Christmas in January {Friday Fragments}

Mommy's IdeaThe Christmas tree, stockings, and felt chimney have all been packed away and put in storage, for a couple of weeks now.  But still, it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.  In January.  Exactly one month after the real holiday.

This week, I got a new toy.  The Samsung Chromebook that I've been dreaming about for ages.  My compadre, Nick's godfather/Hubby's brother-in-law, brought it down with him from the States, and Hubby paid for it.  I've had it for two days and I'm really loving it.  (Most of the time.)

I got a new writing gig. (And a paying one at that!)  Signed the contract and sent in all the necessary paperwork yesterday.  (Details to come later, once my first articles are published.  Sometime in early March.)

I have running water and a functioning water pump for the well.   For most of December we didn't have running water, due to problems with the pipes.  Our friendly neighborhood maintenance guy fixed the problem on Christmas Eve.  Giving me running water for about a week.  And then the water pump broke.  We called the water pump guy, but he never showed up.  We called another water pump guy, and he never showed up either.  And then we called yet another water pump guy.  He actually did show up.  But upon further inspection of the water pump, said he'd be right back with the proper tools, and then never returned.  Yesterday at lunch with my visiting sister-in-law, I mentioned my broken water pump and how I had a couple tons of laundry to do, but couldn't wash them because I don't have any running water.  This morning my sister-in-law told Hubby that her hubby, my aforementioned compadre, would be by to fix the water pump later today.  And fixed it is.  I have two tinacos (water storage thingamajigs) full of water and my washing machine is on it's second load of the day, as I write.

Today is Jack's 8th birthday.  My little boy is growing up.  He'll always be my baby because he's the youngest, but the fact of the matter is that he's not a baby anymore.  It breaks my heart that he's growing up so quickly.

And as if all that weren't enough to make me feel like it's Christmas in January, today I received a bunch of Christmas cards in the mail from friends and family.

What have you been up to?


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