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It is absolutely not because I periodically forget the word Christmas when under pressure, and who in my social group celebrates Christmas or a different thing around this time. NOT EVEN SLIGHTLY.

This is the first Christmas day that I haven't spent even partially with [twitter.com profile] jilliferium. Like, we kinda did Christmas at the start of the week – me and Lex went to Liverpool to visit her, and we spent a lot of time yelling about Star Wars (she has finally seen some of them! I think she's seen the prequel trilogy and The Force Awakens? She has VERY STRONG OPINIONS on Anakin Skywalker, ngl.) and trying to be Responsible Adults Who Are Good At Presents (we failed.). It was like Proper Christmas in that there was much yelling and chattering and an immense amount of meat because we went to Viva Brasil, which is an all-you-can-eat Brazilian meat place. *_*

(UK people: if Tropiero closing has left a hole in your stomach, Viva Brasil is pretty much the exact same thing, except that they stamp a sheet of paper at your table to say what types of meat you've had. There was, like, cap of beef or something? And it was legit the best piece of meat I have had ALL YEAR.)

We didn't get to spend much time together, but I think we had fun? A lot of what we did was go round shops while I went "Fuck, me and Lex haven't got you a Christmas present yet, what do you want?" and Jill going "IDK, stuff??????" (We BOTH passed will saves vs Pokemon Sun and Final Fantasy XV and I can't help but feel like this was a terrible mistake that I need to rectify. Plus I kinda want to get Final Fantasy Explorers so that we have a game to yell at each other through, because god knows we don't have any of those.)

IT IS VERY STRANGE BUT SHE IS HAVING A GOOD DAY AND HASN'T HAD TO DEAL WITH ANY BULLSHIT FROM OUR FAMILY AND THAT IS A GIFT ON IT'S OWN! \o/

Wednesday I don't remember what I did. I know I played D&D in the evening, and I think I spent most of the day leading up to that AGGRESSIVELY AVOIDING statting characters because I hate statting characters? And maybe Lex and Christ played the X-Wing minis game? IDK.

Thursday and Friday I would like to say that I DIDN'T spend in a haze of watching and screaming about Yuri On Ice but that would be a lie, that is literally what I did. There may have been breaks for things like buying food and going to the pub to socialise like a real adult, but.

And then yesterday we came to Manchester! Mum is fine, Chloe (my niece who is currently living with my mum) is... I don't know, I've not seen her except in passing, but she seems okay? She has a new job and is drinking less? And has offers from all of the universities she's applied to? SHE IS BEING A FUNCTIONAL ADULT, I AM VERY PROUD OF HER. I don't know about the ways in which she is not being a functional adult, but I'm lead to believe they tend to lie in the "drinking less" direction. And Rihanna, who is one of my younger nieces, came over to hang out! We played on the Wii U a lot, and apparently Monopoly Empires is NOT a family killer like regular Monopoly and only takes like ten minutes. B+ would play again.

Today was Christmas! Saw most of the family today!
  • Hayley (my niece who's at uni) is apparently going "My life is a garbage fire, ask me no questions and I'll tell you no lies, btw let me tell you about ALL OF THESE PEOPLE I'VE PULLED. SO MANY PEOPLE. BTW my life is a garbage fire and I'm lying on about my medical history to get pills to help me stop smoking lollllllllll" and I'm just like "RIGHT. FINE. ARE YOU TAKING STEPS WITH THE UNI TO GET HELP? GOOD, FINE, CARRY ON." She brought a mate home with her because family policy tends to be "No one alone on Christmas." He seemed nice?

  • Our Elaine (My oldest sister, Hayley's mum) is doing well, I think! She's moved back to being closer to our mum and has found somewhere that will accept her SIX PETS, as opposed to the other place she wanted where she was like "Well, I have three cats" when she was talking to the landlord because three cats is like five cats and a dog, right?

  • Only saw Claire (my second oldest sister on that side) in passing, she seemed fine? The kids have a cat, cat is very cute and very scared, which is perfectly reasonable when a hyperactive nine-year old tries to be rough with you. (Don't worry, I fended her off and tried to explain that no, she was hurting it, stop that.

  • Our David (My only brother on that side) came round! He's been to Tenerife! He refferred to someone as a faggot while I was talking to someone else, and in the time it took me to look up and shape "what did you say?" in my head, Chloe looked at me like she remembered me kicking off about that word last time and/or was embarrassed because that was her boyfriend David was talking about, and told him not to say that, and Mum had come through to tell him to knock it off. THANK YOU FAMILY, THAT WAS BETTER THAN EXPECTED.


Lex had an amazing haul of spaceships for the Star Wars video game, which he is very happy about! He also got one of the books in Jim Butcher's newest series, and more socks than you can shake a stick at. (Holy crap, he has ACTUAL PAIRS! This is going to last to the first time they go into the wash and I am going to enjoy this reprieve while I have it. Ma got books and SO MUCH CHOCOLATE I think people are attempting to fatten her up. I don't know what Jill's getting off her people, but I have basically stuffed notebooks and filofax inserts and so many bathbombs into her arms and run away.

I got the Chocobo card game, which looks REALLY CUTE and I CAN'T PLAY IT YET because it's three player minimum and I think Lex is the only person who'll play it with me. And I also got socks (I have THE CUTEST PENGUIN SOCKS), and a contribution to my new shoe fund, and so much chocolate, and one of the One Piece omnibi (YES!), and all eight X-Men movies in one boxset (don't you judge me), and some CDs (Halsey and Imagine Dragons), and a GINGERBREAD HOUSE to decorate! I'm sure there was something else, but I can't remember what it is and I can't see it. A+, would add to my dragon horde again. ♥

It has been a good Christmas with good food and I haven't had to fight anyone yet, so I'm calling it a win!
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