Excellent Christmas with the family. Lots of great food (Beef stew, nachos and fajitas, traditional roast, also traditional buffet, turkey curry, turkey soup (x2), excellent mushroom risotto), some lovely presents given and received (for me: coffee cups, a singing bagpuss hot water bottle cover, lots of nice bath gubbins and 100 quid of Toni and Guy vouchers), great company in large and varied number (mum, dad, 2 sisters and their boyfriends, gran and grandad, 3 uncles, 1 aunt, 3 cousins). No-one fell out, only one glass got broken, 3 books got read late into the night and lots of silly games were played.
Home to a lovely second Christmas dinner at Mike's: roast spicy chicken, roast veg, roast zombie spuds and chocolate pud. We booked a taxi to get me and luggage back to mine, but were diverted to the pub for the quiz. Nice to see Ian before it started, then Ernie, Mike, Owen and I put in a sterling performance getting 53 points and coming 4th overall (anoraks on 56, two teams on 55). There turn out to be an awful lot of letters in the Cambodian alphabet. Then Ernie had another bright idea and we dumped the bags at GR and went clubbing. Club Goo is fun. And it made for a good end to an excellent evening, if rather mad.
Somewhere in all this I've lost my keys, which is a bit of a nuisance. Hopefully they'll turn up, but in the meantime I'm relying on spares. Thankfully Richard was home to let us in though, and yesterday ended up being a nice quiet day. Having finally got home I could open the lovely presents from my friends (CDs, DVDs, more glittery goo, a lovely photo for the wall, chocs, and a pair of pink lightup "funky hedghog" poi - thank you all very very much). Moved the bookcase in my room, had a nap, made dinner and watched some Red Dwarf on video and Robots on pay per view telly: first time I've done that! A later night than intended mind.
Got up this afternoon and Mike headed off to Bath for an evening with friends. I'm having another quiet day with hopefully some photography with Richard once I've had a bath and dried my hair. I had cake for breakfast because there was no bread. Decadent.