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12/24/13
Merry early Christmas to all those who celebrate. Work asked if I could come in early tomorrow - and work sixteen hours instead of twelve. She said, "I can arrange a bonus." Arrange away! I'm there.

12/20/13
Dad lent me all of Breaking Bad when I was home - I'm midway through season three. Loving it.

Took a few days up in Oak Creek Canyon to unwind and do absolutely nothing. Loved it. I love going up there, the owner welcomed me back like a family member, and since it wasn't full mid-week, let me upgrade to a bigger room again. Love.

And tonight I went to the Desert Botanical Garden to see the luminarias and the Dale Chihuly glass exhibit. It was simply stunning.

Back to work tomorrow.

12/15/13
Aw, I was all bummed that Stokes is doing a holiday concert in NYC this week (and Mom's going), but then I found out he's doing a concert in Scottsdale in January. I picked up a third row center ticket. Happy Holidays to me!

Two more nights of work and then I'm off to Oak Creek for two nights of relaxing (tho probably not creekside, it's a little chillier up there).

Chillier than the 70 degrees it was today in Phoenix, that is. Irene and I went for lunch/dinner at Windsor to celebrate her birthday, and we ate outside. Can't beat that. It's supposed to be near 80 on Tuesday. I turned the heat back off in the house.

Marvin goes to the vet for his last vaccinations on Tuesday. And then I'll make his appt for getting neutered. I want to make it for when I'll have off my three days in a row, so I can keep an eye on him at home. And I hope the neutering calms him down a bit - he's still biting everything that moves. Literally - me, the other cats, toys...

12/13/13
Yowza - it's the middle of December and I haven't written a word!

I had such a nice trip back East for Thanksgiving. All I did was eat my way through the trip. I had Thanksgiving at Aunt Linda's, brunch with Jen, Missy and Dona, dinner (in Boston) with Elana and her husband, dinner (in NH) with Kati and Alec, tea and lunch (in RI) with Aunt Paula, dinner with Dad and Ann in the city, Luke's Lobster with Dona, and dinner and drinks with Jay and Kevin. Whew.

All in all, eight states in five days. Mom and I finally went to see the mansions in Newport (RI); they decorated the Breakers, Marble House and the Elms for the holidays. I truly believe I was born to supervise a staff of housemaids and gardeners. Sigh. Lovely.

And it didn't snow while I was there. We had some rain in Boston, but that was it. And I brought the cold weather with me back to Phoenix. We had a "cold snap" in the 50's when I got back. I actually turned on the heat for a week or so. I put up my xmas tree when I got home, and it lasted about a day before the cats (most likely Marvin) knocked it over. So I moved it to the guest room with the door closed, to keep the kitty paws away!

-catherine

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