finally, the last shot of the evening....Alison and Me...hamming it up in the kitchen. I've now spent three Christmases over at the Smith/Norris house, and love it. They welcome me every year with open arms, even though we don't see each other during the year; I feel at home in their lovely house, and enjoy my time there so much. Tonight was a lot of fun. I brought over Vegan Spinach Artichoke Pie, recipe here, (Thank you Susan V.!) and also some amazing Fig Bars.....recipe here; they turned out AMAZING....After dinner, we watched Julie & Julia and ohmygoodness! I loved it. Meryl Streep is a gem--pure gold really...and Amy Adams is delightful. What a great movie!!!
Dinner was delicious and hanging out with Alison and her family is always a treat. She and I are friends through a very hilarious and most wonderfully odd story----involving an ex-boyfriend, whom we got to hang out with tonight, as well! It's a delight to have a strong female friend with whom to laugh and be silly....I enjoy her dearly.
All in all a really terrific day! It started out with loads of gratitude...Showered with gifts from friends and family. I was called over to Leta's house around 9.30 for hugs, kisses and gift giving...a wonderful treat! I led the noon meeting, and it was soooo amazing. More on that tomorrow---tomorrow's my big 3rd Al-Anon Birthday which is so exciting and amazing. I have a lot to share on the subject because today's meeting was just very, very special in that regard.
After the meeting I saw Up In The Air, and I really enjoyed it. It was heavy in the 'what's the point of relationship' department, which I found fascinating given my past few weeks of thinking and processing....
I headed over to Alison's after the movie and got home around 12.30a. What a long day! I feel so blessed for such a truly terrific Christmas. There is a lot of stigma about spending the holiday 'alone.' And, although I didn't have a partner this year I did not once feel alone. I felt full, serene and at peace. I was intentional in how I spent my time this year and I really enjoyed it. I was of service, which was so rewarding. I made great food, baked and ate well. I gave gifts that were meaningful to me. I showered myself in Gratitude, and was basked in the glow of gratitude as well.
I go to sleep this night with so much joy...And, really, I can honestly say, I don't know that in my adult years I've had a Christmas this meaningful, rewarding and special.
I can truly go to sleep tonight with a heart full of prayers to how great God is--God truly did for me this Season what I could never do for myself, and I am so blessed.