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Rose Fox ([personal profile] rosefox) wrote2017-05-06 02:32 am

"Those were the days"

It's rainy and cold. Perfect fireplace weather.

I spent a lot of time in upstate New York when I was growing up, and our house had a fireplace. In the evenings I would sit in front of the fire and cross-stitch and drink hot chocolate and listen to my mother's records. And then I would go down to my room and dial in to AOL so I could telnet to my BBS and get on IRC. (Calling the BBS directly would have been an expensive long-distance call. Remember those days?)

Right now I have a fireplace video going, and I'm playing one of the albums my mother used to listen to a lot (Keith Jarrett's Köln concert), and I'm on IRC, and I'm drinking hot chocolate. And I'm knitting (or would be if I weren't typing), which is not cross-stitch but scratches the same itch. It is basically 1997 over here right now.

My brother's birthday dinner was tonight, just him and me and our mother and her gentleman. I misread the reservation email and got there half an hour early, so I found a quiet place to sit and knit. I'd had a really stressful day of feeling extremely anxious for no reason whatsoever, and that half hour of knitting was about the best thing I could have done for myself. Dinner was delicious, and we managed to have good conversation despite the noisy restaurant; we teased one another about old jokes and talked about politics that we could all agree on. When I pinged the household Slack to say I was on my way home, I found a message from X saying "we did all your chores, hope you had a good time". And it's Friday so I have no work deadlines. So I'm full of happy warm family feelings and relaxation, and have walloped myself with massive nostalgia on top of it. What a lovely way to end the day.
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[personal profile] meepettemu 2017-05-06 07:02 am (UTC)(link)
Awww :)
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[personal profile] angelofthenorth 2017-05-06 08:28 am (UTC)(link)
That sounds like a really nice day
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[personal profile] sartorias 2017-05-06 01:28 pm (UTC)(link)
Yay for a quiet evening and good times! Best medicine in the world.
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[personal profile] novel_machinist 2017-05-08 07:49 pm (UTC)(link)
That's the one thing that our current house does not have that I sorely want, a fireplace. It feels like the kitchen does to me, the real heart of the house where people naturally gather.