This is the weird “in-between” week of the year. Half the country is working, the other half isn’t. Some businesses are open, some are closed. The weird week between Christmas and New Year’s. Always interesting.

Earl and I had a wonderful Christmas with our families. It was a touching Christmas, in that we had the opportunity to sit back and reflect on how fortunate we really are. To be surrounded by loved ones is very special.

On Friday evening we went to Lindsey’s calling hours. Over 1,000 people passed through the funeral home in three hours to pay their respects. It is very clear that there is a lot of love in the world. While the circumstances were unfortunate, to say the least, it was something to see people I hadn’t seen in 25 years.

The funeral service was on Saturday. I smelled my Grandmother’s perfume again, and I knew that everything would be o.k. for Lindsey’s family. It would be hard, naturally, and though it doesn’t seem like it right now, everyone will be o.k. After the funeral and the service at the cemetery, everyone gathered at the restaurant that Lindsey worked at, Kelly Cole’s, an Irish Pub in Liverpool, N.Y. The owners shut down the restaurant and served lunch for everyone, on the house. A pretty amazing gesture, considering Lindsey had only worked there since September. If you’re in the area, please stop by and give Kelly Cole’s your business. They’re pretty special (and the food is great!)

So now we’re at this “in-between” time. Earl and I work 2 1/2 days this week. We’ve decided to be selfish and celebrate New Year’s Eve on our own. The new entertainment system we bought for the house is awesome, and we want to take the opportunity to have a movie marathon. I haven’t mentioned it before, but Earl and I decided to buy this huge entertainment system when we moved into the new house. A Sony Wega 42-inch plasma television. A Yamaha surrond system with Klipsch speakers. Oh my goodness. This thing is awesome! We watched “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” on DVD tonight (great movie) and a couple episodes from the first season of “The West Wing”. It’s now clearly evident to me that this season’s “The West Wing” is clearly lacking in the writing department, especially after watching the far superior first season episodes.