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1. I went to the Unitarian carol service yesterday morning. It was really lovely and made me feel really and properly Christmassy for the first time this year. I do like the Unitarians - how could anyone not like a church that held a special gay Christmas service last week and whose members give sermons on topics like atheist spirituality? It's also the only time I've ever been to a Christmas service of any kind in which one of the readings was a very funny story about a church Christmas pageant featuring lots of puke and poo. And everyone joined in the carols with great gusto. Also, I talked to the minister afterwards, whom I'd interviewed over the phone when I wrote about them back in September (he was away at a conference at the time) and he said that that article had really boosted their numbers, which is cool. The Unitarians - scooping up Dublin's liberal agnostics who just can't take Catholicism any more!

2. It was my ma's birthday yesterday, and we had a very nice lunch, after which I went over to my parents' house where my sister Rachel and I spent most of the afternoon decorating the tree and laughing (kindly) at my parents, who are getting madder and madder in their retirement. They have bought a shredder, because "identity theft is a real danger!" I know they're right, but we can't help finding it really funny. We kept nodding seriously and saying things like "well, your many enemies won't be able to get you now." My dad launched into a spirited defence of the shredder's usefulness as a crime-deterent, to which Rachel said, "what are you going to do to all these criminals who are after you, shred their hands off?"

3. I am going to stop drinking any alcohol for a while. I had one pint last night and feel very nauseated - not hungover - today, and I've noticed that my tummy ailments get much, much worse if I drink for more than one day in a row, even if we're just talking a glass of wine a day. I'm not exactly a crazed binge drinker so this isn't exactly a tragedy, but I have a hideous feeling that at some stage this week I'll find myself saying "just one glass of wine won't hurt!" And I'll drink one and then I'll spend the following day puking feebly into a bucket. It does seem a bit unfair - if anyone should be punished by weird stomach ailments as a result of drinking alcohol, shouldn't it be someone who drinks a lot more than me?

4. Patsington is not working today, but he is going in to perform some carols for his charges at their carol service, going above and beyond the call of duty, and I really am awfully proud of him. We're having a special mini-Christmas celebration on Friday, as we will not be together on Christmas day itself. I like the idea of having two Christmasses - I love having Christmas with my family, and I really like being back at home for a few days, but I'd also like Patsington and I to have our own little Christmas too....


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Dec. 19th, 2005 04:26 pm (UTC)
They have bought a shredder

My mother has also gone down this route and will go on at length about it to whoever will listen.

And she's not even retired yet ;-)
Dec. 19th, 2005 04:34 pm (UTC)
Heh, it's obviously a strange compulsion that afflicts the over-50s!
Dec. 19th, 2005 04:38 pm (UTC)
Yep, my 90-year-old Grandad asked for one this Christmas.

Actually I shouldn't sneer because we have a shredder of our own. I'm not really worried about identity theft, but it's so much fun to put bits of paper in there and watch them get turned into hamster bedding.
Dec. 19th, 2005 09:57 pm (UTC)
And, um, y'know, some of us way under that.

Dec. 19th, 2005 04:52 pm (UTC)
Do you reckon we'll all be getting our own shredders for Christmas?
Dec. 19th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
They've got it practically enthroned on the hall table! Seriously!
Dec. 19th, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
Maybe the shredder will be getting ITS OWN PRESENTS.....
Dec. 19th, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't put it past them! Ma is talking about getting a 6 foot fibre-optic tree for the hall! She has had a taste-ectomy as well as becoming obsessed with shredders.
Dec. 19th, 2005 08:31 pm (UTC)
i can't believe I'm saying this, because it's my ULTIMATE PET PEEVE, but having been surrounded by so many people with erm this reaction which led to um, something ELSE, is there ANY POSSIBILITY that you may be erm, pregnant?
Dec. 19th, 2005 10:23 pm (UTC)
Heh, not unless I can be pregnant and on the rag at the same time...
Dec. 19th, 2005 09:56 pm (UTC)
Watch it - you'll end up as a holiday puke sermon at the UU church!

Dec. 20th, 2005 09:10 am (UTC)
My parents are also afflicted by over-50 shredding mania. According to my mum's mail order catalogue, the mini hand-operated shredder will prevent your IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS falling into the WRONG HANDS. Maybe all our parents like to imagine a secret life of international espionage.
Dec. 20th, 2005 10:33 am (UTC)
Maybe all our parents like to imagine a secret life of international espionage.

Hee! It's the only explanation. To hear my parents talk, you'd think that the house was being constantly besieged by their spy enemies, seeking those vital IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS.
Dec. 20th, 2005 09:03 pm (UTC)
Ouch, I'm sorry about the effect that drink is having. Not really the time of year to realise it and to try and cut out drinks! But it sounds worth trying, and maybe you'll find that you can tolerate at least small amounts.
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