December 29, 2006

{{long, cleansing exhale}}

I've returned from my week in hell in Sherman Oaks puppysitting with Erik. I tell you, a 12-/13-week-old Labrador puppy is not the kind of animal you want to be hanging out with 24 hours a day. To deal with that, you need to have the knowledge that you'll have a lifelong bond with this puppy - or you just need to be CRAZY.

I must admit to missing the warm feeling of his puppy tongue licking my hand, but all I need to do is remember the important bit that comes a few seconds after - the part when he would clamp down with his tiny, sharp puppy teeth onto that vulnerable, fleshy hand of mine - to realize that puppy-rearing might not exactly be my cup of tea. And besides, I think Erik is done with the idea altogether, and goodness knows, I couldn't raise a puppy by myself!

Getting home was actually nice. Absence does make the heart grow fonder, as the brief conversations with my father were rather... tolerable. My bedroom felt open and clean and fresh (compared to the, um, animalistic scent going on in the small apartment on Dickens Street), and unpacking all the Christmas loot onto my bed, without having some knee-high rabid animal jumping up to snap at me, felt just... so... goooooood.

gizmo!Speaking of my Christmas loot, this year pretty much rawked. I think Erik and I went a little overboard trying to out-gift one-another, but I wouldn't have it any other way. As much as I adore watching his face light up when he opens an unexpectedly cool gift, I have to admit that unwrapping the Gremlins Dancing Gizmo Plush Doll he got me made me smile wider than I have in a good long while. He's such a keeper! (That's Erik, I'm talking about, not Gizmo... but I'll keep him too.)

I have a big long list of gifts I went ga-ga over, but in an effort to be not completely irritating, I'll refrain... for now. I reserve the right to reference said gifts in future posts, but only for purely journalistic purposes, I assure you. I hope everyone had a fun and bountiful holiday season, and that you all got to spend this time with your favorite people. Oh, and feel free to share what your favorite moments/gifts from the holidays were in the comments - I love hearing about presents!


posted by julie at December 29, 2006 09:11 PM


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