Wednesday, December 27. Christmas Day on Monday was very nice and relaxing. The temps got up to the low 70s and it was quite pleasant for our morning walk with Frisco. Tom went to visit an old friend who he hadn't seen in a long time for a couple of hours. I designated the time as 'ME' time and lounged in a tub of hot water and soaked away the time.
When Tom got back, we headed to Nan and Dale's house to celebrate and have dinner with them. Dale's son, Dylan and his fiancé Hayley, Monica and Loren and Loren's Mom, Lindsay and her SO, Ned also joined us. Before dinner, we played a round of "Cards Against Humanity", a rather raunchy but fun game.
Dinner was yummy - ham, potatoes, maple dill carrots, green bean casserole, Monica's homemade croissants, and Loren's Creme Brûlée. Delicious! Afterwards, it was gift opening time - kind of wished I would have left before that started - mostly a family thing. All in all, it was a good day!
Sunday, December 31. Well here it is, the last day of 2017 and overall the year has been quite good for me. A lot of changes occurred but I have adjusted well to the instability - moving to an apartment in Minneapolis, moving out of that apartment again, starting a partnership relationship with Tom and making some decisions about our future together.
The week was pretty low key - I worked on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tom and I went out for tacos at Sharkeys on Tuesday and we met up with Pat and Roger and Chris and Norm for fish at Simpletons on Friday night.
We checked out an estate sale in Scottsdale on Saturday and when that was kind of a bust, we went to Mesa Marketplace and strolled through the rows and rows of booths stuffed with Chinese knockoffs, kitchen gadgets, shoes, luggage, rugs, and lots of other stuff. We bought a couple of small things but mostly just browsed.
Tonight was the New Years Eve party at the clubhouse that had a quite small group of folks, the smallest at an event that I've been to for quite a while. Several of my friends didn't come and that might have made a difference, but it was still a really good time. We toasted the New York New Years at 10:00 and again at midnight for the Arizona New Years. The group of revelers got smaller as the night went on, but we endured. Virgil played lots of good dance tunes and we had a really nice time. Happy New Year!