Greetings! As December approaches, it’s a time for reflection—what did we do, what did we learn, and what are we willing to admit to in the Christmas letter?
Christmas letters are traditionally the time to brag about one’s 3-year-old son who just won the Nobel Prize for physics, how wonderful a 2-week stay at a private
The Yearly Update:
Toni’s employment: selling business telephone systems for DataTel
Andy’s employment: let's just say “pending”
Finally, a sequel: For years people have asked me about doing a mid-year Christmas letter update, and while recoiling at the thought of the constant envelope-licking that would involve, I did finally join the technologically “with it” and created a “blog” (web log), http://catanova.blogspot.com/. There you can find the Vermin Adventures, examine some lovely décor options we’re considering, view our wedding photos, and read about our latest experiment: NPR has been running stories about a family who decided to spend no money for an entire year, which inspired us (with the threat of impending job loss) to adopt a “can’t buy anything new” program for one month, beginning November 12 and ending on December 12. We are currently about halfway through the month, and have discovered that while the “true necessities” of life aren’t things at all, there are a lot of things that would really be nice to have right now—like epoxy, address labels, and postage stamps. We have not yet decided what our next “for a month” adventure will be, but we would be willing to try “living on a private yacht while cruising the
Christmas in the
This year we have learned:
- If presented with the alternative often enough, you will greet gifts of dead rodents and birds with sheer joy.
- Men do not consider comparing 37 slightly-varied paint chips as a “togetherness” activity.
- Some people would find being treated as a surrogate parent by a cat cute and touching. I am not one of them—especially not at 4:00 AM.
- As adults, it is not socially acceptable to say, “Go away and take your flying monkeys with you.” That’s what attorneys are for.
- The 15-year-employment anniversary gift with Micron is a stereo. The 18-year anniversary gift is a lay-off.
- A lot of marital stress can be avoided by having his & her tubes of toothpaste.
- Hearing flapping near your head an instant before a cat leaps onto your chest may actually be the worst way to wake up ever.
- If you hate white walls enough, an evening of painting can be a good date.
- If you join a group called the “Mystery Stole,” you may or may not like the result. Hence the “mystery” part.
- Every couple has things which challenge the concept of “share and share alike.” Ours are blankets and pea pods
- Our national security is a tad lax at the Canadian borders, as Andy was able to travel in & out of our country with his driver’s license and my passport, or perhaps he crossed at a spot that gets a lot of female impersonators.
- When you send a child through a social graces class, it is advisable to ask about the curriculum beforehand so you will be prepared when the child refers to the correct way to eat a parfait.
- Anything can be fun if approached in the right state of mind. Sometimes that state of mind requires alcohol.
- Cat doors were invented by people who never owned cats.
- Do not ask your spouse to always explain his or her behavior.
- Voles are neckless mice and here in
they are unlikely to carry rabies. Idaho
- No matter how many times one is proved wrong, one always approaches a garden with optimism.
- Always be flexible when baking—it might be a rotten cake, but it could make decent brownies.
- If you’re putting things away “for safe keeping,” it should probably be done by the one with the better memory.
- A blog may take up some of your best Christmas letter material.
- Life is an adventure.
We hope this finds you healthy, happy, and enjoying a wonderful holiday season!
Best wishes, Toni & Andy