Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas Eve!

I recently downloaded the Blogger application (remember that "app" is short for "application") and this is me trying it out. I'm blogging on my tablet from my hotel room in the Hyatt North Houston, where I'm staying for the holiday. Let's see how this goes.

I tell you, waking up on Christmas Eve in a beautiful hotel is the way to go. I'm taking my time getting out of bed, idly considering my breakfast options and looking forward to hours of free time here until it's time to go celebrate Christmas Eve with family. I'm no tourist. When I'm on vacation I like to pick a beautiful place to stay and then stay in it. I have no desire to explore, sightsee or exhaust myself with activities. I like hotel rooms: reading in them, napping in them, watching movies in them, meditating or doing yoga in them and now I'll find out how blogging in a hotel room works. I hope this application is good. What do you think?

Of course the reason I'm in Houston for Christmas is that this is where my family is. We made piles of tamales on Saturday and I got to catch up with cousins I see only once a year. It made me wish, for the first time, that I lived close enough to visit more often all year long. This way, I only get a glimpse of how people's jobs are going, how big the smallest kids have gotten, which cousins go out drinking together and who I have the most in common with. I wish I had more time and money for all of that. Maybe one day, if my income grows enough, I'll be able to make more frequent trips to visit my familia in Houston.

The other challenge is that the weather here doesn't agree with me at all. I need my frigid Chicago climate. Today it's in the single digits in Rogers Park and I'm missing out on it, but it's okay. I'll be back on Thursday when the temperatures in Chicago will still be in the teens, plus the entire frozen winter will lie before me. Yay!!

So for today, life is good. Merry Christmas Eve, everyone. I will now hit "Publish."


Ceece said...

No, it is painfully cold this morning. I was crying from cold. Not emotionally, but my eyes, they watered and the tears they froze on my cheeks. The wind, it howled. And I sobbed brokenly. 20 degrees is fine. 7 with a negative 20 windchill is unfine. I actually gave away all my money to a homeless guy this morning on my way to work, because seriously he could die out there today. He may as well go with a full stomach. Horrible, killing weather.

Regina Rodríguez-Martin said...

Ceece, I'm sorry people are dying from the cold and others are miserable in it, but that's still the kind of winter weather I'm comfortable in.

Regina Rodríguez-Martin said...

And you're a GOOD person to give money to someone who's freezing.

Rudy Giuliani said...

Have a Merry Christmas!

Mick said...

Well from one hotel room to another (I'm in Chester for 3 nights of christmas festivities), "Merry Christmas"

ps: You would like it here its quite cold.

Ted said...

Enjoy a tamal for me.

Regina Rodríguez-Martin said...

Thanks, Mick! I like that we were both in hotels on Christmas Day.
Thanks, Ted.
Happy New Year, Rudy Guiliani!