I've been working a lot in the past couple of months and out of town for the last bit of it.
That's made fulfilling some of my Santa duties a little tough. I did make it back in time attend Santacon.
A few years back, I saw a bunch of folk dressed up as Santas, elves, and all sorts of other Christmas-themed characters milling about Little 5 Points.
It looked like a frolicking good time.
The following year a friend texted me that she was at the Porter, one of my favorite Atlanta pubs and there were Santas everywhere.
Cindy and I hopped on over there and took it all in.
The next year, I bought a Santa suit and joined in. It turned out that the Atlanta Santacon was organized by "Burners", Dirty Southern Burners (dirtysouthernburners.com ) and Burners Without Borders, ( bwbga.org ) to be exact. And it's not just a crazy pub-crawl, it's a pub-crawl for charity, this year they collected over $1000 from the bars and participants, which is pretty cool.
This year we were invited to a Santacon preparty with a bunch of people I camped with this year at Burning Man. It was a great reunion.
I even managed to get Cindy to come on out and join the shenanigans, costume and all.(A re-purposed pirate wench costume and part of a Renaissance Faire outfit. She sure is a good sport about some of my nerdy/geeky subculture samplings)
One of the hardest parts of our semi-nomadic lifestyle for Skye has been going from being surrounded by pets and animal companions, cats, chickens, rats, bunnies and on and on to nothing.
So since we were taking a stab at settling down, we agreed that maybe it was time for a new addition to the family.
We also agreed to keep it simple, hence the choice of a hedgehog and our new little friend, Sevy.
We also all agreed to take it easy on the gift giving, particularly in regards to stuff. Our little apartment is still in great need of organizing and there are more than a few trips to storage and Goodwill. (Actually probably not Goodwill, but some sort of charitable organization to donate stuff)
A sub-classification of First World Problems, one of our Foodie-World problems is having way too much to eat on Christmas, and not just too much food in regards to quantity, but too much good food, really good food.
Skye cooked breakfast and as is so often the case, her dish was amazing, a perfectly poached egg served in a brioche with a delicious sausage link, all purchased from the local farmers markets.
The Cindy comes in with the caviar and mimosas, a breakfast usually saved for New Year's Day, however...
Throughout the course of the day, we would lounge around unwrapping presents and eating and eating.
So much for getting a head-start on my New Year's resolution of getting back in shape.