So, how was your holiday?
Ours started with a harrowing drive through a blizzard to my mom’s place on Christmas Eve. The trip normally takes about 75 minutes door-to-door, but the road conditions were so poor that it was nearly 3 hours before we arrived. Everyone had already eaten dinner, too, so it felt really weird and rushed once we got there to dine on the dregs.
There was one point on the journey where it was a total whiteout and we were on a narrow stretch of road with no shoulder on either side – plus a precipitous bilateral drop – and a semi blazed by us doing about 90 MPH. Ever Patient Spouse and I looked at one another and simultaneously asked, “Was that Large Marge?”
It went downhill from there.
One highlight of all the gifting was Disney Hedbanz.
Although it was meant for Trixie from her cousins, we all engaged in several rounds of this. The premise is rather straightforward: Each player wears a headband with a card that isn’t visible to the player (but is for everyone else), and then you ask yes-or-no questions to determine which card is in your headband. An hourglass timer is involved (Thank god!).
Example: Trixie had an the Enchanted Pumpkin Carriage card from “Cinderella.”
Something like this:
Trixie: Am I a boy?
Trixie: Am I an animal?
Trixie: Am I hairy?
Trixie: Am I a person?
Trixie: Am I a princess?
Trixie: Am I a hairy animal?
Trixie: Am I a crab?
Trixie: Am I an animal with a lot of hair?
Trixie: Am I a hairy crab?
So, you can see how this went down.
And now we’re safely ensconced back at Fancy Pants Ranch, where the real Christmas Miracle occurred today: The garbage truck hauled away Mt. Saint Trashmore, our towering pile of cardboard boxes, colorful wrapping paper, and assorted holiday detritus.
Until next year…