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Christmas Break

Friday, January 16th, 2009

This was the first Christmas break in quite a few years that Rachelle and I have had the same full two weeks off. Because we were both off we decided to visit both sets of parents while still having some time to vege at home. We were in NJ with my parents for Thanksgiving since I had my reunion that weekend, so we spent Christmas Eve and day in Buffalo and then drove to NJ the day after.

Christmas was pretty laid back in Buffalo. I was informed that we had a choice of what time to go to church. Apparently just having it on the TV in the background doesn't count. The choice was Christmas morning at the crack of dawn (no way), midnight mass on the 24th (way past my bedtime and I hear sleeping would be frowned upon) or 4:30 on the 24th. We and apparently the rest of the world went to the 4:30 mass. We got there like 25-30 minutes early and there was only standing room! So not only did I have to go to church, I had to stand there for an hour and a half. The next day we went to Rachelle's aunt's house for food and gift cards (and great company). They do a gift card exchange that usually ends in some sort of argument since the rules change every year. I got away with a Bestbuy card because I was smart enough to keep my mouth shut when people asked what we had when it was their turn to pick one or steal.

The next day we drove to NJ. The trip was pretty uneventful with the exception of a slight fender bender. Lets just say we got a faceful of a Jeep Liberty's ass; just some cosmetic damage. I brought a bunch of TV shows I had recorded and my mom and sister watched the entire first season of True Blood in like 3 days. I can do some marathon TV watching, but that was a little much. We didn't do much in NJ, just hung out. Rachelle got a couple of her rings dipped in Rhodium. My mom knew somone who was able to do it while we waited, rather than leaving her rings with somone for a few days. I got to see Sulai, a good friend I haven't seen for many years while we were there. We all went out to lunch and talked a bunch of shit. Then we went back to my friend Steve's house and watched Dead Alive in high-def. There's nothing quite like seeing a house full of zombies chopped up into a pile of goo by a guy holding a push mower, especially in 720p. The weather was great while we were in NJ, it was in the 40s and 50s the whole time. By the time we got back to Rochester all the snow that was on the ground when we left was gone, it was so nice.

The morning after we arrived back in Rochester I woke up to about 10 inches of snow! It was terrible. Other than clearing snow we didn't do much for the rest of the break besides watching TV and a few movies.



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