Well, it’s over. Finally. At least until next year of course, but at least for the 2012 Christmas season, I can literally stick my head in the sand (or up my own ass, if you prefer) and pretend it’s not happening. That is, if my last trip to Afghanistan was anything to judge by.
This year was a remake of stock footage, or possibly just a quick edit to copy-paste the appropriate dates in. I’m not sure either way, but on holidays like Christmas – which I’d prefer to avoid altogether – this kind of day is perfectly acceptable.
The highlight of the day for me was the redux of Thanksgiving, except better. In addition to the deep-fried turkey (if you haven’t ever tried this, you are missing out), there was oyster casserole as well. This is an old family recipe I don’t indulge in often but this year it seemed to be on a level of awesome that is unprecedented for me. I chalk that up as a win.
I’ve been necking back on the portions and volume of food lately, and you might have noted the increased shrillness of my rants. This wasn’t to pre-manage caloric intake for the sake of one meal, but rather an effort to get into something resembling better shape for my impending deployment. Excess pounds don’t help in thin air situations. However, the epic Christmas meal was an exception, and trust me when I say that I ate so much I had trouble walking afterward.
So the aftermath was a predictable tryptophan coma and the refrigerator now so packed with thick carbohydrate-based dishes and a bird in fried repose that I can barely manage to un-wedge a beer from the bottom of the stack. Then again, this does invite eating my way down to it but only if I can risk another food-induced coma.
Which brings up the downside to this whole holiday season: deployment. Today, after the post-Christmas rush and return of normal blood-sugar levels in my system, I ought to be able to futz around in the basement and rub my scruffy face, enjoying the feeling of having nothing to do with no idea what I can do to fill the void.
Instead, with my relocation to New Jersey under a month away, I have thus far dedicated about ten straight hours to an online training requirement that right now is only half-complete. I would have my medical and dental checks scheduled but guess who doesn’t work on the 26th of December? So that is on for today.
As ranty as I’ve been leading into this holiday, I do hope you and yours have had a good one no matter where you are. Thanks for reading my blog, and I’d hope to keep this up as much as possible as my time shrinks.
We shall see…