Before Christmas we lost my Aunt Marianne unexpectedly. She is the first of my mom's siblings to go.
My aunt was a unique person. She was a nurse, she loved to travel, she loved her family and friends.
I have quite a few memories of my aunt. We stayed with her on numerous visits to Cleveland from probably when I was in junior high (or maybe even earlier) though college. I used to get hand-me down clothes from her. When I was in high school, she got on my case about my messy room when we were emptying my closet so that my Uncle Al could lay new carpet. She took care of me the morning after my wedding when the excitement from the day before and the nerves of traveling got to me. We had a really great conversation that day, I wish I remembered more of it.
I had the opportunity to stay with her a few weeks prior when I was in Cleveland for my Uncle Eddie's funeral. My aunt told me while we were waiting to go to the funeral, "you know Kel, God takes you in your most perfect moment." I guess it was her most perfect moment.
Rest in peace, Aunt Marianne.
And Happy Holidays to everyone.
We had a relaxing Christmas Eve -- having pasta for dinner, watching a movie, and giving the dogs Frosty Paws to celebrate Cisco's birthday.
Christmas day we headed to West Virginia to celebrate with my parents after opening our presents at home. Along with the typical presents opening and meal eating, we also disassembled a 10 year old Apple Pro Keyboard and put it through the dishwasher and solved other computer issues.
The Alaska Book was a huge hit with everyone. Yay!
Life always gets so busy this time of year. So I figured I'd give a quick update of what's been going on around here.
December started with a quick visit from Chris' parents and me off to Cleveland for a final goodbye to my Uncle Ed. The rest of the month has been a bit of a blur.
Some of the highlights include Chris getting a new car (yes, I finally caved, but the threat of expensive repair bills looming overhead got to me), Missy and PJ's annual holiday potluck, unexpectedly running into Missy and PJ the following weekend at the holiday party of one of Chris' boss,' and finally getting ornaments on the tree. On the work front I've been busy working on a new project, learning more Ruby on Rails, and crashing my own holiday party (going as Tony's guest since I didn't RSVP myself).
On a sad note, my Aunt Marianne died unexpectedly this weekend. Last I heard funeral arrangements were still being made, but I may be headed back up to Cleveland later this week.