Do. You. See. That. Button. Over. There?

In what I can only express as a moment of weakness I have decided to do another swap.  My last one went well for me, but I fear I did not come through for my recipient since she said nary a word to me.  Hopefully this one restores my faith in both myself and the crafting community.

So.  Here is what is on my plate.  Forgive me, I am just diving in here and getting it all out in one act of verbal vomit.

I have no recollection of whether or not I have mentioned school on this site, and am far too lazy to check.  I go to St. Paul College and am getting my AAS degree to be a Sign Language Interpreter/Transliterator (I think that it is funny that spellcheck does not even recognize that word!).  I am amazed at what a difference it makes to go to school for something you really love.  I am also amazed at how hard it is with all of my baggage.

About that baggage.  I don’t even remember who reads this blog, so I am certain I have lost my mind when I post what I am about to proclaim.  Internet, I am a lesbian.  R and I are getting a divorce and we are actually quite amicable about it.  Once the initial shock wore off, we talked and talked and talked…and then after that we talked to a therapist…then we talked some more…and well, now I can say with confidence that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I think it will all be ok.  So among other things, there is all that.

I am getting to a point here.  I joined the swap with a few ideas in mind.  However, the third “item” on the list was the following:

A “Tradition” Tutorial. This is description of one of your family’s special holiday traditions. If needed, you should provide step by step instructions. (For example, if your family makes graham cracker candy houses each year, you would provide more concrete instructions.) You might also consider sending along a couple of photos of the tradition in action.

My favorite tradition to be sure is on Christmas eve.  We have a group of friends over who are our “chosen family” (we live in Minnesota and are from Michigan and we do not go home nor do they visit us here) and we combine food and children and just love (and we always say we are going to the church service but never make it).  Given many different road blocks, it appears that Christmas eve this year will be spent by ourselves.  Nothing is necessarily wrong with that, we like to be together, we like to spend the day like langourous cats.  I will miss the tradition, though.