Monday, December 18, 2006


I'd have never believed a week could fly by so quickly!

Noel's birthday went well. Dottie took her "antiquing" to Atchison as a surprise while I waited for the grandkids to come home from school and fixed dinner. She had a great day, as did we.

Monday and Wednesday there was lots of shopping-more than we had planned on having left at that point! Some things weren't available until last week, others hadn't been put on the list yet...

Our 30th anniversary was Thursday. Dottie's sister Jane and her husband had enjoyed our being in Vermont for their 25th this last summer, and our 25th slipped by in the fog of Dottie being told she had terminal cancer (she didn't, but we were lucky!) when they found the cyst on her kidney, so they made a point of making sure we enjoyed this one. They arranged with our younger son to get us a gift card to somewhere we'd never ever go to eat! Valet parking, the whole bit! We've never gone anywhere like that since we've been together...we just don't do things like that, lol, always figuring we should do something else with that kind of money! John got the card before he left town, Noel gave it to use on Tuesday but with instructions not to open it until our anniversary. Not knowing what was up, we opened it, along with our cards to each other and the gifts I got her at midnight on Wednesday, then she went to bed because she had to work that day.

I had roses delivered to Dottie at work that day as a surprise. They were (and still are) gorgeous! Being between sizes again (going the wrong way, sadly) I called the restaurant to ask about dress code (there are places on the Plaza that are coat and tie only) and they said jeans were acceptable with a nice shirt or sweater, thank goodness! Dinner was wonderful, and it was a great evening until it was time for her to go to bed.

I had known Noel was fighting a cold the day we were there; I didn't know the grandkids had been fighting a stomach bug for days before that. The bug caught up with me about 2AM on Friday, and I'm still not quite over the aftereffects. I hadn't "hurled" in 28 years (for me things always go the other way) but I did that day! I thought I was better on Saturday, and we did some more last minute shopping along with the weekly trips I didn't get done on Friday while she was working; that almost became a mistake.

Sunday I didn't dare go anywhere, so we started wrapping gifts. For once, everything is pretty well done except for a few things awaiting some more last minute things we'll pick up tomorrow. After years of promising we won't be wrapping on Christmas Eve, we might actually not be!

In the "whirl" of it all though, the Chrismas letter didn't get written until last night, and just finished printing because it had to await editorial appproval this morning, lol!

I'm very disappointed in myself for not getting around to check in with everyone last week; I hope you all forgive me!


Heidi said...

"I'm very disappointed in myself for not getting around to check in with everyone last week; I hope you all forgive me!"

Oh stop that now!!!!! Sounds like a fabulous, fun filled week. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

I hope Dottie knows how lucky she is to have you :)

dragonflyfilly said...

yes, yes yes, dear Alan, of course we will forgive you, me and all my other "personalities" (no, i am not claiming to have DPD, my personalities are all self-inflicted and ordered, that is, i am not a one-dimensional person, i am "many sided" and all my personalities know and love each other, they always know where one or the other is:- i have never been "disassociative" to the best of my knowledge and i do not think there is a "medical" component to my imagination; it is purely whimsical and for my own entertainment. So, having got that out of the way...sorry for the digression...

i am sorry about the dreadful "bug" that you have had to endure and hope that you get lots of rest in time for Christmas. You are such a good man...can we clone you? (it has been a long while since i had a dozen roses!)...

Please know that we are happy to see you whenever you have the time to drop by,

love and Light in preparation for this Wild and Windy Christmas Season,
pj (a.k.a. Persephonie)

I n g e r said...

Happy anniversary, Alan! And sorry you've been feeling crummy; that's been going around in these parts, too (though, thank God, not THESE parts, here in my house!)

Five days to Santa!

xo Inger

alan said...

Thank you for the empathy...I never dreamed I'd be hurling up my half of a $150 dinner that night!



No_Newz said...

Oh hells bells, no blog guilt is allowed. Heck, if it were, I'd be sunk. :D
And a very happy anniversary to youse guys!

Frankie said...

Alan!! I've missed you so, my dear!! Sorry to have been so MIA, but I'm hoping to be back in the swing of things finally. It sounds like you had such a wonderful anniversary! Congratulations!!! You deserve it!!!

ConnieJane said...

Happy Anniversary!!!

I haven't had time to blog all month, so don't feel like you're the only one.

Lots to do still but wanted to stop by and check in.

MB said...

Alan, I've missed you, but I'm not saying that to make you feel guilty. It's obvious we both know about the "whirl." (Just wish you hadn't also experienced the "hurl"! That's no fun at all.) Congratulations on your anniversary! And best wishes for the holidays — have fun with your loved ones!

Anonymous said...

Congrats man on 30!

Holidaze wishes of the utmost to you and your family.

Good tidings!

Mahalo's for a year of positive comments, too!


Anonymous said...

I am stunned that christmas is only days away!

what on earth happened to december?


In case I do not get back here..

Merry Merry and Happy and all that good stuff to sweet you and your lovely spouse!

you look wonderful together!

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry you got ill :(
But Happy Anniversary all the same!! xo

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary, alan, and many more to you and Dottie. Hope all the illnesses have passed, and you are all well enough to celebrate a wonderful Christmas.

Thanks for checking in with us whenever you can. We always appreciate it.

Sandy said...

Ahhh, look at you guys! Happy Anniversary, hope the dinner itself was enjoyable.
Have a Merry Christmas!

Barbara said...

Happy anniversary to you and Dottie!
Hope you had a wonderful time.

Von Krankipantzen said...

Oh man! That tummy bug! My relatives have it too and they are on their way here for a visit as well. I may be boycotting Christmas this year.

In any case I hope you are feeling better and that you have a wonderful Christmas with all your loved ones.

Anonymous said...

happy holidays to u & yours, u romantic bootiful man {[hugs}}

alan said...

For those who might be looking for me, I tried to switch to the "new" Blogger, and we aren't getting along so well...