Actually I survived and perhaps even prospered.
It is midnight and Christmas just began with a kiss...
In four and a half hours we have to get up and go to the airport from whenc. we shall jet away to TLOML's island home.
The family do today was very nice and went quite well. I think we were all being rather careful to stay on our best behaviour but it was successful. My step-sister really rose to the occasion and kept the conversation light, bubbly and inclusive, my nephews were terrific and my straight brother and I exchanged phone numbers and even shared a chuckle or two. The Boy was charming but a little distant and I am glad he had the opportunity to spend some time with his cousins. All in all not too bad!.
The evening was spent with TLOML's brother and his family and The Boy and I could not have felt more welcome. It was a lovely evening capped off by a call from TLOML's niece who is in Germany. She especially wanted to talk to TLOML and I which was really special and inclusive.
Things are going pretty damn well actually!
I need to talk about the physical stuff soon but I just don't have time for now... surviving on that front has been a bit more of a challenge but more on that later.