This weekend Crysta graduated from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, which meant that rather than having a nice, quiet relaxing weekend the week before the annual holiday festivity frenzy, it was instead a busy, active one.
As I mentioned on Friday, I came home from work to a house full of Crysta's family (as Crysta's father, sister and her sister's husband came into town for Crysta's graduation). As Crysta hadn't seen her sister in the last three years, it meant that this was the first time I met said sister and said sister's husband. Fortunately, they turned out to be rather nice and likable people, so it was at least a positive experience.
We all had dinner together, and overall it was a good, albeit interesting, time.
On Saturday morning, because Crysta's comencement ceremony was at 9:00am, I ended up waking at about 6:45am. Now, most weekends it would be hard to wake up that early on a Saturday, but as I was working overtime and coming in early to work all of last week it became especially difficult. I was, and in many ways still am, exhausted. I got Crysta to Zorn arena before 8:00am, and got myself a seat in the bleachers. About forty-five minutes later, I was joined by Crysta's family, and my envy for the extra sleep they must have gotten knows no bounds.
The actual ceremony was actually quite good, as the featured speaker was incredibly funny (and significantly better than the person who spoke at my graduation).
We split up after the ceremony, but later that day ended up getting together with Crysta's sister and her husband. That night, along with Crysta's father, we all went out to dinner at Houligans.
How have I never been to this restaurant in the ten years that I've lived here? That meal was awesome.
At the end of the night we parted ways. Crysta and I watched "The Waters of Mars" Doctor Who special and went to bed. The next morning Crysta's family stopped by before leaving town, and I finally tried to relax...
The downtime was good, as Crysta took a nap and I wrote March through May of UnCONventional. I should get to pencilling and inking them over the next two weeks (for the record, the strips through the end of February are already online and ready). There will be interesting plot twists, oh yes.
Sadly, I had to do some Christmas shopping as I had done... absolutely none of it yet. That meant hitting the stores on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
But I survived, and I hope people actually like what I got them. And now I'm back in the office, about to start a new day at work. But because I barely got to decompress this weekend, I don't really feel like I had one in the first place.
On a final note, today is Yule. I know I'm a Wiccan, but honestly I probably won't be celebrating it that much today. I've mentioned it in the past, but for me, my actual Yule celebrating just get's delayed until the 25th. Why? Because it's frankly more convenient for everyone, as the majority of my family celebrates Christmas anyways... and that family is the entire point of the holiday in my mind.