My definition of happiness

Christmas eve elves

AppleApple discovers something else she’d like to do: learn how to play the cello!

Settlers of Catan and butter beer

cousin love

Santa, with pillow-enchanced profile 

er, too much butter beer?

Tomorrow is my birthday. I usually get all philosophical right about now. But today I don’t feel philosophical. I feel busy. Tired. Happy. Surprised, though I shouldn’t be, by the ongoingness of laundry and dishes. And these people I live with keep needing to eat.

We enjoyed four consecutive days of Christmas celebrations with various parts of our extended family, and some friends, too, although my camera didn’t make it to every event.

For the record, that’s four consecutive Christmas dinners: ham, ham, paella, and turkey.

I embraced the excess, then wondered why I felt so sluggish on yesterday morning’s run. Especially because I took Boxing Day morning and did not get out of bed til noon, reading and finishing Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter, in one big gulp.

So many late nights. So many second glasses of wine. So much wheat and butter. Why so sluggish?

Yes, really, Carrie, why.

This morning Kevin rented a full indoor soccer field (huge!) so his U12 boys team could practice. AppleApple and I got kitted out in soccer gear and came along. It was 90 minutes of blissful scrimmaging, the boys’ team against everyone else — adults, friends, siblings. AppleApple was the only girl, and I was the only woman, and I’ll admit I felt a little intimidated going in. I’m thankful to have joined that team last spring, because all I can say is: soccer … so fun! It would totally be bragging to mention that I scored the sweetest replay-worthy goal (yes, against 11-year-old boys), but I can’t help myself. If only I could score goals like that for my current team. Sadly, we don’t play against 11-year-old boys, which is not to malign the skills of the boys, who are actually very good, and made us play hard.

Now Kevin is trying to snag more field time. And I think it would be fun to play on a co-ed team together — taking our marriage to new places, whilst our knees and hamstrings are still in working order. See, this isn’t a dream that can really wait for retirement.

“I wish we could play every day,” Kev said, and I had to agree. So that’s what we’ll do if we ever strike it rich.

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  1. Nath

    Your Christmas sounds like it was lovely. I’m reading Beautiful Ruins too (well, technically, that’s not true. It’s being read to me while I knit) and I love it!

    Good for you for playing soccer. I’ve not done anything remotely exercise-like!

    • Carrie Snyder

      Is it a book on tape? Or is Craig reading to you (like he does for us at poetry club)?

  2. Margo

    what is butter beer? I must know!

    I’ve always hoped for a cellist in the family. Maybe if one of my kids doesn’t take it up, I will. Gorgeous mellow sound.

    • Carrie Snyder

      My sister-in-law made the butter beer for the kids. Apparently it’s basically sugar and butter (yes, it has real butter in it!).

      And my brother might just loan us the cello, if AA wants to learn it … question is when that kid would have time to squeeze in one more pursuit.

  3. cath@1970kikiproject

    happy birthday, carrie! i hope you have a wonderful day.
    yea for christmas holiday fun!!


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