The Christmas Letter I Never Sent

2009. BK turned one in August and three months later Lex turned four. Motormouth and Monstro celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary. Busy busy busy!

Monstro's dissertation defense was late-October. “Congratulations, you passed,” his professor said at the end of five minutes of making us wait in the hallway. Brian will graduate with a Ph.D in the spring. Right now he is waiting to hear about interviews at MLA. If you don’t know what that means, we haven’t talked in a while, so please call.

Motormouth went to Monstro’s dissertation defense where he rendered her breathless with his impromptu 10-minute opening. Simply brilliant; you would have been proud.

Motormouth took an online class called “Get Funny” and earned an A. She tried to get on “Wheel of Fortune” when the Wheelmobile came out to Massachusetts but didn’t make it, though she’ll forever regret not having yelled the answer “National Holiday” for an event with NO letters showing. Stupid. As penance, she has re-read both Infinite Jest and Ulysses, which has helped. She also started running again in April and between running and Rhythmball has lost 50 pounds.

Monstro, the boys, and Motormouth look forward to an early January trip to visit the Johnsons of San Antonio, (including our niece Amber’s baby son, Caiden), where it is pretty certain not to have snowed.

In any case, we are happy to be together, if not perhaps touched with PTSD and ongoing California-to-New-England culture shock even after 5 years.

2010. Can you believe it? Here’s to a happy. We pray for you. Please consider doing the same for Amber’s husband, who is stationed in Afghanistan. Love, Lynn

3 thoughts on “The Christmas Letter I Never Sent

  1. This letter made me cry. Here is to a 2010 so good, it will make you fill your socks with jelly and condition your hair with watermelon vodka. I love you.

  2. I am so glad your 2009 went so well overall (50 lbs, really! You rock the determination, chica!) and I am hoping MLA went well for Monstro and you guys get to move to a much more compatible place culture-wise. Love Katherine

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