Thursday, December 23, 2004

Things we do for love

I'm not sure I'm really doing this for love, but . . . I got up at an ungodly hour, a little before six. Mr. Geeky and I have spent the better part of the last two days converting his late grandfather's 8mm film to digital format (his gift to his family members). We finally got it all edited and started burning the DVD. It was burning into the night. I woke at 3 am to see that progress was stalled with 41 min. to go. So I didn't sleep well for the next few hours thinking I was going to have to redo this whole thing (it takes many hours to burn one dvd). Finally, because I couldn't breathe and was worried about the status of the dvd, I got up, and had to reboot the computer (completely frozen). To my surprise, the dvd appears to have burned correctly. It's playing right now in our dvd player. I'm checking on it every 15-20 minutes. If everything is okay, we'll be making 3 more copies and fed-exing them off. Nothing like the last minute. I should note, however, that we haven't received gifts from either of Mr. Geeky's siblings; it's a family of procrastinators.

Today is the last day of school for the kids. Tomorrow I can sleep in without worrying about anyone's gift or the class party, etc. A true vacation, finally. I'll have to cook dinner for Christmas Eve, but I've gone the really easy route this year: ham, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, walnut salad and bread. Last year I made a really elaborate meal of roast beef and yorkshire pudding with a variety of exotic side dishes. This year, I asked the kids what they wanted and this is what we got. I am making one more batch of cookies. I made chocolate gingerbread people yesterday. Today, I'm making those peanut butter, hershey kiss cookies--so easy and yummy.

Mr. Geeky has gotten my illness and toward the end of yesterday, we were feeling completely puny, probably both of us running a slight fever. Hopefully, this too, will pass so that we can enjoy the vacation.