Having the extended family around makes me feel very Violent Femmes. I'm not sure whether it just makes me the youngest against (immaturity is sultan!), or whether they really are suddenly annoying in a big group in a way they aren't individually, or whether I'm just a Big Grinch. In any case I am going to do my utmost next year to avoid all of the "holiday" stuff. It makes me a jerk as well as unhappy. Think I'm better off just with unhappy.
9 year old kids are also very tiring to be around. They're everything I hate about myself, or something.
Anyway, there's nothing like a war plus a hypocritically pushy wealth holiday plus family plus a kid around to make me feel like shit. I am going to sit under a rock until January 2, I think.