snapshots of an idle mind

December 24, 2006

pressure valve

Filed under: life,random,seasonal — sassinak @ 5:46 pm


my sister and i are gearing up for christmas eve at my cousin’s house. an evening about which we are both stoked that involves seeing several members of our close extended family and eating and drinking to excess.

although we are both stoked we are in need of gearing up in order to deal. for example, we cannot run from a raucous christmas party to a gathering of italians, this would kill us. instead she is reading and i am blogging with beer [she’s driving! *dance of joy*] and us3 is playing quietly on the stereo.

before i was blogging i was wrapping christmas presents and before that we were on the phone with my parents and before we had pizza nova and before that that she was hanging out with some old friends and i was cleaning my apartment before which i was having brunch with othercat and pj.

last night she hung with old friends and other/pj and i went for korean and everyone is basically just enjoying some great time spent with blood and chosen family. and that’s where i get confused.

i keep hearing about how christmas has turned into a time of rampant commercialism and excess and that people have lost the spirit and i guess that’s true for some people but it doesn’t seem like the way to bet.

most of the people i know are reconnecting with people about whom they care very much and that they have not seen in a long time. sometimes distance is a factor and sometimes it’s just changing life circumstances but people drift. heck i’ve seen othercat and pj more this week than in the last month combined… and that’s awesome.

it’s been really great to reconnect with them. i’m also seeing flower and my sister and princess valium and clarity (i know i have to call you!) and tommer (yes, that tommer) and da’mute and othercat is having a gathering and my sister and i are making a gorgeous dinner tomorrow and there’s stupid amounts of christmas libations and chocolate.

heck last night alone a deadly amount of chocolate and cookies passed through my face.

and isn’t that the point?

isn’t this the time when we’re supposed to let loose and overindulge and loosen our waistbands?

pile pointed out just the other day that he does *not* care why we celebrate the season just that we do in fact celebrate it. because, after all, how many seasons do we get to celebrate? exactly. this one. (and thanksgiving if you’re american…)

i mean i’m even getting another footgasm at the same place!

i’m eating all the things that i’m supposed to resist and my gut is hanging over my waistband. from an evolutionary perspective this is ideal heading into a season of privation. haven’t you ever noticed how it’s easy to diet in february and brutal in november?

seems logical huh?

*looks down to admire gut*

this is the only time of the year where i can rampantly gain weight and not care.  it’s definetely the only time that i can look down at a roll over my normally well fitting pants and giggle contentedly to myself.

i know that i’ll shape up in the new year, i know that by may i’ll be sitting at my end of summer weight and that at the end of summer this year i’ll be ten pounds lighter than i was at the end of summer last year… and that seems pretty healthy to me.  especially considering that i only ever go UP at christmas to the end of summer of two years back…

so i gain twenty pounds in the fall, lose it in the winter and ten more in the summer and start again.

that strategy, by the way, has caused me to lose sixty pounds in four years… and to keep my body happier than it’s ever been.  amazing what just letting your body have it’s way with you does as you learn to listen to it.

works for me!



  1. merry christmas and a happy new year to you!

    Comment by Matt Vella — December 25, 2006 @ 2:53 pm | Reply

  2. Merry Christmas Sass! Party hard!

    Comment by debambam — December 26, 2006 @ 6:28 am | Reply

  3. Christmas can be a very commercial holiday and it certainly can be all about the gifts. Case in point was my very weird experience with Chulo’s family for Christmas, where there were at least 10 gifts for each kid, which is fine, but it’s just a wrapping paper free-for-all and instead of each kid opening one gift at a time, it’s just pandemonium, to the point where the kids have no idea who gave them what and they’re just in a gift-opening frenzy. It’s not the way we’ve ever done things in my family so I was really kind of distressed by it, since Christmas in my house is very peaceful and there are many kisses and thanks following each individual gift. But then, we are only four (me, sis, Mom and Dad) and they are… well, I guess we’re approaching the twenty mark when you count parents, siblings, spouses and kids. But still.

    Anyway, I agree with Pile — this is the time that people are able to celebrate together and reconnect and just have a holiday. I mean it slows down at work and you see old friends and you send cards to the ones you can’t see, just to remind them that you’re thinking of them. And I don’t know about you, but giving and getting presents is just the icing on that celebratory cake.

    Happy Christmas, lovely!

    Comment by Jmai — December 26, 2006 @ 7:40 am | Reply

  4. I hope you had a blast and are still recouping from all the fun and food.


    Comment by Natalia — December 26, 2006 @ 12:03 pm | Reply

  5. I really had to watch myself this Christmas. The last thing I need to happen when I head towards the hospital is some idiot nurse in the mat ward with enema in hand asking me how much I ate when I go into labor.

    Comment by Spared — December 26, 2006 @ 3:58 pm | Reply

  6. sounds like a wonderful time to me. and it sounds like you’re thoroughly enjoying it. that’s all that matters!

    Comment by terry — December 26, 2006 @ 5:51 pm | Reply

  7. happy solstice!


    Comment by DZER — December 27, 2006 @ 8:28 am | Reply

  8. I’m also with Pile. I used to feel hypocritical celebrating Christmas since I don’t identify myself as “Christian” but, you know, I just really don’t care any more. As the holiday approached this year we enjoyed fun evenings with good friends and with the huge snowstorm that hit Colorado I got a few extra bonus days to spend with my family. The over-commercialization does bug the heck out of me, but the time spent with loved ones each year easily outshines that negative aspect.

    Life is short. I’m not going to waste any more time worrying about whether it is “right” for me to be celebrating Christmas as a secularist. If enjoying spending time with friends and family or delighting in the smiles and excitement of my daughters makes me a hypocrite, then so be it.

    Comment by John — December 27, 2006 @ 10:47 am | Reply

  9. I adore you. Always keeping it real and never changing it up for anyone. One of my favorites, hon.

    Comment by kathi — December 28, 2006 @ 1:29 pm | Reply

  10. This post was many things for me!

    I echoe your feelings about reconnecting, and that is what this season is about for me. The commercialism is only what we make of it. I refuse to let that spoil my time with people I don’t get to see very often.

    Now the footgasm link brought me to the very first post of yours that I ever read, and though I didn’t comment, it really brought back memories for me, to re-read that. Sounds like a delightful experience. I hope that you have enjoyed it once again.

    Happy New Year!

    Comment by pyrhonik — December 30, 2006 @ 6:51 pm | Reply

  11. Happy New Year, Sass! :)

    -rick (aka castu)

    Comment by rickmiale — January 1, 2007 @ 8:35 pm | Reply

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