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26 December 2004 @ 10:02 pm
Spending Christmas with family and my Mom's neurotic puppy. ;)  
Considering that I had to work the day after Christmas last year, I should be very thankful that Christmas fell on a Saturday this year and I could actually sleep in this morning. :) I should also be thankful that the full day yesterday must've worn Sydney out because she wasn't up at her usual 5am nudging me and trying to get me up. :)

Christmas day yesterday was actually quite nice. It started with an early morning breakfast at the in-laws. They liked our annual "gift of food" (which is usually a GC to a nice restaurant nearby) - since Mark's family loves to go out and try new places to eat. :) We loved all the gifts that we got (which included lots of GCs to the mall, and to various stores) :). They know me well enough to know that the best gift they could give me is the gift of shopping. ;)

The rest of the day was spent at my Mom's house. We brought over Mark's parents' old iMac computer and set it up for my Mom and went through the basics of how to use it. Surprisingly, she seemed to embrace the new computer and wasn't totally against it, like she was with the old laptop we brought over last time (she fears technology). We still have to sign her up for internet service, but we'll probably do that when we go back to her house for New Year's dinner. :)

Even more surprising than my Mom liking the iMac, was that she actually really liked the digital camera that we bought her for Christmas. :) She went around the whole evening snapping photos of everything (and everyone) and getting very excited because she could view them right there. :) It really surprised us that she liked it so much, because prior to yesterday she was even more anti-digital than I was!

Sydney got to spend some time yesterday with my Mom's neurotic dog, Yuki. :) I love Yuki a lot, but it's funny just how neurotic she is. I think she's the only dog that I know of who's afraid of tile (she'll walk on tile in the kitchen to get some food, realize she's NOT standing on carpet anymore and then freeze completely - totally unable to move!) She's also afraid of doorways and stairs in quite the same fashion. :P My poor Mom has to carry her in and out of the house everyday!

Hope you all had a nice weekend! Of all the gifts that we received this Christmas, the best gift of all had to be the time that we got to spend with our families - that's what really made yesterday special for us. :)
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karmastyx: Brock made by careleswhisperkarmastyx on December 27th, 2004 08:40 am (UTC)
Sounds like you a lovely day with your family. :) The gift of shopping is always fun! Wow, that's kinda sad about your mom's dog. I wonder why it scares her so much?
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on December 28th, 2004 07:43 am (UTC)
I think that my Mom's dog had a bad experience once where she slipped on the tile and now can't bring herself to walk on it. :( I'm not sure about the doorway or the stairs, but it must've been a similar situation... My poor Mom has to carry her everywhere. :P
Carecareleswhisper on December 27th, 2004 09:59 am (UTC)
I'm happy to hear that you had an awesome holiday. Family means so much. I'm glad you got to spend time with them. :) *hugs*
Sheri: Sydney Christmasshutterbug93 on December 28th, 2004 07:43 am (UTC)
That's always the best part of the holidays! :) Glad to hear you got to spend some quality time with your family too!
Sabine: Maulwurlsabine10 on December 27th, 2004 10:31 am (UTC)
I'm happy to hear that you had a great time together with your family. :) I understand that your Mom got so excited because she could view the photos right there - I love it too. And one of the best things in regard to a digital camera is that, should I be on a photo and I don't like it I can delete it. :)

Tiles can be slippery - did perhaps Yuki once made a bad experience? The one of my sister's dogs, Baghira, not yet likes to walk stairs and, because the bedroom is upstairs, my sister's husband has to carry her every morning and evening. I never could carry her, she weighs around 32 kilo. Luckily, Yuki is not such a big dog.

Hope you have a nice day, Sheri.

Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on December 28th, 2004 07:48 am (UTC)
Oh, my Mom was so excited that she could just delete the photos she didn't like. :) I have to say, that is one of the best parts about digital photography. ;)

And yes, I think Yuki must've had a bad experience with the tile one day for her to be so afraid of it. :( The interesting thing is that she's fine on tile and will walk around like nothing's wrong --- until she realizes that she's walking on tile, then she won't move.

Wow! I cant imagine having to carry Baghira every day up the stairs! I carry Sydney up the staris (not because she doesn't like the stairs, but more because she's spoiled) ;) and she's only 20 pounds. :P

*HUGS* to you, Sabine! Hope your week is going well! :)
irisheyes77 on December 27th, 2004 03:32 pm (UTC)
It sounds like you guys had a wonderful time! I'm happy for you.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 28th, 2004 07:49 am (UTC)
We did! The best part was seeing my Mom SO excited about her new camera! I think it surprised Mark & I the most since she was SO against a digital camera up until now. :)
ajayne on December 27th, 2004 05:07 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you had a nice Christmas. :)

I had to laugh because my mom is so afraid of technology also! She did get a computer and a digital camera though... but is afraid to try to use them the first few times by herself. I guess she's afraid she will mess it up. So the first few times we have to walk her through it all.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 28th, 2004 07:51 am (UTC)
I think my Mom really started to get into the digital camera thing when she realized that she didn't have to wait a few days to enjoy her photos. :) Hopefully she'll continue her technology trend and we'll be able to phase her into email just as smoothly. ;)
ajayne on December 28th, 2004 09:11 pm (UTC)
My mom loves her digital camera but now hates that she doesn't have actual photos in her hand, unless she prints them out and then the quality isn't as good as regular photos.

Good luck transitioning your mom into e-mail. :)
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Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on December 28th, 2004 07:54 am (UTC)
Oh, your poor doggy! :( That's so sad. :( My Mom's dog will sometimes forget she's afraid of things when food is present or if she's not thinking about it, but as soon as she realizes that she's on tile - it's over - my Mom has to carry her out of there. :P
Expresso Maniac: Happy New Yearexpressomaniac on December 28th, 2004 08:25 pm (UTC)
which iMac was it? that's cool that she likes it and the digital camera! :)
awwww Yuki! poor puppy!
Of all the gifts that we received this Christmas, the best gift of all had to be the time that we got to spend with our families - that's what really made yesterday special for us. :)
I totally agree :-D
Sheri: Sydney Christmasshutterbug93 on December 29th, 2004 07:32 am (UTC)
Hmmm... not too sure. It isn't that old, though - I think my in-laws bought it only a couple of years ago at the most. :) And poor Yuki! Funny that one of the only things she's NOT afraid of is Sydney. ;)