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as i've mentioned before, we're not having much of a christmas this year -- finances are too tight for gifts and all that, but we were trying for our traditional dinner. then kitten's soon to be ex failed on the child support, so that looked to be out as well. in fact, it got down to the point that we were trying to figure out how to eat just over the next few days, forget christmas.

and then kitten's friend gave us money for food. now, here's the sad thing. yes, this guy wants to be her boyfriend, but right now they are just close friends. he's not related to baby cat in any way. yet this guy has done a better job of taking care of both kitten and her daughter than baby cat's father. he's attentive, buys whatever she needs, takes them places, and treats them special. on the one hand, i am very happy kitten has found someone who cares enough to make she and her baby are okay and taken care of, but it's sad that baby cat's father only cares enough to make threats or to give her the money she's entitled to because he could lose his rank. there is just something very wrong with that picture, you know?

anyway, so friend gave us money for food. and saxy revealed how determined he is to get us our traditional christmas feast. seriously, he went to the farmer's market and got the general meat and produce needs covered, then called and asked for the christmas dinner list.

*blink*

i guess i shouldn't be surprised. everyone loves the cornish game hens, and the kerfuffle over the yams at thanksgiving really gives a clue as to what's important over the holidays! still, he had to do some kind of trimming to get the things for the dinner, i'm sure. he's really good at that, though. he hates when i shop because i tend to over spend and can't always find the "right" meats. until he was working so hard that shopping was out of the question, i had pretty much given up on doing any grocery shopping myself. now i only do it when he doesn't have time or we're in need on a day he's working. as for today's haul, the farmer's market helped a lot, as usual. no way we can get a week's worth of meats and produce for $60 at kroger. heck, when we shopped only at kroger, we couldn't get any fresh produce at all -- even canned goods were tough and all our veggies were of the frozen variety.

still i am amused at his determination. as depressing as it was, i was more than ready to give up on christmas dinner and just be content that the family would all be here and that oldest is now out of a really bad situation and in one that may not be financially stable but is emotionally healthy.

guess there's just no keeping a man from "his" meal, is there? and here i thought the cookies and family would be enough. ;)


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