...I ended up sleeping in the guest room (or attempting to sleep, I should say), and it was not a restful night. I had a mild migraine, which didn't help, but it was mostly my stomach that bothered me. But, every bad night will end, and this one did too ;)
...my SIL and family appeared after I'd taken a nice, hot shower (and felt human again) -- and I got to have a nice chat with her. The rest of the family (two uncles, an aunt, and gramma) all arrived a little after noon, and then everyone stood around and talked and ate (sushi, which my MIL made).
...after the food came the poker. D played too, but E hung out in her room, and I worked. I think my MIL had a nice time (which was the point, no?), and it wasn't too bad for me, because I was elsewhere for much of the day. My head didn't really stop aching until much later (though it helped when everyone cleared out before dinner). DH even left (went to a Christmas party), so it was only me and the kiddos (my MIL and her boyfriend went to a movie). It was soooo peaceful :)
...yesterday was also peaceful. It ended up being a very nice weekend -- though, when I asked DH if he'd like to do his mom's b-day every year, he wasn't so sure. (hehe) He's not as social as he wants people to believe, and when *he's* the one who has to deal with everything (which is our rule when it comes to his mom), I think he realizes how much work is involved. But yeah, it was fun for me ;)
(Btw, winter has hit, though we don't have much snow -- but the icy wind is killing me!)
P.S. I looked up all my five-star reads for the year (in anticipation of the Top Ten Books of 2012) and discovered I've only had 11 five-star reads...so I'll begin on the 13th or 14th and do all eleven in reverse order of book love. :)