We took my sister to the airport on Sunday. Turned out she was leaving Sunday and not Saturday. It was nice to have her for an extra day; we decorated the tree and put the electric farolitos out. It was sort of a shock to my system because my brain was trained to the idea of things settling down on Saturday. It was a wonderful, but intense couple of weeks in which I learned a lot about my sister, myself and my father. It felt more like four weeks.
As I look at the calendar, I realize that just leaves December. We are back to the normal grind now: work, rest, work, rest, weekend, etc. My godmother is paying us a visit in mid-December. Mum and Don are coming for Christmas. We are going to New Jersey for New Years.
We noted when we, started working on the holiday letter that we'd had lots of visitors from Australia this year, and one visitor from Russia. This years holiday letter will have a snarky director's cut, for those to whom it is not politically incorrect to send.
I am reminded of the faux Chinese curse which is to wish that your enemies to live in interesting times. I think 2017 will be interesting times. For all that entails. Also there is the Klingon proverb that revenge is a dish that is best served cold. If I can be a little glass half full though, if we are going to create a future for ourselves, it is time to roll up our sleeves and get to work, regardless of the challenges.