Thank you to everyone who sent me (and my family) such wonderful Christmas wishes via my last two posts! I hope that you all had a wonderful, wonderful Christmas (or other holiday), filled with happiness, laughter, deliciousness, hugs, and fortune-telling fish. Although, come to think of it, that last may have been unique to my family.
I had such a splendiferous and spectacularity-filled weekend that there’s no way I can squeeze it into one post. Add together Christmas Eve lunch, the goodies I baked for presents, the myriad dishes we made for Christmas, the first half of Christmas Day filled with extended family, stockings, lunch, and laughter, and the second half of Christmas Day in which my immediate family and I had so much fun that I almost cried when I eventually had to drive home…
Yep. We’ve got a fair bit to get through.
You may be too exhausted from all the planning that goes into, and the energy that suffuses, Christmas Day to be able to focus on stories about yum cha, cat conversations, or one of my favourite dessert recipes.
I’ve never before posted a video of myself on this blog. Much less of video of my nincompitude in action. And I didn’t plan to.
But my brother received a camera for Christmas and, at around 9pm Sunday night, he started playing with it. I became his test subject, dutifully submitting myself to the fish-eye effect, the poster effect, and (here we go) the super-slow-motion video effect.
Please keep in mind that I never, not for a second, thought I would blog this video. If I had, I would have taken off the old cardigan I’d thrown on earlier. However, I also wouldn’t have been as free in my ridiculousness, and where’s the fun in that?
The story is this: my brother told me to jump as high as I could so that he could test the super-slow-motion video effect, and I did. But then he kept filming, and so I also… kept going. As I cavorted around the kitchen, my brother and mother dissolved into hysterical laughter. You can see, at the end of the video, the moment where I myself collapse into giggles.
After watching the video in slow motion and laughing until we couldn’t breathe, I decided that this video would be my Christmas gift to you. (The movement starts 15 seconds in, if you can be patient.) I am, of course, secretly terrified that I’ll lose readers by posting this. You might think less of me; you might never return. But I hope you will.
You see, what I’ve regretted most in my life are the things I didn’t have the courage to do.