Happy Christmas from me to all of you.
Just got back up the mountain
from the wackiest Christmas I've been to yet, in all of my years. First
up it was going with my Welsh husband and many friends to the most hilarious gay bar in San Francisco I've ever been to. And I've lived in SF for many years before moving to the mountains just above!
So - it was COVERED from
ceiling to bartender in Santas, elves, angels, you name it (I mean
decorations, not the people). THEN, the people - a huge drag show on
the stage with everything from carols to rap, blues to country. We had a
few drinks and then walked down the street to - I kid you not - High Mass at Midnight. We have two of our dearest friends who are
Episcopalians, two beautiful married gay men. It was incredible. All
sung, the big frankincense burners, everything. Took me waaaay back to
when I had to go to midnight Mass (Catholic, but damned near the same
Blissfully beautiful. I marvelled at the incredible Mary statues they had, and then we went back to Christopher and Danny's for a 'nightcap'. Well, that was a night HAT if not anything else. We ended staying over because we all got sauced. Hah! So in the morning it was an amazing breakfast of homemade waffles, bacon and about 50 cups of coffee before I felt human again. Then I remembered it was Christmas. See what a night at Marlena's and then High Mass can do to a girl?
So we got cleaned up and I brought my photo gifts and cards out, and we reconvened for dinner (after several hours of napping). Got the coolest gift, a set of Dia de los Muertos nail polishes. Seriously! Glow in dark yellow, then black, orange and hot pink. With skull decals! Yeah!! :)
Got sauced again with really incredible whiskey.
Got a beautiful present of my favorite vodka, St. George's Mandarin Vodka. Hallelujah.
Got an offer to repair some items in the church - ME??? Yes! I am going to clean and repair some very very old pieces, including an incenser. I'm in heaven! How cool is this???
Now we are resting at home, but are heading out in the morning to my Family's home in Nevada City. So will be away from the bench for another 36 hours, but well worth it as my Family are so precious. Can't wait to see them, and then to get back to business. Oh yeah! Then there is New Year's. Good thing we have a tradition of having people come to US for New Year's! Love you all, talk to you when we get back on Friday.