Downstairs though, wonderful things were happening! ratphooey and her hubby were already here, and Gregor had not only made coffee, but was well nigh done with an extravaganza of brunchy goodness. We had his exotically spiced chicken, refried beans, tortillas, scrambled eggs, shredded vermont sharp cheddar, freshly baked food-holiday stuffing, cranberry sauce and at the last minute I threw some french toast into the fray (and woke steanne up to join us). Then cookies that ratphooey graciously donated to the cause.
Then we all piled into the car and headed out to kendrayk and geralyn's place for yet more food, and holiday greenery decoration! Of course, we ended up taking a detour to the Pier One Clearance Store near their apartment...as gregortroll and ratphooey had scouted it out during their outing the day before, and needed to revisit.
Ridiculously late, we made it to the apartment, where food smells were wafting out into the hallway. We munched, chatted, played games, and put lights on the tree till we were too exhausted to stay any longer (and some of us -not me- actually had to get up and go to work this morning, poor things), then piled back in and headed home again.
I have excellent friends. Life is good.