Christmas this year has been a bit of a quiet one, with both the older sister and her husband choosing to have a white Christmas in Idaho. So this year, it was just Lucille and I packing the car and driving down to Goulburn to spend a few days with the Parents.
But prior to that, there was a small gathering to celebrate the fact that I've turned the big three-O.
First there was cake:
then some well wishing:
And a surprise gift from my little sister's good friend Linda - a gift voucher to Tapestry Craft. A quick visit to the city on my day off found me picking through the remains of the sale. I ended up stocking up on extra tips in my Knit Picks Options and a skein of Araucania sock yarn.
On Christmas eve there was another party in which I won the first hand at Mahjong:
Christmas day was spent bumming around the farm and antagonising the dogs (or was that the other way round?). Boxing day (also the day I actually turn three-o), saw me come back to Sydney to make a delivery with my dad. On the drive back, a stop at Pheasants Nest at the petrol station ended up with this strange conversation with this strange man:
HIM: "Hi I'm Dave by the way"
Me: "I'm Lien"
HIM: "So where are you going?"
HIM: "So where are you from?"
Me: "Goulburn" (I'm not really, but heck, has anyone seen Wolf Creek??)
HIM: "So you're farmers?"
Me: "My dad is"
HIM: "So what do you guys speak? Cantonese, Cambodian, Vietnamese?"
HIM: "So do you guys normally marry your own kind?"
Me: "I'm not married" (LIKE WTF??)
HIM: "OH YOU'RE NOT MARRIED?????
Like what the heck?? Do I have this "DESPERATE and DATELESS" look on my face and why ask me just as I turned 30??? Needless to say, I just turned to my dad and said to him once you're done with the coffee, we're going!!
Anyway, my mother decided she'll take the 27th off and go on a day trip with us. We ended up going to Canberra (where else?) and a quick detour to Bungendore for devonshire tea at the Wood Gallery.