Because we didn't get started until around 5, I didn't go to the Easter Vigil Mass this year, but that was okay. I was just as happy really not to have to sit through the 3-hour service. Instead I went to the 11 AM Mass this morning. I didn't manage to get up early, in fact I skipped breakfast and only just made it in time to get a seat and a lot of people had to stand through Mass. So when I got home at 12:30, I still had to vacuum the apartment, spruce up the bathroom, wash dishes, and wash up a bit and change - and I hadn't eaten yet so I wanted a little breakfast. I had told everyone they could come over any time after 2 PM, and fortunately everyone reliably followed the normal practice of not showing up until at least a half-hour after the time I tell them they can arrive.
Nimiel was a good kitty all day, even though we had a couple toddlers along with the dozen or so noisy adults. My friend Clara brought a new toy mouse for Nimiel, as well as a bag of cat treats, which was very cool of her. Everyone enjoyed the chicken cordon bleu (well, except the vegetarian, who brought a veggie dish that some other people ate as well) and the other dishes, we had birthday cake for Orkgrrrl, and lots of good conversation.
After everyone left, I did all the cleanup, then I thought about eating something but I wasn't really hungry yet, so I caught up on my checkbook as I knew I had to mail payment for a couple bills tomorrow. And then it was after midnight, and I was hungry, but I didn't really want to make anything at that point. But Brandon had made mini corn muffins and there were a couple left, and I thought, well, I can just eat those, I guess. I went to get a drink out of the fridge and saw that I still had a lot of strawberries, which both Brandon and Donna&Chris brought, and I thought well, I should have some strawberries with the muffins. And then I remembered the vanilla ice cream that I'd bought to go with the cake, and thought ooooh, vanilla ice cream AND strawberries AND corn muffins in a bowl! Excellent!
And that's how you end a good holiday.
Oh, almost forgot: Orkgrrrl took some good pictures both of Nimiel and of the chicken, but I think I want to move them off Shutterfly before linking to them.