Two years ago, our Christmas cards were signed, placed in envelopes, festive address labels affixed, sorted by size, shape and color in a lovely basket … and I failed to mail them. So I kept them and sent them last year.
Unfortunately for this year, that meant there were no "forgotten" cards to simply slap in the mailbox. Instead here's my newsletter/column.
Fez "chunky monkey" formerly known as the wonder-dog: Recently impressed Dr. Findley with his midlife spread. Please read that impression was not in a good way. He's such a hound, loving to sleep during the day to my XM Spa channel music and ready to lazily patrol the backyard during the night for any stealthy squirrels. He should expect to find a Y membership in his stocking instead of any holiday treats.
Sister: Has taken the world by storm and is loving working in a field that puts her psychology degree to good use. She seriously enjoys going to work every day and is already incredibly dedicated to her job. We're also looking forward to gaining a son-in-law this coming year and couldn't be happier with him (especially once I got over the fact that he cheers for that Oklahoma team that left the "S" out of their initials). Nobody is perfect and I'm confident he'll be rooting for the correct team in good time.
The boys: Still enjoy a high-octane, high carb, high calorie eating plan as they continue gobbling their way through our kitchen and every restaurant in Neosho in order to put some weight on their 6'3" frame. It's fascinating watching them devour food. Recently I cooked four (4) pounds of chicken breasts, enough rice for six humans and a cherry pie. They ate it all for dinner and were snacking before bedtime. There are truly so many aspects of life wasted on youth; the ability to burn calories is right up near the top of the list.
Big Al: Continues to be a road warrior, visiting Crowder's many campuses. The three Marble men can now be found in the garage on a nightly basis "taking it back old school" as they lift weights together and listen to very loud music.
Me: I am doing what I love, now on a full-time basis, operating a freelance public relations. It just couldn't get any better and I'm in Neosho more — which is always a treat.
Happy holidays! Sorry about the card thing; maybe next year.
Lori Marble writes a weekly column for the Daily News.