2007-12-22, 3:00 p.m.
Went to the last party of the year tonight, a Yule party. Friends of mine had spent the fall in Ireland, and they had just gotten back. It was great fun. I hadn't seen them since around August, but it was like they had never left. They both had on shirts advertising Ireland, and I said, "I guess you did a lot of shirt-shopping in Ireland, huh?" They were all, "Nope. Got 'em at Target." Dinner was Ireland-themed, though- root vegetables (and French onion soup) and baked potatoes. We managed to get almost everyone in the group showing up at one point or another, which was great. I brought cookies, which people were happy with.
We didn't do a whole lot in the way of actual traditional Yule celebration, come to think of it. Fey and Jocelyn had brought back presents from Ireland- more like gift packs, really- which was fun. We all got packs of salt that said "nude" on them (Fey thought they were funny) and matches. I got a calendar, a knitting-themed bookmark with cable patterns on it (I was all, "Yay! I'm gonna take a class in that!"), and a rose quartz necklace and a claddagh swirly pendant. I was very excited.
I had made everyone in the group- er, well, I ATTEMPTED to do so, but the glazing came out crappily on a few of them- ceramic pentacle plates in various styles and colors. Happily, I did have enough to give out to the people who were there that night (I will need to make a few more for those who weren't there sometime, I think, though two extra were left), so that was a relief. People loved them. I put them all out and let people pick whatever one they wanted, which went well. The funny thing was that even the ones I thought came out bad were immediately loved for their beauty. Go figure!
We also did some tarot card reading- everyone drew a card and talked about what they thought it meant. I came out with Temperance reversed, which made sense. My shrink said that I seem to be always in the middle of two situations which are equally balanced and that's why I can never pick. That card sums it up- TOO balanced.
It was supposed to be an all-nighter party, but we all ended up collapsing around 3:30 a.m. (Pondered going to lunch the next day, then figured we'd all still be asleep then. Indeed, I only woke up thanks to the damn lawn guys who come around at 11 on Saturdays here.)
Now, I normally do NOT get the whole "family is supposed to be warm and fuzzy" thing, at all, but this group of friends...well, there it actually works. And it was awesome.
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