My brother, one of my sisters and both of their families came into town to celebrate Christmas early at my house. It was a very mellow affair. I made soup and bought stuff for sandwiches and we all ate and exchanged gifts.
I can't afford to spend a bunch of money on presents, so I only buy for the kids. I don't normally receive gifts from other people and that's just as well, because I would feel very guilty if someone bought me something and I couldn't reciprocate. This year, however, my sister bought me a gift. She kept bringing it up, so I figured it must be something very funny to make her that proud of herself. Finally, we opened presents, and I got to see exactly what it was. Once I opened it, I knew why she was so pleased with herself. She and her husband bought me a DVD of everyone's favorite late seventies made for TV movie, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble. I was super excited and it only cost .99 cents, so I didn't even have to feel guilty. Now, if they can only find me Sooner or Later, my DVD collection will be complete.
The other awesome thing my sister did for me, was to lend me all of her old family pictures to scan onto my computer. She ended up with a lot of the photos my mom sent my grandma, so there are little descriptions on the back of a lot of them. I think the text is almost as interesting as the images. So, as you've probably already guessed, I will be frequently posting my favorite found family photos in the next few months. I will definitely include the writing from the back when there is any.
The two I have on here today, are of my oldest sister when we still lived in Chicago - probably in the early sixties. At that point we lived somewhere close to Lincoln Park Zoo, I think. Of couse, I have no idea who this guy is, selling his paintings on the street. I like his shoes, though, and the fact that my sister's bag of Fritos only cost .05 cents.